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Myanmar’s Junta killed nearly 500 women in just over 2 years

Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government marked International Women’s Day Wednesday with a bleak statistic.

It said 483 women across the country have been killed by the junta in the 25 months since the military seized power from the democratically elected government.

The joint statement by the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs and the National Unity Consultative Council’s Coordinating Committee on Gender Policy said the junta had also detained 3,125 women, 11 of whom received the death sentence and 15 life imprisonment.

Troops sexually assaulted 122 women, according to the statement, which said the National Unity Government would fight for justice for women whose rights were violated.

People across Myanmar have been marking International Women’s Day by holding discussions on gender equality and women’s rights.

The country’s women have been very active in both non-violent protests and armed rebellion since the Feb. 1, 2021 coup.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 20, died two weeks after the coup, the first protester to die at the hands of the military regime. She was shot in the head during a demonstration in Naypyidaw on Feb. 9, 2021 and succumbed to her injuries on Feb. 19. Two days after her death tens of thousands of mourners and protesters took to the streets of the capital for her funeral procession.

Since the coup, the junta has repeatedly ignored the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which Myanmar signed on July 22, 1997.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn. 

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