Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 30
The impact of US sanctions on two Myanmar military companies may be lapping Indian shores after Australian human rights lawyers claimed that Adani Group is financially involved with one of the companies.
The US sanctioned Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) last week as it was “a vital financial lifeline” for the junta which has overthrown the elected government and killed hundreds of unarmed protesters. Though the lawyers’ report claims Adani is paying about Rs 2,500 crore to MEC, the group sees it differently.
Edit: Volte-face by Manipur
The Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) and the Justice for Myanmar group say the documents reveal that the amount was provided to MEC which “stands credibly accused and is being investigated at the ICC and ICJ for crimes against humanity”.
The intention is to pressure Canberra into dumping its investment in Adani Ports, which also owns North Queensland operations linked to Carmichael coal mine. These Australian lawyers and activists also want sovereign wealth funds and pension funds to stop investing in Adani Group on ethical grounds.
“The Yangon project is independent with no joint venture partners. We are watching the situation carefully and will engage with relevant authorities and stakeholders to seek their advice for the way forward,” said an Adani Ports spokesperson.
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