Myanmar Charity Staff Detained in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 21 March 2021

Three members of the Yangon-based Thukha Kari humanitarian charity, including its chairwoman, were detained by the security forces in Hlaing Tharyar Township on Sunday morning.

The charity, founded by the former journalist Ma Shwe Hmone, provides medical treatment, funeral services and food to poor citizens.

Hlaing Tharyar contains Yangon’s largest industrial zone and is home to hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, many of whom live in squatter settlements in the township.

Last Sunday, around 50 residents were killed by the security forces in a crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations in the township.

The three charity staff were reportedly detained by the security forces near the Pan Hlaing Bridge while traveling to donate food to a squatter settlement.

The group also rescues wounded protesters after crackdowns on peaceful anti-regime demonstrations.

Rescue volunteers and social welfare organizations delivering humanitarian services to wounded protesters have been attacked and detained by the security forces.

On March 3, four charity volunteers in North Okkalapa in Yangon were kicked, beaten with rifle butts and then detained by riot police during a crackdown on a demonstration.

The charity’s ambulance was also destroyed by the security forces.

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