SINGAPORE, 16 September 2021: The International Union of Food Asia Pacific launched a campaign to mark Democracy Day, 15 September, targeting Accor and Hilton, two hotel groups that manage hotel properties in Myanmar.

The IUFAP campaign gained the support of Justice for Myanmar, which tweeted on the eve of the United Nations International Day of Democracy.

Established In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly
resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy with the
purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy.

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel,
Restaurant, Catering, Tourism, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations (IUF)
established in 1920, leads efforts to organise independent, democratic trade
unions in the Asia Pacific through international solidarity. The IUF
Asia-Pacific is a regional organisation of the global IUF established with its
own constitution in 1962.

IUF Asia-Pacific’s campaign that supports the movement to return democracy to Myanmar after the 1 February military coup accuses that two international hotel chains of doing business with Myanmar’s military cartel.

On the International Day of Democracy (15 September), IUF cautioned Accor and Hilton to stop doing business with the military and military cronies in Myanmar.

“In 2019 the United Nations Human Rights Council called for an end to the impunity of Myanmar’s military by isolating them financially. Despite this, global companies like the Accor and Hilton hotel groups kept doing business with the military and military cronies in Myanmar,” the IUF statement alleged.

The campaign statement continued: “Even after the military
coup on 1 February 2021, Accor continues with business as usual. It claimed
Justice for Myanmar documents showed Hilton Hotels Corp is still in business
with the military cartel.”

The statement stopped short of identifying which of the 11
properties managed by Accor are owned by the military or its associates.
However, it made a brief reference to the French headquartered company having a
business relationship since 2013 with Novotel Yangon Max without providing
further details.

Hilton Asia Pacific office responded last March to a . report that quoted Justice of Myanmar documents claiming it had a business relationship with the military or its association. See the link below.

Public information on the business relationship between Accor Asia Pacific and the 11 properties it manages in Myanmar remains sketchy particularly regarding allegations that hotel owners have cultivated links with the military junta and its close associates. 

. contacted Accor’s Asia Pacific communications and CSR office asking for a response on the IUF allegations. Accor said it would post a response shortly.