- Mass protests began taking place throughout Myanmar when a State of Emergency was declared.
- The ChildFund Alliance, of which Children Believe is a member, strongly urges security forces to refrain from continued use of violence against peaceful protestors.
- ChildFund stands in solidarity with children, their families and civil society in Myanmar.
Members of ChildFund Alliance unite in urging that the safety and protection of young people in Myanmar be prioritized
On Feb. 1, a state of emergency was declared in Myanmar following the military seizure of power. In the weeks since, mass protests have taken place across the country.
In recent days, security forces have escalated their actions on peaceful protestors, with children and young people among those killed, seriously injured and arrested.
Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and young people are afforded special protection, and their safety must be prioritized and safeguarded.
ChildFund, of which Children Believe is a member, strongly urges the security forces to refrain from continued use of violence against all peaceful protestors, especially children and young people, to prevent further harm.
During this extremely difficult period, ChildFund stands in solidarity with children, their families and civil society in their fight for democracy in Myanmar.
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Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60+ years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.