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။
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
Open Letter handed over to TotalEnergies – incl. list of supporting organisations (excl. those in Myanmar)
Global Call Theme
Freeze Payments To Junta and Save Myanmar
#BloodMoneyMyanmar #FreezePaymentsToJunta #SanctionMOGE #Total_StopSponsoringSAC #Chevron_StopSponsoringSAC #BloodMoneyCampaignMM
What YOU can do!
- Organize actions at facilities owned by TotalEnergies or Chevron!
- Support theses petitions by signing and helping to spread them:
TOTAL – Stop being an Accessory to Murder!
Chevron – Stop Bankrolling the Myanmar Military!
President Biden – Stop Oil Companies from Bankrolling the Myanmar Military!
POSCO – Stop funding the Myanmar Military Junta!
- Send advocacy letters to CEOs and shareholders of TotalEnergies and Chevron! Download this pdf for details.
- Send letters to international government and EU councils to push for sanctions on MOGE!
- Reach out to media/press to inform about the Global Week of Action and encourage coverage.
- Social media: Use #BloodMoneyMyanmar and #BloodMoneyCampaignMM.
Download this twitter package.
Add this filter to your profile picture.
SCROLL DOWN for more materials (incl. a leaflet).
Announce your activities in advance and share your reports: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Why the oil and gas industry?
Revenues from the oil and gas companies are flowing through the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) on to the military. MOGE is effectively a department of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) and has entered four joint ventures for four different offshore gas projects: Yadana Project (operated by TotalEnergies and Chevron), Shwe Project (operated by POSCO International), Zawtika Project (operated by PTTEP), as well as the Yetagun Project (operated by Petronas – but currently production is halted). Approximately 80% of the gas is exported by pipeline to Thailand or China. MOGE acts as the revenue collector for the state’s royalties, profit share, and bonuses. Following the coup in February the military has control over all government bank accounts, including MOGE’s accounts.
According to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) revenues and associated taxes from MOGE are the larges single source of foreign exchange available to the military. The oil and gas industry was forecasted to earn the MOGE revenues of about USD1.5 billion in 2020/2021 according to the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry.
Each investor in the joint venture also pays 25% of corporate income tax on their net profit.
The Yandana Project is the only project with contracts that are publicly available. MOGE in its role as a state enterprise entered into a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with three “contractors”: TotalEnergies (31% ownership); Unocal, now Chevron (28% ownership), and PTTEP (26% ownership). MOGE participates in the PSC as a fourth contractor with 15% ownership. The gas is sold to PTT, the Thai state oil company and parent of PTTEP.
The gas produced is transported via a 63km onshore pipeline to the Thai border. The pipeline is managed by the Moattama Gas Transportation Company (MGTC), whose shareholding mirrors the joint venture participation under the PSC. In 2017-2018, MGTC paid taxes to the government and dividends to MOGE of USD141 million. Under the original agreement, these dividend payments can only be paid with the approval of PTTEP. TotalEnergies and Chevron and TotalEnergies is responsible for arranging payment of MGTC’s taxes. On 12th May 2021, shareholders of MGTC voted to suspend all cash distributions due to the unstable context in Myanmar.
TotalEnergies has an additional role as the “Operator” of the upstream production and the pipeline. This means that TotalEnergies is in charge of the day to day on site operations. It also facilitates the gas sales to PTT by submitting an invoice as a “representative” of the parties to the PSC.
According to TotalEnergies’s reports to the EITI, which is reproduced in the table below, the company appears to make revenue payments to MOGE in cash for cost recovery, MOGE’s profit share, the state profit share, and royalties.
TotalEnergies’s and MOGE’s Memorandum of Understanding states that, apart from the gas that is retained for domestic use, all MOGE entitlements under the PSC will be “‘taken ‘in cash’, i.e. paid to Myanmar and MOGE by the Foreign Participants in the Projects.” (earthrights.org, see section 4(d) of the Memorandum of Understanding)
This would suggest that at least TotalEnergies, if not also PTTEP and Chevron, are taking the gas, selling it and have cash liability to MOGE.
It is estimated that around 50% of Myanmar’s foreign exchange now come from gas revenues. These revenues are likely to be crucial to the military’s ability to import fuel, weapons and equipment and its attempts to overcome the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and assert control of the state.
All supporters of the Blood Money Campaign should pressure the companies involved!
1. Stop all revenue flows from international companies to the illegal military junta!
2. Freeze all payments designated for the Government of Myanmar until democracy is restored in Myanmar (keep payments in Escrow Accounts)!
3. International governments – implement sanctions against MOGE, whose accounts are now under the control of the military junta!
Social Media Campaign
A social media campaign can have a significant impact to pressure corporations like TotalEnergies and Chevron and involve them in diplomatic discussions.
Therefore we call on everybody to join from their social media accounts on October 30 and 31st. (Facebook + Twitter + Instagram):
- Take a picture with the “three finger salute sign” while you hold a paper displaying the three demands listed below. Then post it on your social media accounts.
- Wear black/white dress/shirt (or) paint red on white clothing to visualize blood stains; take photos and post them on social media.
- Make use of your own creativity (arts, videos, graphics, comics, cartoons, memes, etc) related to blood money campaign.
Here are the recommended demands to use in this protest:
Total, Chevron – Freeze all payments to Junta
Total, Chevron – Keep all payments in Escrow Account
International governments: Sanction MOGE
Make use of the following hashtags in your posts:
#FreezePaymentsToJunta #SanctionMOGE #BloodMoneyMyanmar #BloodMoneyCampaignMM #Total_StopSponsoringSAC #Chevron_StopSponsoringSAC #GMSRxBMC
Joint Statement (BMC & Milk Tea Alliance)
An online protest for the suspension of blood money to the Military Junta will be conducted from 25 Sept. to 30 Sept. on all social media platforms especially facebook and twitter.
The following activities are recommended to participate in this online protest:
- Posting the demands from Blood Money Campaign facebook page and/or using own statements relate to the campaign (see below)
- Posting photos with “Three Finger Salute Sign” together with the statements/demands (for examples see below)
- Wearing red dress/shirt (or) painting red on white clothing to visualize blood stains and take photos to post on social media
- Using own creatives (arts, graphics, comics, cartoons, memes, etc) related to blood money campaign.
Together with above activities, please also tag/mention the social media channels of @TotalEnergiesMyanmar on fb/ @TotalEnergies on twitter and @Chevron in your social media post.
Here are the recommended statements/demands to use in this protest:
- Total and Chevron Corporations are responsible for all war crimes in Myanmar.
- Total and Chevron, Stop accessories to murder.
- Total and Chevron – Freeze all payment to MOGE until the power is restored by civilian government, NUG.
Please also use the following hashtags in your posts as much as possible:
#BloodMoneyMyanmar | #FreezePaymentsToJunta | #Total_StopSponsoringSAC | #Chevron_StopSponsoringSAC | #SanctionMOGE | #StopFundingCrimesAgainstHumanity | #ဖက်ဆစ်စစ်တပ်အမြစ်ဖျက်ဖို့_သွေးစွန်းငွေဖြတ်တောက်စို့
Some details on the involvement of TotalEnergies and Chevron can be found in the section of Blacklisted Companies.
Activists on the ground as well as the grassroot labour unions in the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) have initiated the Blood Money Campaign. The campaign aims to pressure companies that keep doing business in Myanmar to freeze all payments there immediately in order to cut off financial resources for the military junta.
Every month a common day or week of action will be coordinated. The working group Asia of the International Confederation of Labour (ICL) together with the individuals and organisations who initiated the Blood Money Campaign and the IWW Ireland call on all emancipatory groups and organisations to join the Global Week of Action in September!
What you can do:
- Show your solidarity and support on social media with the hashtags #BloodMoneyMyanmar #StopPayingToJunta #FreezeDollarToJunta
- Plan direct actions in front of offices, branches and headquarters of companies active in Myanmar (e.g. Primark or Adidas stores, offices of Volkswagen or branches of DHL Deutsche Post Group). You will find a complete list and more material for a protest here). In line with the campaign theme of blood money, you can use visual elements like bloody dolls or hands soaked in red color to create a “shock effect”.
- Send a letter of protest to the corporations that continue to do business with the military.
- Support fundraiser such as We Resist – Burma: firefund.net/weresistburma
If you have questions or are planning actions, please let us know. Here you will find suggestions for flyer texts, sample letters of protest and image material.
Don’t forget to send a report of your activities: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com.
Show our comrades in Myanmar that they are not alone, show your worldwide solidarity!
A next open online meeting for common coordinations in October 2021 is scheduled for
Sept. 19th – 2:30 pm UTC – meet.jit.si/BMCnetworking !
The situation in Free Trade Zones (FTZ) is very grave, with workers working through lockdowns, at great risk to their lives. A group of civil society organisations and labour unions working with FTZ workers are sending out an urgent appeal to the international community including international brands and embassies in Sri Lanka, to apply pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to take immediate action to manage this crisis and vaccinate workers with immediate effect.
Currently comrades of the Global Garment Workers’ Solidarity Network (GGW SoliNet) are discussing specific actions with the Dabindu Collective in support. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!
May 30th (Sunday)
Following the #UnitedAgainstTheDragon movement the syndicates Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Hamburg as well as the activist group in/progress Braunschweig initiated the Global Garment Workers’ Solidarity Network (GGW SoliNet). It sees itself as part of the Global May Day network.
We, the working group Global Garment Workers’ Solidarity Network (GGW SoliNet), are an alliance of (grassroot) labor unions, initiatives and politically interested individuals, wanting to support labor struggles in the textile industry. […]GGW SoliNet self-conception
The excessive consumption of clothing can only take place to this extend because workers in the textile industry are exploited. Wage gaps and precarious working conditions only too clearly show the system of class society beyond national borders. Our goal must therefore be to critically question the modes of production with a global and anti-capitalist orientation and, in turn, to actively fight them on the ground together.
We, as initiators of the GGW SoliNet, invite to a first online meeting to introduce this newly formed network and kick-off the networking process creating a broader basis for the GGW SoliNet.
For this meeting an online video conferencing tool will be used. Details below.
Self-organized. Anti-capitalist. In solidarity with struggling textile workers worldwide. GGW SoliNet!
- TOP1: Round of introduction
- TOP2: Introducing GGW SoliNet
- TOP3: Clarifying questions
- TOP4: Open exchange of ideas
- TOP5: Next steps
How to join the meeting
May 30th (Sunday) — noon EST, 4pm UTC, 6pm CET, 9:30pm IST
!! this time converter can help you find out what time 4pm UTC will be at your location !!
Virtual room: bbb001hz.makeutopia.de
Please enter your name (preferably incl. your location) when entering the room.
You can access the room on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You should accept access to your microphone. Activating your webcam is optional.
Cultural activists as well as students organized with the Bangladesh Student Union (BSU) rallied today in Shahbag, a district of Dhaka. The protest was held against the military junta and its attacks on the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). A particular focus was on the recent killing of poet Khet Thi.
The action also took place in the context of Call for International CDM Solidarity.
Myanmar poet Khet Thi, whose works declare resistance to the ruling junta, has died in detention and his body was returned with the organs removed, his family said.source: theguardian.com
A spokesperson for the junta did not answer calls to request comment on the death of Khet Thi, who had penned the line “They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the heart.” His Facebook page said he was 45.
Among others the following speech was held in Bangla:
The people of Myanmar continue to fight for democracy in the face of intense repression. Those fighting against the dictatorship are killed in the streets every day. At least 750 people have been killed so far in the protests. But still the movement continues. They died for democracy. The military junta is not stopping and keeps using lethal violence in the streets. Every day organizers and activists of the movement disappear, including journalists, intellectuals, poets and writers who inspire the struggle for freedom. One of the latest victims is Khet Thi, a poet dedicated to the democratic movement in Myanmar.
The barbaric acts of the military junta is captured in the media emerging from various sources, both reliable and unofficial, in the midst of extreme repression. Nowhere in the recent past has there been so much loss of life for democracy in the world – as right now in Myanmar. However, the movement against the barbaric position of Myanmar’s military junta and the killing of people is far from over. Regional politics, regional interests, diplomacy is actually for whom? For the people or for the oppressive regime? If the rulers have the last word; if the issue of man and his freedom becomes secondary, then what are the United Nations good for?
The Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar is also a motivating force against fascism and dictatorship in Bangladesh. The martyred poet Khet Thi of this movement is our nephew. Let us make clear our position against the brutal repression in Myanmar by demanding justice for Khet Thi’s murder. We sympathize with the struggle of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. At the same time, we unite our forces against all kinds of undemocratic, fascist forces at home and abroad.
The following report was shared with the Global May Day list:
On this year’s Workers’ Struggle Day, the FAU Stuttgart participated in the rally “#Solidarity – for a solidary togetherness” in Stuttgart East and contributed an online lecture to the May Day festival of the Gasparitsch neighborhood center.Report in German: stuttgart.fau.org
More than 100 people came to the rally at Lukasplatz. Several speeches alternated with the atmospheric musical program of the saxophonist Moni Ramoni and provided for a varied atmosphere.
The speech of the FAU Stuttgart made the connection from the historical origin of May Day as a day of struggle of the workers’ movement for the 8-hour day to the present under the motto “30-hour week for all!”, which means working less but earning the same amount to limit our exploitation by the capitalist class. In times of the Corona pandemic, our working time conditions tightened, according to the speaker of the FAU Stuttgart: “Almost en masse, the bosses jumped at the opportunity to send workers home temporarily. For this, there was money from the employment agency, i.e. from the state. Those of us who were at work during this time often had to work double time. This is class struggle, but this is the class struggle from above, this is the class struggle against us: the bosses make us work harder in less time and get our money stuffed in their mouths through the state. What comes out of it? Correct! Fat profits at the turn of the year – like at Daimler here in Stuttgart, for example. That’s not what we want!”
But he also made it clear that we don’t have to just accept this and that there are alternatives to these methods of the bosses:
“What we have to do together at work is stick together. What we have to do together is to resist the class struggle of the bosses! What we want to achieve is that all of us together, you, me, us here and everyone else from our class finally turn the tables. Let’s attack! We want less work pressure! We want the rich to pay for the crisis! We want to work less! We want full wage compensation! We want full staff compensation! We want more free time and all that for everyone! We workers need militant unions! Organize with us in the FAU, let’s fight side by side, shoulder to shoulder!”
At the information table of the FAU, the numerous interested people could take, among other things, the current May Day newspaper of Direkte Aktion. We had many conversations that day about current labor conflicts of the FAU and how we are active locally as a union. Visitors to our information table took away about 100 protest postcards about the labor conflict at the Bookstore Walther König.
At the end of the rally, we sent solidarity greetings to all struggling workers worldwide under the motto #1world1struggle – global mayday – and thus also made the international reference of May Day clear.
As part of the Global Week of Action in solidarity with the population in the Tigray region shared by the collective Horn Anarchists and originally published by the Indigenous Anarchist Federation comrades of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Hamburg rallied at a Starbucks in the city center.
Leaflets (see .pdf below) were distributed to passers-by and customers. The branch manager was not present, therefore workers inside confirmed to forward a copy of the leaflet to the manager.Continue reading