Joint Statement on Myanmar UN Security Council Open Briefing

We, the undersigned 286 organizations stress the need, at an absolute minimum, to convene an open meeting of the UN Security Council to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation and urgent civilian protection concerns in Myanmar as a matter of extreme urgency.

As we approach one year since the attempted coup on 1 February, all UN Security Council member states have a shared responsibility to address the crisis in an open setting and share national positions on actions the UN Security Council should be taking. Closed meetings and press statements are not working.

We call on Norway as UN Security Council President, the UK as Myanmar “penholder” and all supportive states to table the open debate before the one-year anniversary and require other member states to declare their support.

Signed by:

1. Action Aid International

2. Action Committee for Democracy Development

3. Ah Nah Podcast: Conversations with Myanmar

4. Albany Karen Community, Albany NY

5. All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress

6. All Burma Democratic Face in New Zealand

7. Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM)

8. ALTSEAN-Burma

9. American Baptist Churches USA

10. American Rohingya Advocacy/Arakan Institute for Peace and Development

11. Amnesty International

12. Arizona Kachin Community, AZ

13. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights

14. Asia Democracy Network

15. Asian Dignity Initiative

16. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

17. Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters

18. Athan – Freedom of Expression Activist Organization

19. Auckland Kachin Community NZ

20. Auckland Zomi Community

21. Australia Karen Organisation

22. Backpack Health Workers Team

23. Blood Money Campaign

24. Boat People SOS 2

25. Burma Action Ireland

26. Burma Campaign UK

27. Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN)

28. Burma Medical Association

29. Burma Task Force

30. Burmese American Millennials

31. Burmese Democratic Forces

32. Burmese People in Ireland

33. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

34. Burmese Rohingya Welfare Organisation New Zealand

35. Burmese Women’s Union

36. Calgary Karen Community Association (CKCA)

37. California Kachin Community, CA

38. Campaign for a New Myanmar

39. Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative (CRDI)

40. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)


42. Chin Community of Auckland

43. Chin Leaders of Tomorrow (CLT)

44. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

45. Clean Clothes Campaign

46. Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA)

47. Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam

48. CRPH & NUG Supporters Ireland

49. CRPH Funding Ireland

50. Dallas Kachin Community, TX

51. DEEKU, the Karenni Community of TX

52. Democracy for Myanmar – Working Group (NZ)

53. Democracy, Peace and Women’s Organization – DPW

54. Dooplaya Karen Community Development Group

55. Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

56. Edmonton Karen Community Youth Organization

57. Equality Myanmar

58. European Karen Network

59. European Rohingya Council

60. Federal Myanmar Benevolence Group (NZ)

61. Florida Kachin Community, FL

62. Fortify Rights

63. Free Burma Action Bay/USA/Global

64. Free Myanmar Campaign USA/BACI

65. Free Myanmar Inc.

66. Freedom for Burma

67. Freedom Justice Equality for Myanmar

68. Future Light Center 3

69. Future Thanlwin

70. Generation Wave

71. Georgia Kachin Community, GA

72. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

73. Global Justice Center

74. Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy (GM4MD)

75. Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)

76. Houston Kachin Community, TX

77. Human Rights Foundation of Monland

78. Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

79. Info Birmanie

80. Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

81. Inter Pares

82. International Campaign for the Rohingya

83. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

84. International Karen Organisation

85. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

86. Iowa Kachin Community, IA

87. Kachin American Community (Portland – Vancouver)

88. Kachin Community of Indiana, IN

89. Kachin Community of USA

90. Kachin Women’s Association Thailand

91. Kansas Karenni Community, KS

92. Karen American Association of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

93. Karen Association of Huron, SD

94. Karen Community Association UK

95. Karen Community in Syracuse, NY

96. Karen Community in the Netherlands

97. Karen Community of Akron, OH

98. Karen Community of America

99. Karen Community of Canada (KCC)

100. Karen Community of Czech Republic

101. Karen Community of Finland

102. Karen Community of Hamilton

103. Karen Community of Iowa, IA

104. Karen Community of Ireland

105. Karen Community of Israel

106. Karen Community of Kansas City, KS & MO

107. Karen Community of Kitchener & Waterloo

108. Karen Community of Leamington

109. Karen Community of Lethbridge

110. Karen Community of London

111. Karen Community of Louisville, KY

112. Karen Community of Minnesota, MN 4

113. Karen Community of North Carolina, NC

114. Karen Community of Ottawa

115. Karen Community of Regina

116. Karen Community of Rochester, Rochester, NY

117. Karen Community of Saskatoon

118. Karen Community of Thunderbay

119. Karen Community of Toronto

120. Karen Community of Windsor

121. Karen Community of Winnipeg

122. Karen Community Society of British Columbia (KCSBC)

123. Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)

124. Karen Finland Culture Association

125. Karen Human Rights Group

126. Karen Organization of Illinois, IL

127. Karen Peace Support Network

128. Karen Society of Nebraska

129. Karen Society of Nebraska, NE

130. Karen Swedish Community (KSC)

131. Karen Thai Group

132. Karen Women’s Organization

133. Karen Youth Education Pathways

134. Karen Youth Networks

135. Karen Youth of Norway

136. Karen Youth of Toronto

137. Karen Youth Organization

138. Karen Youth UK (KYUK)

139. Karenni Baptist Association in Finland

140. Karenni Baptist Convention of America

141. Karenni Civil Society Network

142. Karenni Community of Amarillo, TX

143. Karenni Community of Arizona, AZ

144. Karenni Community of Arkansas, AK

145. Karenni Community of Austin, TX

146. Karenni Community of Bowling Green, KY

147. Karenni Community of Buffalo, NY

148. Karenni Community of Chicago, IL

149. Karenni Community of Colorado, CO

150. Karenni Community of Connecticut, CT

151. Karenni Community of Dallas, TX

152. Karenni Community of Des Moines, IA

153. Karenni Community of Florida, FL

154. Karenni Community of Fort Wayne, IN

155. Karenni Community of Fort Worth, TX

156. Karenni Community of Georgia, GA 5

157. Karenni Community of Grand Rapid, MI

158. Karenni Community of Houston, TX

159. Karenni Community of Idaho, ID

160. Karenni Community of Indianapolis, IN

161. Karenni Community of Lansing, MI

162. Karenni Community of Louisville, KY

163. Karenni Community of Massachusetts, MA

164. Karenni Community of Minnesota, MN

165. Karenni Community of Missouri, MO

166. Karenni Community of New Jersey, NJ

167. Karenni Community of North Carolina, NC

168. Karenni Community of Portland, OR

169. Karenni Community of Rockford, IL

170. Karenni Community of San Antonio, TX

171. Karenni Community of Sioux Falls, SD

172. Karenni Community of Utica, NY

173. Karenni Community of Washington, WI

174. Karenni Community of Wisconsin, WI

175. Karenni Education Department (KnED)

176. Karenni Evergreen (KEG)

177. Karenni Federation of Australia

178. Karenni Health Department (KnHD)

179. Karenni Human Rights Group

180. Karenni Legal and Human Rights Center (KnLHRC)

181. Karenni Literacy and Culture Development Committee (KLCDC)

182. Karenni National Society (KNS-Japan)

183. Karenni National Women’s Organization

184. Karenni National Youth Organization (KNYO)

185. Karenni Refugee Committee (KnRC)

186. Karenni Social Welfare and Development Centre (KSWDC)

187. Karenni Society Finland RY

188. Karenni Society of Canada

189. Karenni Society of New Zealand

190. Karenni Society of Omaha, NE

191. Karenni Student Union (KSU)

192. Karenni Talkshow-KTS, USA

193. Karenni Youth of Minnesota, MN

194. Karenni-American Association

195. Karenni-American Catholic Association

196. Kayah State Student Union (KSSU)

197. Kayahlilaykloe, Austin, TX

198. Kayahliphu Youth – KLY

199. Kayan New Generation Youth (KNGY)

200. Kayan Women Organization (KyWO) 6

201. Keng Tung Youth

202. Kentucky Kachin Community, KY

203. KnA-Kay Phoe Du Program

204. Korea Karen Organization

205. Korea Karen Youth Organization

206. Korean House for International Solidarity

207. Korean Solidarity for Overseas Community Organization

208. La Communauté Birmane de France

209. LA Rohingya Association/America Rohingya Justice Network

210. Louisiana Kachin Community, LO

211. Maryland Kachin Community, MD

212. Mekong Watch

213. Metta Campaign Mandalay

214. Michigan Kachin Community, MI

215. MiningWatch Canada

216. Minnesota Kachin Community, MN

217. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

218. MY STORY Photo Project Association

219. Myanmar Accountability Project

220. Myanmar Advocacy Coalition

221. Myanmar Democratic Force in Denmark

222. Myanmar Engineers – New Zealand

223. Myanmar Family Community Ireland (MFCI)

224. Myanmar Gonye (New Zealand)

225. Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

226. Myanmar Students’ Union in New Zealand

227. Nationalities Alliance of Burma USA

228. Network for Advocacy Action (Tanintharyi)

229. Network for Human Rights Documentation-Burma (ND-Burma)

230. Never Again Coalition

231. New York Kachin Community, NY

232. New Zealand Doctors for NUG

233. New Zealand Karen Association

234. New Zealand Zo Community Inc.

235. Nguyen Van Ly Foundation

236. No Business With Genocide

237. North Carolina Kachin Community, NC

238. Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC)

239. Nyan Lynn Thit Analytica

240. Olive Organization

241. Omaha Kachin Community, NE

242. Organization Of Karenni Development Malaysia

243. Oversea Karen Organization Japan

244. Overseas Mon Association-New Zealand 7

245. Pennsylvania Kachin Community, PA

246. People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)

247. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

248. Progressive Voice

249. Pyithu Gonye (New Zealand)

250. Refugees International

251. Rochester Karenni Community, NY

252. Rohingya Action Ireland

253. Rohingya Centre of Canada

254. Rohingya Refugee Network (RRN)

255. Rvwang Community Association New Zealand

256. Save and Care Organization for Ethnic Women at Border Areas

257. Save Myanmar Fundraising Group (New Zealand)

258. Save the Children

259. Shan Community (New Zealand)

260. Shan MATA

261. Sisters 2 Sisters

262. South Carolina Kachin Community, SC

263. Southern Youth Development Organization

264. Stefanus Alliance International

265. Students for Free Burma

266. Support the Democracy Movement in Burma

267. Swedish Burma Committee

268. Synergy – Social Harmony Organization

269. Ta’ang Women’s Organization

270. Ta’ang Legal Aid

271. Tanitharyi Women Network

272. Tennessee Kachin Community, TN

273. Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar

274. U.S. Advocacy Coalition for Myanmar (USACM)

275. U.S. Campaign for Burma

276. Union of Karenni State Youth

277. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

278. Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, University of Cincinnati College of Law

279. Utica Karen Community, NY

280. Vietnam Coalition Against Torture

281. Virginia Kachin Community, VA

282. Washington Kachin Community, WA

283. West Virginia Kachin Community, WV

284. Women for Women Foundation (Karenni State)

285. Women’s League of Burma

286. Women’s Peace Network

Photo Caption: Picture of a Myanmar soldier in Sittwe, Rakhine state. Photo Credit: YE AUNG THU/AFP via Getty Images.