Kachin Christian urges Burma Army to be constructive

The Kachin Post / September 9, 2019

Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), a major Christian organization in Burma, urges Burma Army to conduct constructive means to deal with conflict between civilians and the military institution.

KBC welcomes Burma Army’s decision to drop the criminal complaint against its Chairman Reverend Dr. Hkalam Samson, regarding his remarks made during the Oval Office meeting with U.S President Donald Trump last month. Lt. Col. Than Htike from Burma Army’s Northern Command unilaterally withdrew this morning the recent complaint against Rev. Samson.

KBC believes the country’s peace process with various ethnic armed organizations would be very supportive if Burma Army keeps solving the conflict with civilians lawfully, said in the statement released today. “The sacrifices and understanding of the military institution towards civilians is very vital for the future of establishing the genuine Federal Union of Burma.”

More than 60 Christian Churches were destroyed and vandalized by Burma Army since 2011, when the ceasefire agreement broke out with Kachin Independence Army, which controls some territories in Kachin and Shan State. During the eight years of military operation, Burma Army destroyed more than two hundreds villages and displaced over a hundred thousand of Kachins.

Hundreds of Kachins were reportedly killed, tortured and raped by Burma Army. One of the significant raped incident, which simultaneously murdered the two KBC’s volunteer teachers, was took place within the sanctuary of the Kachin Baptist Church in Northeast of the country has never been found justice for the victim’s families.