STATEMENT: Joint Inter-faith Statement on the Crisis in Myanmar

03 June 2021

Group of children fleeing violence in Myanmar to Thailand-Myanmar border (Photo: Metta Charity)

We, Faith-Based communities from around the world, declare our common commitment to stand with the suffering people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country based upon the will of the people.

Since the events of 1 February 2021, we have viewed with deepening concern the mounting humanitarian needs and spiraling disregard for human rights that, as always, impact most heavily our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.

As Faith-Based humanitarian actors, we will not be silent while today in Myanmar:

We add our voices to that of UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he calls on the country’s military to respect the democratic aspirations of the people while appealing to the international community to respond to the continuing humanitarian tragedy.

We join our prayers with those of Cardinal Archbishop Bo of Yangon when he says: “This needs to stop. Peace is possible; peace is the only way. We make this urgent appeal as a group of faith leaders — not as politicians. We are praying for Peace in this great land of Myanmar and hoping all of us can live as brothers and sisters”.


ADF International
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
Congregation of Sisters of Mercy
COREIS Islamic Religious Community Italy
Edmund Rice International
Fondazione Proclade Internazionale ONLUS
Franciscans International
Fundación ALBOAN
Fundación Entreculturas – Fe y Alegría
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
International Catholic Migration Commission
Jesuit Mission Australia
Jesuit Refugee Service
JPIC Commission USG-UISG
Justice Revival
Mercy Foundation
Mercy International Association – Global Action
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Religions for Peace
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team
SJ Around the Bay
Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Society of Jesus, Rome
Union for Reform Judaism
Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
University Institute of Studies on Migration, Comillas Universidad Pontificia