Excerpts from Statement Issued by National Committee on Prevention of and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

       The excerpts from the statement issued by the National Committee on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in conflict are as follows:  

  • With the aim of delisting Myanmar from the annexe of the annual report of the United Nations Secretary-General on Conflict-related sexual violence since 2018, the Joint Communiqué on Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence was signed between Myanmar and the United Nations on 7 December 2018.
  • Since Myanmar remains committed to preventing conflict-related sexual violence, the State Administration Council reconstituted the National Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence in conflict on 31 March 2021.
  • The National Action Plan was set for the period of one year from 10 November 2021 to 10 November 2022 and it has been implemented for the second quarter.
  • Myanmar further updated on the progress of the implementation of the Action Plan with the Office on 4 July 2022 and has been maintaining its cooperation with the United Nations. However, it is disappointing to note that Myanmar was again listed in the annexe of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on conflict-related Sexual Violence which was released on 29 March 2022.
  • It is the universally accepted principle to fairly reflect the response made by the Government whenever the United Nations makes allegations against a country. Instead, the report excluded the information shared by the Government in addition to the failure of the Office to verify the alleged cases contained in the report with the concerned country.
  • Although the report made unfounded allegations against the members of the armed forces and the police force, it did not include place, date and time or any other verifiable information of alleged incidents. The fact clearly proves that the report itself is not credible while it more attempts to discredit Myanmar on political grounds.
  • It is for the military personnel to abide by the military laws, orders and directives in addition to the domestic laws. If a military person is found to have committed sexual violence, the Tatmadaw takes punitive measures including maximum sentences against the perpetrator.
  • For instance, it was found out that a soldier committed rape against a woman in Phakhet village in Kutkai Township in northern Shan State and the case was tried in open court in a transparent manner as per zero tolerance against sexual violence. The case was already informed to the public in November 2021.
  • Well-trained case managers meet with survivors and served as a referral mechanism for necessary psycho-social, security, health and legal support, livelihood, and capacity rebuilding. Moreover, online communication channels, such as Viber and a Helpline-DSW Facebook Page, were set up on 5 January 2022 to lodge complaints and it has been announced through newspapers, Television and radio.

      Based on the specific situation of survivors, One Stop Women Support Centres (OSWSCs) have been established in six States and Regions across the country to provide special care. In response to resolving the sexual violence cases, the Government provides costs for travel and litigation as well as financial support for the livelihood and rehabilitation of survivors based on their needs.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar Newspaper (6-9-2022)

  • Since Myanmar remains committed to preventing conflict-related sexual violence, the State Administration Council reconstituted the National Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence in conflict on 31 March 2021.
  • It is disappointing to note that Myanmar was again listed in the annexe of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on conflict-related Sexual Violence which was released on 29 March 2022.
  • It is the universally accepted principle to fairly reflect the response made by the Government whenever the United Nations makes allegations against a country. Instead, the report excluded the information shared by the Government in addition to the failure of the Office to verify the alleged cases contained in the report with the concerned country.
  • It is for the military personnel to abide by the military laws, orders and directives in addition to the domestic laws. If a military person is found to have committed sexual violence, the Tatmadaw takes punitive measures including maximum sentences against the perpetrator.
  • In response to resolving the sexual violence cases, the Government provides costs for travel and litigation as well as financial support for the livelihood and rehabilitation of survivors based on their needs.

 

engdate: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 21:00
month: 
September, 2022