#BloodMoneyMyanmar: EU sanctions MOGE – international community must follow!
On February 21st the EU announced to impose further sanctions on the military junta, this time including the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). This is an important step forward in the struggle against the military dictatorship and also the result of efforts of the Blood Money Campaign.
Now it’s time for the rest of the international community to follow suit! This way the flow of revenues for the junta will be cut off.
EXPLAINER published by Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) and Blood Money Campaign (BMC) on March 17th, 2022:
PRESS RELEASE by Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) and Blood Money Campaign (BMC) as part of Global Actions Against The Myanmar Junta (GAAMJ):
Support the movement – Join the twitter storm!
#sanctionMOGE #US_SanctionMOGE #2022Feb23Coup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
@RepGregoryMeeks @BenCardinforMD @marcorubio @SenMarkey @SecBlinken @POTUS
@POTUS @SecBlinken US government must sanction MOGE, the state-owned entity firmly under the general’s control for the last two decades and its revenues clearly used in slaughtering innocent civilians.
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks We calls on the international community to apply immediate sanction against genocidal Junta and its entity Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise.
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks The Myanmar military are using income from Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise to genocide religious and ethnic minorities. The more you dealy, The more we suffer!
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Stop yourself from becoming an accomplice in war crimes and genocide in Myanmar. Sanction Gas Revenues!
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Urgent action needed to sanction MOGE which is bankrolling the Myanmar military regime for decades and still slaughtering Myanmar civilians.
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Please Sanction Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise to end American complicity in violations of international law in Burma.
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Foreign income from oil and gas sector is also one of the main reasons why military dictatorship sustains in Myanmar according to the ‘88 uprising’. Must #SanctionMOGE Now!
@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks If Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterpise is allowed to access oil and gas revenues, they can sustain and entrench their regime. We call for immediate sanction on MOGE.
#RidersUnited: Solidarity with Riders’ Strike at Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero)
Since February 1st workers of Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero) have been on strike in different cities across Turkey.
The following message was shared through messengers among riders online:
I am writing to you on behalf of the issue of the striking Yemeksepeti delivery workers in Turkey. For days now they have been protesting for higher wages and better working conditions, including the right to unionize freely. The owner of Yemeksepeti is Delivery Hero, which also owns stakes in Gorillas, I believe. Today the protest reached a critical stage and the company wants to crush it. The workers are currently in front of the Yemeksepeti HQ in Istanbul. A message of solidarity of you would be wonderful, particularly as the mother company is a German company.shared via online messengers on February 5th
I am in contact with the workers and some of the unions that support them and they believe that the matter will be decided in Germany and not in Turkey.
They would be very grateful for any supprt. Thank you very much!
The striking workers’ demands are:
1. 5500 TL salary after tax
2. No worker shall be fired for fighting for their rights
3. the workers shall be recognised as part of the transportation sector
4. the union movement shall be assured
In addition the labour union TÜMTIS released a statement calling for Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero) to recognize the right to unionize. Some striking workers use this twitter account: Yemeksepeti İşçi Komitesi.
In reaction comrades on the Philippines and in Berlin rallied in solidarity:
1 year of resistance against military junta in Myanmar – Statement by FGWM
To mark one year of resistance against the military junta in Myanmar, the grassroot unions of the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) submitted the statement below. A statement that is also being supported by the International Confederation of Labour (ICL), Industrial Workers of the World Wales, Ireland Scotland, England Regional Administration (IWW WISE-RA), SAC-Syndikalisterna as well as the International Committee of the Free Workers Union (FAU).
In this context it is worth pointing out the fundraising efforts currently being coordinated together with comrades of FGWM in support of the resistance movement.Continue reading
#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Poster Competition
Invitation to the Blood Money Poster Competition
Sanctions on MOGE (Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise), the military’s largest source of capital, are an important act for Burma’s spring revolution. Sanctions on MOGE are a way to put an end to the dictatorship in Myanmar, and the poster competition aims to mobilize the international community and the people of Myanmar and intensify the Blood Money Campaign.
The Blood Money Campaign invites you to take part in a poster design competition to counter the military junta that oppresses the people with money from oil and gas.
You can create amazing art by using the following related context:
1) Cutting off the financial sources of the current military junta.
2) The survival of the junta with money from oil and gas and the importance of cutting off their income sources.
3) Illustrating oil and gas revenues as the source of funding for crimes against humanity, human rights violations and war crimes.
4) The need of imposing sanctions on the oil and gas industry (gas revenues).
Sanction MOGE; Sanctions against MOGE; Blood Money Campaign
Recognition and Rewards
Winners will receive a cash prize and social development training.
The selected poster will be auctioned off as a document of the Spring Revolution, and proceeds will be donated to war-torn areas.
All participants will be receiving a Spring Revolution honorable certificate.
Preferred size is A2 with a resolution of 300 ppi in photoshop or illustrator format. Please submit your art to email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is February 5th, nominees will be reviewed by a panel of judges and announced on the Blood Money Campaign page. The judge committee consists of experts from the relevant field.
1) Must be your own creative art.
2) Do not copy.
3) Even if your poster is not selected, you must be able to use it for the revolution if needed.
For more information, please contact: Blood Money Campaign facebook page messenger or drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Press Conference (Jan. 27th)
TotalEnergies & Chevron are divesting – what does this mean?
Blood Money Campaign (BMC) x Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) in collaboration Info Birmanie from France — will be holding the press conference on the topic above.
Human rights and democracy activists as well as civil society organisations around the world, especially the oppressed civilians inside Myanmar and Myanmar diaspora around the world have been calling on TotalEnergies and Chevron to stop funding gas revenue to the military junta and instead to transfer these foreign revenues into an escrow account. Now that TotalEnergies and Chevron announced that they will exit Myanmar in 6 months time, GMSRxBMC & Info Birmanie will hold a press conference addressing the potential consequences from their withdrawals.
27 January (Thursday)
France Standard Time 11 a.m. | Myanmar Standard Time 4:30 pm | California Standard Time: 2 a.m.
Debbie Stothard, founder of ALTSEAN Burma, Advocate & Trainer for Women’s Leadership, Business & Human Rights
1. Sophie Brondel of Info Birmanie from France, former lawyer on International Human Rights Law, Criminal Law & Minority Rights,
2. Maw Tun Aung, Managing Director of Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise of NUG Myanmar.
3. Ben Hardman, Lawyer, Myanmar Legal & Political Advisor, EarthRights International
4. Mulan, Youth Human Rights Activist, Campaigner for Blood Money Campaign & Women Activists Myanmar (WAM)
5. Ko Ye, Natural Resources, Mineral & Fossil Fuels Activists & Blood Money Campaign Activist.
#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Online Protest #SanctionMOGE (Jan. 21st – 24th)
☆ JOIN THE GLOBAL DAYS OF ACTION ☆
SANCTION MOGE ONLINE PROTEST!
When: 21-24th January
Where: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Action: Take a picture with the 3 finger salute while you hold a paper displaying the #SanctionMOGE demand. Wear black/white dress/shirt OR white with red paint to visualise bloodstains. Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with these hashtags
Hashtags: #SanctionMOGE #TakeAction_NoMoreWords #BloodMoneyMyanmar
Make use of your creativity and imagination – create art, video graphics, comics, cartoons, memes and more, related to the Blood Money Campaign!
Recommended #SanctionMOGE calls to use in protest!
- Biden / Macron – whose side are you on? Sanction Gas Revenues!
- EU, US – Sanction the bloody gas revenues – Act Now, Act Now!
- The more you delay / The more we suffer – Sanction Gas Revenues!
- The junta spends gas revenues torching villages – EU/US extinguish them now!
- Military atrocities are funded by gas revenue – Biden / Macron – are you waiting for more?
- US, EU – to stop atrocities in Myanmar, sanction MOGE Right Now!
- Bloody gas revenue, EU/US sanction now!
- Gas revenue is on fire, EU/US extinguish it now
- EU/US, are you happy with all these refugees from your gas revenues?
- EU/US, are you happy with the killing fields funded by your gas revenues?
Twitter Mass Trending (Jan 23rd and 24th)
Hashtags: #SanctionMOGE #TakeAction_NoMoreWords
Mention: @JosepBorrellF @EUCouncil
Comments Campaign! (Jan 24th)
Please comment #SanctionMOGE demands on social media channels of the European Council and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell!
Hashtags: #SanctionMOGE #TakeAction_NoMoreWords
#BloodMoneyMyanmar: International Online-Conference (Jan. 20th)
#Myanmar – Bloody Gas Revenues are Fueling War and Atrocities. Will Macron and Biden stop it?
The discussion will focus on why sanctions should be imposed on gas revenues, why we need to focus on the gas industry, and how the international community can take action on gas revenues which are the the lifeblood of the Myanmar dictatorship/ military junta.
Registration: bit.ly/gasrevenue !
Korean, Burmese, French translation will be provided!
Moderator: Clancy Moore – National Director, Publish What You Pay Australia
Yanghee Lee – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
Ben Hardmen – Lawyer and Myanmar Legal & Policy Advisor, Earth Rights International
Ko Ye – Natural Resource Activist, Blood Money Campaign
Organized by: Global Actions Against the Myanmar Junta
#SanctionMOGE #TakeAction_NoMoreWords #BloodMoneyMyanmar
Global movement to impose Sanctions on MOGE : 138 organizations (local and international)
Global MOGE Campaign is co-organized by Korean Civil Society in Support of Democracy in Myanmar (Network in solidarity of 106 CSOs in South Korea) and Blood Money Campaign with the participation of 32 organizations including Actions Against Myanmar Military Coup (Sydney), Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters-HRDP, Burma Campaign UK, Burmese American Democratic Alliance, Burmese American Millennials, Campaign for a New Myanmar, Chin Leaders of Tomorrow, CRPH/NUG Support Group (Australia), CRPH/NUG Support Group (Germany), CRPH/NUG Support Group (Norway), EarthRights International, ENVIRONICS TRUST, Freedom for Burma, General Strike Coordination Body of Myanmar, Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy, Global Myanmar Spring Revolution, Global Witness, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, International Campaign for the Rohingya, Justice For Myanmar, Los Angeles Myanmar Movement (LA2M), LRDP, Milk Tea Alliance for Myanmar, No Business With Genocide, Progressive Voice, Publish What You Pay, Sitt Nyein Pann Foundation, Students for Free Burma, SumOfUs, Support the Democracy Movement in Burma, US Advocacy Coalition for Myanmar.
#UnitedAgainstTheJunta – Support our Comrades in Myanmar!
The ICL (International Confederation of Labour) together with the grassroot unions of the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) initiated a fundraising to support the resistance movement against the military junta in Myanmar.
Even after the coup in February 2021, FGWM is still active in some factories, but the majority of activists joined the resistance movement and went underground or already fled to the border region of Thailand. Many lost their jobs und now depend on support to organize safe-houses, groceries, as well as materials for acts of protest and resistance.
Therefore this fundraising page was created: firefund.net/unitedagainstthejunta
Comrades of the FAU (Free Workers’ Union) and IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) in Hamburg created 5mins clips in English and German feat. comrades in Myanmar.
Consider to contribute and discuss how you can support this fundraising effort in your syndicates and unions. The target is set at 10,000 EUR and has to be reached within two months! Only if the goal is reached, the funds will be paid out.
Firefund was chosen as a platform on purpose, because it is being run by fellow comrades and charges no additional fees. You can only contribute directly through this page with a credit card. In case that’s a problem, the account details of the ICL are added too:
Name: Unione Sindacale Italiana – CIT
Bank: Banca Popolare Etica
Reference: Myanmar Fundraising
All incoming contributions will also be added to the firefund page with a slight delay.
In case you decide to transfer money to the bank account or have any questions/ suggestions, please drop a short line at email@example.com.
#BloodMoneyMyanmar – White Ribbon Campaign (Nov. 26th – Dec. 10th)
As a method of war the military junta is also resorting to the use of systematic sexual violence (bbc.com / irrawaddy.com / un.org), just like they already did in years before (news.un.org / reliefweb.int).
In this context the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs of the NUG initiated the White Ribbon Campaign, which is also also supported by the Blood Money Campaign.
If TotalEnergies, Chevron and POSCO don’t stop sponsoring the junta and don’t freeze payments, they support the crimes committed by them.
Activity Announcement! (English)
Freeze the flow of blood money in order to put an end to rapist SAC.
White Ribbon Campaign (you can participate till Dec 10)
Please post this message on social media. (FB + Twitter):
TotalEnergies, Chevron, POSCO
Stop being an accessory weaponizing sexual violence of junta
How to participate:
Take a photo, raise three fingers with white ribbon (or) use a paper cut horizontally and fold it as ribbon, share it on your social media.
Activity Announcement! (Burmese)
| မုဒိမ်းစစ်တပ်အမြစ်ပြတ်ဖို့ သွေးစွန်းငွေတွေ ဖြတ်တောက်စို့
(ဖဲကြိုးဖြူ လှုပ်ရှားမှု) ဒီဇင်ဘာလ ၁၀ရက်နေ့ထိ ပါဝင်နိုင်ပါသည်။
ဆိုရှယ်မီဒီယာတွင် တင်ရန်စာသား (FB + Twitter)
TotalEnergies, Chevron, POSCO
Stop being an accessory weaponizing sexual violence of junta
လက်သုံးချောင်း ထောင်ကာ ဖဲကြိုးဖြူ (သို့) စက္ကူကိုအလျားလိုက်ဖြတ်ကာ ဖဲကြိုးပုံစံ ခေါက်ပြီး ရင်ဘတ်တွင်တပ်ဆင်ကာ ဓါတ်ပုံရိုက်ပြီး သင့် ဆိုရှယ်မီဒီယာတွင် ပြန်လည်မျှဝေကာ ဖဲကြိုးဖြူ ကန်ပိန်းတွင် ပါဝင်နိုင်ပါသည်။
#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Press Conference in Paris (Dec. 1st)
Ten months after the military coup in Myanmar –
new elements on TotalEnergies’ complicity in the military’s atrocities
The press conference is over. To summarize the most important aspects the below recap was created.
Some videos which were part of the press conference:
Wednesday December 1, 2021 at 2 p.m. (Paris Time)
At CICP (green room – 1st floor)
In an open letter to be published on December 1st at the initiative of the Blood Money Campaign (BMC) x Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) more than 720 civil society organizations and unions challenge TotalEnergies on its complicity in atrocity crimes, and of the French company’s support of army crimes, and respond to the company’s unacceptable defence of the status quo.
Monthly payments for TotalEnergies’ Yadana gas project are one of the junta’s main sources of foreign income, reaching over US $ 400 million annually. By making and facilitating payments to accounts controlled by a criminal junta that is not recognized as the Government of Myanmar, TotalEnergies is breaking the country’s laws, its contracts and its human rights obligations. Yet it is fuelling a desperate criminal regime, which seeks to hold itself in place through terror but continually failing to control the country.
While December 1, 2021 will mark the 10 months of the attempted military coup, the Burmese people know they are at a pivotal time in their fight against the junta and for democracy. Burmese civil society demands accountability from TotalEnergies and calls on it to suspend all payments made to the junta whose crimes amount to crimes against humanity according to the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. A report also documents calls from staff of Total and its subcontractors to stop revenues to the junta. The petition initiated by GMSRxBMC has already collected more than 224,000 signatures. The call of civil society is also that of Myanmar’s National Unity Government: it is high time that TotalEnergies follows the call of the Myanmar people.
December 1 also sees the 10th Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, which takes stock of 10 years of the United Nations “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.” TotalEnergies undertook to comply with UNGP’s principles, instead it is marking the anniversary by funding and facilitating the Myanmar military’s atrocity crimes.
The conference will be moderated by Sophie Brondel of Info Birmanie, a former lawyer on International Human Rights Law, Criminal Law & Minority Rights,
in presence of:
- Ro Nay San Lwin, Activist and co-founder of Free Rohingya Coalition, Human Rights Defender
- Ben Hardman, Lawyer, Myanmar Legal & Political Advisor, EarthRights International
- Thanegi Preuss, Activist, 1988 pro-democracy revolutionist, CRPH / NUG Support Team (Germany)
The following experts and activists will attend by video-conference and will remain available to answer questions:
- Khin Ohmar, Human Rights Activist, founder of Progressive Voice Myanmar
- Debbie Stothard, founder of ALTSEAN Burma, Advocate & Trainer for Women’s Leadership, Business & Human Rights
- Mon Zin, An Advocate for Global Myanmar Spring Revolution, Blood Money Campaign & Women Activists Myanmar (WAM)
- Ko Ye, Blood Money Campaign, Natural Resources, Mineral & Fossil Fuels Activist
- TotalEnergies Worker’s Representative
A press kit will be given to the journalists attending, including testimonials from TotalEnergies employees in Myanmar.
In Person attendance:
Sophie Brondel, Info Birmanie coordinator, +33 (0)7 62 80 61 33
RSVP Virtual attendance:
Registration for zoom link to join: https://bit.ly/pcgmsrbmc
Blood Money Campaign contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Myanmar Spring Revolution, email@example.com
Phone: +61 (0) 426 795 509
Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/2W2XyWfuF