Two unarmed Kachin women were shot and killed by Burmese government soldiers in the Hpakan (or Hpakant) area of war torn Kachin state this morning, the Kachin News Group has learned.
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Wartime rape is a persistent and brutal aspect of conflict, whether during or in the aftermath of hostilities. In the recent warfare in Libya, as well as in most civil and international armed conflicts, women were subjected to different forms of visible and invisible violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse. However, the most recent news reports reveal that the wartime rape of women and minors in Libya was systematic and adopted by Moammar Gadhafi's troops on a massive scale and as a strategic weapon of war, leaving thousands of physically and psychologically devastated women.
Recently Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) investigated and reported on human rights violations and humanitarian needs in Kachin state. PHR’s report, Under Siege in Kachin State, Burma, called for the government of Burma to permit humanitarian organizations access to Kachin state, where tens of thousands of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) are running low on food and relief supplies.
A recent Sydney Morning Herald piece tells of the ongoing human rights violations occurring in Burma.
New Report Shed Light on Abuse Against Chin: In January US-based Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Human Rights released a hard-hitting report on the Chin.