Skyline calls on the Sudanese authorities to end internet and communication's restrictions imposed recently
STOCKHOLM - Skyline International for Human Rights is deeply concerned over the continued disruption to internet and communication services in large areas in Sudan, after the army siezed power in the country. Thus, it stresses that the continued blocking of these services to thousands of individuals is an unjustified violation of their rights guaranteed by international law, in particular, their right to receive and share information without restrictions.
Wednesday, Skyline states that the disruption to the Internet and communication services in Sudan came after Military forces arrested Sudan’s interim prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and other senior government officials. This took place after military Council seizes power on Tuesday, October 25, 2021.
Skyline emphasizes that two out of the three Internet service providers were suspended without giving reasons. Internet and communication services became very limited in most areas, and some neighborhoods witnessed a complete shutdown.
In this regard, Skyline highlights tweets and posts of dozens of Sudanese in which they stressed the difficulty of connecting to the Internet and local communication, as large areas of the capital, Khartoum, and neighboring cities witnessed an almost complete internet and communication shutdown.
"Skyline" further states that the disruption of communication and internet services had significantly affected the media sector. In this regard, BBC Arabic stated on its official website that its coverage of events in Sudan "experienced difficulties especially amid the almost complete disruption of communication networks and the closure of major roads in the country. The same thing was confirmed by many local and international news agencies, as a large number of field correspondents faced difficulty in communicating with their agencies due to the interruption of the internet and communication in large parts of the country.
As reported, the internet and communication service gradually began to return after nine days of continuous disruption in some areas. The internet service returned in large parts of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. In this context, the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that cutting off the Internet service is to prevent “spreading sedition, regionalism and racism.”
It is noteworthy here that Sudan is suffering from a continuous political collapse, due to the army’s interventions in the political process in the country and its desire to control the government. Also, the deteriorating condition has greatly affected all major sectors in the country, , foremost of which is the economic sector, which is caught between inflation approaching 400%.
"Skyline" stresses that the Military Council in Sudan is required to assume its full responsibilities in providing the appropriate atmosphere for all individuals and gatherings to exercise their right to freedom of expression and publication. It further must not ignore its legal obligations to support the basic rights of individuals guaranteed by both international and Sudanese law.
Skyline concludes its statement by calling on the military council and all political parties to hold a comprehensive dialogue, stop incitement among political parties, and work to achieve stability in the country by forming a democratic structure that guarantees the participation of all parties.