Telenor Myanmar’s buyers have financed atrocities and cosied up to dictators

A review of the Mikatis’ business track record shows how reckless Telenor’s sale is.

Press Releases

Military-linked company Shwe Byain Phyu has taken control of Telenor Myanmar

Lebanon’s M1 Group has transferred control of Telenor Myanmar to the Myanmar military linked Shwe Byain Phyu conglomerate on Thursday, May 12, completing Telenor Group’s sale of the mobile network. M1 Group and Telenor Group must be investigated for breach of sanctions.

Telenor Group is aiding and abetting M1 Group to violate Myanmar sanctions

M1 Group, owned by the family of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, is set to violate sanctions on Myanmar through their acquisition, activation and transfer of a lawful interception gateway (LIG) as part of their purchase of Telenor Myanmar.

Telenor Group violating sanctions through installation and imminent transfer of German Lawful Intercept Gateway

Telenor Group is violating European Union (EU) and Norwegian sanctions on Myanmar by having installed and maintained a Lawful Interception Gateway (LIG), which it is now proceeding to transfer to a military-linked company.

New evidence of deep and continuing military links to Telenor Myanmar buyer Shwe Byain Phyu group

Myanmar crony conglomerate, Shwe Byain Phyu group has multiple business links with the Myanmar military junta and its conglomerates. These include business ties with sanctioned entities and individuals.

Statement signed by 694 civil society organisations to oppose Telenor's irresponsible management of user data and its plan to sell Telenor Myanmar to a military-linked company

694 civil society organisations urge the Norway-based Telenor Group to stop the sale of Telenor Myanmar and to take full responsibility for its users’ data.

Norwegian government must urgently stop Telenor Myanmar sale or it will be complicit with terrorist junta

There is now a very real likelihood that if the sale is completed, Telenor Myanmar revenue will flow to the junta and finance its atrocity crimes. Justice For Myanmar calls on Norwegian authorities to immediately intervene to terminate the sale.

Joint letter to Telenor Group

45 organisations have written to the chair of the board of Telenor Group, calling for the sale of their Myanmar business to be cancelled or paused, and for credible and transparent human rights due diligence.