Category: CDM Solidarity

#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
IBAN: IT54I0501802400000016796849
BIC/SWIFT: CCRTIT2T84A
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 asia@icl-cit.org.

#UnitedAgainstTheJunta

#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
#EndImpunity #EndVAW
#BloodMoneyMyanmar #Total_Chevron_POSCO

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
#EndImpunity #EndVAW
#BloodMoneyMyanmar #Total_Chevron_POSCO

လက်သုံးချောင်း‌ ထောင်ကာ ဖဲကြိုးဖြူ (သို့) စက္ကူကိုအလျားလိုက်ဖြတ်ကာ ဖဲကြိုးပုံစံ ခေါက်ပြီး ရင်ဘတ်တွင်တပ်ဆင်ကာ ဓါတ်ပုံရိုက်ပြီး သင့် ဆိုရှယ်မီဒီယာတွင် ပြန်လည်မျှဝေကာ ဖဲကြိုးဖြူ ကန်ပိန်းတွင် ပါဝင်နိုင်ပါသည်။

Some examples:

#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:

Statement of Maw Htun, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy of the Union of Myanmar National Unity Government
Testimony of TotalEnergies Worker
Atrocities (in English)
Atrocities (en français)

Invitation
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.

Press contact:

In Person attendance:
Sophie Brondel, Info Birmanie coordinator, +33 (0)7 62 80 61 33
sophie@info-birmanie.org

RSVP Virtual attendance:
Registration for zoom link to join: https://bit.ly/pcgmsrbmc
Blood Money Campaign contact, bloodmoneycampaign21@gmail.com
Global Myanmar Spring Revolution, globalmmspringrevolution2222@gmail.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
မြန်မာပြည်ကိုကယ်တင်ရေး စစ်ကောင်စီကိုငွေမပေး
Freeze Payments To Junta and Save Myanmar

#BloodMoneyMyanmar #FreezePaymentsToJunta #SanctionMOGE #Total_StopSponsoringSAC #Chevron_StopSponsoringSAC #BloodMoneyCampaignMM

Go to:
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!


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

Materials

Go to:
Audio messageLeafletShare picsShort presentations
Introduction (Chevron)Introduction (POSCO)

Audio message

Audio message by activists on the ground in Myanmar – to be played during rallys.

BMC Leaflet

Share pics

Short presentations:

Introduction (Chevron)

Introdution (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: asia@icl-cit.org | bloodmoneycampaign21@gmail.com.

Show our comrades in Myanmar that they are not alone, show your worldwide solidarity!

#BloodMoneyMyanmar
#UnitedAgainstTheJunta


A next open online meeting for common coordinations in October 2021 is scheduled for
Sept. 19th2:30 pm UTCmeet.jit.si/BMCnetworking !

Open Meeting: Coordinating Global Week of Action for “Blood Money Campaign” Myanmar

We – a local alliance consisting of the grassroot unions FAU and IWW in Hamburg as well as individual activists – invite to an open meeting to plan actions in context of the „Blood Money Campaign”, which aims to support the resistance against the military junta in Myanmar.

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 a global week of action in context of the Blood Money Campaign together, we invite to a meeting on August 27th 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!

event page on facebook


Students in Dhaka support CDM in Myanmar

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.

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.

source: theguardian.com

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.

#Call4InternationalCDMsolidarity
#WhatsHappeninginMyanmar
#1world1struggle

Aufruf zur Internationalen Solidarität mit dem Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM)

Der folgenden Aufruf wurde von den Basisgewerkschaften Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) und All Burma Federation of Trade Unions (ABFTU) sowie dem Kollektiv Food Not Bombs Myanmar – mit Unterstützung der Arbeitsgruppe Asien der Internationalen Konföderation der Arbeiter*innen (IKA) – verfasst und eingereicht. Dieser kann auch hier als .pdf-Datei heruntergeladen werden.

Übersetzungen: Englisch | Spanisch


Aufruf zur internationalen Solidarität mit dem Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in Myanmar

Liebe Genoss*innen von der Internationalen Konföderation der Arbeiter*innen, dem Global May Day Netzwerk und anderen emanzipatorischen Gruppen weltweit,

seit Anfang Februar gehen wir – zivile Basisgruppen und -organisationen in Myanmar – auf die Straße um gegen die Militärjunta zu kämpfen, die sich mit einem Putsch nach den Wahlen im vergangenen November wieder an die Spitze der Regierung gesetzt hat. Der Putsch hat massive Konsequenzen für uns: Unter anderem werden Freiheiten, die in den vergangenen Jahren und Jahrzehnten erkämpft worden waren, wieder zurück genommen. Von Anfang an haben wir in den Fabriken die Arbeiter*innen mobilisiert und maßgeblich die CDM Bewegung geprägt.

Wir kämpfen gegen die Militärregierung und ihr faschistisches Regime, für eine neue Verfassung und eine föderale Demokratie. Alle politischen Gefangenen müssen sofort frei gelassen werden!

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