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16 Sep 2021

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TTR Weekly

Myanmar: The International Union of Food Asia Pacific called on Accor and Hilton to stop doing business with the military junta and cronies

"IUF fires a shot at hotel groups", 16 September 2021

The International Union of Food Asia Pacific launched a campaign to mark Democracy Day [...] targeting Accor and Hilton, two hotel groups that manage hotel properties in Myanmar.

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The IUFAP https://iufap.org/ campaign gained the support of Justice for Myanmar, which tweeted on the eve of the United Nations International Day of Democracy. https://twitter.com/JusticeMyanmar/status/1437636850340990977?s=20

The tweet alleged: “Accor not bothered about 1088 ppl killed by Myanmar junta. Biz as usual while the junta commits heinous crimes. Since 2013 Accor’s been in biz w/ Max Myanmar, providing funds to support Rohingya genocide.”

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Hilton Asia Pacific office responded last March to a TTR Weekly report that quoted Justice of Myanmar documents claiming it had a business relationship with the military or its association. See the link below.

https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2021/03/hilton-justifies-myanmar-business-link/

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“Accor is not aware of any link between our owner partners in Myanmar and the military regime. The verification processes used by Accor for partners/hotel owners with whom Accor chooses to work are stringent.

“Accor has recently completed certain KYC (Know Your Counterparty) checks on each of the owner counterparties in Myanmar. None of these owners appeared on any list of sanctions.

“As at the date of this email – there are no subsisting sanctions against any of Accor’s partners in Myanmar – including the Max Myanmar Group. If it emerges that any individual is on a list of sanctions, Accor will act in accordance with its legal obligations.

“We are monitoring local developments very closely and are extremely attentive to the situation and to the safety of the employees in our branded hotels. Accor prides itself on its record of social responsibility and has a firm commitment to supporting sustainable tourism development in Myanmar in a way that honours and respects the people, communities and natural environment of the country.”

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[Note: Hilton's statement is available here.]

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