Burmese junta sanctions rape of Chin women: The Burmese Army commits brutal sexual crimes against Chin women even in the presence of witnesses and sometimes torture and even murder the victims with impunity, said the report, titled 'Unsafe State: State-sanctioned sexual violence against Chin women in Burma'. The report, compiled and released by the Women's League of Chinland, an umbrella ethnic Chin women's group, documents 38 cases of rape committed by the Burmese Army during the past five years. While some victims were murdered, at least a third of them were gang-raped, and many tortured and savagely raped in the presence of local communities, said the report.
Moreover, during those six decades the military also waged war in several regions of Burma against various Ethnic Armed Organisations EAOs , and conflict continues to this day. These long-running conflicts h ave been characterized by human rights abuses against ethnic communities, including se xual violence against ethnic women, and have had a devastating negative impact on the rights and opportunities available to ethnic women. In , the military instituted a process of reform as part of a carefully-orchestrated plan to continue military rule under the guise of democracy. Since this nominally- civilian government the Government took power in , women in Burma have experienced limited improvements with respect to fundamental human rights and freedoms but are far from enjoying the rights required by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women CEDAW , to which Burma is a party. We highlight the ways in which rural and ethnic women in Burma are denied the equality and non-discrimination guarantees provided by CEDAW.