Four international groups call for French company VOLTALIA to sever ties with military-owned MyTel

The French company Valencia (VOLTALIA), which specializes in Renewable Electricity, wants to end its economic relationship with MyTel, a Burmese military conglomerate. Info Birmanie, Reporters Without Borders and Justice For Myanmar issued a joint statement calling for the release today.

VOLTALIA is owned by the Mulliez Group, a joint venture of Decathlon, Auchan, Leroy Merlin and Boulanger.

Other joint ventures in Voltalia are Proparco 4.0% and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) 2.78%.

The UN FFM Report, published in September 2019, described the economic benefits of the Burmese military and the business of the country they have adopted. The MyTel Telecom Operator, which is partially owned by the Myanmar military, is on the list and is funding extremist activities in the country.

Western partners have also suspended business with MyTel. Western Union also suspended a banking and business operation under the Burmese military control.

Sophie Brondel of Info Birmanie said: “The Burmese military, which has been accused of the most serious crimes under international law, has been completely exempt from prosecution and is continuing to do so. “Therefore, all French companies need to comply with the UN’s recommendations more urgently than ever before and the highest authorities need political support.”

My Tel Telecom Operator, which is a subsidiary of Voltaire, is a decision that violates media freedom and freedom of expression by the government of Myanmar in 2020. The statement said that a total of 221 websites had been cut, including the websites of some media, beginning March 23.

“While it is increasingly important to have free and independent information like this time of the outbreak of the global epidemic, the supply of electricity to Mittal Mytel is part of a national system in a situation where fundamental human rights violates the silence of different voices. Clara Gonzales, of Sherpa, said: “Such a business relationship will end in Bolivia.”

Photo Credit – Cincds.gov.mm

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