Australia’s ‘outsized footprint’ on Myanmar mining sector enabled by weak sanctions regime, report says

The sector remains a key source of revenue for the regime that seized power three years ago, according to the report by advocacy group Justice for Myanmar

Australian-linked companies are helping Myanmar’s mining industry “stay open for business” under the junta, activist group Justice for Myanmar (JFM) said in a major report published on Tuesday. 

The 154-page “Mines Against Humanity” outlines how 10 Australian company networks have, since the February 2021 coup, reportedly carried out exploration and extraction activities in Myanmar or acted as service providers in the mining sector. Their continued presence in the country provides revenue for the military junta, which exploits and profits off of the country’s deposits of minerals including coal, copper, gold, tin, and gems—many of which are located in areas where its troops are committing grave human rights violations—JFM said.

The regime is responsible for displacing more than 2.3 million people nationwide, according to United Nations estimates. Local monitoring groups like the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners have reported nearly 26,000 arrests. . .

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