Kirin partnership takes heat (again)

The saga of Japanese beverage giant Kirin’s Myanmar Beer partnership continued this week with a scathing condemnation from Human Rights Watch. The highly influential global NGO called on Kirin to divest from Myanmar Brewery, the country’s

UK sanctions top officers for human rights violations

The UK has imposed sanctions on Major General Min Aung Hlaing and Vice-Senior General Soe Win for “the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya.” In a speech, UK Secretary of State Dominic Raab counted Myanmar among several cou

Officers convicted in Rakhine case

A Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) court-martial has convicted three officers of crimes committed during the height of the Rakhine crisis, which led to a mass exodus of Muslims from Rakhine State in 2017/2018. The charges relate to alleged mass executions in

Government quells talk of martial law in Rakhine State

The government has officially dismissed rumors of possible martial law in parts of embattled Rakhine State. In a June 15 press conference, U Myint Than, director-general of the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, claimed the state’s

Kirin to audit business partner

Japanese beverage giant Kirin will conduct its own audit of Myanmar Military-backed business partner Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (MEHL) after it failed to fulfill a request for details about its finances and governance. Kirin

Gambia seeks access to Tatmadaw Facebook data

Lawyers representing the Gambia have requested the U.S. to force Facebook to hand over content posted by the Myanmar Military (Tatmadaw). The Gambia claims the content generated in 2017 and 2018 could shed light on alleged human rights abuses against