Norwegian Telecom Responds to Rohingya Rights Campaign

Press Release. 13th September 2017

After several months of continuous lobbying by the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow Campaign, Norwegian telecom company Telenor (a major investor in Myanmar) has finally addressed the repression of the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state and affirmed the company’s agreement with the recommendations of the recent report by Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

“This is a significant and positive step for Telenor, and of course, for the Rohingya”” said campaign director Jamila Hanan. “We have been reaching out to them for a long time, and I suspect that the eruption of violence in the past few weeks made Telenor realize the importance and urgency of our outreach. We welcome the company’s affirmation of their commitment to human rights, and we are happy that they have endorsed the recommendations of the Annan report.”

The #WeAreAllRohingyaNow Campaign is an initiative by independent activists around the world to recruit the support of multinational corporations and foreign investors in Myanmar for an end to what is increasingly being characterized as a full-blown genocide against the Rohingya; often referred to as “the world’s most persecuted minority”.

Chief strategist for the campaign, Shahid King Bolsen, explained, “The role of the private sector in advancing a resolution to this crisis is crucial. There are vital economic interests connected to the Myanmar government’s iron-fisted policy in Rakhine state, so it is important for business to provide moral leadership and let the government know that no one wants their brand to be associated with war crimes, and no company is willing to profit from the blood of innocents. The untapped economic potential of Rakhine state can only be developed in an atmosphere of peace and stability where the human rights of all inhabitants are secure”

Telenor said: “We share the call for open dialogue, and sustained engagement between all actors to chart a positive vision for the future of Rakhine State.” And the company affirmed its commitment to “respecting human rights in all our markets”.

“It is encouraging to see Telenor align itself with the consensus of the international community in its endorsement of the Annan report,” Hanan says, “we are hopeful that they will also understand the key role they can play in helping to see the report’s recommendations implemented on the ground.”

For more information, please contact:

Jamila Hanan: jamila@allrohingyanow.org @jamilahanan

Campaign logo for publication: http://bit.do/rohingyalogo

Campaign website: AllRohingyaNow.org

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