Heavy rains and high winds have stuck an unofficial refugee camp in Bangladesh, destroying makeshift shacks and other residences. Life in the camp before the disaster was precarious—external aid is limited and the residents are forced to fend for themselves.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) joined more than 20 other organizations in calling on President Obama to commit his Administration to enacting financial and banking sanctions and to pressing for an international Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes in Burma.
According to the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT), 18 Kachin women and girls have been raped by Burmese army soldiers since the beginning of June. The Burmese government should take action to prevent soldiers from committing rape and should prosecute and punish those who carry out or condone these crimes.
The Burmese government yesterday warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to “end political activities,” in a letter addressed to her and the chairman of her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
PHR applauds the nomination of Derek Mitchell be the US Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma. PHR urges that he use this new position to press for the creation of an international commission of inquiry to investigate the continuing and egregious human rights abuses perpetrated by the Burmese military junta against its own people.