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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 2:00pm

USAID has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Burma for decades in their struggle for peace, democracy, and freedom. They deserve nothing less. President Biden has described the Burmese military’s February 1, 2021 coup as a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.” The people of Burma have struggled for too long and made too many sacrifices for the military to erase this progress in such an undemocratic manner.

Following the U.S. Government’s determination on February 2, 2021 that the Burmese military’s actions constitute a coup, USAID conducted a thorough review of our assistance to Burma. As a result, USAID is immediately redirecting $42.4 million of assistance away from work that would have benefited the Government of Burma. Rather than supporting the military, we will redirect these funds to support and strengthen civil society.

 

Last updated: September 27, 2021

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