Senator Bob Carr, Australia's Foreign Minister: Condemn Burma's attacks on civilians
For the past 18 months people in Kachin State, northern Burma, have been fleeing military attacks and human rights abuses.
On December 28th 2012 the Burmese military started using fighter jets and airstrikes in their attacks in Kachin State.
Since the Burmese military started using airstrikes over 300 people have been reported dead.
Since the military attacks began 18 months ago, over 100,000 men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes. Most are living in make-shift camps with inadequate food, water and access to health care.
The United Nations, the United States of America and the United Kingdom have expressed concerns over these attacks.
However Australia has been silent.
It was also alarming to learn that the Burmese authorities are restricting access to urgently needed humanitarian assistance.
No government should use airstrikes or any type of force against its own people. Such acts should be condemned by the international community.
Members of the international community, including the UN Secretary General, the United States and the United Kingdom have condemned these attacks.
But Australia has been silent.
I urge you to break your silence and publicly condemn these recent attacks and call on the Burmese authorities to immediately halt all military attacks in Kachin State.
I also urge you to call on the Burmese authorities to allow humanitarian workers unrestricted access to all areas of Kachin State.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this issue.