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Myanmar still uses rape as weapon of war: Women's group

Published on Jan 14, 2014 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A women's group says the military in Myanmar is still using rape as a weapon of war, with more than 100 women and girls raped by the army since a 2010 election brought about a nominally civilian government that has pursued rapprochement with the West.

The Thailand-based Women's League of Burma said in a report made available to Reuters that 47 of the cases documented were gang rapes and 28 of the women were either killed or had died of their injuries. It said several victims were as young as eight.

The group said the situation showed the need for legal reform in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and for changes to a 2008 Constitution to ensure that the military is placed under civilian control.

No one was immediately available for comment at Myanmar's presidency or Defence Ministry. In the past, the military has rejected similar accusations.

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