Women's Rights in Burma

Thursday, January 1, 1998
South Eastern Asia

This is an overview of the report: Women's Rights in Burma. Images Asia is currently producing a report concerning the state of women's rights in Burma. In 1997, SLORC ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and their maiden report under the terms of the Convention is due this year. Given the reports made by the former SLORC regime at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) and to other United Nations bodies, the CEDAW report by SPDC is unlikely to reflect with accuracy the true situation for women living in Burma. Furthermore, with the abrogation of most human rights under the preceding military regime, which had shown little respect for the human dignity of the Burmese people, it is highly likely that women's human rights abuses continue to occur with regularity under SPDC "governance." The existence and continuation of many of these abuses point directly to the military junta's policies, and their failure to reform either the laws or the economic system.

To see the whole overview, please click on this link: http://www.aworc.org/bpfa/pub/sec_e/vio00001.html