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.”
Modern Ghana reports on the continued detention of the two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
The online media portal quotes Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK: “We’ve seen the Burmese government coming under intense pressure over the arrest and trial and jailing of these journalists. And it really has drawn attention to the fact that under the NLD, freedom of expression, media freedom, has not improved, and is actually getting worse in the country.
“So even though it was the military which framed these journalists and the military which wanted to press ahead with the prosecution, the civilian side of the government, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi is able to release them, and is choosing not to.”
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.”
Burma Campaign UK has joined other human rights organisations in support of the three Kachin activists jailed for organising peaceful protests, reports RFA.
“It is outrageous that they should have been jailed for organizing candlelight vigils and peaceful protests, calling for humanitarian aid for starving people,” said Anna Roberts, BCUK’s executive director. “Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD have the majority in parliament to repeal all repressive laws, and they should do so. The only reason these three activists are now in prison is that the NLD doesn’t care enough about fundamental human rights to protect them.”