Date : January 28 , 2012
Since June 7, 2011 Burmese colonialist armed forces have been attacking innocent Kachin civilians, young and old,
resulting in more than 60,000 Kachin becoming refugees who face enormous challenges and difficulties, especially in winter.
The World Zomi Congress on behalf of Zomi and Zogam would like to express our empathy and extend our goodwill to our Kachin brothers and sisters in refuge. Further, the World Zomi Congress condemns, in strongest terms, the ruthless actions and brutality of the Burmese colonialist armed forces.
The World Zomi Congress condemns the divide and rule tactic, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity committed by the Burmese military amongst the non-Burmans by forcefully subjugating innocent civilians - murdering children, raping women and killing men. These actions of the Burmese military have left the Kachins in constant fear and insecurity, forcing them to flee their villages looking for security and peace in foreign lands.
Evidently these are actions of the Burmese colonialists to isolate and create animosity amongst indigenous peoples like the Zomi, Kachin, Karen, Shan, Karenni, Mon and Rakhine indigenous peoples in Burma (Myanmar).
These crimes also cast doubts about the Burmese military’s sincerity in their “road map to democracy” and the validity of the upcoming parliamentary elections in April 2012.
We would also urge the international community and the United Nations to take concrete steps to restore peace and hope in the country and also, to preserve the integrity of the indigenous peoples’ lands in Burma.
We would also like to take this opportunity to urge every free thinking person to condemn the atrocities of the Burmese military and help the Kachin in their hour of needs.
The World Zomi Congress pledges to uphold the brotherly relations of the Kachin and the Zomi, and safeguard the integrity of our lands.
Information and Publicity Department,
World Zomi Congress