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It takes only a minute of your time, but can help save over 100,000 refugees in Kachin State, Burma. BY TAKING THE PLEDGE WITH ME TODAY, you will be helping much more than you will ever know. This is how you can help:
Dear Minister Baird,
Despite the process of reforms and
democratization in central and lower part of Burma, the Burmese Army, in June
of 2011, launched an ongoing offensive attack in Kachin State, northern Burma,
breaking a 17-year long ceasefire agreement.
The Burmese Army has used a combined raid of air strikes, and indiscriminate shelling, using jet fighters, helicopter gunships and heavy artillery during the attacks, taking dozens of innocent lives and creating over 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who receive very little international humanitarian assistance. Obviously, there has been a humanitarian disaster taking place in the conflict zone, which has caused serious concerns among the international reporters and documenters of human rights abuses.
The Burmese Army has been accused of grave human rights violations, including rape, torture, destruction of villages, looting, destruction of churches, and The killing of civilians. Several dozen Kachin civilians have been detained and tortured by the Burmese authorities for allegedly having "unlawful" contact with The Kachin Independence Army (KIA). One of the most serious concerns has been the Burmese Army and its troops' systematic use of rape against the Kachin women, among other crimes and human rights violations.
The plight of the Kachins should not be left alone to the hands of the Burmese as it reveals the very fragile stability Burma has established despite its reform. It is time to bring basic human rights to life and safety to the ethnic peoples of Burma, and right now, to the innocent people in the northern Burma. Therefore, I call on the Government of Canada :
(1) To provide Humanitarian aids to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kachin State, northern Burma.
(2) To offer the role of a witness in the peace talks between the Burmese government, and the Kachins
It is time to bring basic human rights to life and safety to the ethnic peoples of Burma, and right now, to the innocent people in Kachin State, northern Burma.