We want the Australian Government to issue a second round of sanctions on the 16th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution – September 2023.
It is not only in our national interest, but also aligns with our values of democracy and human rights.
Australian imports of of timber and wood products from Myanmar fund the junta and fuel illegal logging! Choose a quote to Tweet to Prime Minister Albanese, Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator the Hon Murray Watt:
Australian imports of timber from Myanmar have surged post-coup, totaling AUD 2.5 million in 2021-2022.
Much of this timber is likely to be illegal, with over 85% of Myanmar’s timber exports illicit. These imports bolster the junta through Myanma Timber Enterprise, entailing a high illegal timber risk.
To cut off junta revenue, sanctions should target these imports and other state-owned enterprises, Myanma Gems Enterprise, Myanma Pearls Enterprise, and Myanma Mining Enterprises 1, and 2.
To restore peace, democracy, and human rights in Myanmar, the most effective approach is to implement strong, fully coordinated multilateral sanctions.
By cutting off foreign revenue to the junta, we can make a significant impact.
Australian sanctions contribute to only 6% of the international action on Myanmar.
We must urgently take decisive measures, along with our international allies, to halt the flow of revenue to the junta and hold human rights abusers accountable.
Australia must continue to take decisive action to stop the Myanmar military by sanctioning high-value targets such as:
PEOPLE KILLED BY THE MYANMAR JUNTA
PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS EXECUTED
PEOPLE INTERNALLY DISPLACED BY VIOLENCE
PEOPLE IN NEED OF HUMANITARIAN AID