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Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat statement on ongoing crisis in Myanmar

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In an online address on April 22, Pita Limjaroenrat, a party-list MP and the Leader of the Move Forward Party, laid out his party’s vision for how ASEAN should respond to the crisis in Myanmar, while sending a clear message to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in the lead up to Thailand’s participation in the upcoming ASEAN Leaders Summit in Jakarta on April 24.

“The world has watched, in horror, the events that have unfolded in Myanmar,” decried Mr. Pita, who remarked that over 700 civilians have been brutally murdered—50 of whom are children and one was as young as seven—and thousands have been detained or forced to disappear. The MFP leader sees this as a systematic campaign of heinous crimes waged by the Tatmadaw as it seeks to terrorize the people of Myanmar into submission.

“If nothing is done, thousands more could be slaughtered, hundreds of thousands could be displaced, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis would disrupt the entire region.” he added.

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Towards a Global Vaccine Solidarity and Health Internationalism

SocDem Asia Statement on World Health Day

More than a year into the Coronavirus Pandemic, the world continues to endure the multiple crises this has created alongside pre-existing ones such as the climate crises and inequality. Existing inequalities between and within countries have only served to disproportionately favor the wealthy and powerful over poorer and marginalized communities and individuals in terms of accessing and receiving health services, treatment, and vaccinations.

While nations in the Global North have been the main recipients of the bulk of vaccine supplies, countries in the Global South have had to rely on the few vaccine that are able to be sent their way while many other poor countries have yet to even receive a single dose of a vaccine. This must be corrected immediately or else we risk prolonging this pandemic further and risk the collapse of health systems of less developed countries.

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SocDem Asia Webinar Series - Vaccine Politics and Defeating the Virus: A Health Check

Register here: http://bit.ly/vaccinepoliticswebinar

This webinar co-organized with the Democratic Action Party on World Health Day intends to answer the following key questions:

1) What are key lessons from national vaccination strategies that inform how we cope with the pandemic 1 year since its onslaught?

2) How do we address challenges like vaccine hesitancy, inequitable access, potential unknown or adverse effects as the pandemic still unfolds?

3) How do we make the healthcare system resilient moving forward and improve health service delivery such that politics will not hamper but improve our way of defeating the virus?

4) What are national, regional and/or global instruments that need to be strengthened toward this end?

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The SocDem Asia webinar series is a platform for to exchange of lessons, experiences and policies among activists, politicians and policymakers;

consolidate common and relevant strategies and responses confronting societies and; forge alliances and cooperation among political actors at the regional and global level.