|[April 23, 2012]
UANI Statement on Obama Administration's Cellular and Internet Technology Sanctions
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued
the following statement Monday regarding President Obama's announcement
sanctions against those who have participated in or assisted the Iranian
regime's use of cellular and internet technology to violate human rights:
We applaud President Obama for announcing these new sanctions. The
Iranian regime has a long record of misusing cellular and internet
technology to spy on, track, and eventually torture innocent Iranians.
Even worse, companies such as South Africa's MTN (News - Alert) work in tandem with the
regime, and provide it with the data, tools, and assistance for these
human rights abuses. We call on the Obama Administration to fully
enforce these sanctions, including against the companies that provide
and help the regime with this technology.
According to a
White House Fact Sheet released today, the sanctions apply to those
who have "sold, leased, or otherwise provided, directly or indirectly,
goods, services, or technlogy to Iran or Syria likely to be used to
facilitate computer or network disruption, monitoring or tracking that
could assist in or enable serious human rights abuses by or on behalf of
the Government of Iran or the Government of Syria." This clearly covers
companies like MTN, which
has shut off text messaging at the behest of the regime and ordered the
shutdown of Skype.
UANI launched its "Tech
& Telecom Campaign" in 2011 to highlight the practices of
international firms that provide the Iranian regime with sensitive
technology and telecommunications equipment that are used to restrict
and monitor internet and cellphone services. The regime uses this
technology to facilitate its suppression of the citizens of Iran.
As part of the Tech and Telecom Campaign, UANI launched
its MTN campaign in January. MTN Irancell is the second-largest
mobile phone network operator in Iran, and the majority of its shares
are owned by the Iranian regime, which has exploited MTN's network and
technology to monitor and track the activities and communications of
peaceful dissidents. MTN continues to defend its partnership with the
to learn more about UANI's Tech & Telecom Campaign.
to read UANI's February 29 letter to MTN.
to read UANI's January 25 letter to MTN.
to see UANI's MTN advertisements.
to send a message to MTN.
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