PetroChina: stop sales of jet fuel to Myanmar military

Dai Houliang, Chairman of PetroChina

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Demand that PetroChina stop shipping jet fuel to the Myanmar military.

The bombs fall at night, without warning. The Myanmar military bombs homes, schools, churches, and hospitals.

The U.S., European Union, and others have imposed crippling sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. This demonstrates that such sanctions are possible on the Myanmar military if the international community has the will to impose them. At the very least, there should be a global ban on the sale of jet fuel to Myanmar.

In the past year, dozens of people have been killed by airstrikes. The majority of the 400,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes since the military coup last year have fled because of airstrikes or the threat of airstrikes. It causes immense suffering and a humanitarian crisis as families hide without proper shelter and food.

Most of these airstrikes, using jets and helicopters, are happening in ethnic states, and local communities are calling for international action. But military jets require fuel. If the jets can’t fly, they can’t bomb.

PetroChina International Singapore Pte Ltd shipped 13,300 tonnes of jet fuel into Myanmar in April 2021, according to government import data reviewed by Reuters. PetroChina is a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

Burmese civil society organizations have called for an embargo of jet fuel sales to Myanmar. "We're appalled that PetroChina is exporting jet fuel to Myanmar, doing business with the war criminals who are conducting indiscriminate air strikes against ethnic communities," stated Justice for Myanmar spokeswoman Yadanar Maung to Reuters.

Take action to put public pressure on PetroChina - and send a message to other companies - to stop selling jet fuel to the Myanmar military.

For More Information

"Russia Sanctions Intensify Calls for Myanmar Fuel Ban—‘If The Jets Can’t Fly, They Can’t Bomb" Wall Street Journal, By Feliz Solomon, 8 March 2022

"Sanction Aviation Fuel to Alleviate Humanitarian Crisis in Burma," Burma Campaign UK, 8 February  2022

"Aviation Fuel Sanctions - Questions and Answers," Burma Campaign UK, 11 February 2022

"EXCLUSIVE PetroChina ships jet fuel to junta-ruled Myanmar, data shows," Reuters, 20 May 2021

"Myanmar Regime’s Reliance on Air Power a Sign of Weakness: US Security Expert," The Irrawaddy, 20 January 2022

To: Dai Houliang, Chairman of PetroChina
From: Alyson Chadwick

I demand that PetroChina stop shipping jet fuel to the Myanmar military.

The Myanmar military bombs homes, schools, churches, and hospitals.

In the past year, dozens of people have been killed by airstrikes. The majority of the 400,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes since the military coup last year have fled because of airstrikes or the threat of airstrikes. It causes immense suffering and a humanitarian crisis as families hide without proper shelter and food.

Most of these airstrikes, using jets and helicopters, are happening in ethnic states, and local communities are calling for international action. But military jets require fuel. If the jets can’t fly, they can’t bomb.

PetroChina International Singapore Pte Ltd shipped 13,300 tonnes of jet fuel into Myanmar in April 2021, according to government import data reviewed by Reuters.

Burmese civil society organizations have called for an embargo of jet fuel sales to Myanmar. "We're appalled that PetroChina is exporting jet fuel to Myanmar, doing business with the war criminals who are conducting indiscriminate air strikes against ethnic communities," stated Justice for Myanmar spokeswoman Yadanar Maung to Reuters.

I demand that PetroChina stop selling jet fuel to the Myanmar military.