Stop Sexual Violence

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In the past year, there are reports that the Burmese Army has stepped up its use of rape, gang-rape and sexual violence against ethnic women. Recent documented cases include the rape of a 12 year-old girl in front of her mother, and a disabled woman.

The international community continues to ignore the widespread and systematic use of rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Please print and send this letter to William Hague. [Word document]


Government response

Thank you to everyone who has written to the British government.

Here is the response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (pdf letter).

Please print and send this letter to William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Download a Word version of this letter here.

William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

Dear Foreign Secretary

As there is a growing concern over the increasing use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the Burmese Army, I am writing to ask you to support an independent international investigation into rape and sexual violence taking place in Burma.

As documented in the recent report by the Women’s League of Burma, cases of 104 women raped by the Burmese Army since reforms began in Burma in 2010 could just be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and requires urgent attention from the international community. The report, ‘Same Impunity, Same Patterns’, calls for more international pressure to be placed on the government of Burma to end sexual violence, including an independent international investigation.

I am very concerned over the widespread and systematic nature of the rapes taking place as mentioned in WLB’s report. Of the 104 cases, 41 were brutal gang rapes. 27 of the women were killed or died from their injuries. Several victims were as young as 8 years old.

There is an urgent need to end sexual violence in Burma.

The inclusion of Burma in your Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) is a very crucial step to end sexual violence in the country. However, your government has yet to send a team of experts to Burma when reports emerge of new rapes taking place, and has no answer to questions of how impunity can be addressed given the Burmese government and military’s refusal even to admit that widespread rape is happening. Moreover, the Burmese government still refuses to sign up to an international declaration to end sexual violence in conflict despite a direct request by you.

Please use your power to help the suffering women in Burma and support an independent international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese Army.

Yours sincerely

Download a Word version of this letter here.

 


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