9 December 2022

Open letter to UK Foreign Secretary: sanction all companies involved in supplying aviation fuel to Myanmar

Dear Minister,

To mark International Human Rights Day and in solidarity with the Myanmar people who bravely continue to defend their rights and democracy against the Myanmar military junta, we, the 516 undersigned Myanmar, regional and international organizations, call on the Government of the United Kingdom (UK Government) to immediately take action to ensure no British companies is involved, directly or indirectly, in the supply of aviation fuel to the Myanmar military junta. We further call for your decisive, stronger actions to end the Myanmar military’s onslaught of horrendous crimes.

The illegal coup attempt launched by the Myanmar military in February 2021 has led to gross human rights violations nationwide, and caused an unprecedented human rights and humanitarian crisis. Terrorizing attacks by the junta, most notably airstrikes, have taken more than 2,500 lives and displaced over 1.2 million people, with exact numbers are expected to be much higher. Civilians have been consistently targeted and under constant threat of aerial attacks, including in schools, medical facilities, religious sites and people fleeing for their lives.

The junta’s intensified aerial attacks have been enabled by aviation fuel, supplied and brokered by foreign companies. The supply chain of aviation fuel from foreign ports have direct links to war crimes being committed daily by the junta. We note that British companies have provided insurance services to vessels delivering aviation fuel to Myanmar. As long as the supply chain is allowed to continue, the junta’s atrocities will take more lives and exacerbate the massive displacement. The junta’s countless war crimes and crimes against humanity have been permitted to rage on for the past 22 months. It is time the international community issued a complete ban of arms flow to cut its supply to this international criminal entity.

The UK Government’s commitment to values of democracy and human rights must be reflected in your responses in effective and meaningful actions to address the deepening catastrophes in Myanmar. We note the UK Government’s previous actions in support of the Myanmar people’s efforts to end this illegal attempted coup to protect the rights of the Myanmar people, including sanctions on war criminals and junta-linked businesses, and support for the opening of a National Unity Government’s office in your country who legitimately represents the Myanmar people. We further welcome the UK Government’s delayed support for The Gambia case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. However, more decisive, practical actions are urgently needed to end ongoing aerial attacks and atrocities in Myanmar. Your government’s pledge to address the conflict-related gender violence must also prioritize women and girls in Myanmar’s plight.

We earnestly appeal to you to immediately sanction Burmese companies and state-owned enterprises involved in the supply of aviation fuel to the junta. We further call on the UK Government to impose an immediate ban on British companies involved in any aspect of aviation fuel supply to Myanmar. It is essential that the UK Government ensure sanctions on the delivery of aviation fuel to Myanmar which covers the provision of services such as insurance, accreditation and verification services to vessels and infrastructure used to supply aviation fuel to Myanmar. As the Myanmar military has previously seized commercial-grade aviation fuel from suppliers, we believe that a complete ban on supplying aviation fuel to Myanmar is essential.

We welcome the role the UK Government has played in seeking the coordination of the implementation of sanctions to date. We request you seek allies such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the European Union to join you in sanctioning aviation fuel supplies to Myanmar. As Myanmar civil society, we are aware that such sanctions on aviation fuel could impact commercial domestic flights. However, we believe that the humanitarian benefit of reducing atrocious airstrikes far outweigh any inconvenience caused by sanctioning fuel supplies.

Lastly, we entrust the UK Government to pass a UN Security Council resolution which places a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar. The resolution must cover all weapons, munitions and equipment, as well as military training and assistance.

As the people of Myanmar sacrifice their livelihood and future for a federal democratic Myanmar which upholds human rights and equality for all, the UK Government must utilize all tools at your disposal to stop atrocities committed by the illegal military junta on a daily basis and protect the lives of Myanmar civilians.

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Signed by 516 Myanmar, regional and international organizations including 312 organizations who have chosen to not disclose their name:

  1. 8888 Generation (New Zealand)
  2. Action Committee for Democracy Development (Coalition of 14 grassroots networks)
  3. Active Youths Kalaymyo
  4. Ah Nah Podcast – Conversations with Myanmar
  5. Albany Karen Community
  6. All Burma Democratic Front in New Zealand
  7. Alliance for Democracy in Myanmar (Western USA)
  8. Alliance for FREE Burma Solidarity
  9. ALTSEAN-Burma
  10. Anyar Taw Eain
  11. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights
  12. Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)
  13. Asian Cultural Forum on Development Foundation (ACFOD)
  14. Asian Democracy Network (ADN)
  15. Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters
  16. Association Suisse-Birmanie
  17. Auckland Kachin Community NZ
  18. Auckland Zomi Community
  19. Australia Chin Communities Council Inc.
  20. Ayeyarwaddy Journalist Society – AJS
  21. Ayeyarwaddy west Development Organization (Magway Region)
  22. Ayeyarwaddy Youth Network
  23. Back Pack Health Worker Team
  24. Blood Money Campaign
  25. Burma Action Ireland
  26. Burma Campaign UK
  27. Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN)
  28. Burma Medical-Association
  29. Burman suomalaiset Finland,
  30. Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA)
  31. Burmese Community Group (Manawatu, NZ)
  32. Burmese Muslim Association (BMA)
  33. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  34. Burmese Rohingya Welfare Organization New Zealand
  35. Cambodian Americans and Friends for Democracy and Human Rights Advocates
  36. Campaign for Popular Democracy (CPD)
  37. CDM Support Team Mandalay (CSTM)
  38. Chin Community of Auckland
  39. Chin Human Rights Organization
  40. Civil Information Network – CIN
  41. CRPH & NUG Supporters Ireland
  42. CRPH Funding Ireland
  43. Dawei Development Association
  44. Delta News Agency
  45. Dhanu Youth Organization
  46. Doh Atu – Ensemble pour le Myanmar
  47. Dooplaya Karen Community Development Group (DKCDG)
  48. Educational Initiatives Prague
  49. Ethnic Myanmar Communities Council of Australia Inc.
  50. European Karen Network (EKN)
  51. European Rohingya Council
  52. Federal FM Mandalay
  53. Federal Myanmar Benevolence Group (NZ)
  54. Food Not Bombs Kawthoolei လှုပ်ရှားမှု အဖွဲ့
  55. Foundation of Khmer Samaki, USA
  56. Free Rohingya Coalition
  57. Freedom and Labor Action Group
  58. Future Light Center
  59. Future Thanlwin
  60. General Strike Coordination Body
  61. Generation Wave
  62. Grass-root People
  63. Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF), Thailand
  64. Human Rights Educators Network
  65. Human Rights Foundation of Monland
  66. Info Birmanie
  67. Initiatives for International Dialogue
  68. Inlihtan Peninsula Tenasserim
  69. Institute for Asian Democracy
  70. Inter Pares
  71. International Association, Myanmar-Switzerland (IAMS)
  72. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  73. Justice 4 Rohingya UK
  74. Justice For Myanmar
  75. Kachin National Youth Network – KNYN
  76. Kachin State Civilian Movement- KSCM
  77. Kachin Women’s Association Thailand
  78. Karen Community Association UK
  79. Karen Community in Norway (KCN)
  80. Karen Community of North Carolina
  81. Karen Community of Syracuse
  82. Karen Organization of America
  83. Karen Peace Support Network
  84. Karen Society of Buffalo
  85. Karen Swedish Community (KSC)
  86. Karen Women’s Organization
  87. Karenni National Women’s Organization
  88. Karenni Society Finland
  89. Karenni Society New Zealand
  90. Keng Tung Youth
  91. Kyaukse University Students’ Union – KUSU
  92. Laiza Youth Committee
  93. Let’s Help Each Other
  94. LGBTIQ Strike of Mandalay
  95. Los Angeles Myanmar Movement (LA2M)
  96. Mandalay Regional Youth Association
  97. Mandalay Youth Association
  98. MeBoun Foundation
  99. Metta Campaign Mandalay
  100. MIIT Student Strike Column
  101. Minbu Farmer Group
  102. Minhla Development Organization
  103. Mwetaung Area Development Group (MADG) Chin State
  104. Myanmar Action Group Denmark
  105. Myanmar anti-military coup movement in New Zealand
  106. Myanmar Campaign Network (Australia)
  107. Myanmar Community Group Christchurch New Zealand
  108. Myanmar Community Group Dunedin New Zealand
  109. Myanmar Cultural Research Society (MCRS)
  110. Myanmar Diaspora Group Finland
  111. Myanmar Engineers – New Zealand
  112. Myanmar Gonye (New Zealand)
  113. Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)
  114. Myanmar Students’ Union in New Zealand
  115. Myaung Education Network
  116. Myaung Medical Team
  117. Naphe Development Organization
  118. Nelson Myanmar Community Group New Zealand
  119. Netherlands-Myanmar Solidarity Platform
  120. Network for Human Rights Documentation Burma (ND-Burma)
  121. New Zealand Doctors for NUG
  122. New Zealand Karen Association
  123. New Zealand Zo Community Inc.
  124. Nway Oo Guru Lay Myar
  125. Overseas Mon Association, New Zealand
  126. Pakokku Youth Development Council
  127. Pwintphu Development Organization (Magway Region)
  128. Pyithu Gonye (New Zealand)
  129. Rohingya Action Ireland
  130. Rvwang Community Association New Zealand
  131. Save and Care Organization for Ethnic Women at Border Areas
  132. Save Myanmar Fundraising Group (New Zealand)
  133. Sea Junction
  134. Shan Community (New Zealand)
  135. Shan MATA
  136. Social Democracy Think Tank, Thailand
  137. Southern Youth Development Organization
  138. Swedish Burma Committee
  139. Synergy Social Harmony Organization
  140. Ta’ang Women’s Organization
  141. Tamar Institute
  142. Tanintharyi MATA
  143. Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB)
  144. The Free Burma Campaign (South Africa)
  145. The Ladies
  146. S. Campaign for Burma
  147. Union for Civil Liberty Association
  148. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
  149. Universities Kachin Literature and Culture Association Yangon (Yangon JLH)
  150. Utica Karen Organization
  151. Victoria Myanmar Youth
  152. White Coat Society Yangon
  153. Women’s League of Burma
  154. Women’s Peace Network
  155. Yangon Medical Network
  156. Young People for Social Democracy Movement, Thailand [YPD]
  157. Youths for Community-Myaung
  158. Zo Community Australia Inc.
  159. ကျန်းမာရေးမိသားစု – မန္တလေး
  160. ချမ်းမြသာစည်မြို့နယ် လူထုသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  161. ခုနှစ်စဥ်ကြယ် အဖွဲ့
  162. စိန်ပန်း သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  163. ဆီသို့ စာစဉ်
  164. တမ္ပဝတီ လူထုသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  165. တိုက်ကွမ်ဒို အားကစားအသင်း
  166. တိုင်းရင်းသားလူငယ်များ အထွေထွေသပိတ်ကော်မတီ
  167. ဒို့မြေကွန်ရက် (LIOH)
  168. ဒေါင်းစစ်သည်
  169. ဒေါင်းတမန် စာစဉ်
  170. နွေဦးခရီးသည်
  171. ပညာရေးမိသားစု (စစ်အာဏာရှင်ဆန့်ကျင်ရေး ပညာရေးစစ်ကြောင်းများ ချိတ်ဆက်ညှိနှိုင်းရေးကော်မတီ)
  172. ပြည်ကြီးတံခွန်သပိတ်
  173. ပွင့်ဖြူလယ်ယာမြေကွန်ရက်
  174. ပုဂ္ဂလိက မူကြိုဆရာ၊ ဆရာမများအဖွဲ့
  175. ဘာသာပေါင်းစုံ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  176. ဘုရားကြီး ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  177. မကွေး CDM Network
  178. မန္တလာတက္ကသိုလ် ကျောင်းသားကျောင်းသူများသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  179. မန္တလေး ကုန်စည်ဒိုင်သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  180. မန္တလေး၊ တက္ကသိုလ် ဒီဂရီ၊ ကောလိပ် ဆရာ၊ ဆရာမများ၊ ဝန်ထမ်းများ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  181. မန္တလေးတက္ကသိုလ် ကျောင်းသား ကျောင်းသူဟောင်းများ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  182. မန္တလေးမြို့အခြေစိုက် လူထုသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  183. မန္တလေးမဟာမိတ် သပိတ်တပ်ပေါင်းစုစစ်ကြောင်း
  184. မန္တလေးလူငယ် သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  185. မန္တလေးအင်ဂျင်နီယာ တပ်ပေါင်းစု
  186. မန္တလေးအင်ဂျင်နီယာများအဖွဲ့
  187. မန္တလေးအရပ်ဖက်အဖွဲ့အစည်းများ
  188. မြစ်ကွေ့ – လူထုတော်လှန်ရေးစာစဉ်
  189. မြတောင် သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  190. မြန်မာ့မီးရထား တိုင်းအမှတ် (၃) CDM ဝန်ထမ်းများ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  191. မွတ်စ်လင်မ်လူငယ်များအဖွဲ့
  192. မဟာအောင်မြေမြို့နယ် စုပေါင်းလူထုသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  193. မီးဒုတ် စာစဉ်
  194. ရွှေပြည်သာသပိတ်ကော်မတီ
  195. သံဃသမဂ္ဂ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  196. သပြေညို သတင်းလွှာ
  197. သမဝါယမတက္ကသိုလ် ကျောင်းသူ၊ ကျောင်းသားများ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  198. အ.ထ.က (၇) ကျောင်းသူ၊ ကျောင်းသားဟောင်းများ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  199. အ.လ.က (၁၂) ထခွဲ၊ အခြေခံပညာကျောင်းသားများသမဂ္ဂ (အ.က.သ)
  200. အဖမ်းဆီးခံပြည်သူများ ကိုယ်စားပြုသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  201. အောင်ပင်လယ် ပင်မသပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  202. အောင်မြေသာစံ ပညာရေးကျောင်းပေါင်းစုံ သပိတ်စစ်ကြောင်း
  203. တကသကျောင်းသားဟောင်းများအင်အားစု
  204. မကွေးလူထုတိုက်ပွဲကော်မတီ

Additional 312 organizations have chosen to not disclose their name.

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