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Global Day of Action

Dear Friends,

We, the Karen Community Association- UK (KCA-UK), would like to invite you all to join us for a global day of action on 9th March, 2010 regarding the new military offensive against Karen civilians by the Burmese Army in Karen State, eastern Burma.

In the UK, there will be a demonstration in front of British Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO), King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH, on 9th March 2010 at 12:30 to 13:30.

For decades the Karen people have been under attack by the ruling regime. In early February this year, the troops of the Burmese Army entered two Karen villages in Ler Doh (Kyaukkyi) Township, Kler Lwee Htoo District and burned them down. As a consequence, seventy-four houses were destroyed. People in eleven villages have been forced to flee for their lives. Around 2,500 people are now hiding in the jungle, in desperate need of aid.

In the same month, the Burmese troops fired a mortar bomb into an area of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mutraw (Papun) District in Northern Karen State. One schoolboy has been killed and two more injured when the bomb hit their school at Tru Ta.

This schoolboy died because of the lack of medical assistant as the Burmese regime blocks aid into many area of the Karen State. His life could be saved by International aid. The only way to get medical assistance to this area is through cross-border aid from Thailand Burma border.

This attack against civilian is unacceptable and need to be stopped.

On this day, we will be calling the British Government to take action on this attacked against Karen Civilians, which is in breach of Geneva Convention, and to urge the UK government to push for a United Nations’ commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Burmese Regime. We will also call for Department for International Development (DFID) to provide more cross- border aid for IDPs as they still fail to do it.

We would be very grateful if you could join us on that day.

Date: 09 March, 2010 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Place: British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
King Charles Street
London, SW1A 2AH
For more information contact
Mary Thandar Tun +44(0)7853287330
May Pearl +44(0)7931487697

Thank you for your cooperation.

Karen Community Association UK

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