Thursday, August 28, 2008

[BurmaCampaign] Campaign Success - Insurers pull out of Burma

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has taken a few minutes and written to the
companies on our Insurance Dirty List.

One month ago we published the list and already we have made great progress.

SUCCESS! In the past fortnight 2 companies on our Insurance Dirty List, XL
and Arig, have confirmed that they have pulled out of the Burmese Insurance
market. Another company, Chubb, a major US insurer, has confirmed that it
bars its member companies from maintaining an office in Burma.

This is a big step forward for our campaign and puts even more pressure on
the companies that are still involved especially Lloyd¹s of London

If you ever wondered why we ask you to write to companies this is why. It


This is just the beginning. Over the coming months we will continue to
campaign against all the companies that help to finance Burma¹s generals.
With your help we will continue to make a difference.

If you haven¹t done so already please email the companies on our Insurance
Dirty List and tell
them why they should follow XL and Arig¹s example and pull out of the
Burmese market. Just click here:

Follow the link to find a letter to edit and send. We now have email
addresses for all the companies on the list.

Please take a minute right now and write to these companies.


Johnny and the Burma Campaign UK team.

P.S As ever please send us any responses you receive.

P.P.S. The press have been writing about the story: The Telegraph covered it so did the Irrawaddy and
was the most read article on Insurance Times last week

Our press release for Arig's withdrawal is below

Another Insurer pulls out of Burma ­ UK government must act
26 Aug 2008

Arab Insurance Group (Arig) has confirmed that it has pulled out of the
Burmese insurance market. The company¹s involvement with Burma was exposed
one month ago by the Burma Campaign UK¹s report, Insuring Repression. Last
week it was announced that another insurer, XL, had withdrawn from the

³This is excellent news, Arig have acted responsibly in pulling out of
Burma,² said Johnny Chatterton, Campaigns Officer at the Burma Campaign UK.
³The time has come for governments to take action and shut down the regime¹s
financial lifeline. Today we reiterate our call for the UK government to
take the lead and push for EU wide targeted financial sanctions that stop
insurance companies helping to finance the military junta².
In a company statement Arig said: "After a review of the current situation
Arig has taken the corporate decision to refrain from renewing any of the
isolated risks previously written in Myanmar".

Unlike the United States of America, the EU does not have any sanctions on
the insurance industry. This omission allows EU insurers to continue to
provide insurance and reinsurance to companies that fund the Burmese junta.
While some of the world's leading insurance companies have now taken the
decision to stop providing insurance to Burma, there is still no EU policy
to prevent European insurers providing insurance services to Burma.

Lloyd¹s of London cite the lack of sanctions as the chief defence for the
actions of their members who continue to be involved with Burma. Three
members of the Lloyd¹s market are on the Insurance Dirty List, Catlin,
Atrium and Tokio Marine. There are 14 companies on the list.
The report, Insuring Repression, is available here:

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