Myanmar civil society organisations submit against Telenor

A total of 474 civil society organisations have submitted a complaint to the OECD against Norway’s Telenor after the telecom giant earlier this month sold its Myanmar business to M1 Group, the Financial Times reported.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organization that works to build better policies for better lives and the Myanmar-based rights groups that endorsed the complaint have remained anonymous.

The complaint to OECD has been submitted by the Amsterdam-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, a non-profit group, on behalf of the civil rights organizations. In the complaint, the groups alleged that Telenor “irresponsibly disengaged from its Myanmar operations” and failed to act by OECD and UN principles on business and human rights when the Norwegian state-owned telecoms company sold its business to M1 Group.