Swiss char­ity an­nounces in­def­i­nite pause on Myan­mar grant mak­ing

in­def­i­nite pause on Myan­mar grant mak­ing

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ASwiss char­ity with global pro­grammes C&A Foun­da­tion has put new grants on hold for its phil­an­thropic work in Myan­mar for in­def­i­nite pe­riod due to con­cerns over the Rakhine cri­sis.

In a state­ment is­sued ear­lier this month, the foun­da­tion for the well­known fash­ion re­tail chain, C&A Foun­da­tion stressed their short-run foray into Myan­mar was be­ing put on hold.

“The goal of C&A Foun­da­tion is to trans­form the fash­ion in­dus­try into a force for good. That means not only mak­ing grants to change in­dus­try prac­tices, but also us­ing our col­lec­tive power to strengthen the com­mu­ni­ties in which we work. In 2016, C&A Foun­da­tion be­gan sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives in Myan­mar. Our goal was to cre­ate a fair and eq­ui­table gar­ment in­dus­try, work­ing closely with stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment, to im­prove con­di­tions for gar­ment work­ers.

We are deeply con­cerned by ev­i­dence of on­go­ing per­se­cu­tion and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by the Myan­mar mil­i­tary against the Ro­hingya peo­ple. The United Na­tions and mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity have de­scribed the on­go­ing con­flict in North­ern Rakhine states as eth­nic cleans­ing. We be­lieve that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment to pro­tect all pop­u­la­tions within the coun­try af­fected by con­flict and al­low for the safe pas­sage of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance. As part of our com­mit­ment to fun­da­men­tal rights, equal­ity and di­ver­sity, C&A Foun­da­tion has de­cided that we can­not con­tinue our phil­an­thropic work in Myan­mar in the cur­rent cli­mate.

While we will ful­fil our on­go­ing com­mit­ments, C&A Foun­da­tion is paus­ing new grant-mak­ing. We are also in­creas­ing our sup­port to hu­man­i­tar­ian relief and the preven­tion of gen­der-based vi­o­lence and hu­man traf­fick­ing amongst the grow­ing refugee pop­u­la­tion in Bangladesh.

We are hope­ful that the gov­ern­ment can im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Rakhine State chaired by for­mer UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Kofi An­nan but un­til an ac­cept­able so­lu­tion has been found for the Ro­hingya com­mu­nity, this pause is in­def­i­nite.”

Imag­ine a fash­ion in­duststry works for ev­ery per­son it touches To­gether we can make it hap­pen.

Screen­shot of the C&A Foun­da­tion's web­site.

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