Press Release: 28 May 2020 UN MIMU mapping continues to fail the Rohingya
Approximately one year ago ARNO wrote an open letter to Mr. Knut Osby, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, to stop using the derogatory term “Ku Lar” to refer to Rohingya on maps produced by the Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU). The open letter also requested the United Nations apologize for the use of this derogatory term. The open letter to Mr. Osby can be found here:
The following complaint outlines serious breaches of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (“the OECD Guidelines”) by Telenor and its Myanmar subsidiary, Telenor Myanmar, in relation to its activities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Specifically an incident in Alethankyaw, Maungdaw Township in August 2017 where a tower that is part of Telenor’s cellular network was used to aid the military as it carried out crimes against humanity against the local unarmed civilian population during a campaign of genocide. It is the aim of this complaint to have it thoroughly examined by the Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) under the Specific Instance Procedure of the OECD Guidelines.
As the Norwegian government is the majority owner of Telenor, Norway has a particular obligation to investigate fairly and without bias Telenor’s connection to the killing in Alethankyaw. Many of the major humanitarian and human rights legal treaties that Norway is a signatory of, call on states to make sure that non-state actors adhere to the human rights obligations the treaties contain, including prohibitions on genocide and torture.
We, the Committee Seeking Justice for Alethankyaw, hope that Norway takes these obligations seriously.
The Gambia vs. Myanmar hearings concluded on December 12, 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The request for provisional measures is currently being considered by the Judges of the ICJ.
Since the late 1970’s until present, the Rohingya have been ruthlessly persecuted and left stateless within their homeland, Burma/Myanmar. In August 2017, the world witnessed the horrors of genocide the Rohingya people have faced for decades. We call upon the international community to continue to look for mechanisms which can deliver justice, in addition to helping resolve the issues the Rohingya face with regards to a voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return to our ancestral homeland in Myanmar.