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Donate for Myanmar Democracy

Right now, the people of Myanmar are fighting for their democracy and their future against the military coup and they are calling for our support.

Since the military coup on 1 February, millions of people across Myanmar have taken to the streets in a massive civil disobedience movement.  Our trade union partners and young leader alumni are among those bravely taking action.   

UnionAID is liaising constantly with our partners on how we can help.  They have asked for funding to support the campaign for democracy and to uphold human rights.

UnionAID is urgently appealing for donations to our Myanmar Democracy Fight Back Fund that will be used to support pro-democracy action in Myanmar. 

This is the practical way you can support our friends, partners and fellow working people in their brave stand for democracy.

Please make a donation to support this appeal.

 

“Thank you NZ for your solidarity.  We need that support for this fight, it is do or die for us, there is no other option.” 

– Confederated Trade Unions of Myanmar

What is happening in Myanmar?

Railway workers strike halts trains

Ten years of transitional democracy, which brought rapid economic and social development to Myanmar, was ended by an illegal military coup on 1 February 2021.

Previous military rule in Myanmar (from 1962 to 2010) reduced the country from the “rice bowl of Asia” to one of the poorest in the region. Generations of people were denied decent education, health care, and labour rights while the military class prospered.

This latest coup has seen members of the democratically elected government arrested, shootings and arbitrary arrests of protestors and internet shutdowns. Laws have been passed allowing the military to seize and detain activists with impunity. 

Myanmar citizens have taken to the streets to call for a return to democracy. This includes civil servants and other workers who have gone on strike, refusing to work for the military government.

What will funds go to?

By making a donation today you will help the organising, advocacy and education efforts in Myanmar to support democracy.   

 At this stage the situation is changing daily and the longer term needs for funding are just starting to emerge.  UnionAID will hold the funds raised and use them to support future initiatives in Myanmar that contribute to the democracy movement such as:  

  • organising workers and other groups to peacefully oppose the military coup and build support for democracy; 
  • training on democracy and advocacy to help build a successful democracy movement and uphold human rights during this crisis; 
  • legal aid to uphold the rights of people and organisations persecuted for peaceful protest; 
  • support for groups or people experiencing hardship as a result of their pro-democracy action.   

The fund will support new initiatives from trade unions and NGOs like the Confederated Trade Unions of Myanmar and Action Labour Rights who we have partnered with before, or initiatives from new partners that meet UnionAID’s criteria.    

In the event that funds raised exceed the amount required, UnionAID will direct the remaining funds to partner organisations in Asia and the Pacific also working to uphold human rights, decent work and democracy