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Myanmar Crisis

Asian companies stay quiet as Western peers condemn Myanmar coup

Coca-Cola, Facebook and H&M among those voicing concern for rights and democracy

A group of 43 mostly Western international companies operating in Myanmar have signed a statement expressing concern over the military coup. (Source photos by Reuters and AP)

TOKYO/YANGON -- Nearly 50 mostly Western international companies in Myanmar, including Coca-Cola, Facebook, H&M, Heineken, Nestle and Unilever, have signed a statement expressing concern about the country's military coup. Asian businesses, however, are largely keeping their heads down.

"As investors, we inhabit a 'shared space' with the people of Myanmar, including civil society organizations, in which we all benefit from respect for human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms -- including freedom of expression and association -- and the rule of law," said the document organized by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, a Yangon-based group that advocates for human rights in business.

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