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Sudanese Presidency: TMC did not order the internet blackout

July 5 - 2019 KHARTOUM

The Legal Department of the Presidency denied on Wednesday that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) made the decision to cut off the internet in Sudan. The Presidency did so in a lawsuit filed by a number of citizens against the TMC and the National Telecommunications Corporation.  

The internet was blocked in Sudan on June 10. The official spokesman for the TMC, Shamseldin El Kabbashi, confirmed that the junta cut off internet services a few days later, calling the internet “a security threat”.

Unconstitutional

Nabil Adib, legal expert and prominent human rights lawyer, described the suspension of internet services as “unconstitutional and obstructing the development of the country”.

He stressed that cutting internet access and preventing people to receive information is a violation of their constitutional rights.

He pointed out that the decision to cut the internet negatively affects people's aspirations for development and progress and violates article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

 


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