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We Demand an End to the Violence and Immediate Release of Women Human Rights Defenders in Myanmar

27 May 2021

We come together to support the call by our sisters in Myanmar to stop the increasing attacks on the fundamental rights of protesters fighting for democracy. Women actively involved in the protests are continuously harassed. Justice groups in Myanmar have documented that 47 women have been killed as of 30 April 2021.

We are outraged at the political killings and the impunity with which the grave abuses have been committed by the police and the military since decades ago and now intensively on a nationwide level.

Around 800 women, including young LGBTQ+ and civil disobedience activists, have been arrested. Those arrested are beaten, abused, sexually harassed, and denied healthcare. Trade union leader Ma Myo Myo Aye’s health situation worsened when she got arrested on April 15. She is being denied access to health care by a doctor or her family members.

We condemn the neglect of ailing political prisoners being denied medical attention, and the unjust arbitrary arrest and detention of women and LGBTQ+ protesters in Myanmar.

We denounce the continuous sexual, and verbal harassment, and physical and mental torture of women and LGBTQ+ political prisoners. Ethnic minorities and trans women in particular are experiencing humiliation and abuse inside jail.

We call for the immediate release of all women and LGBTQ+ human rights defenders and all political prisoners who were arrested since the 1st of February 2021, when the military junta took power;

We call on the military junta to end the attacks and crackdown on protesters and their families, and accept that the National Unity Government (NUG) is the only legitimate government of Myanmar;

We call on the international community to stand with the women of Myanmar, give adequate support to address their situation and hold the perpetrators accountable.

Together, let us stand firm in solidarity with our sisters of all ages and sectors fighting against the Military Dictatorship in Myanmar.


  1. Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process, Myanmar
  2. AMIHAN, Philippines
  3. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
  4. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development (APWLD)
  5. Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders (APNED)
  6. Asosiasi LBH APIK Nasional, Indonesia
  7. Backyard Politics, Thailand
  8. ahaghari, Philippines
  9. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
  10. Burmese Women’s Union (BWU)
  11. Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU)
  12. Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation (CFSWF)
  13. Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN)
  14. Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), Philippines
  15. Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), Philippines
  16. Center of Advocacy for Women, Persons with Disability and Children (SAPDA), Indonesia
  17. Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
  18. Count Me In! (CMI!) Consortium [Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), CREA, Just Associates (JASS), Mama Cash, Red Umbrella Fund, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF), UAF-Africa, and WO=MEN]
  19. DemOlolt International, NGO, Mongolia (DOI)
  20. Dhivya EThiraj, South India (Tamilnadu)
  21. Fahmina Institute, Indonesia
  22. Federasi Serikat Pekka Indonesia
  23. Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities of Nepal
  24. Feminista, Thailand
  25. Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM)
  26. Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia)
  27. FSBPI (Indonesian United Union Federation) – Indonesia
  28. GABRIELA National Alliance of Women, Philippines
  29. Gabriela Youth, Philippines
  30. Gender at Work (G@W)
  31. Gender Equality Network (GEN), Myanmar
  32. Girls for Peace, Philippines
  33. Green Peace, Indonesia
  34. Huma , Indonesia
  35. Institute Hak Asasi Perempuan, Indonesia
  36. Institute of Women’s Empowerment (IWE), Indonesia
  37. JALA PRT, National Networking of Domestic Worker Advocacy, Indonesia
  38. Jaringan Perempuan Indonesia Timur (JPIT), Indonesia
  39. JASS (Just Associates)
  40. Kapal Perempuan, Indonesia
  41. Karapatan Alliance Philippines
  42. Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan (KMK), Philippines
  43. Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia untuk Keadilan dan Demokrasi, Indonesia
  44. Kontras, Indonesia
  45. Lila Pilipina, Philippines
  46. LOOM, Nepal
  47. Migrant Care, Indonesia
  48. Milk Tea Alliance Indonesia
  49. Mon Women’s Organization (MWO), Myanmar
  50. Movimentu Feto Foinsae – Timor-Leste (MOFFE-TL)
  51. Myanmar Women Human Rights Defenders
  52. Non-Binary Thailand
  53. Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Philippines
  54. PEKKA Foundation (PEKKA – Indonesia)
  55. Perempuan AMAN, Indonesia
  56. Perempuan Mahardhika (Free Women), Indonesia
  57. Perkumpulan Suara Kita (Our Voice), Indonesia
  58. PERMAMPU Consortium, Indonesia.
  59. Power Up!
  60. Progressive Voice
  61. Protection International
  62. Punganay – Cagayan Valley Indigenous People’s Alliance, Philippines
  63. Purplecode Collective, Indonesia
  64. Putera Pertiwi, Indonesia
  65. Rumah Kita Bersama (Rumah KitaB), Indonesia
  66. SABOKAHAN Unity of Lumad Women, Philippines
  67. Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (SAMAKANA), Philippines
  68. Sangsan Anakot Yawachon Development Project, Thailand
  69. Savy Amira Sahabat Perempuan WCC, Indonesia
  70. School of Feminist, Thailand
  71. SERUNI (Serikat Perempuan Indonesia)
  72. SHero, Thailand
  73. Sisters2Sisters
  74. Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia
  75. Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women), Philippines
  76. Tavoyan Women’s Union (TWU), Myanmar
  77. ThaiConsent
  78. VDay Thailand
  79. Wahana Lingkungan Hidup (Walhi), Indonesia
  80. WomanHealth Philippines
  81. Women on Web, Indonesia
  82. Women’s Equality Association (WEA), Malaysia
  83. Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
  84. Women’s Hand Myanmar Foundation (WHMF)
  85. Women’s League of Burma (WLB)
  86. Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Philippines
  87. Women’s Organizations Network (WON) Myanmar
  88. Women’s Studies and Resource Center (WSRC) Davao, Philippines
  89. Workers’ Association of Valenzuela (WAV), Philippines
  90. Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial (Hivos), Indonesia
  91. Yayasan Pantau, Indonesia
  92. Yayasan Perlindungan Insani Indonesia
  93. Yayasan Srikandi Lestari, Indonesia
  94. Young Feminist from Salawin River, Thailand