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Pazigyi Massacre has been one-year

April 11th, 2024  •  Author:   Blood Money Campaign  •  2 minute read
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Today, April 11th, marks the one-year anniversary of the Pazigyi Village aircraft bombing massacre. On April 11th, 2023, at approximately 7:30 A.M. in the Sagaing Division, Kantbalu Township, junta forces bombarded the opening ceremony of the Pazigyi village administration office – a donation event – with a jet plane. Those who survived were also chased and shot at by military planes, resulting in the deaths of nearly 40 children and over 170 civilians.

Despite international condemnation of this terrorist junta’s action, no meaningful action has been taken thus far, and there is still an irresponsibility in addressing the situation.

The main reason the junta can carry out daily airstrikes targeting civilians, as in the Pazigyi case, is due to the unhindered purchase of aviation fuel from the international community. Between February 2021 and December 2023, more than 1,650 airstrikes were carried out, resulting in the deaths of nearly 950 civilians, including many children.

On April 4th, 2024, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution concerning Myanmar, urging member states to abstain from exporting, selling, or transferring jet fuel to the country. This marks the first time the UN has made such a call. The decision, which was delayed for more than three years, has resulted in an increase in the number of deaths and underscores the urgent need for truly effective measures and decisive action.

Singapore and Vietnam allow the use of their ports, while UN member states such as the USA, the UK, and the EU have the leverage to halt jet fuel access to the terrorist junta in Myanmar. However, they have not yet taken any effective measures, demonstrating irresponsibility. They continue to support and permit the junta to commit war crimes.

The USA, the UK, and the EU must sanction aviation fuel sales and shipment insurance. UN member states and their companies must immediately cease all exports, sales, or transfers of aviation fuel to the Myanmar junta.

As long as international governments do not take effective action to stop the junta’s access to aviation fuel, we, the Blood Money Campaign, will continue to campaign for the ban on jet fuel movement alongside local and international revolutionary organizations in solidarity.

Blood Money Campaign

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