The 2021 cohort of fellows from the Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (DRIMF) has urged the Sudan military leaders to rescind a decision of denying the populace access to internet connectivity.
Reports indicate that millions of Sudanese do not have access to proper internet for the past ten days after a military take over.
In a press release, the 2021 DRIMF Fellows lead, Efo Korku Mawutor condemned the act and urged the authorities to honour the declaration of the African Commission on the Rights to freedom of expression and access to information.
“We call on the government of Sudan to rescind their decision and retore internet and all mobile data connections to the people of Sudan. They should at least honor the very declarations they have rectified and cleanse themselves from this shame,” part of the release reads.
The statement further encouraged all human rights activists and advocacy institutions to join in the fight for an active internet connection to be restored for the people of Sudan.
Military takeover in Sudan
On Monday, October 25, 2021 coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and called a state of emergency.
Soldiers opened fire on crowds and reportedly killed 10 people.
According to Reuters, Gen Burhan has said Monday’s coup was justified to avoid “civil war” and that the detained prime minister will be returned to his home on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Earlier, he sought to justify the takeover by blaming political infighting.
The coup has drawn global condemnation. Diplomats told AFP news agency the UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.
Troops are reported to have been going house to house in Khartoum arresting local protest organisers.
The city’s airport is closed and international flights are suspended. The internet and most phone lines are also down.
Central Bank staff have reportedly gone on strike, and across the country, doctors are said to be refusing to work in military-run hospitals except in emergencies.