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Feb 28 2021

Our Statement on the Situation in Myanmar

Landesa strongly condemns the reversal of the democratic process in Myanmar, including the use of deadly force against those participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement, and the arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of ordinary citizens and their elected leaders.  We call on the police and armed services to respect the human rights of the people of Myanmar and to cease these infringements immediately.

Landesa continues to monitor the ongoing situation in Myanmar, one year following the military’s declaration of a state of emergency and its seizing control of the government.  Landesa’s top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our staff and the communities where we work.  We remain committed to supporting the development of rural Myanmar.

Landesa strongly supports fundamental democratic principles and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including of free expression and peaceful assembly, and encourages all parties to resolve the present events peacefully. We agree with the statement by the ASEAN Chair that the principles of democracy enshrined in the ASEAN Charter should be respected.  We agree with the Chair’s call for “the return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.”

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