Statement of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. on the Situation in Myanmar

March 22, 2021

We, the undersigned Board of Trustees, staff, alumni, facilitators, and volunteers of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI) from Asia-Pacific and other parts of the world, express our full support to our fellow alumni from Myanmar and their people in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms. We strongly condemn the escalation of violent repression of peaceful protesters across the country.

Established in 2000 as an Asian peacebuilding training institute, MPI provides learning opportunities and initiatives for nonviolence and peacebuilding that enhance peacebuilders’ capacity for conflict transformation throughout Asia-Pacific and the world. MPI has trained over 40 peace advocates from Myanmar, whom we fear are now facing uncertainties and grave insecurity for their lives and the lives of their families and co-workers. Many of them have been actively engaged in peacebuilding work in Myanmar for many years now.

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute is appalled by the escalation of violence in Myanmar at the hands of the country’s military. The killing of demonstrators, arbitrary arrests, and reported torture of prisoners violate fundamental human rights and stand in clear defiance of calls throughout the world for restraint, dialogue, and a return to Myanmar’s democratic path.

We are alarmed about recent reports that, as of March 22, 2021, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners based in Mae Sot, Thailand, 261 peaceful demonstrators have been killed with many more wounded since the coup started on February 1, 2021. 2,682 people have been arrested, charged, or sentenced, with 2,302 still under detention or who have outstanding charges/evading arrest. There are many more cases of missing or disappearances as families do not know where their loved ones are. Two Members of Parliament of the duly elected democratic government were tortured and killed.

The world must not allow this situation to continue unchecked. This is merely the beginning of the horror that will continue to unfold if the international community does not take a stand immediately. As such, we call on the international community to hold the Myanmar military accountable for its violations of human rights and to pursue justice for the people of Myanmar, including the restoration of Myanmar’s elected government. We need the unity of the international community to use every peaceful means possible to stop this situation.

We support the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members’ vote to adopt Resolution A/HRC/S-29/L.1, which called for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained in Myanmar, including political detainees, and the lifting of the state of emergency; and stressed the need to refrain from violence and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Secretary-General António Guterres has also urged the international community to work collectively and bilaterally to help bring an end to the repression by the military.

We also call on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to urgently adopt measures in line with its Political-Security Community that ensures regional cooperation on peace, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution. Myanmar, along with the other ASEAN members, pledged to rely exclusively on peaceful processes in the settlement of intra-regional differences and regard their security as fundamentally linked to one another and bound by geographic location, common vision, and objectives.
We urge the UN and ASEAN to act decisively to prevent more deaths. Tens of millions of Myanmar people lay awake every night fearing for their lives and uncertain of the horrors that may befall them.

We stand in solidarity with our fellow alumni from Myanmar and their people in calling for the end to violence and repression in the country. Please hear their plight and take action immediately to save Myanmar.

Signatories:

Fred Goddard
Philippines

Ridwan al-Makassary
Indonesia

Jean Abigail Victoria
Philippines

Dr. Reynante E. Autida
Philippines

Luz Divina Canave
Philippines

Harriet Ahalo
Kenya

Christine Vertucci
Philippines

Kerstin Rotter
Austria

Rev. Jude Sutharshan Mahendren
Sri Lanka

Shecku Kawusu Mansaray
Sierra Leone

Fernando M. Ramirez
Philippines

Novee Rafaela
Philippines

Glenn Toering Boyes
Canada

Yolanda Rodríguez O'Brien
Spain

Fahad K. Romancap
Philippines

Avegaile Agata Christie G. Escano
Philippines

Shagota Chisim
Bangladesh

Lina Sagaral Reyes
Philippines

Jon Rudy
USA

George Michael D. Oribiana
Philippines

Hendri Mulyana Sendjaja
Indonesia

Esther "Terry" Silalahi
Indonesia

Siswanto
Indonesia

Marilou S Nanaman
Residence

Paulson Veliyannoor
Spain

Arlene V. Cando
Philippines

Regina Antequisa
Philippines

Abdul Majid Nagamura
Philippines

Manichanh
Lao P.D.R

Raymundo Ferrer
Philippines

John Ojao
Uganda

Manjula Patnaik
India

Leo Ceniza Cortes
Philippines

Helen Glick
United States

Eleanor Trinchera
Australia

Johnny M. Balindong
Philippines


Clifton Aumae
Solomon Islands

Marlies Roth
Philippines

Shalom Bless Eran
Philippines

Renato Pepito
Philippines

Farhana Tekoken
Philippines

Jenee Peter
India

Melchizedek John S. Bañas
Philippines

Queenilyn Liwat
Philippines

Rhea Silvosa
Philippines

Elvira Ang Sinco
Philippines

Myraluz V. Waddington
Philippines

Memen Lauzon-Gatmaytan
Philippines

Barbara Motsi Tanne
Papua New Guinea

Celia C. Castillo MD
philippines

James Harso
Indonesia

Balázs Áron Kovács
Philippines

Sophea Pheap
Cambodia

Emmanuel Santos Jr
Philippines

Kurt Johannes B. Lucena
Philippines

Bobet Dimaukom
Philippines

Jean Baptiste Talla
United States

Joey Ganio Evangelista
Philippines

Joan McGregor
UK

Ian Benedict R. Mia
Philippines

Sharon O. Bulaclac
Philippines

Kathy Matsui
Japan

Kyoko Okumoto
Japan

Roviecel Jade Caputolan
Philippines

Kirstin De Mello
U.S.

Merwyn De Mello
India

Randy Ian F. Gallego
Philippines

Thina Lopez
Philippines

Ashok
India

Belen Mirasol
Philippines

Monika W Satyajati
Indonesia

Abp. Antonio Ledesma
Philippines

Dessa Q. Palm
Philippines

Plah Zailon Macabuat
Philippines

Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro
Hong Kong

Abdul Hamidullah Atar
Philippines

Chan Waifong
Hong Kong

Rhea Jane M. Donisa
Philippines

Nur Hidayah
Indonesia

Abmel I. Immid
Philippines

Fatikul HImami
Indonesia

Gabs Sagaral
Philippines

Lea Gabay
United States

Arlieto Berlan
Philippines

Belinda
India

Carino V. Antequisa
Philippines

Kaia Vereide
South Korea

Murtini Hehanussa
Indonesia

Prakash Thankachan
India

Innah Gaspar
United Kingdom

Aireen Joy Monida
Philippines

Farrah Naparan
Philippines

Zon Vanel
Indonesia

Stephannie Maay
Indonesia

Subas Chandra Panda
India

Elaine Bacayo
Philippines

Jae Young Lee
South Korea

Subarna Ghosh
India

Chan Shun Hing
Hong Kong SAR, PRC

Aminata Finda Massaquoi
Sierra Leone. West Africa

Maamoon Mohammed
Iraq

Ailyn Barrios
Philippines

Cornelius Selan
Indonesia

Harrison Horst
United States

Wendy Kroeker
Canada

Adenike Cole
Sierra Leone

Silvie Kroeker
Germany

Tirmizy E. Abdullah
Philippines

King Oey
Netherlands

Audace Manirahinyuza
Allemagne

Rina
Indonesia

Jose Caetano Guterres
Timor-Leste

Edna Pangilamen
Philippines

Elidina Allen-Jalloh
Sierra Leone

Padmakumar
India

Anielle
Indonesia

Glocelito Jayma
Philippines

Salvacion Benenerito
Philippines

Isabel Elizaga
Philippines

Gina Lyn Adlaon
Philippines

Rudielyn Marquez
Philippines

Melody Raj
India

Malou
Philippines

Sayed Tamim Wadan
Afghanistan

Leonesia Tecla da Silva
Timor Leste

Mary Lou B. Caharian
Philippines

Elinor Judyfind Dumanon-Abragan
Philippines

Tarun Kr. Maiti
India


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