The Home Affairs Ministry has been blasted for re-enforcing harmful assumptions about gender-based violence after it released a document positing that women consuming alcohol was among the leading causes of the rape of women and children.
Rights advocates have criticised the State Counsellor’s Office after it put out a press release and Facebook post last week that appeared aimed at discrediting the accounts of two women in northern Arakan State who alleged that they had been raped.
Burma’s upper house speaker Khin Aung Myint urged Thai PM Prayuth to help ensure the trial is concluded according to law, and said that many Burmese are seriously concerned about the fate of the two suspects.
Lawyer Aung Myo Thant tells DVB that the request was made to Thailand’s Ministry of Legal Affairs on the basis that confessions by Burmese suspects Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were made under duress of torture.
Following mixed messages from Thai PM Prayuth over allowing British police access to the investigation, Thai police chief says UK may observe only, but may request ‘additional investigations’ into any specific points.