Myanmar

INGOs Call for an End to Violence Against Civilians and Children and Warn of Imminent Humanitarian Crisis

As INGOs working in Myanmar, we condemn the Myanmar military’s widespread use of deadly violence against civilians.

We are deeply concerned that since Feb. 1, 2021, 550 civilians have been killed, including 46 children. This violence escalated even further on Saturday, March 27, when at least 114 people were killed in a single day. Over the same weekend, airstrikes were launched by the Myanmar military in Kayin/Karen State, killing civilians and forcing around 10,000 people to flee their homes. These horrific acts of violence must stop immediately. 

We are deeply concerned by the dire humanitarian consequences of this crisis. Obstacles to access vital health services for those injured, or persons with chronic disease, increase the risk of long-term impairment, and represent a further challenge for Covid-19 response. The occupation of education and healthcare facilities across the country undermines the right to education and health. 

We renew our call on armed forces and police to refrain from all forms of violence against civilians, peaceful protestors, journalists, and media workers, and to respect the fundamental human rights of all people in Myanmar, including freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, and free flow of information. 

We remain committed to working with our civil society partners and supporting communities with urgently needed assistance to meet their immediate basic needs, and with programs that build greater resilience over the longer term. The political crisis is creating new vulnerabilities, increased humanitarian needs and deepening poverty across the country. The lives, livelihoods and rights of civilians must be protected. 

We urgently call for all stakeholders to use all possible diplomatic channels, forums and means to: 

  • Ensure civilians are protected from indiscriminate violence, and provide refuge and protection to those fleeing for safety, in line with international law 
  • Respect and facilitate unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance for communities in need across Myanmar 
  • Urgently find a peaceful solution to this crisis, together with the people of Myanmar 

Signatories:

Action Aid 

AVI 

AVSI Foundation 

BBC Media Action 

CARE International in Myanmar 

CDN-ZOA 

Centre for Development and Environment 

ChildFund Myanmar 

Christian Aid 

Church World Service 

Community Partners International 

Cord 

Cordaid 

Democracy Reporting International 

Energy and Poverty Research Group 

Fauna & Flora International 

Finnish Refugee Council 

Gret 

HelpAge International 

Helvetas 

Humanity & Inclusion / Handicap International Federation 

International Alert 

MA-UK 

Médecins du Monde France 

Mercy Corps 

Norwegian People’s Aid 

Oxfam International 

People in Need 

Plan International 

PSI 

Save the Children 

Solidarites International 

SWISSAID 

Swisscontact 

The Border Consortium 

The Freedom Fund 

The Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 

VSO 

Welthungerhilfe 

World Vision 

Yangon Film School