11 Jan Women’s groups call for justice over slain copper mine protester

Written by Min Min Published in Latpadaung Read 3004 times
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Ten Myanmar women’s groups Friday called for justice for the woman who was killed in clashes between security forces and residents at the controversial copper mine in central Myanmar.

Daw Khin Win, 56, was shot dead on December 22 as she took part in a protest against fencing being put up on farmers’ land by workers of the Letpadaung copper mine project.

Wanbao company, a joint Chinese-Myanmar mining venture, issued a message of condolence to Daw Khin Win’s family in the wake of her death.

The statement by the women’s groups said this brutal attack was a breach of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, of which Myanmar is a member, accusing the government of failing to protect the rights of women and negligence over the treaty.

It also called for action by the investigation commission led by opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the implementation committee for the commission led by President’s Office Minister U Hla Tun, the rule of law committee and the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

The 10 women’s advocacy groups in this campaign are the Women’s Organization Network, Women’s League of Burma, Phandee Eain, Akha Yar, Gender Equality Network, Triangle Women Support Group, Kachin Women Peace Network, Women’s Initiative Network for Peace, Women Can Do It and NGO Gender Group.

Protest over the killing and the violent suppression of the protesters spread to major cities, including Yangon where protesters tried to pass through a security line near the Chinese embassy to lay a wreath, leading to the eventual arrest of protest leaders U Nay Myo Zin and Daw Naw Ohn Hla on December 30.