The British government is spending £87,850 on military training for the Burmese Army without setting any preconditions on the Burmese military improving human rights and supporting democratic reform.
They don’t know whether the people they are training have committed human rights abuses, and cannot monitor soldiers after they have been on the course, so have no way of assessing the effectiveness of the training or whether they go on to commit abuses.
Even though the British government says it wants to end impunity for rape and sexual violence in conflict zones, they didn’t even get an agreement to end the Burmese Army’s use of rape as a weapon of war.
The best way to stop the Burmese Army committing human rights abuses is to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes. The British government is not taking any action to ensure this happens. Instead they are providing training as part of their policy of trying to win favours from the Burmese government in order to win business contracts.
What is the point in training Burmese Army soldiers about human rights when it is their military and political masters who are the ones ordering them to commit human rights abuses?
The best way to end human rights abuses by the Burmese Army is for soldiers who commit human rights abuses, and those who order them to commit human rights abuses, to be put on trial and jailed. In this way, for the first time, soldiers and their political and military masters would know that they can’t get away with committing these abuses.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.