Statement on Myanmar

DRC Myanmar: Humanitarian activities affected as military seizes power.

This morning, Myanmar military declared a state of emergency and announced that it was taking control of the country for one year. The coup happened hours before the parliament was to sit for the first time since the election on 8 November 2020, where de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a large majority. Myanmar military claims of voting fraud has earlier on been rejected by the country’s election commission.

The Danish Refugee Council has been operational in Myanmar since 2009, when the first team arrived to provide emergency assistance in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Nargis.

As of 2021, DRC works in three states in Myanmar – Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan, as well as in the capital Yangon. DRC currently has around 400 employees in the country and works through several local partner organisations. Activities cover needs for humanitarian protection, improving livelihoods, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services, as well as Humanitarian Mine Action.

DRC continues to work to ensure the most vulnerable have access to needed humanitarian assistance. DRC urges all parties to allow free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need.