ALERT – INGOs Call for an end to Violence Against Civilians and Children and Warn of Imminent Humanitarian Crisis | April 6, 2021

As INGOs working in Myanmar, we condemn the Myanmar military’s widespread use of deadly violence against civilians. We are deeply concerned that since 1 Feb 2021, 550 civilians have been killed, including 46 children. (1) This violence escalated even further on Saturday, 27 March, when at least 114 people were killed in a single day. […]

As INGOs working in Myanmar, we condemn the Myanmar military’s widespread use of deadly violence against civilians. We are deeply concerned that since 1 Feb 2021, 550 civilians have been killed, including 46 children. (1)

This violence escalated even further on Saturday, 27 March, 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 programmes 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.

List of signatories :

  1. Action Aid
  2. AVI
  3. AVSI Foundation
  4. BBC Media Action
  5. CARE International in Myanmar
  6. CDN-ZOA
  7. Centre for Development and Environment
  8. ChildFund Myanmar
  9. Christian Aid
  10. Church World Service
  11. Community Partners International
  12. Cord
  13. Cordaid
  14. Democracy Reporting International
  15. Energy and Poverty Research Group
  16. Fauna & Flora International
  17. Finnish Refugee Council
  18. Gret
  19. HelpAge International
  20. Helvetas
  21. Humanity & Inclusion / Fédération Handicap International
  22. International Alert
  23. MA-UK
  24. Médecins du Monde France
  25. Mercy Corps
  26. Norwegian People’s Aid
  27. Oxfam International
  28. People in Need
  29. Plan International
  30. PSI
  31. Save the Children
  32. Solidarites International
  33. SWISSAID
  34. Swisscontact
  35. The Border Consortium
  36. The Freedom Fund
  37. The Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  38. VSO
  39. Welthungerhilfe
  40. World Vision
  41. Yangon Film School

(1) According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP)


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