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Fashion brands rethink Myanmar position after report on military ties

Hong Kong's Esprit says it will no longer source from industrial zones named in UN report

Workers leave the Ngwe Pinlae Industrial Zone in Myanmar after work on Aug. 17. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

PHNOM PENH/YANGON -- Clothing brand Esprit says it will no longer source from a garment factory located in an industrial park linked to Myanmar's military in a recent United Nations report, while other brands -- including H&M and Bestseller -- say they will look into the situation.

Supplier lists disclosed by clothing companies and reviewed by the Nikkei Asian Review revealed several well-known brands sourcing from factories inside two industrial zones that, according to the U.N, are owned by military conglomerate Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. (MEHL).

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