Human rights organisations urge Japan to halt real estate projects in Myanmar

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Human rights organisations demanded that a real estate project involving Myanmar’s Defense Ministry be cancelled on Thursday (July 15), claiming that the initiative is tied to the military, which has launched a violent crackdown since a February 1 coup.
According to Reuters, Japan’s private businesses and a government body are working on a multi-million dollar hotel and office complex on property held by Myanmar’s Defense Ministry.
Human Rights Watch, for example, claims that Japan failed to analyse the danger of conducting business in Myanmar. “We strongly deplore the fact that Japan’s public monies are likely to have ended up in the hands of the Tatmadaw,” said Yuka Kiguchi, executive director of Mekong Watch.
According to the organisations, the Y Complex project helps Myanmar’s Defence Ministry, which is governed by the military under the country’s constitution. According to Japanese corporate and government officials, the rent, which was paid through an intermediary, was supposed to go to Myanmar’s government, not the military.

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