Burma Campaign UK today called on Tata to immediately halt sales of equipment to the Burmese military, and cancel any service or parts contracts in place.
Tata is a huge Indian company, with revenues of over $100bn a year. In the UK, they are best known for the Tetley tea brand, owning Jaguar and Land Rover, and investments in the steel industry. Their brands sponsor the Invictus Games, organised by Prince Harry.
Tata also supplies equipment to the military in Burma, including troop carriers and luxury SUVs that the top generals like travelling around in.
The United Nations has documented horrific human rights violations against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Burma. UN investigations have stated that Burma’s generals should be prosecuted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. They further stated that doing business with the military is ‘indefensible’.
In December 2018 Tata were added to the ‘Dirty List’ of companies linked to Burma’s military. https://burmacampaign.org.uk/take-action/tata-group-tata-sons/
“Tata claims it is a value based corporation but it is supplying equipment to a military which is committing genocide,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK.
Burma Campaign UK is asking supporters to write to Tata calling on them to stop supplying the military in Burma. The action is on our website here.
View this original press release here.