UN urges sanctions on Myanmar military's businesses

Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, marking Martyrs' Day at Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon last year. PHOTO: REUTERS
Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, marking Martyrs' Day at Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon last year. PHOTO: REUTERS

A United Nations report has called for sanctions against the Myanmar military's vast web of companies, which it says are financing an entity that has committed crimes against humanity and allows the military to maintain autonomy from the country's fledgling civilian government.

The 111-page report by a UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission, released yesterday, identifies 120 companies that it concluded were owned by the military's two conglomerates - Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) - as well as another 27 closely affiliated businesses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2019, with the headline 'UN urges sanctions on Myanmar military's businesses'. Subscribe