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To: The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Stop the bloodshed in Myanmar
Immediately take the following steps to help stop the violence of the Myanmar military regime:
1. Targeted sanctions and visa restrictions for those who are responsible for the coup and subsequent violence against protesters in Myanmar.
2. Recognise the democratically elected parliament, the CRPH.
3. Work with other countries and the UN to adopt a global arms embargo that prohibits supplying weapons to Myanmar.
Why is this important?
My name is Chit. I am 27 years old and I’ve dedicated my life to working and fighting for women’s rights and democracy in Myanmar. I am from the Karen ethnic group, a minority in Myanmar. Growing up in a migrant community on the border of Thailand, I saw how the Myanmar military uses violence, including sexual violence, to oppress the population.
Since the coup, I often join rallies on the streets protesting against the violent coup, not knowing if I’ll be arrested, beaten or killed. I must change my location every two or three days to avoid being arrested.
Another women’s rights activist I know was shot and killed by the military. Her name was Ah Khu. Two of my friends have been arrested and I can’t communicate with them.
The military can arrest us and kill us. But I’m not scared because I’m fighting for a federal democracy. I’m fighting for my new generation and justice.
We need the international community to stand with us. Every minute and every day counts - because every day more people are killed.
Targeted sanctions are needed now. In simple terms, the military needs money to buy bullets to kill us. And the Australian government can do its bit to cut off the funds, recognise the elected parliament, and support an global arms embargo to prevent weapons getting into Myanmar”.
Please support our fight for democracy, and sign the petition to the Australian government.
How it will be delivered
This petition will be submitted on behalf of Chit to the Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade by the International Women's Development Agency.