An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Sustain Myanmar’s Democracy Against the Military Coup

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I am writing to urge you to act immediately for the United States to intervene in Myanmar as they fight for democracy against the military coup. 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 Burmese brothers and sisters suffer in silence, 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. To sustain democracy in Myanmar, I urge you to act immediately to: 1) Co-sponsor the newly introduced bipartisan bill, S.Res. 35 by the 117th Congress. 2) Condemn the Myanmar military coup, Tatmadaw, for their abuse of power and dictatorship. 3) Release all those detained and arrested unconditionally, including civic leaders, activists, protestors, and so forth. 4) Ensure the safety of non-partisan civilians who oppose orders from the military coup which is enforcing violence against protestors. 5) Ensure the November 2020 Election is counted as fair, free, and credible for the democratically elected officials to serve the people of Myanmar. 6) Intervene in the occurring humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the Civil Obedience Movement. 7) Restore all forms of communication from internet lines to all TV channels. 8) Ensure people of Myanmar are granted the right and freedom of expression to protest without the military’s response of violence. 9) Impose targeted sanctions in a multilateral effort aimed at the military, military-owned businesses, the military’s business partners, and all others connected. 10) Boycott or sanction countries who supply arms to the Burmese military such as China, North Korea, Russia, and India. 11) Suspend social media accounts, especially Facebook, of military officials wide-spreading misinformation, fear, and hatred.

First sent on February 18 by “Chin Leaders of Tomorrow”

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