One year after the terrible event, the National League for Democracy says that the incoming government it will form in March will uncover the truth about the rape and murder of two volunteer teachers in northern Shan State.

The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), for whom the two women worked, says it hopes the new government will prevail on the military to cooperate in a reinvigorated investigation of the brutal crimes of January 19, 2015.

The two teachers, Maran Lu Ra, 20, and Tangbau Hkwan Nan Tsin, 21, were working for the KBC in Kaung Khar village teaching children whose education had been disrupted by persistent fighting in the area. Their naked bodies were found with stab wounds and head injuries after villagers reported hearing screams in the night.

Amyotha Hluttaw MP Daw Susana Hla Hla Soe (NLD) told The Myanmar Times yesterday that her party saw the case as a rule-of-law issue.

“There is no respect for rules and regulations in our country. We have already promised to build a framework of law, and will pursue this case under the existing laws,” she said.

KBC general secretary Reverend Samson Hkalam said yesterday that the Kachin people were looking to the NLD to get at the truth, and that the KBC would not rest until it did.

“The NLD’s motto was ‘Time to change’. We believe they will complete the investigation of this case and that the truth will come out,” he told The Myanmar Times.

Soldiers of the 503rd Light Infantry Regiment under Northeast Region Command had established a temporary base in Khaung Khar village, about 100 metres (330 feet) from where the incident occurred, two days before the two teachers were killed. An army-issue belt and boot-prints were found at the scene of the crime, leading many to suspect the involvement of the military in the murders.

Muse township police named a husband and wife, Myo Tint and Ma Par, as suspects in the crime, but the KBC said the civilians were scapegoats. They accused investigators of colluding with the army.

DNA results from the crime scene were never released, though a senior official at the Yangon laboratory conducting the analysis confirmed the tests had been completed.

“We will not accept it if the police take action against civilians

according to the DNA results. We are prepared to submit the case file to the International Court of Justice,” said Rev Hkalam.

He added, “We don’t trust the DNA evidence because the police failed to collect hair samples from local civilians, but did take samples from soldiers who were not at Khaung Khar village.”

The KBC held a first-anniversary commemoration ceremony in the hall of Myanmar Baptist Convention at Yangon yesterday, attended by more than 200 mourners.

Daw Nyo Nyo Thin, Bahan township MP for Yangon Region parliament, said after the ceremony that she expected the incoming government to revitalise the investigation and unearth the truth.

“The current government cannot influence the military because it is formed from former military officers. The next government must bring influence to bear,” she said.