Tuesday, October 28, 2014

123 Organizations Demand Investigation on Disappearance While in Army Custody

123 Civil Society Organizations on Monday urged Burmese government to investigate the untraceable disappearance of Sumlut Roi Ja, 28, at the hands of Burmese army’s 321st Light Infantry Battalion troops on October 28, 2011.
Civil Society Organizations said in a statement, “The case of Sumlut Roi Ja underscores the ongoing serious human rights violations perpetrated by the Burma Army in Kachin State, including the deliberate targeting of civilians in conflict, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detention, and violence against women. More than 70 cases of sexual violence by Burma Army soldiers against women and young girls in Kachin State and Northern Shan State have been recorded between the resumption of conflict between the Burma Army and the KIA in June 2011 and June 2014. At least 20 of the victims were killed.”
Sumlut Roi Ja was abducted by Burmese Army soldiers under 321st Light Infantry Battalion on Oct 28, 2011. The soldiers captured Roi Ja, her husband Maru Dau Lum, 31, and father-in-law Ze Dau ,70, at Mu hill near China-Burma border Loi Je while they were working in their maize field. Dau Lum and Ze Dau later escaped but Sumlut Roi Ja remained in the hands of Burmese soldiers.