Since the unlawful coup d’état on February 1st, 2021, Burma has been resisting an inhumane military dictatorship that has committed mass killings and other atrocious human rights violations against pro-democracy protesters. The military has since killed nearly 900 people, arrested over 6,000 dissidents, and continues to terrorize innocent civilians.
In addition to the military’s reign of terror, the people are also struggling against Burma’s third and most deadly wave of COVID-19 to date. Its healthcare system is on the brink of collapse due to the military’s deliberate persecution of doctors and healthcare workers. Hospitals, medical facilities, and public health spaces are now occupied by the military, while many healthcare workers are in jail or on the run due to targeted persecution. Meanwhile, new daily infections soar to the thousands, hundreds of patients die each week, and hospitals across the nation reach bed capacity. Burma’s civilian government before the coup was able to control the first and second wave of COVID-19 effectively and were able to procure COVID vaccines early. However, the military coup put all of this efforts in vain, and currently, only about 3.2% of the population is vaccinated.
Despite the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in Burma, the world remains silent and paralyzed. The Spring Back Burma campaign aims to rally international support for the democratic movement in Burma and calls on the international community to stand with and support the people who are bravely defying military oppression despite life-threatening risks.