Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia

The Kachin Association of Australia (KAA NSW) with Burma Campaign Australia (BCA) held a protest outside Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) office at Angel Place, 123 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia on June 7th, 2013 from 12 – 1 PM.

This protest was part of “Global Day of Action for Kachin” on the 2nd Anniversary of Burmese army offensive in Kachin State. This protest was launched by Kachin community organizations worldwide and Burma Campaign groups in many countries to mark two years of Burmese military attacks against Kachin civilians and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) that has resulted in the loss of countless lives, the destruction of communities and livelihoods and the forced displacement of over 100,000 Kachin civilians.

A statement titled “Federalism is Key to Genuine Peace” endorsed by 60 organizations worldwide and Burma Campaign groups in 21 countries was released on the same day.

In Sydney over 30 people attended the rally including members of KAA NSW, Burma Campaign Australia, Australia Karen Organisation, APHEDA and Australian supporters. At the rally a KAA member made a speech about the continued atrocities committed against the Kachin, the ongoing suffering faced by over 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State and establishing a federal union is key to genuine peace in Burma.

Stories of two Kachin victims were retold and a minute of silence was held for the innocent victims and those who died protecting Kachin’s rights.
Slogans calling for the Australian government to take action, protect human rights before investment, no defense ties with Burmese army that acts with complete impunity were chanted by those in attendance.

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013

Global Day of Action for the Kachin, Sydney Australia 2013