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Tuesday 21st April marks Burma Campaign UK's BlueShirt4Burma campaign for political prisoners in Burma.

To coincide with Blue Shirt Day, the NASUWT is asking our members and supporters everywhere to add their voice to Burma Campaign UK's call to ensure that Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are not forgotten in the coronavirus crisis.

Victims of attacks by the Burmese military, people forced to flee their homes and who lost everything, are now being hit by government restrictions on the aid they can get and not enough aid from international donors, including the UK.

What you can do


Burma Campaign UK reports that the Bangladeshi Government is making it harder for aid agencies, local charities and the Rohingya people themselves to make preparations to fight coronavirus by banning internet access for the refugees, thereby stopping mobile phone operators providing services and making it harder for aid agencies and local charities to communicate and organise with the affected communities.

Please email the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to ask her to permanently lift the internet ban and the restrictions on those providing aid: What happens when coronavirus hits Rohingya refugee camps?

UK Department for International Development

You can also call on the Department for International Development (DFID) to provide urgent aid to all refugees and IDPs and pressure the Government in Burma to lift aid restrictions and the internet ban in parts of Rakhine and Chin State: Burma's Government making it harder to protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19.

Social media

Show your solidarity with Rohingya refugees by posting pictures of yourself wearing blue on social media using the hashtag BlueShirt4Burma.


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