The Dirty List

Is it time to revive the ‘Dirty List’ of companies helping Burma’s military?

As sanctions against the military have been lifted and as offers of training and co-operation come piling in from several countries, the human rights violations they have been committing have reached such a serious scale that the United Nations have begun an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Burmese Army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States. Min Aung Hlaing is also blocking constitutional reform to make Burma more democratic. The military are reaping huge benefits from the new system they have introduced, while life for ordinary people has improved little or not at all. To date, the military appear to be one of the main economic beneficiaries of the lifting of sanctions.

Burma Campaign UK is considering relaunching the ‘Dirty List’. We originally published the Dirty List back in 2002, as a way of naming and shaming and putting pressure on companies which were helping to fund the military in Burma or were linked with human rights violations. It successfully persuaded more than 100 companies to cut their links with the military.

Please take this short survey to help us decide if and how a new ‘Dirty List’ should operate.

For more information about the pros and cons of a campaign to renew economic pressure on the military in Burma, see our briefing here.