The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts for human rights in Southeast Asia, and that affects all of us.

In Myanmar, the military carried out a coup d’etat on February 1, 2021, and subsequently killed hundreds of people, including children, and arrested thousands. The junta cut internet access and conducted deadly offensives in ethnic states, targeting and displacing civilians en masse. The health sector remains paralyzed and the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks are high.

In Bangladesh, Rohingya who fled genocide in Myanmar are now confined to the world’s largest refugee camp, heightening the risk of a major outbreak.

In Thailand and Malaysia, authorities continue to detain refugees, migrants, and survivors of human trafficking. Our partners include human rights defenders, civil society organizations, survivors of violations, and displaced communities in Southeast Asia.

COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone, but it has been especially challenging for the least advantaged. Help us ensure human rights are protected.


There is a critical need for human rights defenders to respond to the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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