On February 1st, 2021, Myanmar's military, riding tanks, forcefully deposed of the democratically elected leaders who were ruling the country, and began their autocratic reign in a military dictatorship. Since then, the junta has imprisoned thousands of people who spoke their minds, and murdered hundreds more.
These are innocent people, with families and lives, that have chosen to sacrifice themselves in hope that their country might be free once more.
No journey to democracy is smooth one.
And it is our responsibility, as an international community, to make sure that Myanmar can gain peace and stability again, with the least bloodshed.
The United Nations has an international norm, known as R2P (Responsibility to Protect), which seeks to ensure that the international community never again fails to halt the mass atrocity crimes of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The international community, through the United Nations, has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means to resolve these atrocities. Should peaceful means be inadequate, the United Nations is also entitled to take action in other forms to help states protect their populations.
But because of diplomatic relations, China and Russia, two countries that have veto rights, have dissented the movement to use R2P for Myanmar, and now, the United Nations is rendered unable to help.
Myanmar's situation must be considered an exception.
The atrocities in Myanmar should be strongly deemed unacceptable and dealt with by the international community.
The longer we wait, the more people will be sacrificed.
We can make a difference.
We can stop the bloodshed.
We can bring peace.
And as members of the human race, it is not only our right but our responsibility to do so.
The future of Myanmar depends on us.
Sign the petition today supporting the use of R2P for Myanmar.