International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma
INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL ON CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN OF BURMA
The women of Burma suffer daily at the hands of the ruling military junta. Rape, sexual violence, forced labour and portering, torture, imprisonment and forced relocation are sadly common events that these brave women face. Despite the magnitude of this crisis, it has not yet prompted meaningful action on the part of national, regional or international community leaders.
On March 2nd the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma will put into words the crisis facing this country. For the first time ever, 12 courageous women from Burma will share their stories with the international community. The women’s testimonies will be heard by a high-level panel of ‘judges’, including Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams. In telling their stories the women represent thousands of other untold stories from across Burma -- stories of fear, anguish, resistance, escape, perseverance and hope for change.
Too little is truly understood about the situation inside Burma. With elections being held in May or October of this year, and the pending release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Tribunal will provide timely insight into what is really happening in the country. These women continue to fight for justice, democracy, and accountability within Burma—all while dealing with the realities of daily, gross violations of human rights. Their struggle reverberates with women activists globally who work tirelessly for gender equality, and those agents of change who continue to combat brutality and injustice every day.
Hosted in New York City by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Women’s League of Burma, this people’s tribunal will raise international visibility of the situation of women in Burma. Importantly, it will also allow the world a glimpse of the strength of the women of Burma as builders of democracy. They are testifying in the hopes that their act will lead to real change.
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