It is now five years since the Burmese Army resumed attacks in Kachin State. In that time:
- More than 100,000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes.
- The Burmese Army has used rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.
- Civilians have been tortured, killed, used as slave labour, detained without trial, and had their property stolen.
- The Burmese Army has deliberately bombed civilian villages, including schools and medical centres.
- The government and military are restricting humanitarian aid to those forced to flee their homes. What aid is getting through isn’t nearly enough.
- The United Nations has said that war crimes are being committed, yet no action has been taken.
131 organisations from Burma, with international organisations such as Burma Campaign UK and Fortify Rights, are calling on the NLD-led government and Burmese military to take the following action:
- The Burmese Army should end all offensives in Kachin and northern Shan states.
- President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi should immediately authorise unfettered access for humanitarian aid.
- The government and military should end the endemic culture of impunity once and for all, holding perpetrators of human rights violations accountable for their crimes.
- The NLD-led government should ratify without delay key human rights treaties, including the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment as well as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Please send an email to the Burmese government and military in support of this call.