Burma/Myanmar: The KNU/KNLA commits to the protection of children and the prohibition of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence
Geneva, 24 July 2013
After seven years of dialogue with Geneva Call on international humanitarian norms, a ground-breaking step has been taken by the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA). KNU/KNLA has signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Prohibition of Sexual violence in Situations of Armed Conflict and towards the Elimination of Gender Discrimination and the Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict. The ceremony took place in Pa’an in Karen/Kayin State on 21 July 2013 and gathered representatives of the senior leadership of the KNU/KNLA and Government officials, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community, NGOs and UN agencies.
By signing these two Deeds of Commitment, the KNU/KNLA is publically formalizing an already long-standing commitment towards the protection of civilians and collaboration with the international