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Belgian company Newtec to cut ties with Myanmar's military after UN fact-finding mission

Author: Joshua Carroll, VOA News, Published on: 12 August 2019

A Belgian company has become the first to announce it is cutting ties with Myanmar’s military after a United Nations fact-finding mission called on businesses to sever all financial links to the country’s generals. 

Satellite communications firm Newtec said in a statement it would “follow the recommendations by the UN and stop commercial ties with Mytel,” a local mobile phone operator partially owned by the military...

“We will never knowingly sell to any organization or company linked to the Tatmadaw’s campaign of violence… and the atrocities committed against the Rohingya,” Newtec said...

A company that handles public relations for Mytel did not respond to a request for comment. 

Christopher Sidoti, a human rights lawyer and member of the UN panel, praised Newtec for following the recommendations...

But Mark Farmaner, a human rights campaigner who named Newtec on a “dirty list” of firms doing business with Myanmar’s military early this year, said Newtec should have acted sooner...

In a letter sent last November, the company’s CEO [...] threatened to sue Farmaner’s pressure group, Burma Campaign UK, if it publicized Newtec’s relationship with the military...

Newtec did not respond to a request for comment about its threat of legal action...

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Related companies: Mytel Newtec