27 May, 2021

Upholding democracy and peaceful expressions of the people of Myanmar

Statement by the Asia-Pacific branches

Myanmar’s army seized power on February 1st, overthrowing and detaining the elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), just won the national elections in a landslide. The world looked with grave concern at the unfolding events, where peaceful protests have been met with increasing violence by the army. More than 800 people, including children, have been reported killed in direct attacks to civilians, and thousands detained, often in unknown locations where reports of torture are widespread.

Service Civil International (SCI), and particularly those organisations in the Asia Pacific region, consistent with its fraternity volunteers worldwide, register their concerns over the ongoing, escalating violence in Myanmar.

SCI played pivotal roles in advocating the values and culture of peace throughout its long history. In this context and our universal commitment, we urge for the military power in Myanmar to stop attacks on civilians and to respect the will of the people by reinstating the democratically elected government. We look forward to the resumption of reporting from the country, and to the re-establishing of contacts with the outside world. We believe that our shared dedication to international voluntary service in the cause of peace, applies irrespective of political developments in host countries.

We look forward to resuming volunteer exchange notwithstanding present barriers to travel, seeing this as a way for building understanding of others and breaking down prejudice caused by physical and cultural difference. Our Burmese partners who share this outlook, deserve our concern in unsettling times.

Peace in the world begins with global solidarity.

 

By Asia Pacific branches of SCI

Featured picture by MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Explore more news

From Dreams to Actions – where we are so far

From Dreams to Actions – where we are so far

On the 15th of September our long-awaited online training course ‘From Dreams to Actions’ has began!
Participants from 12 countries met on ZOOM for the first time to begin their journey towards effective peace work. They come from diverse backgrounds and they all joined together for this course, ready to share their unique experiences and grow together as changemakers for more a peaceful future.

Welcome Erilda – our new Project and Campaign volunteer!

Welcome Erilda – our new Project and Campaign volunteer!

Erilda, our new Project and Campaign volunteer comes from Albania and joined the SCI International Secretariat in Antwerp. As she begins her journey with the SCI movement, she shares her thoughts, hopes and ideas for her long term volunteering project in Belgium.

Share This