About the Helvetas country program in Myanmar
Helvetas Myanmar is part of a network of independent development organizations. With head offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, Helvetas is working in 29 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. As a learning organization we bring real change in the lives of over three million disadvantaged people every year and implement development projects in the areas of water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, education, economic development, democracy and peace, and climate and the environment. After disasters, we also provide humanitarian response.
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Joint INGO Statement on the unfolding crisis in Myanmar
INGOs released a joint statement on the unfolding political crisis in Myanmar. The statement which was endorsed by 32 INGOs operating in Myanmar highlights the potential immediate and longer-term impacts of the military seizure of power on the safety, rights and wellbeing of people across Myanmar, particularly those already experiencing vulnerability and marginalization. INGOs reiterated their commitment and support for civil society partners, local community groups, and national civil society networks. INGOs call on all stakeholders to respect the fundamental human rights of all people in Myanmar, including freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, and free flow of information, and to refrain from all forms of violence against peaceful protestors, journalists and media workers. The letter highlighted the critical role NGOs play in providing assistance and services during these challenging times and calls upon all relevant authorities to ensure humanitarian access for national and international stakeholders.