30 March 2021

International Tibet Network, together with the undersigned organisations and supporters, express extreme concern about the recent military coup and violent crackdown in Burma [1] which aim to dismantle a democratically elected government.

Since 1 February, the Burmese military has imposed a state of emergency under the authority of the Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and has detained scores of individuals, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as political activists and human rights defenders.

The violent crackdown and the rounding up of opponents sends a chilling message that the Burmese military are unwilling to tolerate any and all dissent. The telecommunications blackout imposed by the military has simultaneously curbed freedom of expression and information by shutting down communications systems, places the people of Burma at even greater risk.

For years, UN and other human rights experts have called for Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State.
As Tibetan freedom campaigners we hold a common desire with Burmese democracy activists for genuine democracy; a desire shared by millions around the world and firmly grounded in respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We send our solidarity support to all those protesting for freedom in Burma, including human rights defenders, and echo their calls for justice and a people-led, democratic Burma. Despite the violent clampdown, the Burmese Military have failed to quash the demonstrations and the aspirations of the people of Burma for democracy and liberty.

We, the undersigned, call on the Burmese Military to immediately:

  • Lift the state of emergency and return the state power to the democratically elected NLD. This will be the indicator as the first step to restore democracy and peoples’ sovereignty in Burma.
  • Immediately release all persons detained since the start of the 1 February 2021 coup and end all harassment and threats on journalists and human rights defenders.
  • Restore nationwide and overseas communications including landlines, mobile and internet as an act of accountability and transparency and ensure unfettered access to humanitarian organisations and independent human rights monitors to the country.
  • End the sweeping changes to internet regulations that allow mass surveillance and monitoring and are a serious threat to basic rights.
  • Ensure peoples’ right to peace and non-violence and immediately stop any attacks and violent conflicts in ethnic/indigenous land and territories across Burma.

We also call on governments to launch a diplomatic effort to undertake coordinated sanctions on military owned companies, and military leaders. We strongly encourage World Leaders to use all relevant multilateral and bilateral forums, including the UN Human Rights Council and Third Committee, to subject Burma’s human rights record to the utmost scrutiny and critical engagement.

NOTE: In line with Burma Campaign UK we use Burma as this is what Burma’s democracy movement prefers and state that the dictatorship had no legitimacy and therefore no right to change the name of the country to Myanmar. We do however take no specific position as it is for the Burmese people to democratically determine the future and name of its country.

Signed by the following International Tibet Network Member Groups:

Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Amigos de Tibet, Colombia
Amigos del Tíbet, Chile
Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador
Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti
Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociación Cultural Tibetano Costarricense
Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Australia Tibet Council
Bath Tibet Support Group
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Boston Tibet Network
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Canada Tibet Committee
Casa del Tibet – Spain
Casa Tibet México
Centro De Cultura Tibetana, Brazil
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Committee of 100 for Tibet
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Czechs Support Tibet
Dream for Children, Japan
EcoTibet Ireland
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama
Free Tibet
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan
India Tibet Friendship Society
International Campaign for Tibet
International Society of Human Rights, Munich
Chapter (IGFM)
International Tibet Independence Movement
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Le Club Français, Paraguay
Les Amis du Tibet – Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France
Lungta Association Belgium
Maison des Himalaya
Maison du Tibet – Tibet Info
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
RangZen:Movimento Tibete Livre, Brazil
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
Sakya Trinley Ling
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Save Tibet Foundation
Save Tibet, Austria
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – Canada
Students for a Free Tibet – France
Students for a Free Tibet – UK
Students for a Free Tibet Denmark
Students for a Free Tibet India
Students for a Free Tibet Japan
Swedish Tibet Committee
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Tashi Delek Bordeaux
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibet Action Institute
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Group, Panama
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Mx
Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Tibet Rescue Initiative in Africa
Tibet Society of South Africa
Tibet Society, U.K.
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibet Support Group – Netherlands
Tibet Support Group Adelaide – Australia
Tibet Support Group Ireland
Tibet Support Group Kenya
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Association of IthacaTibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Denmark
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibetan Community of Victoria
Tibetan Community Sweden
Tibetan Community, Queensland
Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibetans of Mixed Heritage
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
TSG – Slovenia
U.S. Tibet Committee
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)
Voces Tibet
World League for Freedom and Democracy