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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar coup tests companies on human rights action

Strong response demanded as US prepares tougher sanctions

Kirin intends to terminate two beer joint ventures with MEHL in Myanmar, becoming the first foreign company to cut its relationship with the company after the coup. (Photo courtesy of Kirin)

TOKYO -- Human rights groups are heaping pressure on foreign businesses operating in Myanmar, while the U.S. prepares to ramp up sanctions on individuals and companies in response to the military coup.

The United Nations Security Council has also been urged to consider sanctions and other penalties. Thomas Andrews, the U.N. human rights investigator for Myanmar, said on Friday there were "growing reports and photographic evidence" that security forces have acted against international law by using live ammunition against protesters.

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