Five Years of War: A Call for Peace, Justice, and Accountability in Myanmar


    Although much of the world has expressed excitement over Myanmar’s political transition, communities throughout Kachin and northern Shan states have been living with severe human rights abuses and displacement for the last five years.

    By 130 Solidarity Organizations Worldwide  •  June 9, 2016

    Although much of the world has expressed excitement over Myanmar’s political transition, communities throughout Kachin and northern Shan states have been living with severe human rights abuses and displacement for the last five years.

    Since 2011, renewed armed conflict between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has displaced more than 100,000 civilians. In the conduct of the war, the Myanmar military has perpetrated severe human rights violations. International and community-based organizations have documented extrajudicial killings, torture, forced labor, rape and sexual violence, arbitrary detention, attacks on civilians and non-military targets, and pillaging of property. These abuses have been perpetrated with near-complete impunity. Some of the abuses may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law.

    Forced into dozens of displacement camps, entire communities have lost their homes, livelihoods, and belongings. Displaced populations continue to face avoidable deprivations in humanitarian aid. The Myanmar government and military have denied humanitarian organizations unfettered access to displaced populations, and funding for Kachin-led aid groups has been insufficient to meet the needs of displaced communities. Unnecessarily delaying travel authorizations to the displacement camps in government controlled areas and entirely restricting access to KIA-controlled areas for humanitarian actors has led to severe consequences for people in need of support.

    Displaced families lack adequate food, healthcare, education, water and sanitation, and shelter. Some displaced families now eat one meal per day due to irregular delivery of food rations. Preventable illnesses have resulted in needless death. The dearth of funding for schools and teachers is depriving children of adequate education, stunting the development of an entire generation. As the rainy season approaches once again, war-affected displaced populations are still struggling to live in unsafe conditions in which they have no protection against wind and rain. Today, there is no meaningful prospect for displaced communities to return home safely or rebuild their lives with dignity.

    June 9, 2016 marks the five-year anniversary of the resumption of armed conflict in Kachin State—a date that ended a 17-year-long ceasefire. The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) negotiated under former President Thein Sein failed to end the war, and the prospects for an inclusive peace agreement remain distant.

    Today, we the undersigned organizations call for peace, justice, and accountability in Kachin State.

    First and foremost, we request that the Myanmar military immediately end all offensives in Kachin and northern Shan states, and we urge President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to immediately authorize universal and unfettered access for humanitarian groups to all affected areas. The military and authorities should provide safe, sustained, and unhindered access to all areas of affected populations to allow humanitarian organizations to give necessary help and support.

    Ongoing and unchecked human rights violations only hinder efforts to achieve a lasting peace in Kachin and northern Shan states. The government and military should end the endemic culture of impunity once and for all. Perpetrators of human rights violations should be held accountable for their crimes in independent and impartial courts of law, regardless of rank or position. Likewise, survivors of human rights violations should receive prompt and adequate compensation for harms suffered.

    To ensure the future promotion and protection of human rights, the government should ratify without delay key human rights treaties, including the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment as well as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

    The government should ensure an inclusive peace process that involves all actors and prioritizes human rights. Furthermore, it is vital for the achievement of a sustainable peace that women play an active role in this peace process.

    Today, we express our solidarity with the suffering and struggle of communities and families throughout the war-affected areas and we do so in the spirit of peace, justice, and accountability, which we believe go hand in hand. We call upon the government and military to end the war in Kachin State.

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    Organisation/s Involved


    1.     Ayar West Development Organization- AWDO
    2.     Ayarwady Youth Network – AYN
    3.     Bago Youth Network
    4.     Border Health Initiative (BHI)
    5.     Brave Heart Social Development Organisation
    6.     BRIDGE
    7.     Burma Partnership
    8.     Candle Light
    9.     Center for Youth and Social Harmony
    10.     Cherry Image (Shan State)
    11.     Chin Hill Beauty Group – Tedim
    12.     Chin League for Democracy
    13.     Chin Youth Organisation
    14.     Chin Youth Organisation (Mindat)
    15.     Civil Authorize Negotiate Organization (C.A.N-Org)
    16.     Co-Exist
    17.     Community Work for Kachin(CWK)
    18.     Conservation on Hill-Ecosystem Association (CHEA)
    19.     Dawei Development Association
    20.     Dawei Probono Lawyers Network
    21.     Dawei Youth Fellowship
    22.     Diverze Youth Art Platform
    23.     EcoDev
    24.     Fortify Rights
    25.     Forum for Democracy in Burma
    26.     Freethinkers
    27.     Green Pyin Oo Lwin
    28.     Green Right Organization (Aung Ban Shan State)
    29.     Green Rights Organization (Shan State)
    30.     Hiatuii Tribal Community (HTC)
    31.     Htanthawng, Paletwa township
    32.     Htoi Gender and Development Foundation
    33.     Huphokapaw Social Support Group (Kyar In Seik Gyi)
    34.     Independent Asho Chin League
    35.     Independent Youth For Change(IYFC)
    36.     I-School Myanmar
    37.     Kachin Alliance
    38.     Kachin Canadian Association
    39.     Kachin Development Networking Group- Kdng Kachin
    40.     Kachin Educators’ Synergy Group (KES)
    41.     Kachin National Organization (Denmark)
    42.     Kachin National Youth Network
    43.     Kachin Peace Network
    44.     Kachin Refugee Comittee (KRC) Malaysia
    45.     Kachin State Democracy Party (KSDP – Kachin)
    46.     Kachin State Women Network
    47.     Kachin University Literature and Culture Association (Myitkyina)
    48.     Kachin Women Peace Group. CSNeP
    49.     Kachin Women Peace Network
    50.     Kanpetlet Chin Civil Society Network
    51.     Karen Affair Committee
    52.     Karuna Funeral Servie – Mindat
    53.     Kayah State Peace Monitoring Network (KSPMN)
    54.     Khumi Youth Group – Paletwa
    55.     Kung Gyan Gon Network
    56.     London Kachin Baptist Church (LKBC)
    57.     Mali Ingra Volunteer Group
    58.     Mara Thyutlai (MPT)
    59.     Matupi Youth Association
    60.     Mon Cetanar Development Foundation (MCDF)
    61.     Mon- region Social Development Network
    62.     Mon State Community Ceasefire Monitoring Committee
    63.     Mon State Community Observers Association
    64.     Mon State CSOs’ Network
    65.     Mon State Disaster Prevention and Humanitarian Group
    66.     Mon State Environment and Natural Resource Lovers Group
    67.     Mon Women Network (MWN)
    68.     Mon Women’s Organisation (MWO)
    69.     Mon Youth Educator Organisation (MYEO)
    70.     Mon Youth Progressive Organisation (MYPO)
    71.     Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability Network (Mon state)
    72.     Myanmar Social Development Group
    73.     Myet- Won- Thit (Knowledge Zone)
    74.     Myitkyina News Journal
    75.     MYSELF
    76.     National Education & Research Development – NERD
    77.     Naushawng Education Network
    78.     Network for Democracy and Development
    79.     New Steps Women Organisation – Tedim
    80.     Olive
    81.     Open Development Foundation (Kanpetlet)
    82.     Our Lovely World  Shan State
    83.     Pace on Peaceful Pluralism
    84.     Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays -Myanmar (PFLAG-MYANMAR)
    85.     Paungsi Arr Man Social Development Group – Maw Lamyaing
    86.     Peace and Justice Legal Aid Center
    87.     Poet Lovers Association (PLA)]
    88.     Public Network (Bago Region)
    89.     Pyo Khin Thit (Ma-u-bin)
    90.     Pyoe Development Organisation
    91.     Rainmaker (Women Empowerment Center)
    92.     Resource Rights for the Indigenous Peoples
    93.     Ruby Land Peace Network
    94.     School of Intensive English Programs (IEP-Mai Ja Yang)
    95.     Shan State Students Union
    96.     Shan Youth Yangon
    97.     Shanan Network
    98.     Shingnip Legal Aid Network
    99.     Shwe Chinthae Social Servicr Group (Shwebo)
    100.     Sittaung Melody Social Network
    101.     Southern Shan State Women Network
    102.     Southern Shan State Youth Network
    103.     Southern Youth
    104.     Summer Shelter (Shan State)
    105.     Takapaw
    106.     Tanintharyi Friend
    107.     Thang Tlang Civil Society Network (TCSN)
    108.     The HELP
    109.     The Kachin Relief Fund
    110.     The PLAN: Public Legal Aid Network
    111.     The Seagull: Human Rights, Peace & Development
    112.     Thuriya Sandra Environmental Watch Group
    113.     Upper Chindwin Youth Network
    114.     Wan-Lark Foundation (Arakan)
    115.     Wimutti Volunteer Group (WVG)
    116.     Women Enpowerment Programme (WEP)
    117.     Wunpawng Ninghtoi
    118.     Yangon Kachin Baptist Youth
    119.     Yone Kyi Yar Knowledge Propagation Society
    120.     Young Kachin Writers’ Club
    121.     YWCA (Taunggyi)
    122.     Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic
    123.     Physicians for Human Rights
    124.     Burma Campaign UK
    125.     COMREG – Community Response Group
    126.     Democracy for Ethnic Minorities organization (Shan State)
    127.     Khun Tan New Youth Network – (Thathon)
    128.     Paoh Youth Organization – PYO (Shan State)
    129.     Paungku