BRIEF - Burma Army still rapes with impunity

The Burmese army continues to use rape and other forms of sexual assault as an instrument of war against ethnic women, according to the Women’s League of Burma (WLB). The women’s rights coalition has documented over 100 cases since 2010, 47 of which were gang-rapes committed by soldiers, with 28 cases resulting in death. Jessica Nkhum, joint-secretary of the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand, said that contrary to a general perception that Burma’s human rights record is improving, instances of assault may have actually increased in recent years because of the deployment of additional troops in ethnic regions. WLB published the research in a report entitled, Same Impunity, Same Patternswhich details the cases and recommends constitutional change to end military impunity.