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#SaveMyanmar: 2 Years Anniversary of Myanmar's Bloody Coup



#SaveMyanmar 🕯 2 years after the military coup, Myanmar has become a theater of terror, violence, and human rights violations.


💥 On 1 February 2021, the democratically elected members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Myanmar’s ruling party, were brutally deposed by Myanmar's military: the Tatmadaw. Following the coup, Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders from NLD were detained. The military ordered a complete shutdown of all communication channels and blocked internet access.


🚨 Then began a violent period of repression marked with intimidations, homicides, beatings, arbitrary detentions, and arrests of not only pro-democracy protesters but also of the general population. Individuals arrested for taking part in peaceful protests are systematically tortured by military officers, both physically and psychologically.


🛑 The Tatmadaw put in place a systematic repression of civil and political rights. The right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to privacy and both online and offline freedom of expression no longer exist. As of December 2022, the junta has arrested more than 143 journalists and shut down all independent news outlets.


⚖️ In complete disregard of its international commitments to spare civilians in the conduct of hostilities, the military has made Myanmar citizens the targets of its attacks. Military tactics to crack down on opponents include artillery barrages and air strikes, homicide, torture, house searches, villages burning, rape, firing on fleeing civilians, bombing civilian camps, and disrupting food supplies. Violence has spiraled out of control.


🕯 Since the coup, at least 2,890 people were killed by the military, over 13,600 people remain detained for resisting the coup, 1.2 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 70,000 have fled to neighboring countries. Some of them sought refuge in Thailand before being turned back by Thai authorities, provoking a massive humanitarian crisis at the Thai-Myanmar border.


🏥 The ongoing conflict has caused terrible infrastructural damages: more than 34,000 civilian structures were burned since February 2021, including homes, clinics, schools, and places of worship.


📍The overall situation resulted in extreme economic consequences: Myanmar's economy has collapsed and nearly half of the population now lives below the poverty line.


#WeAreManushyan - Equal Human Beings


✊ Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with the brave Myanmar people fighting for democracy and human rights! We firmly condemn the outrageous military brutality, and the resulting violations of human rights, including the violation of freedom of expression both online and offline and the profound regression of civil and political rights. The military must restore the democratic rights and freedoms of all citizens!


What can you do to help #SaveMyanmar?

👉 Like, share, and comment on this post to raise awareness with your community!

👉 Keep an eye on the situation in Myanmar & show your support to the people of Myanmar who fight for true democracy and their rights and freedom!

👉 Follow and use the hashtag #SaveMyanmar to keep up with what is happening in Myanmar!



While you are here...

Read more about #WhatIsHappeninginMyanmar:

References:

  1. Manushya Foundation, Why do we need to #SaveMyanmar? Everything you need to know about Myanmar since the coup d'état! (1 February 2022), available at: https://www.manushyafoundation.org/post/why-do-we-need-to-savemyanmar-everything-you-need-to-know-about-myanmar-since-the-coup-d-%C3%A9tat

  2. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Two years after coup, Myanmar faces unimaginable regression, says UN Human Rights Chief (27 January 2023), available at: https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2023/01/two-years-after-coup-myanmar-faces-unimaginable-regression-says-un-human

  3. Foreign Policy, U.N. Rapporteur: Myanmar Crisis ‘Has Been Forgotten’ (26 January 2023), available at: https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/01/26/myanmar-coup-anniversary-crisis-forgotten-united-nations/

  4. The New York Times, Myanmar’s Coup and Its Aftermath, Explained (9 December 2022), available at: https://www.nytimes.com/article/myanmar-news-protests-coup.html


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