Burma’s government is making it harder to protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19

Thankfully Burma has not yet been too hard hit by the coronavirus compared to other countries.

For decades, the Burmese military has prioritised military spending over health spending, leaving Burma in a very weak position to deal with a large scale coronavirus outbreak.

The international community has been providing emergency support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, but at the same time, Aung San Suu Kyi is making it even harder for some of the most vulnerable people in the country to receive aid and life-saving information.

Aung San Suu Kyi has banned internet access for around a million people in Rakhine and Chin States, and reintroduced military dictatorship era censorship of some ethnic media websites. These measures deny ethnic people access to potentially life-saving information at this time of crisis.

At the same time, victims of attacks by the Burmese military, people forced to flee their homes and who lost everything, are being hit by a double blow of government restrictions on the aid they can get, and not enough aid from international donors, including the UK.

Please email Britain’s Department for International Development asking them to take urgent action to help those most at risk at this time of crisis.