Burma's Army and the Rape of Ethnic Women

According to Burma’s ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Burma’s army "safeguards national solidarity and peace." According to women from Burma’s ethnic minority groups, particularly those living in the ethnic States along Burma’s eastern borders, the army does the opposite. Rather than look to the army for protection, ethnic women flee in fear at the sight of a soldier. This report summarizes accounts of the sexual violence committed by Burma’s armed forces against women of the Karen, Karenni, Mon, Shan, and Tavoyan communities.

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