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Protests in Myanmar.

A coalition of more than 25 organizations has signed a joint statement expressing deep concerns over the violence committed by security forces in Myanmar against peaceful protesters. The global call to action follows the illegal coup d'état which overthrew the democratically elected government on February 1st. This signed statement especially spotlights how the military has been destroying places of worship in their crackdown. Religious and ethnic minorities have been targeted, resulting in an increasing number of internally displaced persons.

"We watched with uneasiness the gross violation of human rights and freedoms ensuing from the military-led coup of February 2021 and wanted to express our concern with the deterioration of religious freedom of belief in Myanmar," explains Floyd Brobbel, CEO of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada and the newly elected Chairman of the Religious Liberty Partnership.

"This statement reflects our collective call for action, anticipating that law and order and good governance will be restored and maintained," he adds. "Further, we are encouraging the global church to pray that all citizens of Myanmar enjoy the freedom to worship openly, without abuse, and that their human rights are protected and enhanced." The statement is available for review here.

Please pray that this collaborative organizational statement will serve as an integral means of gaining the attention of the international community, as well as Myanmar's governing authorities. Also pray that proactive actions will be taken to prevent further violence from being committed against the country's innocent citizens. May the Christian communities in Myanmar find strength in unity and embolden one another to stand firm in their faith.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
56,590,071 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Burman (68), Shan (9), Karen (7), Rakhine (4), Chinese (3), Indian (2), Mon (2), Other (5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (87.9), Christianity (6.2), Islam (4.3), other (1.6)

Leader
President Win Myint (2018)

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Burma

Pray that the newly elected civilian government will respect the religious freedoms of all its citizens – including the followers of Jesus. Ask God to prove Himself victorious over the longstanding abuses in Burma, and to demonstrate His transforming power by bringing many more to salvation. May He bless and multiply the evangelistic efforts of the seminary students and graduates, granting them divine appointments with people who are silently yearning for the truth of the Gospel.

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