A fact-finding mission from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a report recommending the international community impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on companies operated by Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military. The report says that the revenue earned by the military from foreign business deals “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity”.
Reportedly, since 2015, at least 14 foreign firms have supplied equipment such as fighter jets and missiles to companies owned by senior military figures including Myanmar Economic Holdings and Myanmar Economic Corporation, which own 120 companies between them. 45 of these companies donated over $10m to the military “at the beginning of the 2017 clearance operations in Rakhine State”. Other companies affiliated with the Tatmadaw “later financed development projects in Rakhine State”, such as fencing along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, to further the “objective of re-engineering the region in a way that erases evidence of Rohingya belonging to Myanmar.” OHCHR Press Release.
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