About the company
Huawei is a Chinese communications technology company that has faced sanctions and restrictions from the American and other governments over security concerns. In Burma it works for the military owned Mytel mobile phone network, helping them develop their 5G network. Huwai also hosts apps for Mytel in its AppGallery.
Huawai is also involved in the so-called ‘Safe Cities’ facial recognition monitoring system being installed in cities in Burma, which can be used by the military for the monitoring of activists and is a serious risk to human rights in the country.
Huawei also helped facilitate the indirect purchase by Telenor of surveillance technology from German company, Utimaco which will enable the Burmese military to monitor Telenor customers.
Mr. Liang Hua
HUAWEI INVESTMENT & HOLDING CO., LTD.
Huawei Industrial Base
P. R. China
MyTel anticipating 5G rollout next year if granted licence, Saw Yi Nanda, Myanmar Times, 6th August 2019
Myanmar: Facial Recognition System Threatens Rights, Human Rights Watch, 12th March 2021
Mytel website accessed January 2022
Telenor Group violating sanctions through installation and imminent transfer of German Lawful Intercept Gateway, Justice for Myanmar 5th March 2022
Notified 9th August 2019
Added to the Dirty List 20 August 2019
Follow up letter sent 18th January 2022
Updated 27 January 2022 to include details of ‘Safe Cities’.
The Dirty List names international companies doing business with the military in Burma. The list also includes international companies involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction.
In September 2018, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar, which has been investigating human rights violations in the country, stated:
“The actions of the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, in particular in the context of the ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017, have so seriously violated international law that any engagement in any form with the Tatmadaw, its current leadership, and its businesses, is indefensible.”