March 3, 2021

Thirteen countries are involved in military training and/or cooperation with the Burmese military, despite its human rights record.

Burma Campaign UK has published a new briefing paper today listing the countries, with open source links to information about the training and cooperation. The Briefing Paper is available here.

Countries involved in training and cooperation with the Burmese military:

  1. Australia (reviewing training since the coup but not yet announced it is stopping)
  2. Japan
  3. India
  4. Thailand
  5. Russia
  6. China
  7. Vietnam
  8. Cambodia
  9. Ukraine
  10. North Korea
  11. Nepal
  12. Pakistan
  13. Belarus

With the exception of Pakistan, the countries on this list have all made agreements to continue or even increase military training and cooperation since the genocide of the Rohingya in 2017. Not one country has been transparent on exactly what training and cooperation is taking place. Burma Campaign UK is not aware of any of these countries announcing that they will end military training and cooperation since the coup.

“Countries entering into training and cooperation agreements with the Burmese military are complicit in the violations of international law the Burmese military are committing,” said Anna Roberts, Executive Director of Burma Campaign UK. “We call on all countries involved in training and cooperation with the Burmese military to halt those programmes immediately. They are helping to build the skills base of the military and conferring legitimacy upon them.”

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