The breaking news today is that the United States will finally recognize the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Biden administration has formally determined that the Myanmar military has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce this determination today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Your actions helped press the U.S. to take this historic action. Thank you for signing and sharing our petitions urging the U.S. to recognize and take action to end the Rohingya genocide. Thank you for pressing the U.S. to impose sanctions on the Myanmar military, including measures to end the flow of oil and gas company money to the military-controlled Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).
It’s now up to us to ensure that the U.S. fulfills its obligations under the Genocide Convention to hold the Myanmar military accountable and put and end to its mass atrocities and brutal rule. This week, we must press the Biden Administration for U.S. sanctions on MOGE, similar to those recently imposed by the European Union. In addition, we must continue to put our own direct pressure on the oil companies that support the Myanmar military.
PTT is the largest Thai corporate investor in Burma (Myanmar) and a partner of Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) in the Yadana gas field and pipeline. Yadana is one of the military’s largest sources of revenue, bankrolling up to 70 percent of its operations in years past. With the decison by TotalEnergies and Chevron to exit Myanmar and the Yadana project, PTT may well become the majority owner and operator.
In the past year, dozens of people have been killed by airstrikes. Most of these airstrikes, using jets and helicopters, are happening in ethnic states, and local communities are calling for international action. But military jets require fuel. If the jets can’t fly, they can’t bomb.
PetroChina International Singapore Pte Ltd shipped 13,300 tonnes of jet fuel into Myanmar in April 2021, according to government import data reviewed by Reuters. PetroChina is a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Burmese civil society organizations have called for an embargo of jet fuel sales to Myanmar. “We’re appalled that PetroChina is exporting jet fuel to Myanmar, doing business with the war criminals who are conducting indiscriminate air strikes against ethnic communities,” stated Justice for Myanmar spokeswoman Yadanar Maung to Reuters.