Telenor Group is about to sell its Myanmar telecom business to a company half-owned by a Myanmar military-linked conglomerate.
In so doing, Telenor, a Norwegian telecom giant 53.97% owned by the Norwegian government, is set to enrich the murderous, illegitimate junta and risk personal details of 18 million Myanmar subscribers falling into the hands of war criminals.
Documents seen by independent media outlet, Myanmar Now, indicate that the crony conglomerate Shwe Byain Phyu will be the majority owner of the mobile operator after junta intervention in the sale. Two members of the junta’s State Administrative Council are involved in the purchase.
Shwe Byain Phyu has a history of doing business with the Myanmar military, including gem mining with the previous junta and a profit sharing agreement with the military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) to trade petroleum. One Shwe Byain Phyu director is a shareholder of the EU-sanctioned Forest Products Join Venture Corporation Limited.
The sale will reportedly be completed by February 15.source: justiceformyanmar.org
Act NOW by supporting this petition:
A website was set up calling on customers in Norway to boycott Telenor:
- Immediately stop the sale of Telenor Myanmar to the military-linked Investcom
- Commit not to transfer nor sell user data to anyone under any circumstances and for any reason
- Take all necessary measures to secure and ultimately delete-sensitive user data
#BloodMoneyMyanmar #NoSaletoInvestcom #Telenor_StopTheSale #StopFundingCrimesAgainstHumanity
Respect human rights! Stop Telenor Myanmar sales! Protect user data!
Don’t support military junta! No sales to Investcom!
Letter and Statement:
On February 15th, 2022 the letter below was sent to the Norwegian government, the Prime Minister of Norway, as well as the president of Telenor Group together with 240,000 signatures and 694 civil society organisations as supporters. The petition remains open, more signatures are most welcome!
On February 12th, 2022 the below statement supported by 694 civil society organisations was released.
February 12th, LaungLone township, Dawei district, Tanintharyi Region (Myanmar)
Young people urge the Telenor Group not to sell Telenor Myanmar to junta-linked Investcom (Shwe Byine Phyu) and not to transfer user data to the military junta.
February 10th, Fornebu (Norway)
Protest in front of Telenor headquarters in Norway organized by the CRPH (Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) Support Group.
Call: Immediately stop the sale of Telenor Myanmar to the junta-linked “Investcom Pte” company and not to transfer customer data to the junta!