IAP Stands with our Partners in Myanmar

IAP strongly condemns the severe and escalating violence by the military junta against civil society in Myanmar since the coup on February 1st.

We stand in solidarity and support with our community and civil society partners who are experiencing brutality at the hands of the Tatmadaw, and are being targeted for their work to promote and protect fundamental rights and freedoms. We stand in solidarity and support with the people of Myanmar who are peacefully protesting for the return of power to their elected government and fighting for their right to determine the future of their country.

We condemn the bloodshed and crackdowns perpetrated by the Tatmadaw, with a rising death toll every day, including attacks on frontline doctors, medical workers, and health clinics. The Tatmadaw has also accused NGOs of supporting the civil disobedience movement (CDM) and has begun targeting NGO staff. While the protesters and CDM remain strong and audacious, the violence and tactics used by the military junta are inexcusable. IAP stands with our partners in Myanmar.

On March 17th, a coalition of 225 civil society organizations in Myanmar released an open letter, urging international financial institutions (IFIs) to collaborate directly with Myanmar civil society and other stakeholders, as any cooperation with the Tatmadaw would “jeopardize Myanmar’s COVID-19 response, legitimize the junta, and harm public health in the long term.”

Standing with our partners, IAP calls the attention of IFIs invested in Myanmar to Art. 2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development, which states that:

“The human person is the central subject of development and should be the active participant and beneficiary of the right to development.”

We remind IFIs that their investments should serve to realize the visions and priorities for development held by communities and civil society — the people of Myanmar. Without the possibility of their active participation and leadership in the development process, or for communities and civil society to benefit from projects implemented under a military regime, IFIs should reassess all investments, proposed and ongoing, in Myanmar.

IAP echoes the demands of the letter drafted by Myanmar civil society by calling on IFIs to:

  • Publicly condemn the military coup and violence, and express support for communities and civil society in Myanmar to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms;

IAP stands in solidarity with our civil society and community partners who are bravely fighting for their fundamental rights and freedoms. We urge IFIs to prioritize human rights and stand with the people of Myanmar.

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Links to Statements from CDM and Letters of Civil Society Support

  1. COVID-19 response in Myanmar: civil society organizations urge IFIs not to collaborate with the junta.

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