Rights groups urge Japan to stop real estate project in Myanmar | The Mighty 790 KFGO

 Rights groups urge Japan to stop real estate project in Myanmar | The Mighty 790 KFGO

TOKYO (Reuters) – Human rights groups on Thursday called for Japan to cancel a real estate project involving Myanmar’s defence ministry, saying the project is linked to the military, which has waged a deadly crackdown since the February 1 coup.

Japan’s private firms and a state entity are engaged in a multi-million dollar hotel and office development on land owned by Myanmar’s defence ministry, Reuters reported earlier.

Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, said https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/07/15/japan-stop-real-estate-project-myanmar Japan failed to assess the risk associated with doing business in Myanmar.

“We strongly condemn the fact that Japan’s public funds likely ended up in the hands of the Tatmadaw,” said Yuka Kiguchi, Executive Director of Mekong Watch, referring to Myanmar’s armed forces.

Through rent payments, the Y Complex project benefits Myanmar’s defence ministry, which is controlled by the…

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