The January 15 release of the Women’s League of Burma report on sexual violence has brought increased media attention to the ongoing atrocities committed under the new regime in Burma.
The report documents over 100 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the military since 2010. In the report, the Women’s League of Burma calls for an amendment to a specific section of the constitution that provides immunity to government members.
Government officials told Reuters that the military does not use rape as a weapon in warfare:
“If there are rape cases committed by individual members, we try to expose them and take effective action against the offenders. It would be very helpful in taking action against the offenders if those who prepared that report could send us the details of the cases,” said government spokesman Ye Htut.
Contrary to the government response, the report has implicated 38 separate army battalions in sexual violence and noted that sexual violence has been used by the military to ‘demoralize and destroy ethnic communities’.
Following the Reuters coverage, Al-Jazeera America, the BBC and other large media outlets picked up the story.