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Dirty list of foreign companies supporting the regime in Burma

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the dirty list with company contact details

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Dear friends,
We’ve just launched our new edition of the “Dirty List”. It’s the biggest list we’ve ever produced, containing 170 companies that directly or indirectly fund Burma’s brutal regime.
Thanks to your emails over the past year many companies have pulled out of Burma, depriving the regime of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Remember XL insurance? Cotton Traders? Arig insurance? They’ve all pulled out in the past year. So have others like Trailblazer Guides, Jet Gold Corp, CHC and Aquatic.

TAKE ACTION
Please write to a few of these companies right now and tell them to stop bankrolling Burma’s generals: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_list/dirty_list_details.html

Every single day foreign companies give millions of dollars to the regime; allowing them to buy the bullets, guns and supplies for the army that keeps them in power. These companies are financing a regime that rapes five-year-old girls, shoots peaceful protestors and leaves storm victims to die.

This is your chance to speak directly to the companies that fund the regime. Tell them why what they’re doing is wrong. Tell them why they must respect the wishes of Burma’s democracy movement and pull out of Burma now:  http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_list/dirty_list_details.html

Do let us know if you receive any replies. You can send them to info@burmacampaign.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Johnny Chatterton

P.S. We also just published our monthly newsletter “Last month in Burma” which gives you the latest news from Burma over the last month. You can read them for free here: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/lastmonth.html

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The Burma Campaign UK
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Registered office address
28 Charles Square
London N1 6HT

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

2008 Dirty List: foreign companies funding Burmese regime

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Email from The Burma Campaign UK

Dear friend,

Today we launched our 2008 ³Dirty List² exposing 50 more companies that are funding the Burmese regime. The list now contains 154 companies including the world¹s biggest motor company, a major airline, the owner of Jaguar and BBC Worldwide. Please visit our website now and tell at least one of the companies why they shouldn’t be financing the Burma’s brutal regime:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_list/dirty_list_details.html

Every single day foreign companies give millions of dollars to the regime; allowing them buy the bullets, guns and supplies for the army that keeps them in power. These companies are financing a regime that rapes five-year-old girls, shoots peaceful protestors and leaves storm victims to die.

Since we launched the list 6 years ago over 100 companies have withdrawn because they pressure applied by you, our supporters. This has deprived the regime of millions of dollars. Please write to the companies today and tell them to why they must stop funding the Burmese regime:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_list/dirty_list_details.html

Thank you for your continued support.

Johnny, Anna, Mark, Zoya, Hlaing, Jackie and the BCUK team.

P.S. Please do send us copies of any replies you may receive from companies.

The Burma Campaign UK

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The Burma Campaign UK
Registered Company No. 3804730
Registered office address
28 Charles Square
London N1 6HT

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Global outrage

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Bangkok Post

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Worldwide condemnation has followed Burma’s six-month extension of the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with officials from the UN, EU and US expressing frustration and regret.

Suu Kyi has been under continual house arrest for the past five years. Since returning to the country in 1988, she has spent 12 years under house arrest.

Early Tuesday, police arrested 18 supporters of the Nobel peace laureate who were protesting her detention, opposition sources said.

The latest extension of her open-ended detention came on the 18th anniversary of the landslide election of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the country’s last general election. The junta refused to recognise those election results.

In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the extension “regretful.”

“The sooner restriction on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect of human rights,” Ban said.

The UN uses the junta’s name for Burma.

The UN has been demanding the junta open up the country to international relief aid to victims of the cyclone Nargis, which has killed more than 70,000 and left another 50,000 still missing.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana called the arrest extension “very sad and frustrating,” coming at a time when so many countries and organisations were focusing on providing assistance to the people affected by the cyclone.

“The EU is doing its best to this effect. However, it continues to be deeply concerned by the political situation. Transition to democracy remains important for the future of Burma/Myanmar,” Solana said.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU’s external relations commissioner, said she was “personally disappointed that a historic opportunity was missed to give a sign of reconciling political life in Burma at a time where national and social cohesion, and solidarity and dialogue, are more needed than ever.”

US President George W Bush said he was “deeply troubled” by the decision of the ruling junta to extend the detention.

The EU and US called upon the regime to release Suu Kyi and all political prisoners. Bush repeated past calls for the government to “begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The 18 NLD members were arrested by plainclothes’ policemen as they marched from their headquarters to Suu Kyi’s Rangoon home. They were taken in two vehicles to an unknown destination.

Suu Kyi and Tin O, party vice-chariman, have been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, when authorities charged her with threatening national security after pro-government thugs attacked her and her followers in Depayin, northern Burma, killing 70 NLD supporters.

According to Burmese law, the government cannot keep prisoners charged with undermining national security under detention for more than five years.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=127868

While uploading the above post, I received the following email. Let me enclose it.

Dear Friends

Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention extended
Yesterday, the regime extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention again. No formal announcement was made, but reports say the detention is for at least another six months. She has now spent over 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest. Her current period of house arrest began in 2003. The regime is once again breaking its own laws by extending her detention for a total of more than five years. The State Protection Law 1975, under which she is held, only allows the regime to detain her for a maximum of five years. Around 20 members of the National League for Democracy were also arrested yesterday as they marched to her home to call for her release.

Even though UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was in Burma in the run-up to Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention expiring, he did not call on Burma’s generals to release her. In fact, he didn’t even mention her name. The international community is failing to put pressure on the regime because it is afraid it will affect aid deals. However, the current humanitarian crisis is being caused by a political problem, a dictatorship that refuses to allow aid to reach the people and Aung San Suu Kyi is key to solving that political problem.

Cylcone update
More than three weeks after the devastating cyclone in Burma, at least 200,000 people are feared dead and 2.5 million people remain in urgent need of aid. Most people have still not received the aid they desperately need because the regime continues to deny aid workers free access to operate in the areas most severely affected by the cyclone. Following reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had secured agreement from Burma’s generals for aid workers to be allowed into the country, it was hoped that things would change. However, it is now clear that the regime is not keeping its word. We continue to receive reports that aid workers are being denied visas and unable to operate freely in the worst affected areas. The US, UK and France are still being blocked from using their resources to deliver the large scale emergency and medical assistance needed.

For regular updates, visit our website:
<http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/cyclonenargis.php>

Will Ferrel speaks out for Burma
Comedian Will Ferrel joins other celebrities in a month-long campaign highlighting Burma’s struggle for freedom and democracy. Watch his video on our YouTube channel: <http://www.youtube.com/burmacampaignuk>

Thank you for your support.

Anna Roberts
The Burma Campaign UK

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The Burma Campaign UK
Registered Company No. 3804730
Registered office address
28 Charles Square
London N1 6HT

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

China Condemned for Blocking UN Action on Burma

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DENVER, May 17 (OneWorld) – China is taking new heat for blocking a potential UN action that could bring relief to Burmese citizens suffering from the effects of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar (formerly Burma) two weeks ago.

Myanmar is just south of China.
Myanmar is just south of China. © New Internationalist

“Any hope that the [UN] Security Council would invoke ‘Responsibility to Protect’ is now dead,” said Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK, a group that has long lobbied internationally on behalf of Burmese citizens.

The “Responsibility to Protect” is a principle that is rapidly gaining acceptance across the world stage, suggesting that the international community has a responsibility to take action when governments fail to protect their people from genocide, massive human rights abuses and other humanitarian crises. (See the Responsibility to Protect project for more on that.

“There is no way China will accept a resolution,” the Burma Campaign’s Faramer added. “The debate must move on to what to do next. With the regime still blocking aid and aid workers, and no hope for Security Council action, governments with the capacity to do so must act unilaterally.”

The Burma Campaign UK’s statement, dated Thursday May 15, continues:

Despite allowing in more aid flights, foreign aid workers were yesterday (May 14) told to leave the Delta region. The majority of Cyclone victims have still not received any aid, and lives are being lost every day. The Burma Campaign UK has also received reports that Burmese aid workers, doctors and medics are also being turned back by army checkpoints.

Diplomatic efforts by regional countries have also failed to extract sufficient concessions from the regime to allow in aid. Cholera and dysentery are spreading.

“Diplomatic efforts have not delivered the results needed to save lives,” said Mark Farmaner. “We have to face up to reality. Every day of delay is costing lives. The UK, USA, and France have ships off the coast that could save lives today. Are we really going to let thousands die just a few miles from life saving food and medicine sitting unused on our ships?”

Read the full statement and get more info from the Burma Campaign UK.

Writing in OneWorld.net’s analysis section on Friday, Simon Billenness of the U.S. Campaign for Burma offered some suggestions for individuals looking to support humanitarian aid missions that are effectively supporting the victims now.

1. It is best to give donations to small NGOs. The big NGOs (Red Cross, World Vision, etc.) have big publicity machines and are likely not hurting for donations. We should give our “smart money” to the most effective small NGOs who devote their money solely for relief and spend little to no money on fundraising overhead.

2. It is best to give to NGOs who were on the ground prior to the cyclone. They are experienced with Burma, already have a network of Burmese partners, and know how to best bypass the regime’s stealing and corruption.

3. Donate to political action as well as relief. The problem is not that there is insufficient aid. Aid is already piling up on the borders. The real problem is that the Burmese military regime is taking control of aid deliveries and diverting it to feed the army. (The regime is scared that their own troops are hungry and have weapons. The generals fear mutinies and even a large-scale insurrection.) The regime is also refusing access to the affected regions by aid workers and journalists. It will take political pressure on the regime to force them to let in the aid. That requires funding the organizations that are organizing the most effective political pressure.

Read more from Simon Billenness about groups working in Burma and the U.S. Campaign for Burma’s political and humanitarian efforts.

http://us.oneworld.net/article/view/160585/1/3319

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 18, 2008 at 5:18 am

Urgent Action – Leading Burmese Democracy Activist May Face Blindness

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Urgent Action – Leading Burmese Democracy Activist May Face Blindness

Dear friends

We are extremely concerned for the safety of leading democracy activist Min Ko Naing, who is being held in Rangoon¹s notorious Insein Prison. He is suffering from a serious eye infection and may go blind because he is being denied medical treatment. It is reported that his eye condition has deteriorated to the point that he is unable to sleep or eat because of the pain the infection has caused.

Min Ko Naing has been in prison since August last year. He was arrested for leading protests in Rangoon. The protests triggered the biggest demonstrations in Burma since the 1988 uprising, but were brutally crushed by the dictatorship. We will never know how many were killed during the regime¹s brutal crackdown. Today, the situation in Burma remains as severe as ever. Arrests continue and torture is routine. Political prisoners are singled out for brutal treatment, including the denial of medical treatment.

Min Ko Naing is a leading democracy activist and one of the most famous student leaders from the 1988 uprising. He was arrested in 1989 and spent more than 16 years in prison. He was severely tortured and held in solitary confinement for most of his sentence. He was released in 2004 and despite constant threats and harassment by the regime, he has continued to campaign for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Please take action now. Visit
<http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/mkn_action.html> and send an email to urge the Burmese authorities to allow immediate medical attention to Min Ko Naing and all political prisoners.

Thank you for your support.

Anna Roberts
The Burma Campaign UK

Source: email from anna.roberts@burmacampaign.org.uk

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm