Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh. © Adam Dean/Panos
Myanmar began a democratic transition following nearly half a century of military rule with the formation of a semi-civilian government in 2011. Ethnic minorities, such as the Rohingya in Arakan (Rakhine) state and other minorities in Shan and Kachin states have suffered horrific abuses by the Myanmar military amounting to international crimes. Any democratic transition and reforms have since been overturned by the unlawful and violent military coup that took place on 1 February 2021.
Our work on Myanmar has focused on working with the Rohingya community in Australia, activist group in Myanmar, Justice For Myanmar, and where possible collaborating with a wide spectrum of civil society groups in Australia, on legal research, advocacy and action to find avenues to support justice and accountability in Myanmar.
An area of growing international concern has revolved around the economic and business interests of the Myanmar military. In collaboration with the Rohingya community in Australia, Justice For Myanmar, and others, including from the climate justice movement, we are working on highlighting the role of foreign business ties with Myanmar’s military companies.
Adani Ports in Myanmar
Latest on Myanmar
Joint Media Release: Pressure builds on Adani Ports investors as new report reveals Adani Ports paid tens of millions to Myanmar military company. Human rights groups call on Adani Ports’ investors to divest
30 March 2021 A new report by the Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) and Justice For Myanmar (JFM) exposes shocking new links between Adani Ports, and the Myanmar military owned company Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC). Last week, the United States...
Australia’s military cooperation with Myanmar
The Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) and Justice For Myanmar (JFM) submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Defence to seek information about the extent of Australia's defence cooperation with the Myanmar military. The...
Joint Call for a Global Arms Embargo on Myanmar – An Open Letter to the UN Security Council and Individual UN Member States
24 February 2021 Joint Call for a Global Arms Embargo on Myanmar An Open Letter to the UN Security Council and Individual UN Member States We, the undersigned organizations, call on the United Nations Security Council and UN member states to urgently institute a...
Joint Civil Society Statement on Myanmar Military Coup
3 February 2021 The undersigned groups representing civil society firmly denounce the military coup in Myanmar which has suspended civilian government and effectively returned full power to the military. On 1 February, the military took power and arbitrarily arrested...
Joint Media Release: Australia’s Future Fund must divest its AUD$3.2 million holdings in Adani Ports and SEZ for its ties to the Myanmar military and role in the Carmichael mine project
16 December 2020 Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, is investing taxpayer money in an Adani Group company that is funding critical aspects of the controversial Carmichael Coal Project and holds business ties to the Myanmar military. Rohingya...
Letter to the Future Fund on Adani Ports’ deal in Myanmar
The Australian Centre for International Justice, working with the Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA), submitted a Freedom of Information request for the Future Fund to disclose any holdings it has in Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (Adani Ports...
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