Ongoing Impunity: Continued Burma Army atrocities against the Kachin people

Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand released a report entitled “Ongoing Impunity: Continued Burma Army atrocities against the Kachin people” on June 7, 2012. This report provides an update of atrocities committed by the Burma Army against civilians since it broke its 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) one year ago. It highlights the particular suffering of women during the conflict, who have been forced to be porters, used as sex slaves, gang-raped and killed, said KWAT.

The report says, “since the start of the conflict, there has been a huge deployment of Burmese troops into Kachin State and northern Shan State. Currently about 150 battalions are being used to crush the KIA, tripling the number of Burmese troops in the area. These troops have deliberately targeted civilians for abuse, causing villagers to flee in terror, leaving large swathes of countryside depopulated”.