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Burma Update: Junta Losing Power to Resistance

This month marks 18 months since the Myanmar military coup. However, the military is failing to maintain its power. More and more territory is slipping out of the military’s control. Meanwhile the army’s supply of hard currency is dwindling as sanctions start to bite.

[Editor: I have read similar reports on the Junta’s failure to maintain power and control of Myanmar from several news outlets, the most significant being an article published by the Council on Foreign Relations: Myanmar’s Military Losing Ground to Rebels and Ethnic Armies: Part 1]

All eyes are on the United States as we urge President Biden to cut off the military junta’s source of oil dollars. Myanmar earns close to US$1 billion a year from natural gas sales. Much of this money flows to the junta through Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

The European Union has already sanctioned MOGE. This past week, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, Senator Bob Menendez (D, New Jersey) and Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R, Kentucky), called on President Biden to impose sanctions on MOGE. It’s time for the U.S. Senate to pass the BURMA Act and impose more sanctions on the Myanmar military.

Click on this link to urge your U.S. senators to pass the BURMA Act.

In big and breaking news, the Biden Administration is considering sanctions on the Myanmar military’s oil revenues following pressure from key Members of Congress, including Rep. Gregory Meeks and Senator Bob Menendez.

According to an exclusive in Foreign Policy, in response to the military’s execution of four democracy activists – Kyaw Min Yu (Ko Jimmy), Phyo Zeyaw Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw – the U.S. Administration is considering imposing sanctions on the state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to cut the flow of oil dollars to the military.

Let’s make sure that the Biden Administration follows through in imposing sanctions on MOGE.

Click here to sign our petition to President Biden urging him to cut off the flow of oil money to the Myanmar military.

As analyst on Myanmar Keel Dietz notes in Just Security, US sanctions on MOGE are long overdue. 

“The junta may not care about international opinion, but it relies on the international financial system for the funds it needs to fuel its repression and enrich its leaders. The junta needs foreign currency to purchase weapons, surveillance technology, and jet fuel – all the products that have allowed it to terrorize the people of Myanmar.” -Keel Dietz

Please add your voice to our petition urging President Biden to help cut off the Myanmar’s military’s oil money by imposing sanctions on MOGE.

Please follow up your action. Once you sign the petition, please share it widely. You can use this short link to the petition: https://bit.ly/sanctionMOGE

Your actions make a difference. Thanks in part to you, companies, including TotalEnergies, Harry Winston, and Kirin, have ended lucrative partnerships with the Myanmar junta. Let’s do all we can to hold the Myanmar military accountable for its atrocities.

In Solidarity,

Simon Billenness, Executive Director

For the International Campaign for the Rohingya: Debbie Stothard, Simran Stuelpnagel, Alyson Chadwick, and Mike Haack.

And in the memory of our late co-founder and board chair emeritus, Joseph K. Grieboski.

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For more information:

U.S. Eyes New Energy Sanctions on Myanmar After Execution of Activists,” Foreign Policy, 2 August 2022

Myanmar Junta’s Execution of Activists Casts Harsh Light on Lack of U.S. Sanctions on Oil and Gas,” Just Security, Keel Dietz, 3 August 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Burmese Junta’s Execution of Democracy Activists,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 25 July 2022

Amid military atrocities, Myanmar public urges gas sanctions,” by Kristen Gelineau, Victoria Milko, and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press, 15 December 2021

Burma Campaign UK Welcomes New EU Sanctions – MOGE Included,” Burma Campaign UK, 21 February 2022

How Oil and Gas Majors Bankroll the Myanmar Military Regime,” Justice For Myanmar, 8 February 2021

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