February 1, 2021

The Burmese military, led by Min Aung Hlaing, has arrested many political leaders and human rights activists, including Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, in night time raids. They have declared a state of emergency for one year.

Governments, including the UK have issued statements of concern or condemning the coup, but none have yet announced any practical action.

The top demand of human rights activists in Burma is to sanction military companies. The military has a huge business empire in Burma including everything from beer to toothpaste, mobile phone networks and ports. International companies enter into joint ventures with these companies or provide equipment or services to them.

Sanctions on military companies would stop international companies doing business with the military and stop them making profits which pay for coups and genocide.

Email the British Foreign Secretary now:
Tell Dominic Raab to immediately impose sanctions on military companies so that no British company can do business with the military.


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