Around 40 protesters
held a demonstration at the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok today to denounce the
ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Kachin State. The protesters,
members of the Kachin community in Bangkok and representatives from the
Overseas National Students of Burma, read out a statement and the text of a
letter addressed to President Thein Sein calling for an end to the crisis
official from the Embassy met the protesters and accepted the letter. It was
endorsed by 71 Kachin organizations and communities around the world, as well
as regional and international non-governmental organizations.The letter was read
in English and Burmese. Titled, "Urgent Appeal to End the Humanitarian
Crisis in Kachin State' dated June 5, 2012 -- was addressed to Thein Sein,
President of the Union of Myanmar, (Burma) and copied to Ban Ki-moon,
Secretary-General of the United Nations, and
Toma's Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights
The letter endorsed
by 71 Kachin organizations urges the President to end the humanitarian crisis immediately
that Kachin people have now been facing for a year by:
- Taking immediate appropriate actions to end the Tatmadaw's attacks on Kachin people and to protect civilians.
- Immediately allowing access to humanitarian aid from both national and international organizations to internally displaced persons.
- Initiating a meaningful political dialogue with the Kachin Independence Organization and the people of Kachin State in order to achieve sustainable peace and address the issue of equality and democracy for ethnic people.
- Allowing independent international witnesses and local civil society and community-based organizations to observe peace talks and participate in monitoring mechanisms to ensure compliance with the ceasefire agreement.
- Stopping the misrepresentation of Kachin people and their desires in state media.
- Helping the people of Kachin State recover
from the physical and mental wounds of war and begin the rebuilding process.
government armed forces have been fighting relentlessly against the Kachin
Independence Organization (KIO) since 9 June last year. This week, on Saturday (9
June 2012), continuation of civil war in Kachin state will mark the one year point since warfare has been taking place between the Burmese Army and the
Kachin Independence Organization.
Burma Army continues
nonstop offensive to seize positions held by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)
in Kachin and the northern Shan state. Although, Burma's President, Thein Sein,
has issued an instruction twice to Burma"s Commander-in-Chief to halt the
offensive against the KIO, the war continues and the people continue to run for
In the face of
President Thein Sein's second order to stop the offensive against the Kachin
rebels Burma's Army has incessantly continued its aggressive operation against
the KIA and Kachin civilians. KIA officials and observers with
knowledge of Burmese armed forces' tradition say that the heavy artillery
bombardments, these days, in the war against Kachin rebels are only used with the
authorization of the Burma Army's central military command.
clear that President Thein Sein's commands to stop the offensive are certainly
worthless orders issued to satisfy the international community. It seems to be
a deceitful trick of this wicked war game.
citizens consider the reason of renewing the war, after a 17-year ceasefire, is
the craving for natural resources in the Kachin State by the Burmese
military-backed government. That's why it strives to widen its control of the
areas with Chinese power projects.
Last month, Lanyaw
Zawng Hra, Chairman of KIO Central Committee, called on UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon to send UN observer teams,, or intermediary teams, to the conflict war
zones and to the towns and villages destroyed by the Burmese Army, including the
IDP camps in KIO areas. KIO Chairman mentioned in a letter, sent to UN Secretary
General on May 15, that the Burmese Army is not only waging war against the
KIO/KIA, but also against the Kachin population as a whole and that the government's
Army is now engaged in ethnic cleansing and the conflict has now turned from of
political to racial in nature.
"This is a
crucial time for us Kachin and our supporters to call on the Burma Army to halt
attacks on civilians and urge the government to finally solve the conflict and
stop the humanitarian crisis. The people of Kachin State cannot suffer like
this for another year," Naw San, General Secretary of the All Kachin Students
and Youths Union, said today.