Joint statement on Myanmar UN Security Council open briefing

 New York, 24 January 2022 

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)
    41. CHANGJAK21
    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