“It is necessary to amend the 2008 Constitution as it protects those who violate women’s rights. We also urge the various parties in the peace process to help adopt policies that will ensure justice and security for women.” –WLB
Four activists who organised a protest against sexual violence in Matupi are charged for staging a rally without permission – Chapter Three of Bur,a’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act.
The situation in Burma is an example of how the current approach, largely based on the principle of co-operating with governments, can leave survivors of sexual violence without even the most basic humanitarian support, let alone the specialised support they need.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague joined up with film star Angelina Jolie in London on Tuesday to host an international summit on rape in war zones, aiming to “shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict”.
Burma’s controversial Religious Conversion bill was released by state media for public review on Tuesday. The bill’s drafting committee will field recommendations until 20 June before seeking parliamentary approval.
An Arakanese women’s network organised a demonstration on Friday in front of Rangoon City Hall where protestors held placards demanding the removal of Articles 59(d) and 59(f) from the Burmese constitution.
The IMF chief and Burma’s democracy icon are among a litany of high-profile speakers at Friday’s French-sponsored Women’s Forum, which will also include Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of oil giant Total.