Stop the Overthrow of Myanmar’s Democracy

Target: António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Goal: Condemn military seizure of government following democratic election.

A newly elected national leader won decisively in a democratic vote. Opponents charged election fraud, without any evidence. These same opponents demanded a rerun of the election. When they were denied, they staged a violent coup. While these incidents may ring too familiar for Americans, they also describe another crisis unfolding in a country oceans away. In this troubling case, however, democracy did not prevail. The architects of the coup have seized power, taken hostages, and thrown an entire country into turmoil.

Myanmar’s military and their politically influential commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, launched an overthrow of the  popularly elected government in early February. They detained landslide presidential winner Aung San Suu Ky, installed new ministers and deputies, and essentially declared martial law for the next year. During this 12-month “state of emergency,” no elections will be held. These military forces have previously been condemned for alleged violence against ethnic minorities and for opposing the country’s steps toward democracy. The woman and duly elected leader they are now holding prisoner had previously spent over a decade behind bars simply because she advocated for political reform–actions for which she earned a Nobel Peace Prize.

Sign the petition below to demand action against this latest assault on democracy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Guterres,

Myanmar achieved independence in 1948 only to soon fall under an iron-fisted military grip. The nation and its people managed to restore its independence as a democratic state a few short years ago. Protesters and advocates who sacrificed their freedom, their bodies, and in some cases their lives finally had their dream realized.

Now this dream is being crushed once again by armed, politically powerful forces accused of gross inhumanity. This military force vowed it would act lawfully and according to the constitution one day and staged a coup the very next day. The United Nations Security Council thus far has not taken the necessary and right action.

Now is the time to send a decisive and unified message condemning this attack on democracy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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