The Blood Money Campaign was initiated and designed by activists and union leaders on the ground in Myanmar. The BMC team is comprised of activists with different backgrounds: for example labor and student unions, civic engagement, peace and education activists, as well as people in research, IT and design.
Among others the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) is involved, which consists of grassroot factory unions across the country – mostly in textile factories. The campaign aims to pressure companies that keep doing business with the military junta – be it directly or indirectly.
The BMC initiators decided to put the focus especially on the oil and gas industry in October 2021. They call for targetted sanctions of the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), which would impact corporations like TotalEnergies, Chevron, Petronas, PTTEP and POSCO.
With any business done the military and it repressive regime benefits – through taxes, fees or direct cooperations.
Currently various external actors – mostly other grassroot labour unions as well as people born in Myanmar and living in exile – are involved. Among them is the International Confederation of Labour (ICL) as well as unions connected with the Global May Day network. The campaign can be seen as a continuation of the Call for International CDM Solidarity published in April.
Freeze flow of money to the military junta!
Cut off the junta’s access to international business!
Stop funding crimes against humanity!
Stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Myanmar!
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