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To: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne
Support the people of Myanmar - End Support to the Military Junta
We call on the Australian government to support the people of Myanmar with:
• Urgent and comprehensive assistance to the national civil disobedience movement which has erupted nationally in opposition to the military coup. All forms of practical and diplomatic assistance should be offered to this movement via the Australian Embassy in Yangon.
• Implement comprehensive economic sanctions to stop any and all revenue to the military. This should include family members of senior military leaders who are residing in Australia.
• Suspension of all military-to-military cooperation between the Australian Defence Forces and the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces).
• Diplomatic leverage and influence to ensure rule of law is upheld and a return to democratic norms, civilian led government and the immediate release of those men and women detained including journalists, civil society activists, MPs and Australian academic, Professor Sean Turnell.
• An immediate call on Australian businesses in Myanmar to suspend operations and divest from any relationships with military owned, controlled or linked business and organisations, including, as long as the military controls the government, state owned enterprises.
• Recognition of the Committee Representing Pyidaugsu Hluttaw (CRPH), the national legislative body of democratically elected representatives formed on 5 February 2021 following the coup.
Why is this important?
The people of Myanmar are in a knife-edge moment in history as they fight for democracy through the widespread civil disobedience movement. Workers are on the frontline of this movement, and many are taking strike action to reject the military takeover. These workers and the broader movement need our solidarity and support if they are to force the military to end the coup. The Australian government must act quickly and now to assist the people of Myanmar and stop this military takeover.
On 1 February, the military took power and arbitrarily arrested President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, leaders of regional and national governments and of the National League for Democracy (NLD), civil society activists and public figures. This compounds the grave damage that the military has done to Myanmar’s political, economic, social and cultural life and to human rights more broadly over the past 60 years. The Myanmar military’s coup follows their 2017 campaign of terror against ethnic and religious minorities, which included credible allegations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kachin and Shan States. The Australian Government has been a key development partner for Myanmar since 2012 and has had diplomatic relations since 1952.
Australian businesses, including mining and gas companies are currently operating in Myanmar. They must withdraw immediately.
The Australian government must now take urgent action to support the civil disobedience movement through the Australian Embassy in Myanmar in all approaches, both diplomatic and practical. It must take steps to isolate the Myanmar military from access to funding and wealth via all Australia-Myanmar cooperation and via Australian businesses in Myanmar.
We demand Australia support human rights, justice and accountability for the people of Myanmar.