The Dirty List: Russian arms traders, US funds supporting Burmese military

The Dirty List: Russian arms traders, US funds supporting Burmese military

56 companies linked to the Burmese military, human rights violations, and the environmental destruction of the country have been added to Burma Campaign UK’s (BCUK) “Dirty List”. 

Making it onto the now notorious roll call are 15 Russian firms, many of whom have been shown by activists Justice for Myanmar to be providing equipment to the military. 

BCUK has also highlighted the role of US-registered Carlyle Group, parent company of AsiaSat which broadcasts the junta’s MWD TV channels, and US investment firm TGP Capital, owner of telecommunication towers used by MyTel. 

BCUK has once again highlighted the role that mobile app stores play in facilitating the growth of military-owned businesses, most crucially that of MyTel whose products are still available on the Apple Store platform. 

“The fact that so many companies are still linked to the Burmese military, including some of the biggest US tech firms such as Apple, shows the inconsistent and weak response to violations on international law by the Burmese military,” said BCUK’s director, Mark Farmaner.

Dedicated advocacy work by the pressure group has, in part, led to high-profile exits from Burma of a number of international companies and corporations.

An updated version of Burma Campaign UK’s Dirty List may be found here.