Category: CDM Solidarity
#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
Open Letter handed over to TotalEnergies – incl. list of supporting organisations (excl. those in Myanmar)
#BloodMoneyMyanmar – Global Week of Action against Oil & Gas industry (Oct. 25 – 31st, 2021)
Following the week of action in September coordinators of the Blood Money campaign decided to call for another week of action in October. This time with the focus on the oil and gas industry.
Global Call Theme
Freeze Payments To Junta and Save Myanmar
#BloodMoneyMyanmar #FreezePaymentsToJunta #SanctionMOGE #Total_StopSponsoringSAC #Chevron_StopSponsoringSAC #BloodMoneyCampaignMM
☆ What YOU can do! ☆ Why the oil and gas industry? ☆ Materials ☆ Social Media Campaign ☆
☆ Reports ☆ Joint Statement (BMC & Milk Tea Alliance) ☆
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
☆ Audio message ☆ Leaflet ☆ Share pics ☆ Short presentations ☆
☆ Introduction (Chevron) ☆ Introduction (POSCO) ☆
Joint Statement (BMC & Milk Tea Alliance)
#BloodMoneyMyanmar – Online Protest
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.
Open Meeting: Coordinating activities for “Blood Money Campaign” Myanmar
Following the first open meeting on August 27th and the Global Week of Action (Setp. 11 – 18th) a second open meeting is scheduled to take place on September 19th!
The Blood Money Campaign was initiated and designed by activists and union leaders on the ground in Myanmar. 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. Various labour unions such as FGWM as well as the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) as a whole call on all companies to halt investments in Myanmar. With any business done the military and its repressive regime benefit – through taxes, fees or direct cooperations.
More information on the Blood Money Campaign: globalmayday.net/bloodmoneymyanmar
To coordinate activities in October together, all supporting the aims of the Blood Money Campaign are invited to join the meeting on September 19th 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (UTC).
Check out following link for your local time: time.is/en/compare
Virtual room: meet.jit.si/BMCnetworking
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.
Hope to see you at the meeting!
#BloodMoneyMyanmar – Global Week of Action (Sept. 11- 18th)
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 !