This is Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military. He is responsible for the biggest human rights and humanitarian crisis in Burma for decades.
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The Unlawful Associations Act is used by the Burmese authorities to intimidate and arrest political activists. It is also most commonly used against members of ethnic minorities in Burma. Many political prisoners who were arrested during the period of direct military rule were charged under this act. Section 17/1 is the most commonly used section of this act.
The Telecommunications Law was introduced in 2013 and since then it has been used repeatedly to restrict freedom of speech and expression. Defamation charges under Section 66 (d) of the law have been brought against reporters, politicians and social media users. Many people have been arrested for criticising the military, the government or merely posting on Facebook.
It is now six years since the Burmese Army resumed attacks in Kachin State. In that time:
Burma Campaign UK has been fighting for human rights in Burma for 25 years. From our beginnings as a small solidarity group in the wake of the military crackdown after the 1990 election in Burma, we have built the campaign to become the leading Burma campaign group in the world, working with activists from Burma to achieve real change.
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Mading Zau Bawk is a 23-year-old Kachin farmer who was arrested in May 2012 and tortured brutally by the military-backed government in Burma.
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In the early hours of 20th January 2015, two ethnic Kachin teachers, Maran Lu Ra (20 years old) and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin (21 years old), were brutally raped and killed by Burmese Army soldiers who had recently arrived in their village.
In June 2014, Burma became the 150th country to sign the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict just prior to the global summit, which was held in London. The declaration contains practical and political commitments to end impunity, promote accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence in conflicts.