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[PDF] Civil Society Comments: World Bank Telecom Sector Reform Project, Burma

Author: Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters, Ayeyar West Development Organization, Burma Environment Working Group, and others, Published on: 21 February 2014

…Economic development and ICT [information and communication technologies] adoption are intrinsically linked to the protection of human rights…As the World Bank supports growth in telecom capacity and infrastructure in Burma, it must simultaneously press for reforms to Burma’s legal and regulatory framework to ensure that this infrastructure will not be used to further violate the privacy, freedom of expression, and other human rights of the people of Burma. It must also hold transparent and comprehensive civil society consultations, allowing sufficient time for civil society and ethnic actors to prepare, and forthrightly respond to civil society concerns...The World Bank must not move forward with subsequent project phases until safeguards and legal and regulatory measures are put in place…

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