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US Congressman Condemns Use of Rape as Weapon in Burma - 2004-04-24


A U.S. Congressman has condemned Burma's military government, saying a recent report provides evidence soldiers and officers in Burma use rape as a weapon.

U.S. Congressman Elton Gallegly said this week that he was "horrified" by the report documenting rapes of ethnic women by Burmese soldiers. Mr. Gallegly was citing a report by the Karen Women's Organization, a Burmese women's rights organization based along the Thai border.

Mr. Gallegly, chairman of a subcommittee on human rights, said he was appalled with the organization's report that over half the rapes were committed by military officers, and that 40% were gang rapes.

The U.S. Congressman said "the use of rape as a weapon of war was wrong in Bosnia, and it is wrong in Burma." He said Burma's military government must be held accountable for the allegations.

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