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UN team recommends sanctions on Myanmar military businesses

Foreign companies urged to 'sever ties' to avoid enabling Rohingya abuses

Myanmar's military, known as the Tatmadaw, has an array of business interests, from construction and pharmaceuticals to tourism and banking.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- United Nations investigators on Aug. 5 urged foreign companies to cut ties with Myanmar businesses affiliated with the country's military, citing their "indisputable link" with atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority.

The U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, while presenting its latest report in Jakarta, also called on the U.N. Security Council and member states to "immediately impose targeted sanctions against companies run by the military," known as the Tatmadaw.

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