Two years have passed since the military coup in Myanmar. As of November 24, 2022, 2,533 civilians, including children, have been killed by the military and 12,986 people have been detained.
There are groups of citizens from Japan who have been making efforts to improve this situation in Myanmar. These include emergency relief activities for those who have been displaced by the attacks of the national army and have fled to Myanmar and other countries, and activities to stop Japanese businesses, some of which actually benefit the national army. There are also movements of religious people who are praying for peace and acting on the voices and thoughts of those affected by the coup. In fact, the national army’s violence has been going on for many years and in recent years has been strengthened by revenues from the business networks it has set up throughout the country. These national forces and Japan were not unrelated.
In this series of programs, we will introduce the efforts of Japanese citizens in the run-up to February 1, the two-year anniversary of the coup. We will also hold a prayer meeting to listen to the voices of Myanmar people calling for peace and democracy, and to send our thoughts and wishes for peace to Myanmar in memory of those who have been victimized so far. This is a time to shine a light on Myanmar, a country that has seen a decline in interest, and to find a glimmer of hope for the future through the connections between people who continue their activities without giving up. We look forward to your participation.
No.4：Rally to deliver our pray for peace in Myanmar from Japan
On the second anniversary of the coup d’état, religious and civil groups who have been praying, speaking out, and taking action to improve the situation in Myanmar will gather in various locations to connect online and deliver their prayers for peace in Myanmar.
In the first part of the meeting, reports will be given by citizen groups who have been conducting various activities to demand an end to the violence in Myanmar, and in the second part, while messages from Myanmar people and Japanese people who are acting for Myanmar will be introduced, prayers of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism will be delivered from a various locations. During the meeting, photos taken by Yuzo Uda, who is a photojournalist following Myanmar for nearly 30 years also will be shown.
■Date■ Jan. 28th（Sat） 14:00〜16:30
■Venue■ Kogenji（2-38-22 Mukogaoka, Bunkyo, Tokyo）+online
For those who participate on-line, the URL will be sent upon registration.
・Slide show of photos taken by Yuzo Uda
・Reports（speakers Ms. Khin Onmar／Progressive Voice、Yuka Kiguchi／Mekong Watch、Ms. Keiko Nakano／Burma Rescue Center Japan 、Mr. Mint Swe and so on）
・Rally of prayers
・Joint Request “Two years since the coup d’état The Japanese government must restructure its policy toward Myanmar”
Network of prayers for peace in Myanmar／＃Campaign for stopping funding to Myanmar National Military