Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dirt List of Companies Supporting Atrocities in Burma

Australia 's trade and investment relationship with Burma. In 2005, Australian imports from Burma totalled $15 million and Australian exports to Burma amounted to $40 million.
AUSTRALIAN federal police have been training security forces for Burma's military leadership for years, according to Greens Senator Kerry Nettle.

Senator Nettle made the claim at a rally in Sydney today to protest against the crackdown by Burma's military junta against protesters in Rangoon.

Senator Kerry Nettle, a member of the Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma, said the Government should immediately suspend trade and security ties with Burma.

The Annual AFP Report 2002-03 indicates the AFP has and still is working with Burman Police to introduce its AFP "The Law Enforcement Cooperation Program (LECP)"

In 2002-03 $47 million was appropriated to the AFP over four years for the expansion of "The Law Enforcement Cooperation Program (LECP)"

The delivery of AFP training programs in overseas locations is designed to increase the capacity of partner law enforcement agencies to assist the AFP in the offshore disruption of transnational crime groups. In the past 12 months, LECP has sponsored law enforcement training programs in Burma, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste using Australian taxpayer funds to do so.

In the 2003-04 Annual AFP Report the AFP states its indication to expand its number of AFP offices due to extra members joining in the London, Washington and Kuala Lumpur offices which are focussed on counter-terrorism. Offices in Bangkok, Rangoon and Beirut increased the number of AFP officers deployed in the International Network to 65, located in 32 offices across 26 countries.

BURMA

Burma is a country ruled by one of the longest running and most brutal military dictatorships in the world; a dictatorship charged by the United Nations with a “crime against humanity” for its systematic abuses of human rights, and condemned internationally for refusing to transfer power to the legally elected Government of the country – the party led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

In response to calls from Burma’s democracy movement, the Burma Campaign UK and other campaign groups around the world have been pressuring companies to sever business ties with Burma.


Dirt List: with a number of Australian Companies through business are claimed to be supporting the continual atrocities in Burma


Andaman Teak Supplies Pty Ltd
Andaman is an Australian teak supplier to the marine sector, which only uses Burmese teak. The Burmese regime owns all teak plantations in Burma and teak sales earn the regime millions of pounds every year.


Danford Equities Corporation – NEW

Danford Equities Corporation is an Australian oil company. It signed a production sharing and exploration contract with state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise in November 2006. It covers the Yetagun East Block.

Greens make Liberal-Burma oil link

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle says the Federal Government must 'ask its Liberal Party friends' not to invest in Burma. The Greens have called on the Federal Government to suspend corporate investment and security training in Burma until freedom and democracy is restored.

A day after Prime Minister John Howard said Australia did not have trade links with Burma, Greens Senator Kerry Nettle says a Liberal Party-linked business, Twinza Oil, has signed a joint oil and gas venture with Burma.

Senator Nettle says Mr Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer must follow the lead of France and suspend corporate investment in Burma until freedom and democracy is restored.

"We are one of few countries in that we do not have trade sanctions with Burma," she said. "We have a trade relationship with Burma that is closely linked to the Liberal Party. "It is incumbent on the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to ask their Liberal Party friends not to continue to invest in financial dealings with the military dictatorship in Burma."


Peregrine Adventures

Peregrine Adventures is an Australian travel company with an office in London. Peregrine offers 12 day tours of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi has asked tourists not to visit Burma because it helps fund the regime and gives it legitimacy. Forced and child labour was used to develop many tourist facilities.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a money for oil deal

10/01/2007  

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