opinion Biden should cut gas revenues that fund Myanmar’s junta.

The Biden administration $1 billion freeze in Myanmar government funds and imposed sanctions on many Myanmar generals. Precious stone, Wood and pearls Institutions that also fund their bank accounts. But amid lobbying by Chevron, which is involved in a joint venture with MOGE, President Biden avoided targeting gas revenue.

Doing so would be a huge blow to the Junta’s finances. MOGE has operations. Single largest source of income for the state. Much of this comes from a large gas field operated by Chevron and France’s TotalEnergies, along with MOGE and Thai Energy Co. Both Chevron and Total Energy have Argued That sanctions will expose Myanmar citizens to increased power cuts as natural gas is responsible for generating a portion of Myanmar’s electricity. But restrictions need not shut down gas, and we resent the suggestion that we trade our freedom and security for a few hours of electricity. There are calls for bans on MOGE. The spear Not from abroad but from within Myanmar Hundreds of civil society organizations, activist groups and unions who participated in the peaceful resistance against the army.

This year, Total Energy and Chevron announced Intends to withdraw. From Myanmar, but the junta will still do it. Be able to capture gas revenue Through MOGE.

The European Union imposed some restrictions on MOGE, but they Contains holes which can be taken advantage of. We need US-led sanctions with real bite, like those put in place to limit Russia’s ability to wage war against Ukraine.

This will not solve all the problems that have arisen during decades of military rule and mismanagement in Myanmar. But we must begin by ending the Tatmadaw’s access to planes, bombs, bullets, jet fuel, surveillance equipment and other imported instruments of coercion. We want peace, prosperity and a truly democratic future for all Myanmar people, regardless of ethnicity, forever free from military rule.

But as long as gas flows continue, Myanmar’s people will bleed.

Thinzar Shunlei Yi (@thinzashunleiyi) is a Myanmar pro-democracy activist with the Civil Society Alliance Action Committee for Democracy Development and founder of the Sisters2Sisters campaign to promote solidarity among Myanmar women, and works with People’s Goals. An organization that encourages Myanmar soldiers. Disruption from the military junta.

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