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Myanmar close down internet in conflict areas

UN official has warned of serious implications for human rights in parts of Myanmar after the government stops mobile data networks.

Based on Telenor, a Norwegian telecoms agency which operates mobile internet services in Myanmar, on June 20 all mobile phone operators has been ordered to quickly cease mobile internet visitors in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin State.

The Myanmar Army also referred to as the Tatmadaw, has been conducting a serious operation in the western region of Rakhine last August 2017, when alleged Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

The unrest caused by the anti-Rohingya crackdown and exodus has been exacerbated by a conflict between the two Military, a Buddhist rebel group, which has been combating with the govt since last year. Many civilians have been displaced by this conflict.

An official from the Ministry of Transport and Communications informed that this month’s internet shutdown was for security and the public interest.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the scenario of human rights in Myanmar stated the internet shutdown might have the exact reverse impact, nonetheless.

Internet shutdowns have turn into more and more frequent across the world in recent times, especially Asia, usually in the wake of protests or other anti-government activity. Other governments have moved greater internet controls in the wake of terrorist attacks or violence similar to that in the Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year.

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