Internet returns after one month blackout

Some internet service restored in Sudan after court ruling

The internet service partially returned in Sudan on Tuesday after a court ruling.

According to the German news agency, Osama Hamida asserted that his country, in the wake of the "glorious revolution" led by the people, was heading towards a new future, adding that it was time to end the sanctions imposed on Sudan "and exempt it from external debts".

The blackout resulted in a "near-total loss of access" for mobile and fixed line connections for most ordinary users, according to digital rights NGO NetBlocks.

The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) severed internet access after government forces opened fire on demonstrators at a peaceful sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on 03 June, killing more than 100 people.

Armed men, shooting and beating protesters in a pre-dawn raid, killed dozens of demonstrators and wounded hundreds.

Days later internet on mobile phones and fixed land connections was cut across Sudan, with users saying it was done to prevent further mobilisation of protesters.

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Days later internet on fixed land connections was restored, but the mobile 3G and 4G services remained cut.

Khartoum's District Court handed down a verdict ordering internet providers Sudatel and MTN to temporarily re-operate the service for their subscribers until a case filed by the Sudanese Consumers Protection Society is settled. The lawyer says numerous clients of Zain and other telecom companies were hit by the cut.

African governments faced with protests from disillusioned civilians have resorted to internet shutdowns to curb demonstrators from mobilising.

But last week, the generals and protesters reached a deal to form a joint civilian-military ruling body, which will install a new government and parliament for a transitional period of three years.

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

This came in the speech delivered by Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other worldwide organisations in Geneva ambassador Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri during the enhanced interactive dialogue on Sudan under agenda item 10 of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council.



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