Karen Women Organization
P.O. 19, Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son, 58110, Thailand,
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Date -3rd May 2006
Karen Women's Organization Pleads for International Women's Group to Press for
Immediate UN Security Council Action on Burma
The Karen Women's Organization today issued a public statement pleading for international women's organizations
to press for an immediate United Nations Security Council resolution on Burma.
"Over the past several weeks, 13,000 people have been driven from their homes in eastern Burma, many in Karen
state. Burma's military junta is on a rampage, killing women, children, and other innocent civilians. We desperately
need women around the world to demand that the UN Security Council take action to end the violence in eastern
Burma," said KWO in a statement. "If the UN Security Council turns a blind eye, many more women will die."
Over the past seven weeks, 13,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in villages in eastern Burma, an area
of the world off-limit to journalists and non-governmental organizations. Over the past ten years, 2,800 villages have
been destroyed of forced to evacuate by Burma's military junta, widely recognized as one of the world's most brutal
Refugees International, the respected human rights organization, reports that over 1,000,000 refugees have fled from
Burma, and over 1/2 million remain displaced inside the country as internal refugees. In addition to the torching of
villages, the military junta has carried out a widespread campaign of rape against ethnic minority women in Burma,
including the Karen. Ethnic women's organizations have documented these rapes extensively in reports including
"Shattering Silences", "License to Rape", and others.
The UN General Assembly and UN Commission on Human Rights have passed a total of 28 consecutive non-binding
resolutions on Burma, all of which have been ignored by Burma's military junta.
Recently, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Refugees International, Church World Service, and the
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions have called for the UN Security Council to act on Burma -- unlike the
General Assembly and Commission on Human Rights, its decisions are binding. On December 16th, 2005 the UN
Security Council held its first ever discussion on Burma, and now Karen Women's Organization is calling on the
Council to go further and pass a binding resolution demanding the military junta end all attacks on innocent civilians in
Burma and begin a process of peaceful negotiations with all ethnic groups and Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only
imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
"Eastern Burma is like living hell," said the Karen Women's Organization in a statement. "We can't understand why
the UN Security Council sits in silence while more and more innocent civilians die. If the destruction of 2,800 villages
isn't enough for them to take action, what is?"
KWO went on to call for support from international women's organizations. "We know that women's organizations
around the world talk a lot about the need for women's peace and security. Right now, in eastern Burma, women are
being killed, tortured, and raped by soldiers of the military junta. Please break your silence and demand immediate
action by the UN Security Council. Every day that the world waits is one day too long for the women of eastern Burma
-- one more day of rape, killing, and violence."
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