Unilever, Myanmar And The Rohingya Genocide

An Open Letter to Unilever CEO Paul Polman

Dear Paul,

Your willingness to listen and share your thoughts with us means a lot, not just to me, but to hundreds of concerned activists involved in the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow campaign.

We would like to know if you have read the recent UN flash report regarding crimes committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya and what you thought about that?

We welcome Unilever’s commitment to social responsibility. As you said yourself, “Business can only flourish in societies in which human rights are respected, upheld and advanced.” What do you see as the ethical responsibility of a company doing business in a country where the authorities are accused of ethnic cleansing?

We understand that Unilever is planning to eventually make Myanmar central to all of its South Asia operations. Can you tell us about any investments, operations, or development projects Unilever currently has, or is planning to initiate, in Rakhine state?

Whilst we welcome the apparent suspension of clearance operations in Rakhine, we know that the ethnic cleansing project against the Rohingya has not yet ended. Rohingya reporters have already told us that the military have not left the area and reports that they have done so are not true. Avoiding mass killing is part of the military’s 11 point Rohingya Extermination Plan, to avoid attracting international attention. As long as the Rohingya are deprived of their citizenshipbirthright in Myanmar, we know from previous events, this project of ethnic cleansing will continue.

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Aside from you personally signing the letter of concern addressed to the UN Security Council regarding ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya, what, if anything, is Unilever doing to advance a positive outcome in this matter?

Finally, can you tell us how peace and stability in the state of Rakhine matters to Unilever?

Thank-you for giving this letter your consideration. We look forward to your response.



Best wishes,

Jamila Hanan
#WeAreAllRohingyaNow Campaign
@jamilahanan  @allrohingyanow

Ro Nay San Lwin
Rohingya Community Representative
Editor of RohingyaBlogger.com
@nslwin  @rohingyablogger



We will be reaching out to multinational corporations investing in Myanmar to encourage them to publicly condemn the persecution of the Rohingya, and to act in support of Rohingya rights. We believe silence in the face of genocide is complicity.

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7 responses to “Unilever, Myanmar And The Rohingya Genocide”

  1. Today Unilever tweeted its concern as a company for the protection of the Rohingya; a major step towards more decisive action, insha’Allah. This campaign is adopting a new and very effective strategy of seeking to influence those with influence, and Unilever is one of the biggest. Please join the effort and register here to participate:

  2. Jamila Hanan says:

    I very much appreciate you publishing our letter and encourage more people to register for our action alerts here: bit.do/rohingyaregister . As Muslims, we should all stand in solidarity with the Rohingya who are the most persecuted minority on this planet. We are strong when we act together and we can all make a difference to their future by participating in this campaign, insha’Allah. #WeAreAllRohingyaNow

  3. Adelina 'FishFries' Iskandar says:

    Unilever’s stand for the Rohingyans shows its commitment to the 3Ps – People, Planet and Profits. When a company’s bottomline transcends beyond cashflow and dividends, it augurs well for the community it resides in. InshaAllah, businesses with hearts will make for a better world. #WeAreAllRohingyaNow

  4. Abbie says:

    The Rohingya plight has been described as a genocide by many prominent intellectuals. UN has stated the Rohingya people are the most persecuted people in the world. Their persecution is ongoing, leaving thousands of indigenous Rohingya destitute in concentration camps with no basic human rights. Many have been murdered, raped, falsely imprisoned and homes demolished. This has resulted in thousands fleeing their homeland to neighbouring countries especially in Bangladesh. Their suffering doesn’t even end there as they are unwanted refugees. Most drown while fleeing. The atrocities must stop. World must do more to help. Much support is needed from media, politicians and activists. Please contact Jamila Hanan for advice and information on how you can help.

  5. Antoncio Cyr says:

    Hats off to all the people who are associated with stopping, condemning and raising their voices against Rohingya genocide as well as all other barbaric acts happening around the globe.

  6. ayesha siddiqui says:

    Happy to see my rohingya brothers in bangladesh, hope their children get good education here and rohingya women and men can find decent work, Wait a Minute, Same thing is happening to Hindus In bangladesh, hindu women being raped, hindus land being grabbed, just few month ago, 50 hindu temples were destroyed over a facebook post, Then even UN will say, Minorities in Muslim countries are not safe and respected as citizens, Bangladesh Govt should immediately stop Harassing Minorities and give back their ancestral lands, Otherwise any minority can pick up weapons if they are terrorized

  7. Javed says:

    At least if all of us make Dua for our Rohigiyan’s brothers and sisters in our daily prayer and InshaAllah may a deifinite solution may arise in the future; we never know!

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