The most recent UN report outlines how European companies have helped fund military operations in Burma by entering into business ventures with firms controlled by key members of the military. The UN is now urging the international community to sever all ties to these companies and implement a global arms embargo.
Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, told the London-based Byline Times: “To date, the only sanctions the British Government has supported is stopping a small number of junior military personnel from taking holidays in EU member states. The holiday ban doesn’t even apply to military head Min Aung Hlaing. It’s astonishing that the British and other governments are so resistant to stopping companies financing the military.”