GJC President, Janet Benshoof, is quoted in regards to UNSC Resolution 2106 that urges states to provide reproductive health care services for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
GJC in the News
The Economist publishes its special report "A Burmese Spring" on Burma's endeavors to heal its ethnic divisions.
On May 20th, GJC's President, Janet Benshoof, was interviewed for a news segment on Free Speech Radio News on President Obama meeting with Myanmar president.
GJC President Janet Benshoof in Democratic Voice of Burma: "It's Time for the International Community to Address Burma's Constitution"
Here's an excerpt from the article "It's Time for the International Community to Address Burma's Constitution," which was published in
The international community acts as if development and engagement alone can secure a democratic future for Burma. The United Nations and donor countries, with staggering rapidity, are investing considerable amounts of international and bilateral aid in Burma, including for “rule of law” projects designed to jettison Burma into the 21st century global legal community. However, this well-intended engagement, touting ideals of democracy and the rule of law, is built on a fallacy, which neither serves the people of Burma nor advances the global security sought by the international community.
This fallacy is that justice, democracy, and rule of law can be established in Burma notwithstanding the fact that the 2008 constitution establishing the “Republic of the Union of Myanmar” grants the “Defense Services,” under Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, complete and total legal autonomy over its own affairs, as well as immunity for its actions, however criminal or corrupt. The truth is actually quite simple: unless and until the military is placed under civilian control through constitutional amendment, talk of democracy and rule of law in Burma is just that, talk.
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Click here to read the full article in Burmese.
Gael Sylvia and GJC President Janet Benshoof discuss the right to nondiscriminatory medical care for women and girls raped in armed conflict, as guaranteed under the Geneva Conventions.
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