Statement 599 Views

Covid-19 Response and International Humanitarian Emergency Assistance Distribution should not be delivered through the Myanmar Military Junta

May 20th, 2022  •  Author:   107 Organizations and 13 individual  •  4 minute read
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Date : May 20th, 2022

Following the Myanmar military’s attempted coup on 1st February 2021, the Myanmar military junta exploited the COVID-19 pandemic in Tanintharyi Region and used Covid 19 as a weapon, according to a report by local civil society groups based on four-months’ research and ten case studies.

Political activists and revolutionary forces are therefore demanding that international organizations, including the United Nations, should not distribute humanitarian emergency aid through the junta or cooperate with any organization affiliated with the Myanmar military junta.

  1. From December 2021 to March 2022, 260 people in 10 townships in Tanintharyi Region shared their COVID-19 response experiences, which were compiled into a four-month preliminary survey, exposing eight major impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic and the coup.
  2. The report “Myanmar Military’s Weaponization of Covid-19 in Tanintharyi Region”, launched on May 4, 2022, shows that the junta has used the pandemic as a pretext to target and persecute politicians and activists opposed to their coup attempt, and to further oppress the population.
  3. Therefore, we, the Tanintharyi Region-based political forces and partner democracy and human rights groups across the country, make the following urgent recommendations:
  • International humanitarian assistance is immediately required in all parts of Myanmar including Tanintharyi Region, but such assistance must not be delivered through or in cooperation with the Myanmar military junta.
  • The UN Secretary-General must lead a UN-coordinated humanitarian emergency intervention to combat the catastro3phic COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar.
  • UN agencies and INGOs should work with and put trust in local CSOs, ethnic CSOs and ethnic health service providers, including through cross-border channels.
  • International stakeholders delivering humanitarian assistance should maintain close and regular communication, consultation and collaboration with the National Unity Government, Ethnic Armed Organizations, National Unity Consultative Council, and the COVID-19 Task Force.
  • The UN Security Council must adopt a resolution on Myanmar to end the military’s violence by referring the situation of Myanmar to the ICC and imposing global arms embargo.

Contact us for more information;

1) Mae Su Su Swe
Email address: [email protected]

2) U Moe Thu Aung
Email address: [email protected]

The findings and recommendations of research report and recommendations are endorsed by the following (70) Civil Society Organizations, including (3) networks, (13) individual activists and (2) international organizations. There are (37) Anonymous Civil Society organizations endorsed.  For full report, please visit at the footnote links.

Endorsed organizations:

  1. တနင်္သာရီတိုင်းလူထုအသံ (PVT)
  2. Network for Advocacy Action ( Tanintharyi)
  3. Tanintharyi Women’s Network
  4. Human Rights Defenders and Promoters
  5. Tavoyan Youth Organization
  6. Tavoyan Women’s Union
  7. 88 Open Society (Myeik)
  8. Youth Newtork (Tanintharyi)
  9. Youth Network Dawei
  10. Green Network (Myeik)
  11. Dawei Human Rights Group
  12. Human Rights Documentation Group (Dawei)
  13. All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress (AASYC)
  14. Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD)
  15. Kachin Human Rights Watch
  16. Kachin Gender Star Group- KGSG
  17. All Kachin Youth Union
  18. Karen New Generation Youth (KNGY)
  19. Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
  20. Kuki Women’s Human Rights Organization (KWHRO)
  21. Sisters2Sisters
  22. Green Development Network (သထုံ)
  23. Women’s Peace Network
  24. Mon State Development Center
  25. Save and Care Organization for Ethnic Women at Border Areas
  26. Future Thanlwin
  27. Human Rights Foundation of Monland
  28. Shan MATA
  29. Keng Tung Youth
  30. Tanintharyi MATA
  31. Southern Youth Development Organization
  32. Karenni National Women’s Organization
  33. Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)
  34. Solidarity with all Tanintharyi Friends
  35. Synergy Social Harmony Organization
  36. Solidarity of Trade Union Myanmar (STUM)
  37. IFI Watch
  38. Kawthaung Youth Network
  39. United Ethnic Women Alliance Association
  40. Morning stars
  41. New Myanmar Foundation
  42. Progressive Voice
  43. Youth Development Institute (YDI)
  44. Spring Volunteer Program
  45. Zomi Students and Youth Organization (ZSYO)
  46. Myanmar Human Rights Alliance Network (MHRAN)
  47. Thandaunggyi Women’s Group
  48. ပညာဥပတ္ထမ္ဘကလူငယ်များအသင်း (ပုလော)
  49. ပြည်သူ့လှုပ်ရှားဦးဆောင်အဖွဲ့- ပုလောမြို့နယ်
  50. တောင်သူလယ်သမားများ ကာကွယ်စောင့်ရှောင်ရေးအဖွဲ့ (မြိတ်)
  51. ဒေသခံစစ်ဘေးရှောင်များ ထောက်အပံ့ပေးရေးအဖွဲ့ -ထား၀ယ်
  52. ကြယ်စင်တန်းဖွံ့ဖြိုးရေးအသင်း (KSTDA)
  53. ပင်လယ် ပျော်သမဂ္ဂ
  54. တောင်သူလယ်သမားသမဂ္ဂ ( သရက်ချောင်းမြို့နယ်)
  55. ဟိန္ဇဲဒေသဖွံ့ဖြိုးရေးအဖွဲ့
  56. ရေလုပ်သားများအဖွဲ့
  57. ၈၈မျိုးဆက်ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးနှင့်ပွင့်လင်းလူ့အဖွဲ့အစည်း (ထား၀ယ်)
  58. နယ်စပ် ဒေသဖွံ့ဖြိုးတိုးတက် ရေးပရဟိတအဖွဲ့ (ကော့သောင်း)
  59. ရွှေ့‌ပြောင်းမိတ်ဖက်နယ်စပ် ဒေသဖွံ့ဖြိုးတိုးတက်ရေး ပရဟိတအဖွဲ့ (ကော့သောင်း)
  60. လယ်သမားများ သမဂ္ဂ (ထား၀ယ်ခရိုင်)
  61. ကော့သောင်းပညာရေးဘုတ်အဖွဲ့
  62. ရောင်နီစစ်ဘေးရှောင်ကူညီထောက်ပံ့ရေးအဖွဲ့
  63. Assistance Association for Political Prisoners(AAPP)
  64. Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters
  65. စာနာ-SaNaR (Save the Natural Resources)

Networks/Alliance groups/ Umbrella organization

  1. Network for Human Rights Documentation (ND-Burma)
    • consist of 9 members organizations
  1. Students and Youth Congress of Burma (SYCB)
    • Consist of 11 youth organizations
  1. Tanintharyi Nationalities Congress (TNC)
    • Consist of 14 member organizations

International Organizations

  1. Institute for Asian Democracy
  2. ALTSEAN-Burma

Individuals’ activists

  • နော်မီရှဲ
  • Swe Wint Paing
  • Thiha Maung Maung (Freelance Trainer)
  • Arker Hein
  • Saw Lu Pway Doh
  • Chit Win Maung
  • Nickey Diamond (Human Rights Activist)
  • Khin Lin Lin Phyu (Singpore)
  • Ei Ei Chaw (Thailand)
  • Mi Sein (Thailand)
  • Mi Kun Chan Non (Mon Women Activist)
  • Thu Thu Mar (Edicational Activist)
  • Yar Zar Soe

37 Anonymous organizations endorsed.

Burmese version.

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