Stop Chevron bankrolling the Myanmar military: Coup – Day 9

It’s now Day 9 of the 2/1/21 Myanmar coup.

When I woke this morning, I heard on NPR that the Myanmar military has started firing rubber bullets at protesters. We are a trigger-point away from Burmese soldiers brutally cracking down on the pro-democracy demonstrators. In 1988, and again in 2007, the Myanmar army fired on peaceful protestors killing thousands.

After that NPR news report, there was a message from NPR’s sponsor: Chevron. Chevron is the largest U.S. investor in Myanmar, providing billions in revenue for the Burmese regime. Moroever, Chevron’s operations have been found complicit in serious human rights violations in Karen State.

Sign – and share – our petition demanding that Chevron stop bankrolling the Myanmar military.

As Myanmar’s generals look for revenues to prop up their new dictatorship following the February 1 coup, there’s one source of money they can count on: natural gas projects backed by foreign investors including Chevron, France’s Total, South Korea’s Posco, China’s CNOOC, Australia’s Woodbridge, and Malaysia’s Petronas. The Myanmar regime earns close to US$1 billion a year from natural gas sales.

Much of this money is not paid directly from oil companies to the government. It flows through Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a state-owned enterprise with deep links to the military’s business empire. Alarmingly, the recent military coup places MOGE and the rest of the government under direct military control.

Chevron is the largest U.S. corporate investor in Burma (Myanmar). In partnership with Total of France and the Burmese government-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), Chevron owns the Yadana gas field and pipeline crossing Karen State. In March 2015, Chevron entered into an additional production sharing contract with MOGE to explore in the Rakhine Basin off the coast of Rakhine State.

Demand Chevron stop the flow of revenue to the Myanmar military.

We join Justice For Myanmar in calling for all businesses with commercial ties to MOGE to immediately stop bankrolling the Myanmar military. The people of Myanmar have mobilised against dictatorship through a national campaign of civil disobedience and boycotts against military-owned products. Even MOGE’s own staff are publicly protesting. We must back up the peoples of Myanmar in their struggle against the Myanmar military dictators.

Pressure on Chevron works. In 2017, after pressure from activist investors led by Azzad Asset Management, Chevron told the BBC that it would work for “a business environment that respects human rights”. But we need now to pressure Chevron until it stops bankrolling the Myanmar military.

Your signature on our petition to Chevron would be a powerful act of solidarity with the peoples of Myanmar.

Together, we can build our movement to end the Myanmar military’s corrupt and brutal rule.

Thank you so much,

Simon Billenness, Executive Director

For the International Campaign for the Rohingya: Debbie Stothard, Jack Rendler, J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Joseph K. Grieboski, Simran Stuelpnagel, Michael DeLong, and Alyson Chadwick.

ps. We can and must build our pressure on Myanmar’s military. Your gifts will help us keep building the campaigns and tools that we need to take effective action together. Please click here to make a gift of $30, $60, $120, $250, or more.

For Further Reading:

How Oil and Gas Majors Bankroll the Myanmar Military Regime,” Justice For Myanmar, 8 February 2021

“Stakeholders press energy companies doing business with Myanmar to address Rohingya crisis,” International Campaign for the Rohingya blog, October 23, 2017

“Chevron says it will push for Myanmar human rights,” BBC World Service, November 16, 2017

Sanction Myanmar Military, Not Myanmar People,” Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK, 5 February 2021

Myanmar Military Should End Its Use of Violence and Respect Democracy,” Joint statement of Myanmar civil society organizations, 1 February 2021

Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,” Justice For Myanmar, January 2021

“Dirty List” of companies doing business with the Myanmar military, Burma Campaign UK

Military Ltd,” Amnesty International, September 2020

Justice for Myanmar – Justice For Myanmar is a campaign to provide a platform for those unjustly persecuted by the Myanmar military – regardless of class, religion, gender or ethnic identity in their efforts to seek justice and end military impunity in Myanmar. The campaign works to expose the Myanmar military’s businesses’ link to human rights violations across the country.

Let’s keep blood off the streets of Myanmar: Coup – Day 8

Each morning I wake up and immediately check the news. I breathe a sign of relief when I learn that the military has not brutally cracked down on the pro-democracy demonstrators. In 1988, and again in 2007, the Myanmar army brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors killing thousands.

Today, let’s all take the four actions outlined below to keep the blood of the Burmese people off the streets of Myanmar.

Action #1. Stay Informed

In ever increasing numbers, people are taking to the streets throughout Myanmar in opposition to the military coup. In the biggest protests since the 2007 Saffron Revolution, Myanmar’s new and globally connected #2121Generation is facing down the Burmese police and soldiers.

In cities around the world, people are holding protests outside Myanmar embassies and consulates. And in a truly inspiring action, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have circulated pictures of themselves raising the three-fingered salute in solidarity with their fellow Burmese inside Myanmar.

This is a very fluid and dangerous situation. Follow the news on social media with the hashtags: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #CivilDisobedienceMovement. Excellent coverage from inside Myanmar is also available daily from Frontier Myanmar. Read their website and sign up for their daily emails as long as the military allows them to stay open.

Action #2. Take Action: Lobby Your Government

Demand that your government impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military until it reverses its coup and restores the democratically elected civilian government. Because of your emails and calls from around the world, the Biden Administration is now considering what sanctions to impose on the Myanmar military to roll back its coup against the civilian government.Click here to urge U.S. President Joe Biden impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military.

If you have already signed the petition, share it with your friends. If so, please email, message, or text ten or more of your friends to ask them to join you. Send them this short link to the petition: http://bit.ly/BidenSanctionMyanmar

Action #3. Take Action: Impose Your Citizen Sanctions on the Myanmar Military

Thanks to your actions, Kirin Brewing just announced that it was ending its business partnerships with the Myanmar military. This is a clear success of your campaign of direct citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military’s business empire.

We stand in solidarity with the Burmese people. We join with Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK in calling for tough sanctions on the Myanmar military and not the Myanmar people. Please take action today to impose your own citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military through these following actions.

Tell luxury jeweller Harry Winston (owned by Swatch) to stop selling jewellery with Burmese #GenocideGems.

Demand Facebook remove all Myanmar military accounts from its platform.

Tell Razer to remove Lim Kaling from its board unless he ends his business with the Myanmar military.

According to Justice For Myanmar, the army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing may have executed this coup to protect his power and his financial interests. Before the coup, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was required in June 2021 to transfer power to a new Commander-in-Chief. Min Aung Hlaing and his family have a lot to lose after having amassed personal wealth through the abuse of his public position as head of the military.

Action #4. Make a Gift to Build Our Resistance to the Myanmar military

We can and must build our pressure on Myanmar’s military. Your actions have moved your governments to pass tough sanctions and successfully pressed companies, such as Western Union, online jeweler Angara, and Kirin brewery, to end their business partnerships with the Burmese military.

Your gifts will help us keep building the campaigns and tools that we need to take effective action together. Please click here to make a gift of $30, $60, $120, $250, or more.

Together, we can build our movement to end the Myanmar military’s corrupt and brutal rule.

Thank you so much,

Simon Billenness, Executive Director

For the International Campaign for the Rohingya: Debbie Stothard, Jack Rendler, J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Joseph K. Grieboski, Simran Stuelpnagel, Michael DeLong, and Alyson Chadwick.

For Further Reading:

Sanction Myanmar Military, Not Myanmar People,” Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK, 5 February 2021

Kirin Ends Partnership With Myanmar Military After the Army’s Genocide and Coup D’Etat,” International Campaign for the Rohingya, 5 February 2021

Myanmar Military Should End Its Use of Violence and Respect Democracy,” Joint statement of Myanmar civil society organizations, 1 February 2021

Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,” Justice For Myanmar, January 2021

“Dirty List” of companies doing business with the Myanmar military, Burma Campaign UK

Military Ltd,” Amnesty International, September 2020

Justice for Myanmar – Justice For Myanmar is a campaign to provide a platform for those unjustly persecuted by the Myanmar military – regardless of class, religion, gender or ethnic identity in their efforts to seek justice and end military impunity in Myanmar. The campaign works to expose the Myanmar military’s businesses’ link to human rights violations across the country.

The economic interests of the Myanmar military,” United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, September 2019

Facebook Allowing Burma Military to Recruit For and Fund Genocide,” Burma Campaign UK, 9 January 2021

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?,” BusinessWeek,  October 17, 2018

“No Genocide Gems! Burmese Military Takes a Hit From Citizens Sanctions,” International Campaign for the Rohingya blog

Cloudflare Must Terminate Its Services For the Myanmar Military

International Campaign for the Rohingya & Burma Campaign UK

For Immediate Release: 8 February 2021

Cloudflare Must Terminate Its Services For the Myanmar Military

In the wake of the Myanmar military’s February 1st coup d’etat, Burma Campaign UK and International Campaign for the Rohingya today demanded American web services company Cloudflare terminate its services for the Myanmar military.

Cloudflare provides website services for the military controlled Ministry of Home Affairs, and for the military-controlled Burmese police force, which has been firing water cannons at peaceful protestors today. Cloudflare must introduce a policy of not working for the Myanmar military, including military controlled companies.  

“Following the attack on U.S. legislators at the U.S. Capitol, Facebook and Twitter suspended US President Donald Trump for inciting violence. At the same time, using its Cloudflare-protected websites, the Myanmar security forces planned, promoted, and executed, not only its February 1st, 2021, military coup, but also its genocide of the Rohingya and numerous other atrocities across the country,” stated Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya.

In the past, Cloudflare has terminated its services for the American neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website and the 8chan website, used by American white supremacists responsible for the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“Cloudflare should not be providing services for the Burmese military or for military controlled companies,” stated Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. ”No company which has a client such as the Myanmar military, which is holding coups and is involved in genocide, can claim to have any kind of credible human rights or social responsibility policies.”

“Cloudflare dropped as a client Stormfront for supporting the past genocide by the Nazis. Yet. Cloudflare continues to protect the websites of the Myanmar military as it executes its ongoing genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma,” stated Simon Billenness.

In December 2018 Burma Campaign UK placed Cloudflare on its ‘Dirty List’ of companies linked to Burma’s military. Cloudflare have not responded to correspondence from Burma Campaign UK but defended working for Min Aung Hlaing providing services for his website when approached by media. Min Aung Hlaing’s personal website appears to no longer be protected by Cloudflare but it is not clear if Min Aung Hlaing switched providers or if he was dropped by Cloudflare. There is no apparent logic to why Cloudflare might drop Min Aung Hlaing as a client but keep working for parts of the military under his control.

In 2016 and 2017, Min Aung Hlaing ordered major military offensives against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma. The main target of the military offensives was children. Almost 800,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. The Burmese military and security forces used horrific violations against the Rohingya, including mass rape, including of children, and killing thousands of people.

On 17th July the US government designated Min Aung Hlaing as being responsible for gross human rights violations and banned Min Aung Hlaing from visiting America. United Nations investigators have said doing any form of business with the military is indefensible.

Burma Campaign UK publishes a ‘Dirty List’ of international companies doing business with the military. More than 100 are listed. The ‘Dirty List’ is available here.

For more information contact:

Simon Billenness

Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya

Campaign Director, No Business With Genocide

Mobile (US): 617-596-6158

Twitter: @Rohingya_ICR

simon.billenness@rohingyacampaign.org

www.rohingyacampaign.org

Mark Farmaner

Director of Burma Campaign UK

Mobile (UK): +44 (0794) 1239640

Twitter: @MarkFarmaner

mark.farmaner@burmacampaign.org.uk

www.burmacampaign.org.uk

Protests sweep Myanmar: Coup – Day 7

It’s now Day 7 of the 2/1/21 Myanmar coup.

Today, people took to the streets throughout Myanmar in opposition to the military coup. In the biggest protests since the 2007 Saffron Revolution, Myanmar’s new and globally connected #2121Generation is facing down the Burmese police and soldiers.

In cities around the world, people are holding protests outside Myanmar embassies and consulates. And in a truly inspiring action, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have circulated pictures of themselves raising the three-fingered salute in solidarity with their fellow Burmese inside Myanmar.

At this crucial time, it is vital that we send a powerful message to the Myanmar military. We must take action today to avert a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar armed forces.

1. Stay Informed

This is a very fluid and dangerous situation. Follow the news on social media with the hashtags: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #CivilDisobedienceMovement. Excellent coverage from inside Myanmar is also available daily from Frontier Myanmar. Read their website and sign up for their daily emails as long as the military allows them to stay open.

2. Take Action: Lobby Your Government

Demand that your government impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military until it reverses its coup and restores the democratically elected civilian government. Because of your emails and calls, the Biden Administration is now considering what sanctions to impose on the Myanmar military to roll back its coup against the civilian government.

Click here to urge U.S. President Joe Biden impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military.

3. Take Action: Impose Your Citizen Sanctions on the Myanmar Military


Thanks to your actions, Kirin Brewing just announced that it was ending its business partnerships with the Myanmar military. This is a clear success of your campaign of direct citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military’s business empire.


We stand in solidarity with the Burmese people. We join with Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK in calling for tough sanctions on the Myanmar military and not the Myanmar people. Please take action today to impose your own citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military through these following actions, including our new petition to Razer.

Tell Razer to remove Lim Kaling from its board unless he ends his business with the Myanmar military.

Tell luxury jeweller Harry Winston (owned by Swatch) to stop selling jewellery with Burmese #GenocideGems.


Demand Facebook remove all Myanmar military accounts from its platform.

According to Justice For Myanmar, the army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing may have executed this coup to protect his power and his financial interests. Before the coup, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was required in June 2021 to transfer power to a new Commander-in-Chief. Min Aung Hlaing and his family have a lot to lose after having amassed personal wealth through the abuse of his public position as head of the military.

4. Build Our Resistance to the Myanmar military

Your gifts will help us keep building the campaigns and tools that we need to take effective action together. Please click here to make a gift of $30, $60, $120, or more.

We can and must build our pressure on Myanmar’s military. In the past, your emails and calls have moved your governments to pass tough sanctions. You also successfully pressed companies, such as Western Union, online jeweler Angara, and Kirin brewery to end their business partnerships with the Burmese military.

By sharing our petitions widely, we can build our movement to end the Myanmar military’s corrupt and brutal rule.


Thank you so much,

Simon Billenness, Executive Director

For the International Campaign for the Rohingya: Debbie Stothard, Jack Rendler, J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Joseph K. Grieboski, Simran Stuelpnagel, and Michael DeLong.

ps. Our movement to end Myanmar military rule requires our continual support.Please click here to make a sustaining monthly gift of $10, $25, $50, or $100.

For Further Reading:

Sanction Myanmar Military, Not Myanmar People,” Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK, 5 February 2021

Kirin Ends Partnership With Myanmar Military After the Army’s Genocide and Coup D’Etat,” International Campaign for the Rohingya, 5 February 2021

Myanmar Military Should End Its Use of Violence and Respect Democracy,” Joint statement of Myanmar civil society organizations, 1 February 2021

Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,” Justice For Myanmar, January 2021

“Dirty List” of companies doing business with the Myanmar military, Burma Campaign UK

Military Ltd,” Amnesty International, September 2020

Justice for Myanmar – Justice For Myanmar is a campaign to provide a platform for those unjustly persecuted by the Myanmar military – regardless of class, religion, gender or ethnic identity in their efforts to seek justice and end military impunity in Myanmar. The campaign works to expose the Myanmar military’s businesses’ link to human rights violations across the country.

The economic interests of the Myanmar military,” United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, September 2019

Facebook Allowing Burma Military to Recruit For and Fund Genocide,” Burma Campaign UK, 9 January 2021

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?,” BusinessWeek,  October 17, 2018

“No Genocide Gems! Burmese Military Takes a Hit From Citizens Sanctions,” International Campaign for the Rohingya blog

Myanmar Coup – Day 6: street protests and internet shutdown

It’s now Day 6 of the #2121MyanmarCoup.

As I write this blog, I’m seeing on Twitter and Facebook video of brave Burmese citizens on the streets facing down Myanmar police and soldiers. In an attempt to quell the protests of this new #2121Generation, the Myanmar military is now shutting down the Internet and phone lines. The risk of a violent and brutal army crackdown is very real.

This is a very fluid and dangerous situation. Follow the news on social media with the hashtags: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #CivilDisobedienceMovement

Excellent coverage from inside Myanmar is also available daily from Frontier Myanmar. Read their website and sign up for their daily emails as long as the military allows them to stay open.

From here in Washington, DC, where International Campaign for the Rohingya is based, I have been convening meetings for Myanmar civil society leaders and their supporters worldwide to speak directly with top US government officials. We are pressing the US government – and governments around the world – to impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military and its business empire.

Today, will you help the Burmese peoples currently in the streets in Myanmar in their struggle against the genocidal military oppressors? Will you join them in protesting this military coup and boycotting the Myanmar military’s business interests?

Demand that your government impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military until it reverses its coup and restores the democratically elected civilian government. Click here to urge U.S. President Joe Biden impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military.

Because of your emails and calls, the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress are now considering what sanctions to impose on the Myanmar military for its coup against the civilian government. 

If you live in the United States, click here to send an email to your Members of Congress demanding new sanctions on the Myanmar military.


Thanks to your actions, Kirin Brewing announced yesterday that it was ending its business partnerships with the Myanmar military. This is a clear success of your campaign of direct citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military’s business empire.

We stand in solidarity with the Burmese people. We join with Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK in calling for tough sanctions on the Myanmar military and not the Myanmar people.Please take action today to impose your own citizen sanctions on the Myanmar military through these following actions.


Tell luxury jeweller Harry Winston (owned by Swatch) to stop selling jewellery with Burmese #GenocideGems.

Demand Facebook remove all Myanmar military accounts from its platform.

According to Justice For Myanmar, the army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing may have executed this coup to protect his power and his financial interests. In June 2021, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is required to transfer power to a new Commander-in-Chief. Min Aung Hlaing and his family have a lot to lose after having amassed personal wealth through the abuse of his public position as head of the military.

We can and must build our pressure on Myanmar’s military. In the past, your emails and calls have moved your governments to pass tough sanctions. You also successfully pressed companies, such as Western Union, online jeweler Angara, and Kirin brewery to end their business partnerships with the Burmese military.

By sharing our petitions widely, we can build our movement to end the Myanmar military’s corrupt and brutal rule.

Thank you so much,

Simon Billenness, Executive Director

For the International Campaign for the Rohingya: Debbie Stothard, Jack Rendler, J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Joseph K. Grieboski, Simran Stuelpnagel, and Michael DeLong.

Our movement to end the genocide in Burma requires our continual support.Please click here to make a sustaining monthly gift of $10, $25, $50, or $100.

For Further Reading:

Sanction Myanmar Military, Not Myanmar People,” Justice For Myanmar and Burma Campaign UK, 5 February 2021

Kirin Ends Partnership With Myanmar Military After the Army’s Genocide and Coup D’Etat,” International Campaign for the Rohingya, 5 February 2021

Myanmar Military Should End Its Use of Violence and Respect Democracy,” Joint statement of Myanmar civil society organizations, 1 February 2021

Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,” Justice For Myanmar, January 2021

“Dirty List” of companies doing business with the Myanmar military, Burma Campaign UK

Military Ltd,” Amnesty International, September 2020

Justice for Myanmar – Justice For Myanmar is a campaign to provide a platform for those unjustly persecuted by the Myanmar military – regardless of class, religion, gender or ethnic identity in their efforts to seek justice and end military impunity in Myanmar. The campaign works to expose the Myanmar military’s businesses’ link to human rights violations across the country.

The economic interests of the Myanmar military,” United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, September 2019

Facebook Allowing Burma Military to Recruit For and Fund Genocide,” Burma Campaign UK, 9 January 2021

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?,” BusinessWeek,  October 17, 2018

“No Genocide Gems! Burmese Military Takes a Hit From Citizens Sanctions,” International Campaign for the Rohingya blog

Kirin Ends Partnership With Myanmar Military After the Army’s Genocide and Coup D’Etat

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: February 5th, 2021

In the wake of past genocide against the Rohingya, ongoing mass atrocities against other ethnic minorities, and recent army coup d’etat, the Myanmar military finally stepped too far for its business partner, Kirin Holdings of Japan.

Kirin announced today that it would end its business partnerships with Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited, a Myanmar military-owned conglomerate.

The following quote can be attributed to Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya.

“Kirin has finally acknowledged its grievious mistake in choosing to do business with a wholly-owned subsidiary of a brutal military with over a half a century of dictatorial rule, brutal civil war, venal corruption, and mass atrocities, including genocide.” 

“We call on corporations worldwide to cut all business ties with Myanmar military-owned and controlled companies. Facebook must suspend the accounts of the Myanmar military as the army recruits its soldiers and conducts its business through the social platform. Jewelers such as Harry Winston, owned by Swatch of Switzerland, must stop buying Burmese “genocide gems,” whose trade is dominated by the Myanmar military and a huge source of the army’s revenues.”

“We call on all governments to hold the Myanmar military accountable for its actions through sanctions against Myanmar military leaders, the army’s extensive business empire, and the military’s business cronies. We specifically call on U.S. President to issue an executive order restoring U.S. sanctions under the JADE Act.”

For a full details of the economic interests of the Myanmar military and army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, read Justice For Myanmar’s recent report “Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”

Kirin’s statement of February 5th, 2021

Contact:

Simon Billenness

Executive Director

International Campaign for the Rohingya

M: (617) 596-6158

simon.billenness@rohingyacampaign.org

www.rohingyacampaign.org

World Must Sanction Myanmar Military

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: February 1st, 2021

In the early hours of February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military detained Burmese de facto leader Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from her ruling party.

The Myanmar military’s move comes after days of escalating threats to the civilian government by the powerful military. For weeks, the military has been peddling unfounded accusations of fraud in the November 2020 Myanmar elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won a crushing victory over military-backed parties.

The following quote can be attributed to Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya.

“Myanmar’s military must immediately and unconditionally release Aung San Suu Kyi, senior government officials, and all others the army has unlawfully detained.” 

“We call on all governments to hold the Myanmar military accountable for its actions through sanctions against Myanmar military leaders and the army’s extensive business empire. We specifically call on U.S. President to issue an executive order restoring U.S. sanctions under the JADE Act.”

“We further call on corporations worldwide to cut all business ties with Myanmar military-owned and controlled companies. Facebook must suspend the accounts of the Myanmar military, which recruits its soldiers and conducts its business through the social platform. Companies such as Japanese beer giant Kirin must end their business partnerships with Myanmar military-owned companies.”

For a full details of the economic interests of the Myanmar military and army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, read Justice For Myanmar’s recent report “Who Profits From a Coup? The Power and Greed of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”

Contact:

Simon Billenness

Executive Director

International Campaign for the Rohingya

M: (617) 596-6158

simon.billenness@rohingyacampaign.org

www.rohingyacampaign.org

International Campaign for the Rohingya Applauds Dayton City Commission for Passage of World’s First End Genocide Resolution

International Campaign for the Rohingya Applauds Dayton City Commission for Passage of World’s First End Genocide Resolution

For Immediate Release: December 30th, 2020

The International Campaign for the Rohingya applauds the Commission of the City of Dayton for its unanimous passage of world’s first municipal resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Matt Joseph, both condemning genocide and promoting its use of its powers of procurement and investment to press corporations to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities

J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Board Member, International Campaign for the Rohingya

“As a proud Daytonian, I’m grateful that the City of Dayton Commission unanimously passed the Dayton End Genocide Resolution. It is in line with Dayton’s values and very appropriate given that this is the anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords that helped to secure peace and an end to genocide in Bosnia.  International Campaign for the Rohingya looks forward to working with other communities, cities, and states inspired by Dayton’s example to take similar action to help end genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities.

Simon Billenness, Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya

 “We welcome the City of Dayton for its intention to use its influence in the markets for goods, services, and capital to press companies to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities. We hope that the City of Dayton’s principled action will cause corporations to reconsider doing business with the government and military of Burma (Myanmar). We hope that this pressure will help end Myanmar’s genocide of the Rohingya people and its mass atrocities against other ethnic minorities in Burma.”

Matt Joseph, Commissioner, City of Dayton (Ohio)

“I am proud to bring this informal resolution denouncing genocide up for consideration.  As a welcoming city, Dayton has many residents who have survived genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other places around the world.  In their honor, and in memory of their loved ones, the Dayton End Genocide Resolution states that we not only denounce genocide, but will actively educate our residents about it, and work to ensure that companies with which we do business also commit to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities.  This imperative takes on a greater meaning for us, since this is the 25th year since the warring parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina came to agreement at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base here, ending that genocide.​”

Marium Husain, Coordinator, Ohio No Business With Genocide

 “We applaud the City of Dayton for considering this Dayton End Genocide Resolution. Governments want and need corporate investment and trade. But no government can expect to do business as usual if it engages in genocide, crimes against humanity, or other mass atrocities. As individuals, we can deny corporations our investment and our purchases until they refuse to support governments that engage in these grave abuses of human rights. We have an opportunity to redirect our money to local companies. As a community, we can also encourage our local and state governments to similarly use our tax dollars to press companies to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, or other mass atrocities.”

Contact:

Simon Billenness

Executive Director

International Campaign for the Rohingya

M: (617) 596-6158

simon.billenness@rohingyacampaign.org www.rohingyacampaign.org

ABOUT NO BUSINESS WITH GENOCIDE

The No Business With Genocide is a coalition-led campaign designed to build the movement to end genocide permanently worldwide. The No Business With Genocide campaign is built around the simple proposition that corporations should refrain or withdraw from doing business with regimes that engage in genocide and/or crimes against humanity. This campaign is part of the movement to end genocide and crimes against humanity by building a grassroots global constituency willing and able to put effective and timely political and economic pressure on governments that engage in or consider committing genocide and/or mass atrocities.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ROHINGYA

The International Campaign for the Rohingya advocates and amplifies the voice of the Rohingya with international organizations, governments, corporations, and civil society. Its mission is to help the Rohingya secure peace, security, and their rights wherever they reside. As a member of the “No Business With Genocide” campaign, International Campaign for the Rohingya presses corporations to speak out to end the genocide of the Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar).

About End Genocide Laws and Resolutions

During the American Revolution, town meetings adopted resolutions calling for a boycott of British-made goods. The Boston Tea Party seized on the spirit of these resolutions through its historic act of dumping British tea in Boston Harbor. This revolutionary campaign is captured in T.H. Breen’s book “The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence.”It was in part through this “boycott British” campaign that the American colonies united and rose up to secure their independence.

City and state “End Genocide” laws build on this American tradition. These laws follow in the footsteps of other American campaigns and movements. The American abolitionist movement worked with local and state governments on measures to help end slavery. Starting in the 1950s, the movements for civil rights and women’s equality successful lobbied for municipal, county, and state preferences and requirements for certain contractors to develop plans to subcontract to minority and women-owned businesses.

In the 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement forced corporations to divest from South Africa under pressure from municipal and state laws. In the 1990s, over 100 corporations withdrew from Burma (Myanmar) after Massachusetts and over 20 cities passed laws effectively boycotting companies doing business in the country. In the 2000s, the Save Darfur campaign mobilized pressure on oil companies in Sudan through stock divestment laws. Today, the fossil fuel divestment campaign is succeeding in mobilizing state and local government to tackle climate change.

By passing an end genocide resolution or law, a city, county, or state can express its citizens’ values in its spending and investment of taxpayer dollars as an actor in the marketplace for goods, services, and capital. In so doing, the city or state will also act in solidarity with people at risk of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities.

For more information, read “End Genocide, Starting With Your Hometown.

Dayton City Commission to Vote on World’s First End Genocide Resolution

Press Advisory: December 30th, 2020

Tonight, Dayton (Ohio) City Commissioner Matt Joseph will introduce a world’s first municipal resolution condemning genocide and other crimes against humanity. This Dayton End Genocide Resolution also affirms the City of Dayton’s duty to educate about and help end genocide and other crimes against humanity. The resolution further recognizes the role that local communities and government can take to promote ethical procurement and ethical investment in accordance with their humanitarian values.

The City of Dayton commissioners will meet to consider the Dayton End Genocide Resolution at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 30th, at 6pm US EST.

The meeting may be viewed live online at: www.daytonohio.gov/govtv

Matt Joseph, Commissioner, City of Dayton (Ohio)

“I am proud to bring this informal resolution denouncing genocide up for consideration.  As a welcoming city, Dayton have many residents who have survived genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other places around the world.  In their honor, and in memory of their loved ones, the Dayton End Genocide Resolution states that we not only denounce genocide, but will actively educate our residents about it, and work to ensure that companies with which we do business also commit to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities.  This imperative takes on a greater meaning for us, since this is the 25th year since the warring parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina came to agreement at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base here, ending that genocide.​”

Marium Husain, Coordinator, Ohio No Business With Genocide

 “We applaud the City of Dayton for considering this Dayton End Genocide Resolution. Governments want and need corporate investment and trade. But no government can expect to do business as usual if it engages in genocide, crimes against humanity, or other mass atrocities. As individuals, we can deny corporations our investment and our purchases until they refuse to support governments that engage in these grave abuses of human rights. We have an opportunity to redirect our money to local companies. As a community, we can also encourage our local and state governments to similarly use our tax dollars to press companies to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, or other mass atrocities.”

Simon Billenness, Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya

 “We welcome the City of Dayton for its consideration of the Dayton End Genocide Resolution. We appreciate the City of Dayton for its intention to use its influence in the markets for goods, services, and capital to press companies to avoid complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities. We hope that the City of Dayton’s principled action will cause corporations to reconsider doing business with the government and military of Burma (Myanmar). We hope that this pressure will help end Myanmar’s genocide of the Rohingya people and its mass atrocities against other ethnic minorities in Burma.”

Contacts:

Bryan Taulbee

Public Affairs Specialist – Office of Communications and Public Affairs

City of Dayton (Ohio)

M: (937) 603-9753

Bryan.Taulbee@daytonohio.govhttp://daytonohio.gov

Marium Husain

CoordinatorOhio No Business With Genocide

mariumhn@gmail.com

https://actionnetwork.org/groups/no-business-with-genocide

Simon Billenness

Executive Director

International Campaign for the Rohingya

M: (617) 596-6158

simon.billenness@rohingyacampaign.org

www.rohingyacampaign.org

ABOUT NO BUSINESS WITH GENOCIDE

The No Business With Genocide is a coalition-led campaign designed to build the movement to end genocide permanently worldwide. The No Business With Genocide campaign is built around the simple proposition that corporations should refrain or withdraw from doing business with regimes that engage in genocide and/or crimes against humanity. This campaign is part of the movement to end genocide and crimes against humanity by building a grassroots global constituency willing and able to put effective and timely political and economic pressure on governments that engage in or consider committing genocide and/or mass atrocities.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ROHINGYA

The International Campaign for the Rohingya advocates and amplifies the voice of the Rohingya with international organizations, governments, corporations, and civil society. Its mission is to help the Rohingya secure peace, security, and their rights wherever they reside. As a member of the “No Business With Genocide” campaign, International Campaign for the Rohingya presses corporations to speak out to end the genocide of the Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar).

About End Genocide Laws and Resolutions

During the American Revolution, town meetings adopted resolutions calling for a boycott of British-made goods. The Boston Tea Party seized on the spirit of these resolutions through its historic act of dumping British tea in Boston Harbor. This revolutionary campaign is captured in T.H. Breen’s book “The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence.”It was in part through this “boycott British” campaign that the American colonies united and rose up to secure their independence.

City and state “End Genocide” laws build on this American tradition. These laws follow in the footsteps of other American campaigns and movements. The American abolitionist movement worked with local and state governments on measures to help end slavery. Starting in the 1950s, the movements for civil rights and women’s equality successful lobbied for municipal, county, and state preferences and requirements for certain contractors to develop plans to subcontract to minority and women-owned businesses.

In the 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement forced corporations to divest from South Africa under pressure from municipal and state laws. In the 1990s, over 100 corporations withdrew from Burma (Myanmar) after Massachusetts and over 20 cities passed laws effectively boycotting companies doing business in the country. In the 2000s, the Save Darfur campaign mobilized pressure on oil companies in Sudan. Today, the fossil fuel divestment campaign is succeeding in mobilizing state and local government to tackle climate change.

By passing an end genocide resolution or law, a city, county, or state can express its citizens’ values in its spending and investment of taxpayer dollars as an actor in the marketplace for goods, services, and capital. In so doing, the city or state will also act in solidarity with people at risk of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities.

For more information, read “End Genocide, Starting With Your Hometown.

35 Organizations Urge Secretary Pompeo to Acknowledge Genocide Against Rohingya Ahead of Donor Conference

October 20, 2020

The Honorable Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

We write to you as 34 organizations deeply concerned about the plight of the Rohingya people. We are grateful that the United States will be co-hosting a global donor conference this month to rally support for the ongoing immense humanitarian needs in Burma and Bangladesh for this persecuted ethnic and religious minority. We urge you to use this moment not only to increase humanitarian funding but to publicly acknowledge the reality of what has happened to the Rohingya people and call it genocide. 

Such a step would not only acknowledge the truth of what has happened but would also help to rally further humanitarian assistance. It would also demonstrate solidarity with the governments of Bangladesh and other refugee hosting countries, signaling the United States is committed both to accountability and supporting conditions for safe and voluntary return when conditions so permit.

Finally, a genocide determination would send a sense of urgency to spur the kind of multi-lateral diplomatic engagement and pressure needed to ensure that Burma refrains from committing further atrocities against ethnic and religious minorities and, ultimately, creates the conditions conducive to the safe, voluntary, informed, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their place of origin.

Recognition of the nature of what happened to the Rohingya is steadily growing. In August, as the world marked three years from the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Burma, we delivered a petition to you signed by some 9,000 individuals and supported by more than 80 organizations. The petition urged you to publicly determine that the state of Burma has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people. That call has been echoed by bi-partisan Members of Congress, legal and human rights experts, and numerous faith-based organizations. 

The evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity is clear and convincing and has been amply documented by the UN Fact-finding mission, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, independent human rights groups, and your own State Department.

As the State Department takes the world stage to kick off the international Rohingya donor conference, this reality must be acknowledged and the opportunity to galvanize international support must not be lost. U.S. leadership matters. Now is the time to call it genocide. 

Should you have any questions about this letter, please feel free to be in touch with Daniel Sullivan (daniel@refugeesinterntional.org).

Sincerely,

ALTSEAN-Burma

Arakan Rohingya Development Association – Australia

Arakan Rohingya National Organization

Arakan Rohingya Union

Burma Campaign UK

Burma Human Rights Network

Burma Rohingya Association of Japan

Burma Rohingya Organization UK

Burma Task Force

Burmese Rohingya Association of North America

Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark

Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization

Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

European Rohingya Council

Fortify Rights

Genocide Watch

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Global Witness

HIAS

Institute for Asian Democracy

International Campaign for the Rohingya

International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), Queen Mary University of London

Jewish World Watch

Justice for All

Progressive Voice

Refugees International

Restless Beings

Rohingya Association of Canada

Rohingya Human Rights Network

Rohingya Khobor

Rohingya Society in Malaysia

Rohingya Youth for Legal Action

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee