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Counter-Terrorism Law Threatens Press Freedom, Freedom of Information

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Myanmar press freedom and youth activists demonstrate for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Yangon, Myanmar, September 16, 2018.

Says Hostile to Privacy, Democratic Freedoms

This week, the European Union’s top court once again found that blanket data retention mandates are hostile to privacy and democratic freedoms, and incompatible with EU law. Such mandates require service providers to store data on all of the provider’s…

Increasing Intimidation of Activists and Curbs on Free Expression Ahead of Polls

 (New York) – Burmese authorities should immediately release two people arrested this week for posting images on…
Today Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publisher, begins his third year confined in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He fled there, receiving political asylum, when Sweden sought his extradition to answer sexual assault allegations. Although both Assange…
Emerging from diplomatic isolation and Western economic sanctions, Myanmar wants to be the “it" destination for foreign investors. Foreign business leaders flocked to the capital, Naypidaw, for the World Economic Forum on East Asia, a regional version of…

Companies Should Create Strong Rights Precedent

(Washington, DC) – Burma’s new telecom license winners should make a public commitment to strong human rights policies and broad transparency measures, Human Rights Watch said. Firms should say how they plan to protect users from illegal surveillance and…

 Reforming Telecommunications in Burma
 Human Rights and Responsible Investment in Mobile and

 the Internet

 Burma’s Ministry of…

Mobile, Internet Companies Need Rights Safeguards as They Enter Market

(Washington) – International telecommunications companies risk being linked to human rights abuses if they enter the Burmese market before adequate protections are in place, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Burma’s human rights…