Women Protest Sexual Violence by Soldiers in Chin State

 Women’s Issues, Ethnic Issues

A view of Matupi Town in Chin State. (Photo: Myat Su Mon / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — More than 130 ethnic Chin women participate in a protest against the Burmese military’s alleged use of rape as a weapon of war in Matupi Township.

Protest leaders said the demonstration on Tuesday aimed to draw attention to sexual violence perpetrated by soldiers against women and children in Matupi, as well as to enhance awareness of women’s rights issues among local residents.

Al Li, secretary of the Chin Women’s Association, said six local women in Matupi had been raped by Tatamadaw soldiers, with the latest case on June 10.

“The police arrested this rapist soldier, but we don’t know yet what will happen next,” the protest organizer said.

Al Li said the Chin activists’ initial request seeking permission for the protest march was rejected by local law enforcement, but was later allowed to proceed.

“The police told us not to march to avoid traffic, but we marched as we said we would, to raise the issue of women being abused,” she said.

Many ethnic Chin women lack formal schooling and are poorly versed in women’s rights issues, Al Li said, adding that greater efforts to educate the women were needed.

The local women said increased Burmese Army troop deployments in Chin State since 2010 had left many locals fearing for their safety and reluctant to cultivate their farmlands due to the presence of soldiers in the area.

Burma signed the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1997, but women’s rights activists say the government has yet to take meaningful steps to ensure the protection of women’s rights.

In a January 2014 report, the Thailand-based Women’s League of Burma accused members of the military of raping more than 100 women since 2010. The rape incidents’ “widespread and systematic nature indicates a structural pattern: rape is still used as an instrument of war and oppression,” the report said.

In April, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also called for the Burmese government to investigate the claims of rape by soldiers.

4 Responses to Women Protest Sexual Violence by Soldiers in Chin State

  1. Signing the UN charter without enforcing is one kind of cheating international body. Soldiers who commit crimes against women must be punished by cutting off their male parts. So that they cannot continue to commit this kind of horrible crime in the future.

    • No, they should be killed. Otherwise they’ll go after women with gun barrels or anything else longer than it is wide, because they’re goddamned rabid animals who must be put down.

  2. Ever since two reports titled .A License to Rape and State Sponsored Sexual Violence in Chin State had been released by ethnic women groups,the Burmese Army’s sexual crimes had came to light.It has been so many years since then.
    But it seems like they hadn’t cared what had happened or had protected the perpetrators .There has been over bet 100 and 200 cases to be solved by legally.The victims’ sufferrings are so deep _until now causing post-traumatic stress disorder that will surely infflicted the rest of their lives.
    In countries around the world,for the rapists,there are a lot of spaces in the jails,but not in Burma.
    As long as the soldiers (Ralkap in Chin lanuage) of the Burmese Army hadn’t cut off their body’s parts (sorry a little vulgur) or taken out their testosterones ,the chin women and other entnic women from other states will never feel safe and be living in terror.

  3. Burmese soldiers are rapists and thieves PERIOD

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