Foreign companies should suspend all activities in Myanmar, ex-UN expert says

Foreign companies should suspend all activities in Myanmar, ex-UN expert says

(Reuters) – Foreign companies should suspend all activities in Myanmar to send a clear message to the military that its coup will hurt its people and ruin its economy, a former United Nations expert on the country said on Wednesday. .

FILE PHOTO: A view of Myanmar’s industrial port terminal on the banks of the Hlaing River in Yangon, June 9, 2016. REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun / File Photo

Chris Sidoti was part of a UN-led fact-finding mission that in 2019 urged foreign companies to sever trade relations with the Burmese military over human rights violations and to pursue investments in the private sector instead.

That position has hardened since the February 1 coup and the bloody crackdown on protesters that followed, Sidoti said, as the military regained control of the country it ruled for nearly half a year. century, making …

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