Israeli Company Suspected of Supplying Spy Technology to Myanmar
**Israeli Company Allegedly Violates International and Israeli Law by Selling Surveillance Equipment to Myanmar despite Genocide Allegations**
Justice for Myanmar, a Burmese NGO, revealed that in 2020, an Israeli company won a competition to supply surveillance equipment to a Southeast Asian country, despite the Burmese army’s alleged involvement in genocide against Rohingya minority in 2016 and 2017.
The complaint was filed last week in Israel against Cognyte, a NASDAQ company, and Israeli Defense and Interior Ministries officials. According to the documents obtained by Justice for Myanmar, the agreement between Cognyte and Burmese telecommunications operator Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) would involve “legal” communications interception equipment, though it could be used for military purposes.
Cognyte was blocked by Facebook in 2021 due to fake accounts and activities against journalists and politicians in various countries. Since the 2021 military coup, the army has increased persecution and repression of journalists, activists and the general civilian population.
At least 2,734 people, including 277 children, have been killed and more than 13,400 remain in detention as a result of a brutal crackdown by security forces, according to data from the Burmese NGO Association of Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP). In 2018, Israel banned the export of military materiel and equipment to Burma.
The documents obtained by the NGO have given rise to a complaint filed last week in Israel, which has heightened scrutiny on the country’s commitment to human rights and international law.