Jaguar/Land Rover are not a suitable partner for the COP26 climate change conference because their owner, Tata, supplies vehicles to the genocidal Burmese military.
The UK Presidency of COP26 has made Jaguar Land Rover an official partner of the conference: https://ukcop26.org/uk-presidency/partnerships-and-support/
Tata, which also owns Tetley Tea, have supplied troop carriers and military staff cars to the Burmese military. They feature on the Burma Campaign UK ‘Dirty List’: https://burmacampaign.org.uk/take-action/dirty-list/ which names and shames companies linked to the Burmese military.
Tata also boast of their plans to increase their role in the coal industry, one of the dirtiest and most polluting fossil fuels. The Tata International website states:
“Having established ourselves as one of India’s leading private coal importers in the last few years, our aim is to grow into one of the largest coal trading companies in the country. Our short term goal is to grow our traded volume of thermal coal to 10 million tons per annum in the coming years with focus on India.”
Burma is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change.
The Burmese military have been documented by the United Nations as committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are currently being investigated for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, and face charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice.
In February the military held a coup, and since then have killed more than 1,000 people, jailed more than 7,000, and forced more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes.
“Jaguar/Land Rover are part of a company which equips a military responsible for genocide,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “Tata should not be allowed to use the COP26 conference to promote its companies and brands at the same time as it equips a military which tortures critics and rapes children.”