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POSCO: Sever Ties with Myanmar''s Military!
Name 관리자 Date 2021-05-31 Hits 333

POSCO: Sever Ties with Myanmar's Military!

10,000 individuals signed the petition demanding suspension of the payment to the Military


4 May 2021



It soon approaches the 100th day since civil resistance against Myanmar's coup began. The situation is becoming increasingly serious. At least 765 people were killed, and 3,555 were detained. More than 60 air strikes took place in the border area where ethnic minorities inhabit, and 50,000 were internally displaced. The military has committed crimes against its citizens, which proved itself to be a terrorist organization.

 

The international community has urged companies to take appropriate measures in accordance with international human rights standards to stop cash flow into the military. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar recognized that the gas business is a main source of funding. According to the EITI reports, the gas business generates annually 4 billion USD, contributing 10% of a total of the government budget in Myanmar. The Myanmar government has collected more than 200 million USD annually from POSCO's Shwe gas project since 2015. Since the coup, the fund remained under control of the military which illegally took the country and has massacred its own citizens.

 

Nevertheless, POSCO has maintained that since the revenue from the Shwe gas project flows into the Ministry of Federal Treasury through a state-owned bank, the revenue was used as a government budget during the civilian-led government and is still the same, which denies the Shwe gas project benefiting the Myanmar military.   

 

It is hard to agree with the POSCO’s position that the military cannot access the revenue generated by the Shwe gas project given the circumstance where the military seized power in a coup and took control of all government ministries, including state-owned banks. In addition, it has been already revealed in the Yadana gas project that the revenue flew into the military possibly through money laundering and embezzlement. It is also noteworthy that the state-owned bank mentioned by POSCO became blacklisted and sanctioned by the U.S. government in the past for money laundering. The gas business has been a key source of funding for the military during both the military dictatorship in the past and the civilian-led government, and it still remains the same after the military coup last February. POSCO should take appropriate measures to meet social expectations as a company that won the grand prize for the ESG sector for the past two consecutive years.

 

We 10,485 individuals who signed the petition calling POSCO for cutting ties with Myanmar's military are demanding the following.


  1. POSCO should cut ties with Myanmar's military, which is massacring its own civilians.

 

  1. POSCO should suspend all payments to MOGE. Instead, it should deposit the payments into a third trusted bank account until a democratically-elected government takes power.

Comments from the signatories

 

Lee Ju-young, 1,0291st Signatory

I support and cheer everyone fighting for human rights and democracy in Myanmar. I want POSCO and other companies to stop investing in strengthening the power and interests of the military.

 

Heuk-jang-gun, 10222nd signatory.

You are doing the same thing as helping Chun Doo-hwan, who slaughtered Gwangju citizens in May 1980. Stop the atrocities right now!

 

Ko Myo, 10174th Signatory

Please help and save Myanmar by stopping POSCO finance for MOGE (Myanmar Oil and Gas enterprise) and the coup-military junta.

 

Chae Eun-soon, the 9809th Signatory

POSCO, show responsible behaviour!

 

Min Thit, 9689th Signatory

Please stop supporting the military terrorists! They are killing the people of Myanmar. Please don't give money to them for killing us.

 

Kim Hee-ryong, 8663rd Signatory.

POSCO should not be a cash cow for Myanmar's military, which kills citizens.

 

Kim Na-yeon, 7358th Signatory

Helping Myanmar's military is like advocating military dictatorship and joining their violence. Don't be an accomplice to the massacre.

 

Na Young-ah, 7326th Signatory.

Turning a blind eye is active sympathy and support.


 

 

Korean Civil Society in Support of Democracy in Myanmar (104 CSOs)

Korean Metal Workers' Union


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