Burma Campaign UK Welcomes Total Energies Withdrawal from Burma
21 January 2021
“Total Energies went into Burma during military dictatorship, ignoring human rights concerns and helping to arm the Burmese military thanks to an influx of new revenue, so it is very significant that even they are pulling out of Burma today,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “The European Union should have sanctioned gas revenue immediately after the coup, but French President Emmanuel Macron blocked EU action.”
“The Yadana gas project is nearing the end of its operational life and Total Energies may have decided the financial gains no longer outweighed the negative reputational impact of funding a military responsible for genocide and a brutal coup”, said Mark Farmaner. “Total Energies has done the right thing but probably not for the right reasons. For years they helped finance human rights violations by the Burmese military. Their legacy in Burma is not a good one.”
Burma Campaign UK will now be removing Total Energies from its ‘Dirty List’ of international companies helping to finance and arm the Burmese military.