Date : 4, May 2022
After the Myanmar Military launched its attempted coup on 1 February 2021, the military junta’s weaponizing of the COVID-19 epidemic in Tanintharyi Region has been closely monitored by local civil society. During the four-month period from December 2021 to March 2022, a research initiative on the COVID-19response in Tanintharyi Region was conducted by Tanintharyi People’s Voice – an umbrella network of 30 local civil society organizations working across various sectors in Tanintharyi Region. In each of Tanintharyi Region’s 10 townships members of the Tanintharyi People’s Voice network conducted interview surveys with 32 people, and a further 10 in-depth interviews were conducted with victims of human rights abuses perpetrated by the military junta. In total 260 people were interviewed for the report being released today by Tanintharyi People’s Voice.
The Tanintharyi People’s Voice research found that there have been eight key ways that the Myanmar military has weaponized COVID-19 in Tanintharyi Region:
Tanintharyi People’s Voice expects that the findings presented in this briefer will contribute the growing body of evidence that the Myanmar military junta has undoubtedly made the COVID-19 situation worse and is not a reliable healthcare provider, and therefore should not be considered a trustworthy partner for international stakeholders wishing to provide COVID-19 humanitarian assistance to people in Myanmar.
Based on the findings outlined in this report, Tanintharyi People’s Voice makes the following recommendations to the UN and International Community:
Please read the full report attached for the detailed research findings.