Sudan Internet Access Restored After Court Order

 

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Internet operators in Sudan have been forced to restore service across the country after a court order, according to multiple reports.

Concise News learnt that the country had been put offline for over a month in the wake of an early June military crackdown on a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum.

The internet rights group, NetBlocks, who had been mapping the outage since June 6 are yet to confirm the return of service, social media users are celebrating the move.

As at June 6, NetBlocks wrote: “New network data show that internet connectivity has been further restricted across Sudan as of 6 June 2019, adding to mobile telecommunications infrastructure blackouts observed through Monday morning and over the weekend.

“The latest outages come as new reports emerge that over a hundred sit-in participants and demonstrators have been killed by paramilitary groups in Khartoum, amid arbitrary violence and predatory attacks targeting pro-democracy demonstrators attending sit-ins to demand a civilian-led government.”

The latest development in Sudan is of a peace deal reached between the junta that ousted long-serving Omar al-Bashir and leaders of protest groups.

An earlier court order to restore the internet benefited only the applicant who approached the courts, the BBC said in a report. Sudan is one of three African nations that recently blocked the internet, the others are Ethiopia and Mauritania.