Burma Campaign UK named Facebook as one of 49 companies on a ‘dirty list’, for allowing the incitement of hatred and violence of minorities, in particular the Rohingya Muslim minority and Muslims in general, reports the American business magazine Forbes.
“Although it has belatedly closed down accounts run by the Burmese military, it continues to host the page of the Information Committee, run from Aung San Suu Kyi’s office,” says Burma Campaign UK, which will continue to press for more accounts to be removed.
Burma Campaign UK has published a ‘dirty list’ of companies continuing to do business with the military in Burma, reports the Organization for World Peace. Facebook, Toshiba, and VISA are amongst the 49 international companies that are ‘named and shamed’ for links to the Burmese military’s human rights abuses of Burma’s Rohingya Muslim population.
Burma Campaign UK said they published the list “to highlight the role of international companies in assisting the military to continue to commit human rights violations.” The list is “an ongoing project” that will be “regularly updated.”
Chinese companies make up the bulk of a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Burma, or of doing business with the country’s military, reports the South China Morning Post. 16 Chinese companies supply the military with equipment and energy, and Chinese companies are involved in at least six controversial dam projects in conflict zones, and a coal mine.
Of Facebook’s inclusion on the list, Burma Campaign UK said: “It continues to host the page of the Information Committee, run from Aung San Suu Kyi’s office. Since 2016 this was one of the main official government/military pages on Facebook used for inciting fear and hatred of the Rohingya, including the notorious ‘Fake Rape’ poster denying that independently verified claims of rape of Rohingya women by the Burmese military are true.”
Facebook has been included on Burma Campaign UK’s “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations, or of doing business with the military, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
Burma Campaign UK said Facebook was on the “dirty list” because it had “consistently allowed its platform to be used to incite hatred and violence [against] minorities in Burma, in particular the the minority group – Rohingya, and Muslims in general”.
Burma Campaign UK acknowledged that Facebook had recently taken action to rectify abuse of social media in Burma, but on the “dirty list” accused it of not going far enough.
Facebook is among the 49 corporations named on Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List”, reports the Bangladesh-based Daily Star. “The Dirty List” names international companies doing business with the military, or involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction.
Several companies from the U.S., U.K., France, Switzerland, and China have been added to a “dirty list” of corporations accused of human rights or environmental violations in Myanmar, and companies allegedly involved with the country’s military, reports the Inquisitr.
Burma Campaign UK names Facebook on the list as it “consistently allowed its platform to be used to incite hatred and violence [against] minorities in Burma, in particular the Rohingya Muslim minority and Muslims in general.”
Burma Campaign UK has put Facebook on its shame list of 49 state and private firms from Europe, Asia and the United States working with the military, according to the Pakistan-based UrduPoint.
Burma Campaign UK says “The Dirty List Names international companies doing business with the military in Burma. The list also includes international companies involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction.”
Facebook is one of 49 companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on Burma Campaign UK’s “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations, reports the Guardian.
“We hope that being named on this list will prompt some companies to end their involvement with the military or operations linked to human rights and environmental problems,” said Burma Campaign UK. “In doing so, they act as a warning to other companies.”
Burma Campaign UK has unveiled a ‘Dirty List’ of companies they claim are linked to the Myanmar military or with operations linked to rights violations or environmental destruction, reports One World.
Companies which supply equipment to the military, or do business with the military, are complicit in the human rights violations committed by them,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “We are not saying don’t do business in Burma, we are saying don’t do business with the military.”
49 companies worldwide are named and shamed in Burma Campaign UK’s latest “Dirty List” of firms that do business with the military, reports the Irrawaddy. The companies’ operations have been linked to human rights violations or environmental destruction in Burma.
Mark Farmaner, BCUK’s Director, told The Irrawaddy: “There is no single measure that will pressure the military to change, but every small form of pressure will add up to stronger pressure. Everything that can put pressure on the military should be tried.”