Myanmar: Business & investor responses to the Rohingya crisis
[Updated Dec 2017] Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar since 25 August 2017 when a group that calls itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on police and army posts. This has led to intensified military-led security operations, including the burning down of Rohingya villages in “clearance operations”, as well immense humanitarian challenges both in Rakhine State and in Bangladesh, where those fleeing violence have sought refuge. Refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh to date.
The response of the private sector is important not only due to the scale of the crisis, but also because Myanmar is in a critical stage in its economic development – having just transitioned to a nominally civilian government after over half a century of military rule. On this page, we compile the actions some companies have taken, as well as the proposals and demands for company action being advanced by civil society.