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PSPD    People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy

  • Int. Solidarity
  • 2021.11.07
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UN Security Council Must Act Now to End Junta’s Campaign of Terror

 

We, the undersigned 521 Myanmar, regional and international civil society organizations, call on the UN Security Council to urgently convene a meeting on the escalating attacks in Chin State, and address the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in Myanmar. We call for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution to consolidate international action to stop the military’s violent assault against the people of Myanmar. The UN Security Council must also impose a global arms embargo to stop the flow of weapons and dual-use goods to the Myanmar military junta.

 

It has been nine months since the attempted coup by the brutal Myanmar military. 1,236 people have been killed and 9,667 arbitrarily detained as of November 3, 2021. The junta has continued its violent assault throughout Myanmar, recently deployed troops and increased its attacks against civilians in Chin State, Sagaing and Magwe Regions in north-western Myanmar, while continuing its attacks in Karenni, Karen and Shan States.

 

On Friday 29 October, the Myanmar military began shelling the town of Thantlang in Western Chin State, setting as many as 200 houses and at least two churches on fire. Soldiers also deliberately torched houses at random.

 

Save the Children – whose office in Thantlang was set on fire alongside local civil society organizations including Chin Human Rights Organization – strongly condemned the recent attacks stating “the incident is further evidence of a deepening crisis in Myanmar” as the violence continues to affect large numbers of children across the country. Such indiscriminate attacks against civilians and humanitarian organizations are violations of international law and constitute war crimes.

 

Following the February 1 attempted coup, Chin State has been at the forefront of some of the strongest resistance to the Myanmar military junta. This has been met with fierce attacks by the military, including use of fighter jets and heavy artillery used against civilians while hundreds have been arbitrarily detained, and dozens killed. Prior to this most recent attack, approximately 10,000 residents had already fled Thantlang as the military junta indiscriminately shot into homes and set off fires by shelling in September. At the time, a Christian pastor who was attempting to put out the fires was shot dead, and his ring finger cruelly cut off and removed, along with his wedding ring. Those displaced have taken shelter in nearby villages and others have sought refuge in India. Many of those who have been displaced have been unable to access humanitarian aid as the junta weaponizes aid for their own political benefit, often blocking access or destroying it in an effort to weaken the resistance.

 

In early October, amid increasing deployment of heavy weapons and troops by the military junta, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged “the international community to speak with one voice, to prevent the commission of further serious human rights violations against the people of Myanmar.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights also warned of greater human rights catastrophe and further mass atrocity crimes amid the deployment of tens of thousands of troops stating, “These tactics are ominously reminiscent of those employed by the military before its genocidal attacks against the Rohingya in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017.” Echoing these concerns, 29 Rohingya organizations have urged the Council not to repeat the mistakes it made in 2017 by failing to act on warnings of an impending military offensive against the Rohingya.

 

Since the start of the attempted coup nine months ago, hundreds of Myanmar and international society organizations have repeatedly and vehemently called for the UN Security Council to act. This includes a statement from 92 Chin civil society organizations and Burma Campaign UK, who have called on the UK as the “penholder” of Myanmar at the UN Security Council to urgently act. The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar have also called for the UN Security Council to “issue a resolution to consolidate international action towards resolving the crisis.”

 

Yet, the Security Council has failed to take any effective actions beyond statements. As the offensives escalate in Chin State, the UN Security Council must act before it is too late. It must convene an urgent meeting on the escalating attacks in Chin State and the overall deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis as a result of the Myanmar military leaders search for power and greed that has caused immense suffering. The human security risk not only threatens the people of Myanmar but also regional and thus global security and peace. The Council must immediately build on previous statements with concrete action by adopting a resolution that consolidates international action to resolve the deepening crisis, a global arms embargo to stop the flow of weapons, including dual-use goods, and refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. The Council must demonstrate that it will take concrete actions to stop the junta from committing further atrocity crimes and posing further risk to human security of the people of Myanmar.

 

The UN must not continue to fail the people of Myanmar.

 

Signed by 521 Myanmar, regional and international civil society organizations* including:

 

8888 Generation (New Zealand)

Action Committee for Democracy Development

African Great Lakes Action Network

All Burma Democratic Face in New Zealand

All Burma IT Student Union

Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM)

ALTSEAN-Burma

America Rohingya Justice Network

American Baptist Churches USA

American Rohingya Advocacy

Ananda Data

Anti-Dictatorship in Burma – DC Metropolitan Area

Arakan CSO Network

Arakan Institute for Peace and Development

Arakan Rohingya Development Association – Australia

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)

Arakan Rohingya Union

Arizona Kachin Community

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)

Asho University Students Association (AUSA)

Asho Youth Organization

Asian Dignity Initiative

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Asian Resource Foundation

Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters

Association of Women for Awareness & Motivation (AWAM)

Athan – Freedom of Expression Activist Organization

Auckland Kachin Community Inc.

Auckland Zomi Community

Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation

Backpack Health Workers Team

Balaod Mindanaw

Bangkok Chin University Student Fellowship

Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)

Baptist World Alliance

Blood Money Campaign

British Rohingya Community in UK

Buddhist Solidarity for Reform

Burma Action Ireland

Burma Campaign UK

Burma Human Rights Network

Burma Medical Association

Burma Task Force

Burmese American Millennials

Burmese Community Support Group (Australia)

Burmese Democratic Forces

Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)

Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)

Burmese Rohingya Association of North America

Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA)

Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark

Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Burmese Rohingya Welfare Organisation New Zealand

Burmese Student Association at UCSB

Burmese Women’s Union

California Kachin Community

Calvary Burmese Church

Campaign for a New Myanmar

Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation

Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative

Cantors’ Assembly

CAU Buddhist

CDM Supporter Team (Hakha)

Central Chin Youth Organization (CCYO)

Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia

Cherry Foundation (Yangon), Burma/Myanmar

Chin Baptist Association, North America

Chin Baptist Churches USA

Chin Civil Society Network (CCSN)

Chin Community of Auckland

Chin Community of USA-DC Area

Chin Education Initiative (CEI)

Chin Human Rights Organization

Chin Humanitarian Assistance Team Rakhine State (CHAT)

Chin Leaders of Tomorrow (CLT)

Chin Literature and Culture Committee (Universities of Yangon)

Chin Student Union – Kalay

Chin Student Union – Pakokku

Chin Student Union – Sittwe

Chin Student Union of Myanmar

Chin University Student Fellowship – Paletwa

Chin University Students in Rakhine State (CUSRS)

Chin Women Organization (CWO)

Chin Women’s Development Organization (CWDO)

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Coalition for Democracy

Community Resource Centre (CRC)

Dallas Kachin Community

Darfur and Beyond, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

DEEKU-Karenni Community of Amarillo, TX

Democracy for Ethnic Minorities Organization

Democracy for Myanmar – Working Group (NZ)

Democracy, Peace and Women’s Organization – DPW

Equality Myanmar

European Rohingya Council (ERC)

Falam Phunsang Tlawngta Pawlkom

Federal Myanmar Benevolence Group (NZ)

Fidi Foundation (Hakha)

Florida Kachin Community

Free Burma Action Bay/USA/Global

Free Myanmar Campaign USA/BACI

Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC)

Freedom for Burma

Freedom, Justice, Equality for Myanmar

Future Light Center

Future Thanlwin

Gender and Development Institute – Myanmar

Gender Equality Myanmar

Generation Wave

Georgia Kachin Community

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Global Justice Center

Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy

Global Myanmar Spring Revolution

Global Witness

Globe International Center

Grassroots Movement for Burma

Green Party Korea International Committee

Hakha Campaign for Justice

Hakha University Student Organization (HUSO)

Houston Kachin Community

Human Rights Alert

Human Rights Development for Myanmar

Human Rights Foundation of Monland

Human Rights Watch

Imparsial

Incorporated Organization Shilcheon Bulgyo

Infinite Burma

Initiatives for International Dialogue

Institute for Asian Democracy

Inter Pares

International Campaign for the Rohingya

International Karen Organisation

Iowa Kachin Community

Ipas

Jewish World Watch

Jogye Order Chapter of Korea Democracy Union

Justice For Myanmar

Kachin Alliance

Kachin American Community (Portland – Vancouver)

Kachin Community of Indiana

Kachin Community of USA

Kachin National Organization USA

Kachin Peace Network (KPN)

Kachin State Women Network

Kachin Women’s Association Thailand

Kanpetlet University Student Organization

Kansas Karenni Community, KS

Karen American Association of Milwaukee, WI

Karen Association of Huron, SD

Karen Community of Akron, OH

Karen Community of Iowa, IA

Karen Community of Kansas City, KS & MO

Karen Community of Minnesota, MN

Karen Community of North Carolina, NC

Karen Environmental and Social Action Network

Karen Human Rights Group

Karen Organization of America

Karen Organization of Illinois, IL

Karen Organization of San Diego

Karen Peace Support Network

Karen Rivers Watch

Karen Women’s Organization

Karen Youth Education Pathways

Karenni Civil Society Network

Karenni Community of Arizona, AZ

Karenni Community of Arkensas, AK

Karenni Community of Austin, TX

Karenni Community of Bowling Green, KY

Karenni Community of Buffalo, NY

Karenni Community of Chicago, IL

Karenni Community of Colorado, CO

Karenni Community of Dallas, TX

Karenni Community of Des Moines, IA

Karenni Community of Florida, FL

Karenni Community of Fort Worth, TX

Karenni Community of Georgia, GA

Karenni Community of Houston, TX

Karenni Community of Idaho, ID

Karenni Community of Indianapolis, IN

Karenni Community of Massachusetts, MA

Karenni Community of Michigan, MI

Karenni Community of Minnesota, MN

Karenni Community of Missouri, MO

Karenni Community of North Carolina, NC

Karenni Community of Portland, OR

Karenni Community of Rockford, IL

Karenni Community of San Antonio, TX

Karenni Community of Sioux Falls, SD

Karenni Community of Utah, UT

Karenni Community of Utica, NY

Karenni Community of Washington, WA

Karenni Community of Wisconsin, WI

Karenni Human Rights Group

Karenni National Women’s Organization

Karenni Society New Zealand

Karenni Society of Omaha, NE

Karenni-American Association

Kaung Rwai Social Action Network

Keng Tung Youth

Kentucky Kachin Community

Korean Ashram

L’chaim! Jews Against the Death Penalty

Los Angeles Rohingya Association

Louisiana Kachin Community

Manyou Power People

Maryland Kachin Community

Matupi University Student Fellowship

Metta Campaign Mandalay

Metta-Vipassana Center

Michigan Kachin Community

MINBYUN – Lawyers for a Democratic Society International Solidarity Committee

Mindat University Student Union

Minnesota Kachin Community

Mizo Student Fellowship

Myanmar Advocacy Coalition

Myanmar Cultural Research Society (MCRS)

Myanmar Engineers – New Zealand

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in Malaysia

Myanmar Gonye (New Zealand)

Myanmar Peace Bikers

Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

Myanmar Students’ Union in New Zealand

Nationalities Alliance of Burma USA

NeT Organization

Network for Human Rights Documentation (ND-Burma)

Never Again Coalition

New Bodhisattva Network

New York Kachin Community

New Zealand Doctors for NUG

New Zealand Karen Association

New Zealand Zo Community Inc.

Ninu (Women in Action Group)

No Business With Genocide

North Carolina Kachin Community

Nyan Lynn Thit Analytica

Olive Organization

Omaha Kachin Community

Overseas Mon Association. New Zealand

Pa-O Women’s Union

Pa-O Youth Organization

Pennsylvania Kachin Community

People’s Initiative for Development Alternatives

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)

Progressive Voice

Pyithu Gonye (New Zealand)

Rohingya Action Ireland

Rohingya American Society

Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee

Rohingya Community in Netherlands

Rohingya Community in Norway

Rohingya Culture Centre Chicago

Rohingya Human Rights Initiative

Rohingya Human Rights Network (Canada)

Rohingya Organisation Norway

Rohingya Refugee Network

Rohingya Society Malaysia

Rohingya Women Development Network (RWDN)

Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF)

Rvwang Community Association New Zealand

Save and Care Organization for Ethnic Women at Border Areas

Save Myanmar Fundraising Group (New Zealand)

Save the Salween Network

SEA Junction

SEGRI

Shan Community (New Zealand)

Shan MATA

Sitt Nyein Pann Foundation

Solidarity for Another World

South Carolina Kachin Community

Spring Revolution Interfaith Network

Stepping Stone for Peace

Students for Free Burma

Support the Democracy Movement in Burma

Swedish Burma Committee

Swedish Rohingya Association

Synergy – Social Harmony Organization

Ta’ang Women’s Organization

Tedim Youth Association (TYA)

Tennessee Kachin Community

Thantlang Revolutionary Campaigner

Thantlang University Student Organization (TUSO)

Thantlang Youth Association (TYA)

The Center for Freedom of Information

The Pastors Fellowship

The Sound of Hope

The Spring University Myanmar (SUM)

Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar

S. Campaign for Burma

UION

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Union of Karenni State Youth

Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Virginia Kachin Community

Washington Kachin Community

West Virginia Kachin Community

Women Peace Network

Women’s Advocacy Coalition – Myanmar

Women’s League of Burma

WOREC Nepal

Yeollin Seonwon

Zomi Federal Union (ZFU)

Zomi Siamsim Kipawlna – Myanmar

Zotung Student Society (ZSS – Myanmar)

*Note: 213 organizations’ names are not disclosed at their request due to security concerns.

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