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Five British Insurers Added to ‘Dirty List’ for Aviation Fuel Deliveries to Burma

May 23rd, 2023  •  Author:   Burma Campaign UK  •  2 minute read
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Burma Campaign UK added five British insurance companies to the ‘Dirty List’ after they failed to give a commitment to stop providing insurance cover for deliveries of aviation fuel to Burma.

The five companies are: UK P&I, Steamship Mutual, Britannia P&I, North Standard and Shipowners’ Club.

They are mutual insurance clubs which have provided insurance cover (protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance) to vessels which have delivered aviation fuel to Burma. Their role in the supply chain delivering aviation fuel to Burma was exposed in the Amnesty International Report, Deadly Cargo. The report is available here.

“The Burmese military are using airstrikes indiscriminately against civilians, even against schools and hospitals, and insurance is a vital part of the supply chain delivering aviation fuel to Burma,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK.

Since the Burmese military began its attempted coup on 1 February 2021, it has increasingly used airstrikes to try to gain control over the country.

On 11th April, a Burmese military airstrike in the Sagaing Region in the north of Burma killed around 170 people, including around 40 children.

In February 2022 the British government issued guidance to British companies to avoid involvement in the supply of aviation fuel to the Burmese military.  These companies are ignoring the guidance.

“These insurance clubs have clearly taken a decision not to add delivery of aviation fuel to their cover exclusions, despite knowing this means they may insure aviation fuel that reaches the Burmese military and is used to kill civilians,” said Mark Farmaner. “This is the definition of putting profit before principle.”

The ‘Dirty List’ is available here.

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