UN urges foreign firms to sever ties with Myanmar’s army-linked businesses

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Un Urges Foreign Firms To Sever Ties With Myanmar’s Army-linked Businesses

United Nations investigators urged foreign companies to cut ties with Myanmar businesses affiliated with the country’s military, citing their “indisputable link” with atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in the recent past.

The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, while presenting its latest report in Jakarta on August 5 , also called on the UN Security Council and member states to “immediately impose targeted sanctions against companies run by the military.”

The report raises red flags over Myanmar Economic Holdings and Myanmar Economic Cooperation, two entities that are owned and influenced by senior military leaders. The two companies have 120 subsidiaries involved in everything from construction and pharmaceuticals to manufacturing, insurance, tourism and banking.

The report also identifies at least 15 foreign companies that have joint ventures with Myanmar army businesses, and 44 others that have forged commercial ties. Many are based in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.

“These foreign companies risk contributing to, or being linked to, violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” the investigators said in a news release, adding that “at a minimum, they are contributing to supporting the military’s financial capacity.”

The team “urges the international community… to sever ties with Myanmar’s military and the vast web of companies it controls and relies on.”

The report also identifies 14 foreign companies from seven countries – China, India, Israel, Singapore, the Philippines, Ukraine and North Korea – that have supplied fighter jets, armored combat vehicles and other equipment to Myanmar since 2016, despite some of the same governments’ vocal condemnations of the treatment of the Rohingya.

Furthermore, according to news reports, Austrian drone manufacturer Schiebel has allegedly delivered an unknown quantity of its unmanned mini-helicopter Camcopter S-100 to Myanmar despite an existing EU embargo on arms trade. The drone can be used for both civil and military purposes.

The UN fact-finding mission, established in 2017, will present its final report to the UN Human Rights Council in September.

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United Nations investigators urged foreign companies to cut ties with Myanmar businesses affiliated with the country's military, citing their “indisputable link” with atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in the recent past. The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, while presenting its latest report in Jakarta on August 5 , also called on the UN Security Council and member states to “immediately impose targeted sanctions against companies run by the military.” The report raises red flags over Myanmar Economic Holdings and Myanmar Economic Cooperation, two entities that are owned and influenced by senior military leaders. The two companies have...

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Un Urges Foreign Firms To Sever Ties With Myanmar’s Army-linked Businesses

United Nations investigators urged foreign companies to cut ties with Myanmar businesses affiliated with the country’s military, citing their “indisputable link” with atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in the recent past.

The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, while presenting its latest report in Jakarta on August 5 , also called on the UN Security Council and member states to “immediately impose targeted sanctions against companies run by the military.”

The report raises red flags over Myanmar Economic Holdings and Myanmar Economic Cooperation, two entities that are owned and influenced by senior military leaders. The two companies have 120 subsidiaries involved in everything from construction and pharmaceuticals to manufacturing, insurance, tourism and banking.

The report also identifies at least 15 foreign companies that have joint ventures with Myanmar army businesses, and 44 others that have forged commercial ties. Many are based in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.

“These foreign companies risk contributing to, or being linked to, violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” the investigators said in a news release, adding that “at a minimum, they are contributing to supporting the military’s financial capacity.”

The team “urges the international community… to sever ties with Myanmar’s military and the vast web of companies it controls and relies on.”

The report also identifies 14 foreign companies from seven countries – China, India, Israel, Singapore, the Philippines, Ukraine and North Korea – that have supplied fighter jets, armored combat vehicles and other equipment to Myanmar since 2016, despite some of the same governments’ vocal condemnations of the treatment of the Rohingya.

Furthermore, according to news reports, Austrian drone manufacturer Schiebel has allegedly delivered an unknown quantity of its unmanned mini-helicopter Camcopter S-100 to Myanmar despite an existing EU embargo on arms trade. The drone can be used for both civil and military purposes.

The UN fact-finding mission, established in 2017, will present its final report to the UN Human Rights Council in September.

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