Justice for Myanmar

PRESS RELEASES

March 4, 2021

JFM finds Myanmar generals could be entitled to over US$700 million in profits from Mytel over ten years

Justice For Myanmar calculations of confidential Mytel profit projections show that the Myanmar military may be entitled to receive over US$700 million in dividends over ten years for their share in the military-controlled mobile network operator.

March 3, 2021

Justice For Myanmar responds to ETC’s suspension of trading

Justice For Myanmar welcomes Emerging Towns & Cities Singapore Ltd (ETC) suspension of trading and its decision to conduct an independent review of “material contractual payments to the Myanmar government ministries and departments”.

March 2, 2021

Justice For Myanmar publishes details of Myanmar’s tools of digital surveillance and repression

Justice For Myanmar has today published details of technology used for digital surveillance and repression, found in Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Transport and Communications budget documents and an Elbit Systems unmanned aerial vehicle repairs proposal.

March 2, 2021

Hilton Hotels Corp and PTT Oil and Retail (PTTOR) in business with Myanmar military cartel

Justice For Myanmar has added 26 companies to its list of significant business associates of the Myanmar military, including international companies and subsidiaries of major Myanmar crony conglomerates.

February 26, 2021

Justice For Myanmar responds to SGX scrutiny of Myanmar military-linked developer

Justice For Myanmar welcomes the swift response of the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) to Justice For Myanmar’s Feb. 25 report into Emerging Towns and Cities Singapore Co. Ltd. (ETC).

February 25, 2021

Japan: Take Action Against Myanmar Coup

Human Rights Now, Human Rights Watch, Japan International Volunteer Center, Japan NGO Action Network for Civic Space and Justice For Myanmar call on the Japanese gov to join targeted economic sanctions, global arms embargo and to review aid.

February 25, 2021

SGX-listed company raising millions in off-budget payments to Myanmar army

SGX-listed company raising millions in off-budget payments to Myanmar army. JFM calls for SGX to suspend trading in ETC due to its financing of international crimes.

February 17, 2021

Submission by Civil Society Organizations concerning Japanese Business Entities Operating in Myanmar

A joint submission has been sent to the Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises by Human Rights Now, Human Rights Watch, Japan International Volunteer Center, Justice For Myanmar and Mekong Watch, concerning Japanese Business Entities Operating in Myanmar.

February 15, 2021

Myanmar military controls approximately US$5.7 billion in foreign reserves and has access to global financial system

Urgent action is a must to prevent a violent crackdown and entrenchment of military rule.

February 11, 2021

Justice For Myanmar releases list of military members of the State Administrative Council

Justice For Myanmar releases list of military members of the State Administrative Council, their immediate family members, their businesses and business associates and calls for targeted international sanctions now.

February 10, 2021

Justice For Myanmar commends HAECO’s decision to end contract for upgrade of Myanmar air force plane

Justice For Myanmar commends the decision by HAECO to end its contract with Aero Sofi for the refurbishment of an Airbus A300, owned by the Myanmar Air Force.

February 9, 2021

Justice For Myanmar acknowledges Lim Kaling’s decision to sell stake in military tobacco venture

Justice For Myanmar acknowledges Lim Kaling’s decision to sell stake in military tobacco venture

February 9, 2021

Urgent action needed to stop oil and gas majors bankrolling the Myanmar military regime

Justice For Myanmar calls for oil and gas companies to cut ties and for targeted sanctions against state oil company MOGE.

February 5, 2021

Justice For Myanmar congratulates Kirin Holdings’ announcement to cut ties

Justice For Myanmar congratulates Kirin’s decision to cut ties with military-owned conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited. Kirin has been a major financial supporter of the Myanmar military and has made the right decision by ending that relationship today, following the military’s illegitimate Feb 1 coup.

February 5, 2021

Sanction Myanmar Military, Not Myanmar People

We oppose any form of broad, untargeted sanctions against Myanmar which could impact ordinary people. We oppose the withdrawal of trade privileges and preferences, which will impact ordinary people more than the military. We will actively campaign against any such proposed sanctions.

February 4, 2021

Justice For Myanmar releases list of military-owned businesses, their directors and significant business associates and calls for immediate targeted international sanctions

JFM has uncovered 133 businesses fully or partially controlled by the Myanmar military, 174 directors of those business and 112 businesses from which the military derive significant income. Our list also includes 32 state-owned enterprises that were formally under civilian ministries, and which are now controlled by the Myanmar military.

February 3, 2021

Joint Civil Society Statement on Myanmar Military Coup

The undersigned groups representing civil society firmly denounce the military coup in Myanmar which has suspended civilian government and effectively returned full power to the military.

February 1, 2021

Justice For Myanmar responds to Myanmar military coup, calls for immediate international action

Justice For Myanmar condemns today’s military coup in the strongest terms. The military leaders and their business associates must be held accountable for their actions. Responsibility must be taken to protect the people of Myanmar.

January 7, 2021

Justice For Myanmar responds to Kirin statement, calls for transparency and for Kirin to cut ties with the Myanmar military

Kirin has today announced the conclusion of Deloitte’s assessment into the destination of profits from their joint venture with military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL).

December 20, 2020

Report reveals Myanmar mobile operator Mytel is fuelling state corruption and aiding and abetting the international crimes of the military, supported by a global network of businesses

A detailed investigation into the Myanmar military’s involvement in the information and communications technology sector, launched today, has uncovered a web of cronyism and corruption.

December 8, 2020

Justice For Myanmar publishes leaked Ministry of Defence budget data and procurement documents

Justice For Myanmar has published data from Ministry of Defence budget documents from the 2016-17 financial year to 2020-21. In addition, Justice For Myanmar has published files related to the proposed purchase of two Airbus CASA C-295s, for a total of US$38,600,000, and the VIP conversion of an Airbus A319-112, formerly used by Myanmar Airways International (MAI), for US$4.8 million.

November 30, 2020

UK-funded Myantrade portal removes Myanmar military-owned companies

Myantrade, a Myanmar government trade promotion website funded by UK aid has removed Myanmar military-owned business listings.

November 26, 2020

Complaints filed against POSCO, LOTTE and three other South Korean corporations for contributing to human rights violations in Myanmar through military business

Two South Korean civil society coalitions and a Myanmar activist group have filed complaints against five South Korean businesses that have commercial ties with the Myanmar military, which contributes to the international crime of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

November 11, 2020

Justice For Myanmar welcomes Kirin Holdings’ suspension of dividends from their Myanmar military joint ventures

Justice For Myanmar welcomes Kirin Holdings’ suspension of dividends from their Myanmar military joint ventures. Calls for return of profits and assets to the people.

October 22, 2020

Justice For Myanmar calls for investigation into USDP’s use of state assets and racism

Myanmar military’s proxy party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), is linked to systemic military corruption, has acquired and earned revenue from state assets and stokes racism, in potential contravention of Myanmar’s Political Parties Registration Law.

October 12, 2020

Justice For Myanmar reiterates calls for removal of “race” and “religion” in mVoter 2020

No requirement under Myanmar law for inclusion of “race” and “religion” in app

October 2, 2020

International IDEA and EU-funded STEP Democracy’s removal of digital records on mVoter 2020 app shows shocking disregard of transparency and accountability

Justice For Myanmar calls for immediate removal of “race” and “religion” data from election app and restoration of digital records

September 30, 2020

Justice For Myanmar condemns EU, IDEA and Asia Foundation mVoter 2020 app, which erases Rohingya identity and instigates racism and Buddhist nationalism

Justice For Myanmar calls for immediate removal of all “race” and “religion” data from the app

September 8, 2020

Justice For Myanmar welcomes the intervention of Canada and the Netherlands in Myanmar’s ICJ genocide trial; calls for divestment and sanctions targeting the military cartel

Justice For Myanmar welcomes the intervention of Canada and the Netherlands in Myanmar’s ICJ genocide trial; calls for divestment and sanctions targeting the military cartel

September 2, 2020

Justice For Myanmar launches mirror site for continued access in Myanmar after government attempts at censorship

Justice For Myanmar has launched a mirror site to enable continued access to its website in Myanmar after the Myanmar government issued a secret order to mobile operators and internet service providers to block the site.

September 1, 2020

Justice For Myanmar responds to Myanmar government censorship

The Myanmar government has reportedly ordered the blocking of the Justice For Myanmar website, in an attempt to cover-up the Myanmar military’s abuse of power, grand corruption and human rights violations.

August 24, 2020

Justice For Myanmar demands accountability for KBZ and Max Myanmar’s criminal support for genocide

KBZ and Max Myanmar’s international partners must ensure justice

August 7, 2020

Justice For Myanmar responds to Kirin’s 2Q financial results: Myanmar military earns 45.57 billion MMK (USD$33.5 million) in profits from their business with Kirin, bankrolling genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Myanmar Brewery remains a lucrative source of revenue for the Myanmar military, feeding their secret Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) slush fund. Through MEHL, Kirin is knowingly financially supporting the military’s crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

July 27, 2020

Justice For Myanmar’s response to LafargeHolcim’s announcement blocking sale to military partners

Justice For Myanmar welcomes LafargeHolcim’s announcement to liquidate their Myanmar business.

July 24, 2020

Justice For Myanmar’s response to UK firm Portia Management Services’ decision to cut ties with the Myanmar military

Justice For Myanmar welcomes the announcement that Portia Management Services will end their relationship with Myanmar military conglomerate MEHL.

July 20, 2020

Justice For Myanmar responds to President’s Office announcement on military conflict of interest, calls for independent criminal investigation and concrete reform

Justice For Myanmar sees the lack of meaningful action in accordance with the law as a disturbing sign of the military’s continued economic privilege and impunity.

July 6, 2020

Military conflict of interest corrupts Myanmar government’s investigation of Hpakant jade mining disaster

Justice For Myanmar calls for credible investigation and structural reforms

June 17, 2020

Systemic Conflict of Interest in Myanmar Military Allows for Serious Corruption

Justice For Myanmar calls for independent investigation into systemic conflict of interest in the Myanmar military.

May 26, 2020

French company Voltalia must put an end to its commercial relationship with a company linked to the Myanmar military

Voltalia, a French renewable energy business, must end its commercial relationship with military telecommunications operator Mytel.

May 25, 2020

Serious corruption risk as Ever Flow River prepares to float on Yangon Stock Exchange

Transportation and logistics conglomerate Ever Flow River (EFR) is set to be the sixth publicly-listed company on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), when they go public on May 28th 2020. EFR is a business partner of military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (MEHL), and profits from EFR’s YSX listing may further systemic military corruption and support ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

May 21, 2020

Human rights activists raise concerns about a USD$330m real-estate deal between the Myanmar military, Japanese state-controlled financial institutions and major Japanese corporations.

Human rights activists in Myanmar are raising concerns about a USD$330m real-estate deal between the Myanmar military, Japanese state-controlled financial institutions and major Japanese corporations. The deal has gone ahead with zero civilian financial oversight and despite a high probability that the project will finance the military’s crimes against humanity and war crimes in Myanmar’s ethnic regions.

May 12, 2020

Human Rights Activists Respond to Kirin’s Myanmar Sales “Surge”, Which Netted Approximately USD$22.77 Million in Q1 2020 Profits for the Myanmar Military

Kirin operates Myanmar Brewery with Myanmar military conglomerate Myanma Economic HoldingsLimited (MEHL). According to Kirin, Myanmar Brewery’s sales volume is up 12.6% (YoY). This “surge” coincides with a spike in war crimes and crimes against humanity in Rakhine and Chin States, with scores of civilians killed, disappearances, torture and mass forced displacement committed by the Myanmar military.

April 28, 2020

Activists launch campaign to expose systemic causes of inequality, injustice, violence and crimes against humanity

Yadanar Maung explains: “We are urging all governments that stand for justice and human rights to implement targeted sanctions against military leaders and their businesses. We want to see the military fully divested from the Myanmar economy, under democratic control and their conglomerates disbanded. Stolen assets, which the military accumulated through decades of corruption, must be returned to the people. We see these steps as an essential part of creating a federal democracy where the human rights of all people in Myanmar are protected and there is a sustainable peace.”