JOINT SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

MYANMAR: MILITARY MUST RESTORE DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS & FREEDOMS OF ALL CITIZENS, OFFLINE & ONLINE

#SaveMyanmar #StopDigitalDictatorship

2 FEBRUARY 2021

On 2 February 2021, ALTSEAN-Burma, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Institute of Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), Manushya Foundation, PEN Myanmar, and Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), as the ASEAN Regional Coalition to #StopDigitalDictatorship released a Joint Solidarity Statement to #SaveMyanmar and #StopDigitalDictatorship in the country.

In the statement, the coalition stands in solidarity with civil society, independent media, and democratically elected representatives in Myanmar and calls for the restoration of their democratic rights, online and offline. Myanmar reverted to a military regime with the arbitrary detention of civilian heads of its government on 1st February 2021, when the Parliament was scheduled to convene for the first time since the November 2020 general elections. Therefore, we condemn the Myanmar military – known as the Tatmadaw – in their attempt to forcibly grab political control, by undermining democratic governance, and disregarding the rights and freedoms of its people offline and online.

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