Which EU members are secretly training the Burmese military?

Dear friend

When EU members discussed their response to the Rohingya crisis, they claimed they were prohibiting training and co-operation with the military.

But in fact they decided NOT to stop all EU members providing training to the Burmese military, despite the overwhelming evidence of them committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and even possibly genocide.

Instead, the EU left a loophole saying future training will mainly focus on democratic principles and human rights. That’s just what the British government said when it started providing training to the military. After a year-long freedom of information battle we forced the British government to admit that on a 60 hour training course, only one hour was on human rights. Even that hour was later dropped.

Email Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Kristian Schmidt, EU Ambassador to Burma. Ask them to reveal which EU members are training the Burmese military. 

Head of the Burmese military Min Aung Hlaing meets EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels in November 2016
What message does it send to the military that even after everything they have done to the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Burma, they still receive training from EU members?

Worse, the EU won’t release the information about which EU members are providing training, and details of that training. In effect, it is a secret training programme.

The EU Ambassador to Burma initially agreed to release details of the training and which countries were providing it, but now he refuses to do so.

Please email Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Kristian Schmidt, EU Ambassador to Burma, asking them to reveal which EU members are training the Burmese military, and to publish details of that training.

Thank you for your support

Anna Roberts
Burma Campaign UK

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