Activists are calling for a boycott of the Miss Grand International beauty pageant to be held in Myanmar in 2024 due to the junta’s ongoing human rights violations. Over 19,000 political prisoners are currently detained and more than 4,000 have died under the military regime. Critics argue that the pageant will provide financial support to the junta, while others raise concerns about the safety of contestants. The pageant has previously faced controversy in Myanmar, with the country’s representative being charged with sedition in 2021. The competition is scheduled to take place on October 25, 2024.