Dark money helps the military to operate with impunity.
May 21, 2020
The Myanmar military commits ruthless and violent acts
The Myanmar military has managed to maintain political and economic control of the country through the manufacture of a constitutional regime that entrenches their power and privilege, stacked in their favor and unregulated funds gained from a vast network of military-controlled businesses.
The military terrorizes ethnic and religious minority communities and commits crimes with impunity.
War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Myanmar military
- Sexual violence
- Extrajudicial killing
- Enforced disappearances
- Forced labour
- Mass displacement of ethnic and religious minorities
Most of the military's funding is hidden from public oversight – and may come from your wallet
The Myanmar military obscures its influence through a sophisticated network of holding companies, private companies, shell companies, and crony companies, in some cases denying or obscuring their deep ties to business. Over time, it has expanded to control vast portions of the Myanmar economy, consolidating its grip on the country.
International businesses have flooded the region, and, in some cases, unwittingly partnered with this brutal military dictatorship. In resource-rich regions of Myanmar, there is a pattern of military-driven conflict opening the door for lucrative mega-developments: a terrible cycle of conflict-for-profit.