Press Release: To the OECD Norway Contact Point:Complaint Concerning Use of Telenor Tower for Genocide in Rakhine State

To the OECD Norway Contact Point:

Complaint Concerning Use of Telenor Tower for Genocide in Rakhine State

Ms. Cathrine Halsaa    cathrine.halsaa@mfa.no
Ms. Bente Bakken        beba@mfa.no, oecdncp@mfa.no

December 16, 2019

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.

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ARNO Press Release: Prevent and Punish Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)


Press Release: 13 December 2019

Prevent and Punish Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

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.

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Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) Public sitting on 11 December 2019

The Court meets this morning to hear the first round of oral observations of Myanmar on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by The Gambia. I shall now give the floor to the Agent of Myanmar, Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. You have the floor, Madam.

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Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) Public sitting

The Court meets today and will meet in the coming days to hear the oral observations of the Parties on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by the Republic of The Gambia in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar). This morning, the Court will hear The Gambia’s first round of oral observations.

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Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)

Request for the indication of provisional measures

The Court to hold public hearings from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 December 2019

THE HAGUE, 18 November 2019.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 December 2019, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the Court.

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APPLICATION INSTITUTING PROCEEDINGS AND REQUEST FOR PROVISIONAL MEASURES

To the Registrar of the International Court of Justice, The undersigned, being duly authorized by the Government of the Republic of The Gambia, states as follows:
1. In accordance with Articles 36(1) and 40 of the Statute of the Court and Article 38 of the Rules of Court, I have the honour to submit this Application instituting proceedings in the name of the Republic of The Gambia (“The Gambia”) against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Myanmar”). Pursuant to Article 41 of the Statute, the Application includes a request that the Court indicate provisional measures to protect the rights invoked herein from imminent and irreparable loss.

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Breaking News: Hundreds of Burma Army reinforcements cause panic among Rohingya in Maungdaw

Reinforcement of hundreds of fully armed Burmese government troops into villages around Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine State, since early afternoon today is causing panic among local Rohingya communities.

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ARNO Press Release: Rohingya express solidarity with Gambia

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)

 

Press Release: 10 December 2019

Rohingya express solidarity with Gambia

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.

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Stopping Genocide

By Habib Siddiqui

I have repeatedly said that genocide never happens suddenly. It’s planned over a long period of time by perpetrators that require support top-down so that it becomes a national project to eliminate the targeted group. Such sinister initiative requires the support from evil intellectuals [1] (the likes of Julius Streicher [2]of the Nazi campaign in Germany) and financiers who must propagate with their intellects and finances to create enthusiasm within the larger executing community.

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Julius Streicher and his relevance in today’s Burma

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Xenophobia as – fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. As can be seen, for xenophobia there are two main objects of the phobia (fear). The first is a population group present within a society, which is not considered part of that society. Often they are recent immigrants, but xenophobia may be directed against a group which has been present for centuries. This form of xenophobia can draw out or facilitate hostile and violent reactions, such as mass expulsion of immigrants, or in the worst case, genocide. The second form of xenophobia is primarily cultural, and the objects of the phobia are cultural elements which are considered alien or foreign. Continue reading “Julius Streicher and his relevance in today’s Burma”