Global firms help Myanmar’s military make weapons
January 17, 2023 - Companies from at least 13 countries have helped Myanmar’s military to produce a vast range of weapons that are being used against its own people, former top UN officials say.
The U.S., France, India and Japan are among those named, despite Western-led sanctions intended to isolate Myanmar.
The Special Advisory Council on Myanmar’s report says the home-produced arms are used to carry out atrocities against those who oppose the military.
Myanmar has been engulfed in violence since a February 2021 military coup.
The firms named supply Myanmar’s military with raw materials, training and machines, the report says, and the weapons produced as a result are not used to defend its borders.
Officially, more than 2,600 people have been killed by the military since the most recent coup. However, the real death toll is thought to be 10 times higher, according to the BBC.