Joint inter-faith statement on the crisis in Myanmar

Franciscans International joins faith based communities from around the world to stand with the people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country based upon the will of the people.

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We, Faith-Based communities from around the world, declare our common commitment to stand with the suffering people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country based upon the will of the people.

Since the events of February 01, 2021, we have viewed with deepening concern the mounting humanitarian needs and spiraling disregard for human rights that, as always, impact most heavily our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.

As Faith-Based humanitarian actors, we will not be silent while today in Myanmar:

We add our voices to that of UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he calls on the country’s military to respect the democratic aspirations of the people while appealing to the international community to respond to the continuing humanitarian tragedy.

We join our prayers with those of Cardinal Archbishop Bo of Yangon when he says: “This needs to stop. Peace is possible; peace is the only way. We make this urgent appeal as a group of faith leaders—not as politicians. We are praying for Peace in this great land of Myanmar and hoping all of us can live as brothers and sisters”.

Signatories:

  • ADF International
  • Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
  • Congregation of Sisters of Mercy
  • COREIS Islamic Religious Community Italy
  • Edmund Rice International
  • Fondazione Proclade Internazionale ONLUS
  • Franciscans International
  • Fundación ALBOAN
  • Fundación Entreculturas - Fe y Alegría
  • HIAS
  • Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
  • International Catholic Migration Commission
  • Jesuit Mission Australia
  • Jesuit Refugee Service
  • JPIC Commission USG-UISG
  • Justice Revival
  • Mercy Foundation
  • Mercy International Association - Global Action
  • National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  • NEW HUMANITY
  • Religions for Peace
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team
  • SJ Around the Bay
  • Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Society of Jesus, Rome
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • University Institute of Studies on Migration, Comillas Universidad Pontificia

 

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