MYANMAR: On June 19, Pope Francis called on the International Community to take action for Myanmar people who have been suffering violence and displacement since the military coup on 1 February 2021.
Pope Francis said, “I joined the Angelus prayer with the bishops who are going to appeal to the International Community, not to forget Myanmar people, their dignity and their rights to survival, not to attack religious buildings, hospitals, and schools.”
Myanmar‘s Catholic Bishops conducted a General Assembly this week and released a statement expressing their deep concern for the plight of civilians who are affected by the ongoing civil war. “Human dignity and human rights can never be violated. We strongly ask to respect for human life, sacred religious buildings, hospitals, and schools”, said Myanmar‘s Catholic Bishops.
Non-governmental organizations noted that over 1,900 civilians have been killed and 11,000 abducted since the military coup of 1 February 2021, with unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported more than 800,000 internally displaced people.
Furthermore, the Military Junta have been continued to target churches and religious institutions.