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After 5 decades of military rule, Myanmar elected a civilian-led government in 2015. Nevertheless, violence against religious and ethnic minorities continues. Our work in Myanmar focuses on promoting human rights, inclusion and religious harmony, and equipping communities to resist violent conflict.

Myanmar suffered from one of the world’s longest-running ongoing civil wars. Although the military junta was officially dissolved several years ago, the peace process continues to stagnate. There are problems with the treatment of ethnic and religious minorities, and violent clashes continue.

What we do

Addressing these challenges through human rights education, Equitas is committed to equip community and national level actors to develop mechanisms and education interventions that:

  • strengthen community resilience; reduce tensions connected to religious and ethnic differences; and promote a greater spirit of unity and reconciliation;
  • engage with key ‘drivers of resilience’, including religious and community leaders, educators and youth, to enhance their capacity to withstand violent triggers and rely on dialogue to resolve disputes.

Resources

  • Freedom of Religion, the Role of the State, and Interreligious Relations in Myanmar  (2018). Myanmar, one of the five Theravada Buddhist majority countries in the world that started undergoing a democratic transition, has suffered serious violent and non-violent interreligious conflicts in the past seven years. Religion has re-emerged as a potent source of power, identity, and contentious politics, affecting how religious matters have been dealt with by the state. This publication looks at the state of freedom of religion, the role of the state, Buddhist-Muslim relations, and other aspects and patterns of interreligious co-existence between and among religious communities in Myanmar. Available in ENGLISH and BURMESE

Our partners

Our current project is undertaken with the support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

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