About the company
HR Wallingford is a civil engineering organisation. It is involved in the construction of Bhasan Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal where the government of Bangladesh plans to force up to 100,000 Rohingya to live.
Bhasan Char is not suitable for permanent human habitation. It floods during the monsoon, is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, and the area is prone to piracy. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have stated that they do not want to be moved to such an inhospitable environment. The proposed move is also being opposed by aid agencies and human rights organisations on humanitarian and human rights grounds.
Howbery Park, Wallingford
Oxfordshire, OX10 8BA
Reuters – 22nd February 2018, Floating Island – New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal
The Guardian – 12 December 2018, Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights ‘dirty list’
Notified 5th March 2018
Added to the Dirty List 11 December 2018
Follow up letter sent 18th January 2022
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.
In September 2018, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar, which has been investigating human rights violations in the country, stated:
“The actions of the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, in particular in the context of the ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017, have so seriously violated international law that any engagement in any form with the Tatmadaw, its current leadership, and its businesses, is indefensible.”