Clinton meeting women’s groups in Burma
The Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative welcome the visit by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to Burma. In a letter to Clinton, the Laureates expressed their concerns over the ongoing use of rape as a weapon of war by the Burma army, particularly against ethnic women. They called on Secretary Clinton to prioritize the concerns of women from different ethnic groups in her meetings with the Burmese authorities.
Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning within the US State Department, confirmed that Secretary Clinton will be meeting with representatives of women’s groups in her engagement with civil society and take their concerns to the highest levels.
The letter from the Laureates highlighted once again the ongoing abuses, including rape and sexual violence, committed by the Burma army in the ethnic Karen, Kachin and Shan states. The Laureates underscored the call from the Women’s League of Burma to the international community to establish a Commission of Inquiry, pointing out the need for justice. The recently adopted UN General Assembly resolution on Burma also explicitly stresses the need for justice.
Promise – and caution – as Hillary Clinton visits Burma, Washington Post, 30 November 2011
Urgent appeal: Burma Army must immediately release four women held as sex slaves near Kachin-China border, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, 4 November 2011
Bringing Justice to Women, Women’s League of Burma, video
Burmese women to ASEAN: Support Commission of Inquiry, Nobel Women’s Initiative
Sign the Petition to Clinton: Stop Human Rights Abuses and Free All Political Prisoners