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4 Feb 2021

Myanmar: Military overthrows country's democratic government, hands power to army chief who allegedly presides over businesses & conglomerates with links to intl. companies

On 1 February 2021, the military of Myanmar overthrew the country's democratic government, detaining the leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party, including its leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, along with cabinet ministers, the chief ministers of several regions, opposition politicians, writers, and activists.

The military said it had handed power to the army chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who is alleged to preside over conglomerates and family businesses, according to The New York Times' report linked below.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has, in the past, invited companies to respond to allegations that their business operations are linked to the Myanmar military through the latter's business ventures:

Moreover, civil society organisations urged companies linked with the Myanmar military to sever their ties to avoid complicity in allegations of human rights violations:

The Resource Centre continues to monitor the situation in the country.

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