Myanmar Protesters Appeal To Foreign Companies
18 February 2021
Protesters in Myanmar demonstrated outside properties of companies involved in an international gas pipeline operation ... as transparency campaigners appealed to foreign companies involved in extractive industries to stop paying revenue to the new military government.
In a statement, the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA) said any payments made "would undermine the Myanmar people's efforts to return the country to democracy."
It said they would instead "provide the Myanmar military the necessary resources to continue their violations of human rights in Myanmar."
Extractive industries, such as gas, oil and the mining of jade, are a key source of foreign revenue for Myanmar.
MATA said that following the February 1 coup, all international companies involved in such operations should put revenue payments into protected accounts that would only be released to the democratically elected government.
It also appealed to companies involved in the exploration phase to suspend activities until the junta stepped down.