Demand Your House Representatives to Support the Fight for Democracy in Myanmar!
Urge your House Representatives to co-sponsor the H.Res 134 in support of Myanmar's fight for democracy! Actions need to be taken as quickly as possible.
On February 1, 2021, the Tatmadaw (military) of Myanmar staged a coup, detaining key leaders of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party. This was immediately followed by the Tatmadaw censoring the press, shutting down the Internet, closing banks, cutting off global communication, and announcing a state of emergency. As it stands, our brothers and sisters in Myanmar have been unlawfully thrust under the rule of a dangerous dictatorship that opposes the will of the people. As of February 15, the peaceful protestors in Myanmar have been met with coordinated, violent attacks by the Tatmadaw: arresting civilians, releasing armed and drugged prisoners to attack protesters, setting neighborhoods on fire, poisoning water supplies, and other acts of terror intended to quash the democratic spirit. The Tatmadaw has shown its willingness to escalate the violence; on February 28th, at least 18 people were killed by security forces. The death toll is more than what numbers show as soldiers have been seen in videos to be covering dead bodies under sand or discarding the bodies elsewhere.
Myanmar is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster and requires immediate attention and support. The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing conflicts have left many people in precarious situations; the military coup has now compounded the insecurity that Myanmar people face. Many people from across Myanmar society have gone on strike and taken to the streets in protest; civil servants have resigned their positions as they refuse to serve under the military. The disruption to the economy has left many, including the protestors themselves, facing increasing poverty and food insecurity. And without sustained support, many will be forced to withdraw from the Civil Disobedience Movement.