Companies from at least 13 countries, including in Europe, Asia and North America, have been enabling the Myanmar military to manufacture weapons used for human rights atrocities. They must stop doing business with the Myanmar military immediately, said the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (SAC-M), an independent group of international experts, in a new report on the Myanmar military’s in-country arms production and the global value chains that facilitate it.
These companies may be contravening export controls and other restrictive measures in relation to Myanmar, the Myanmar military and companies associated with it. They may also be failing to uphold their international responsibilities to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Meanwhile, their home States may be in breach of their obligations and duties under applicable international human rights and humanitarian law.