Unilever’s fatal silence

“It is worth clarifying that the strategy being undertaken by the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow Campaign is not aimed at forcing multinationals to divest from Myanmar. On the contrary, it is precisely because they DO invest in Myanmar that they therefore have considerable influence over the behaviour of the government.
We do not want them to withdraw, we want them to stay, even to increase their investments, because that is what gives us leverage against the regime. No one needs to tell the Myanmar government that they need to keep multinationals happy; no one needs to tell them that there is a risk of investors leaving the country. They know this all too well.
But it is up to the multinational corporations themselves to dictate the terms of their investment. It is up to them to use their influence with the government to push for an end to the atrocities, an end to the genocide, and an end to the systematic discrimination against the Rohingya; and to push for the restoration of their rightful citizenship in what is, after all, their ancestral land.”


In this blog post, Shahid explains that the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow campaign is not looking to stop multinational corporations investing in Myanmar, but encourages them to invest, but to use their powers to leverage the regime for a positive outcome.


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