As international NGOs working in Myanmar, we support respect for human rights and the equal, democratic participation of all people.
We are deeply concerned about the military takeover in the country in light of its potential short- and longer-term consequences for the security, rights and wellbeing of people across Myanmar, especially those who are already vulnerable and marginalized.
We remain committed to working with and supporting our civil society partners; from local community groups to national civil society networks. Most of our work in Myanmar is carried out with our partners, supporting communities in urgent need of assistance to meet their immediate basic needs, and programs that build greater resilience in the longer term. However:
• We are concerned that the current situation is undermining recent progress to enable local communities to participate in and influence decisions that affect their lives and the full enjoyment of their rights. We call on all stakeholders to respect the basic human rights of all people in Myanmar, including freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and flow of information, and to refrain from all forms of violence against peaceful protesters, journalists and media workers.
• We have been committed to supporting the safety, health and livelihood of communities across Myanmar during the COVID-19 pandemic and we have seen the very real challenges facing so many firsthand as the sources of income are disappeared and health care capacity expanded. We are concerned that recent events in Myanmar will reverse efforts to control the disease and that existing vulnerabilities will intensify.
• We believe that NGOs play a vital role in providing assistance and services in these difficult times. We call on all relevant authorities to ensure humanitarian access for national and international stakeholders.
We hope that all relevant parties in Myanmar, and affected countries in the region and around the world, will contribute to a quick and peaceful resolution of the crisis and the uncertainty facing the people of Myanmar.
Action against hunger ActionAid AVI BBC Media action The Border Consortium CARE International in Myanmar CDN-ZOA Center for Development and Environment Community Partners International Cord Danish Refugee Council Democracy Reporting International Energy and Poverty Research Group Finnish Refugee Council Aid Age Helvetas Humanity & Inclusion Johanniter International Assistance Lutheran World Federation MA-UK Médecins du Monde France Mercy Corps Norwegian Refugee Council Norwegian People & # 39; s Aid Oxfam International People in Need Save the Children International SWISSAID Trócaire World Vision International Welthungerhilfe Yangon Film School