US social networking giant Facebook is among the 49 companies named on a “The Dirty List” of corporations which are accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide.
“The Dirty List” names international companies doing business with the military in Myanmar or is involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction, according to pressure group Burma Campaign UK.
The group compiled the list of 49 companies which reveals international organisations that have continued to provide arms, infrastructure, technology, engineering and expertise to the Myanmar military, or supported projects that have been accused of causing environmental destruction, such as hydroelectric dams and jade mines.
Facebook was on the “The Dirty List” because it had “consistently allowed its platform to be used to incite hatred and violence [against] minorities in Burma, in particular the Rohingya Muslim minority and Muslims in general”, according to the Burma Campaign UK.
A recent UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar specifically singled out Facebook as playing a role in further stoking ethnic tensions.
Another US tech company named on the list was Cloudflare, which is accused of providing cybersecurity infrastructure for Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s website. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, has been accused of war crimes by a UN fact-finding mission. He has not responded to the UN accusations.
Companies from UK, France, Switzerland and China are also on the list.