Stop Telenor from enabling dictatorship in Myanmar with new Cyber Security Law

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Norway, with a long tradition of fighting for Human Rights, is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

And yet, Telenor ASA, a state-owned company and the largest Norwegian telecom provider, has been actively working with the Myanmar military government since the February 1, 2021 coup d'etat to stifle the Myanmar citizens' access to the internet. 

In Myanmar, Telenor is one of the 4 major telecom providers. On February 6, Telenor cut off ALL phone and internet access to its subscribers for over 24 hours. This effectively left millions of people in the dark, with no access to information, in the middle of not only a violent military coup, but also a global pandemic. 

On February 9, the junta sent Telenor a draft of a new "Cyber Security Law" that would significantly restrict the flow of free information in Myanmar. It would make illegal any content deemed problematic by the military. The example that the military used was a recent photo of Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, a protester who was shot in the head on February 9: under the new proposed law, sharing her photo would be considered a crime, punishable with up to three years in jail. Using a VPN would be criminal and punishable by jail time as well. 

On its face, the new Cyber Security Law is yet another tool for the military to oppress the civilian population and continue to commit human rights abuses with impunity. This new law is a violation of the most basic rights: freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of the press. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

By signing this petition, you are calling on Telenor and the Norwegian government to reject the proposed Cyber Security Law. Telenor is currently reviewing it: they have until February 15, 2021 to respond to the military. The time to act is NOW. We are asking that Telenor emphatically reject this law and stop enabling the Myanmar military's human rights abuses. And if Telenor is not willing to act on its own, the Norwegian government, who owns a controlling share in the company, must speak out. 

The future of the internet and democracy in Myanmar is in your hands, so please sign the petition. 

Thank you for your support!