Some internet service restored in Sudan after court ruling

Ceria Alfonso
Julio 12, 2019

Sudan's military rulers said they sought the internet blackout because of security concerns, after security forces carried out a deadly raid on a protest sit-in in Khartoum on June 3. The restoration, however, was limited to fixed lines, prompting the lawyer to demand it be extended to 3G and 4G mobile services.

A COURT in Khartoum yesterday ordered for internet services to be restored in a case brought by customers, reported the Anadolu agency.

"I returned to court and said that numerous clients of Zain and other telecom companies were impacted due to the cut", Hasan told a news conference on Tuesday. A court ordered authorities to restore service for Hassan, who then filed another lawsuit demanding internet service be restored for all Sudanese.

Late on Tuesday, the NetBlocks observatory said data showed significant restoration of internet in Sudan.

Several subscribers confirmed services had been restored on their mobile devices.

"I'm still not happy because this should not have been done", said Marwa Abdelrahim, a lecturer at Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.

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United Nations human rights experts on Monday denounced measures taken by the authorities to shut down the Internet in Sudan, saying it stifles free expression and association.

On Friday morning, the FFC and the TMC, which has been ruling the country since the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir in April, announced a power-sharing agreement for a transitional period leading to elections.

For the generals the internet and social media had become a threat as protesters used online social media apps to mobilise tens of thousands of demonstrators.

He noted that in view of the positive developments now undertaking, Sudan deserves to withdraw from the special procedures item and end the mandate of the independent expert through a specific and agreed road map between the Government of Sudan and the UN Human Rights Council to strengthen the transitional process.

A group of legal experts has been finalizing the wording of the deal to be signed by both sides in the coming days.

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