In the month of International Day of Peace, under the yearly theme of “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world,” the people of Burma only experience violence and threats by ongoing conflicts and human rights violations of the junta. The deteriorating human rights situation and political instability has brought Burma/ Myanmar down from rank 126 to 131 in the Global Peace Index, making it the least peaceful country in the Asia Pacific.
As months proceed into the eighth month after the attempted coup, the Burmese junta continues to deprive and deny civilians their right to live freely and in peace. Since the National Unity Government launched a people’s defensive war, civilian populations have been terrorized more than ever before. Over the last eight months, the regime has arrested at least 30 people per day and dozens of family members wanted by the regime. At least four women between the ages of 14 and 45 were reported to have been raped by the junta in September.