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Faulty Transmission: The Myanmar Junta’s Reliance on Global Military Truck Supply Chains

May 9th, 2024  •  Author:   Center for Advanced Defense Studies , Justice for Myanmar  •  1 minute read
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May 9, 2024

The Myanmar junta’s continued campaign of terror against the people of Myanmar is reliant on a fleet of military trucks that transport troops and weapons across the country. There is substantial evidence that the military obtains and assembles these trucks through the support of Chinese state-owned company Sinotruk, which, in turn, benefits from the investment and collaboration of the German company Traton SE.

Sinotruk claims to have never conducted business with the Myanmar military junta or sold trucks to the military. However, recent reporting and publicly available information indicate that Sinotruk’s vehicles are widely used during military operations and that the company has directly engaged with the Myanmar military through sales and manufacturing support. If so, Sinotruk should immediately cease business with Myanmar’s military. Not doing so exposes the company to the risk of liability for aiding and abetting the junta’s war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Traton should ensure that Sinotruk ends any and all business with the Myanmar military junta or divests from the company in accordance with its international human rights responsibilities.

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