UN in­ves­ti­ga­tors urge coun­tries cut off busi­ness with Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary

Mizzima Business Weekly - - BUSINESS ALERTS -

UN fact-find­ing mis­sion has urged that coun­tries cut off all busi­ness with Myan­mar's mil­i­tary in or­der to hold the army ac­count­able for hu­man rights abuse, the Bangkok Post re­ported cit­ing a state­ment. The in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors, work­ing un­der a man­date from the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, said in a state­ment that there has been no progress to­ward re­solv­ing the cri­sis over Myan­mar's Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Rakhine, more than 1 mil­lion of whom have fled mil­i­tary clear­ance op­er­a­tions, the news agency re­ported. “The sit­u­a­tion is at a to­tal stand­still,” Marzuki Darus­man, chair­man of the Fact-Find­ing Mis­sion on Myan­mar, was quoted as say­ing. Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties razed de­serted vil­lages of the refugees, and mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity re­main­ing in the coun­try live in dis­place­ment camps and in fear of fur­ther mil­i­tary reprisals, ac­cord­ing to the Bangkok Post. “Due to the grav­ity of the past and con­tin­u­ing vi­o­la­tions, at­ten­tion must be given to the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial ties of the Myan­mar mil­i­tary -- to iden­tify who and what should be tar­geted so we can cut off the money sup­ply as a means of increasing the pres­sure and re­duc­ing the vi­o­lence,” Christo­pher Si­doti, a mem­ber of the mis­sion, said in the state­ment.

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