CPI Joins Call for an End to Violence Against Civilians in Myanmar and Warns of Imminent Humanitarian Crisis
Community Partners International (CPI) has joined with more than 40 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) operating in Myanmar to call for and end to violence against civilians including children and warn of an imminent humanitarian crisis.
In the statement, the INGOs expressed deep concern about the dire humanitarian consequences of this crisis that is creating new vulnerabilities, increased humanitarian needs and deepening poverty across the country.
They emphasized that obstacles to access vital health services for those injured, or persons with chronic disease, increase the risk of long term impairment, and represent a further challenge for COVID-19 response.
The INGOs called on armed forces and police to refrain from all forms of violence against civilians, peaceful protestors, journalists, and media workers and to respect the fundamental human rights of all people in Myanmar, including freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, and free flow of information.
They urgently called for all stakeholders to use all possible diplomatic channels, forums and means to:
● Ensure civilians are protected from indiscriminate violence, and provide refuge and protection to those fleeing for safety, in line with international law;
● Respect and facilitate unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance for communities in need across Myanmar;
● Urgently find a peaceful solution to this crisis, together with the people of Myanmar.
The full text of the statement can be read here: https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/ingos-call-end-violence-against-civilians-including-children-and-warn-imminent
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