Protest against Burmese army’s human rights violations

On April 5th, 2012, Kachins living in Australia held a demonstration to protest against ongoing offensive action by the Burmese army and to raise awareness on severe human right abuses committed by the Burmese government and its army towards the ethnic Kachin people in Burma. A similar demonstration was also held in the United State, England and Japan.

It has been 9 months since the 17-years-old ceasefire agreement between the two groups was dissolved in June, 2011 as the Burmese army started attacking the Kachin army. Since the war broke out between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese Army, Burmese soldiers have committed seriously human rights violations by killing and torturing many Kachin civilians as well as raping and using many women as sex slaves. They burned houses, killed livestock and robbed from the civilians. These violations have forced thousands of innocent Kachin civilians to flee from their homes and to live in extremely difficult conditions. The Burmese authority has prohibited relief workers and organisations from providing much needed on-going helps to these Internally Displaced Persons. President Thein Sein’s government has failed to come up with any solutions and many atrocities have been increasingly committed to the Kachin civilians by the Burmese army and authority.

By-election was held on April 1st , 2012 and Aung San Suu Kyi’s party NLD won 43 seats out of 44 contesting seats. According to Burma new constitution, there are 664 parliamentary seats. The military backed government is currently holding over 80% of these seats. Despite the government’s attempt to modify the view of international community on them, they continue to commit human right violations and deny equal rights to Kachins and other ethnic groups.

The protesters said “we need to continue to fight and advocate for our people, friends and family members in Burma who face unimaginable abuse from the government on a daily basis. We need to continuously use our freedom and voices to raise awareness and shed light on what really is happening inside Burma.”

KAA protest 2012

In front of Burmese embassy in Camberra, protesting against human rights violations.