KHRG report raises concerns over abuse of women


Participants at the Yangon meeting. Photo: KIC

A new report by a Karen rights group calls for the protection of women facing gender based discrimination, violence, rape and forced labour in southeast Myanmar, reports BNI.

Naw Htoo Htoo, director of Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG), said: “In summary, there still isn’t anyone that will take effective legal actions against the violations of women’s rights.”

KHRG’s new report: ‘Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles: Women’s testimonies from southeast Myanmar’ highlights the many obstacles and abuses that women face. Presented this week in Yangon, the report is based on 98 interviews and 1,048 documents from January 2012 to March 2016.

“[It] highlights gender discrimination and abuse. We have recommended [for the authorities] to take effective action in such cases with transparency,” Naw Htoo Htoo told KIC News.

Published in Myanmar and English, the one-hundred page report provides recommendations for the government, civil society groups, international community and armed groups on protecting women from discrimination and violence.

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