You are cordially invited to join members of the Kachin community living in the United States in a demonstration to demand an end of the war against civilians in the Kachin region of Burma.
Date: Friday, November 1st, 2013
Place: Myanmar Embassy,
2300 S St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20008
Since the war escalated in the Kachin region, civilians have endured
mass atrocities and abuses by the Burma Army.
In September, 2013, women
were gang raped and nine villagers were arrested and tortured in Nhka Ga
village near Putao. 53 villagers from Nhka Ga have been held as
hostages by the Burma army in their own village since September. In
recent incidents in Masi township, the Burma army not only
indiscriminately attacked, killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested,
tortured, and forced civilians to work on the front line but also held
them as hostages.
Currently, several hundreds of villagers from Mungding
Pa are being trapped in their own villages by the Burma army’s refusal
to let them leave. The villagers have been cut off of supplies and
humanitarian aid workers have also been barred from entering them.
Thousands of villagers from Kawng Ja, Mungding Pa, Mahkaw Yang, Nam Hpu
and Namlim Pa in Mansi township are severely affected by ongoing
offensive launched by the Burma army last week. In Namlim Pa, a7 years
old was killed and two civilians were critically injured while over 1200
IDPs and village residents are currently facing food shortage as the
army encircles their village.
In some areas, the government’s abuse is manifested in the form of land
grabs and detainment of those who attempt to help civilians or promote
For example, Daw Bawk Ja, a well-known Kachin land rights
activist, was arrested unlawfully and is currently on trial for charges
which are politically motivated.
In solidarity with these civilians who have been killed, tortured and
we urge the Burmese government to take the following actions
(1) To immediately release villagers from Nhka Ga and Mung Ding Pa
being held as hostages
(2) To immediately release Daw Bawk Ja and discontinue arbitrarily
arrests and torturing of civilians
(3) To immediately end the ongoing offensive and actions which put the
lives and well-being of vulnerable civilians at risk
(4) To follow ALL conditions agreed upon in the agreement made with KIO
on October 10, 2013 in order to encourage the progress of current peace
talks because failure to follow the agreed upon conditions is disturbing
For more information,
please contact the Kachin Alliance.