Statement: On Internet Shutdown
CRDI is concerned by the shutdown of internet services in Rakhine State
(Toronto, Canada, June 24, 2019) — This past week, CRDI heard that Myanmar authorities ordered telecoms companies to shut down internet services in Rakhine and Chin states.
Telenor Group said the Myanmar government’s Ministry of Transport and Communications directed telecom companies to suspend internet services citing “disturbances of the peace and use of internet activities to coordinate illegal activities.”
The internet is a central platform for freedom of expression. It is also a widely used channel for recording and transmitting information about the human rights violations occurring in Rakhine state against Rohingya people and other groups. It will become more difficult for Rohingya to convey critical evidence to each other and to the outside world regarding their plight.
CRDI urges for the restoration of the internet in Rakhine state. Without the internet, many of the Rohingya community will be unduly isolated from crucial information channels both internally and around the world.
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