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Myanmar/Burma

Repression of religious freedom and fundamental human rights

Overview

Burmese military (officially called Tatmadaw) seized control and overthrew its democratically elected government. People have taken to the streets across Burma to protest against the coup, which is led by General Min Aung Hlaing. Burma’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been detained along with members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The military coup threatens to further inflame the ongoing violence perpetrated by the military for years against ethnic and religious minorities, with the military destroying whole villages and places of worship for Christians, Muslims, and other minority communities.

The Rohingya ethnic group, which is largely Muslim, has been especially targeted by military atrocities and the entire people group have been denied citizenship in the country. More than 900,000 refugees have fled the country to escape persecution. As nations struggle to contain COVID-19, refugees have been denied entry to many countries and asylum seekers remain stranded with their lives at risk to do strict pandemic restrictions.

See Resources Section for details and analysis of the situation in Myanmar.

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The 2021 Myanmar coup d’état began on the morning of 1 February 2021 when democratically elected members of Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, were deposed by the Tatmadaw—Myanmar’s military—which vested power in a stratocracy. The Tatmadaw proclaimed a year-long state of emergency and declared power had been vested in Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing. It declared the results of the November 2020 general election invalid and stated its intent to hold a new election at the end of the state of emergency. 

Human Rights in Myanmar

Click on the web link below to read the wiki article on Human Rights in Myanmar.

Freedom of Religion in Myanmar

Click on the web link below to read the wiki article on Freedom of Religion in Myanmar.

Click on the web link above to visit the external website and read the reports and analyses of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Click on the web link above to visit the external website and read the reports and analyses of the International Crisis Group.  | Source: Minority Rights Group International 

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping project. | Source:  https://www.acleddata.com Please note: May load slowly with multiple embedded data sources.
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping project. | Source: https://www.acleddata.com
Click on the image/link above to visit the external website and use The Peoples under Threat interactive map that ranks highlighted countries most at risk of genocide and mass killing | Source: Minority Rights Group International – https://minorityrights.org

Click on the web link above to visit the external website and search the database of the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, where you can find information by country about minorities and indigenous communities.  | Source: Minority Rights Group International – https://minorityrights.org) 

Click on the web link above to visit the external website of ReliefWeb and access sources on Security and Human Rights  | Source: ReliefWeb 

Click on the web link above to visit the external website of ReliefWeb.   | Source: ReliefWeb 

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Map of Myanmar and its divisions, including Shan State, Kachin State, Rakhine State and Karen State.
Ethnolinguistic Groups of Burma/Myanmar