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Internet restriction in Cameroon’s Anglophone region hitting 60-day mark

africanews The internet cut in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions is entering the 60th day according to activists tracking the shutdown.

The government on September 30, 2017 placed restrictions on access to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and whatsapp. This was despite a government statement saying that no such plans were to be implemented.

September 30 was the eve of a symbolic declaration of independence by the two Anglophone regions. At the time a heavy security deployment across the regions was also in place, subsequent clashes between separatists and security forces lead to deaths, injuries and mass arrests.

It was, however, not the first such disruption in the Central African nation, an earlier one was a total blackout in the northwest and southwest regions. It was only lifted in April 2017 after over three months.

The reason for the total blackout was because of claims by government that social media was actively being used to spread false information and to incite members of the public against state institutions.

Reports on the impact of such disruptions have shown that the government loses millions of dollars by their actions. The United Nations has also described the move as an act of trampling on freedom of speech and expression.

“These restrictions must stop immediately, and the Government must ensure a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into all allegations of human rights violations perpetrated during and after the events of 1 October. The Government must take effective measures to prosecute and sanction all those responsible for such violations,” a U.N. rights report said.

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3 comments

  1. “The Government must take effective measures to prosecute and sanction all those responsible for such violations,” a U.N. rights report said”.

    …and I laugh. which Government will do that? The same government committing these atrocious acts? This UN is a first order joke.

  2. this same lrc government who causes genocide in the English speaking regions is not listening to the UN or any world body which is criticizing it’s atrocities against the people, biya is making more mockery by bribing the bereaved families, pay a visit to these same people he is brutalising with his militarised army, a colonial dictator with no shame, one hopes he and his supporters visit becomes a deadly catastrophe!

  3. If what we read on this forum plus that of other social media outfits is anything to go by,
    that a case is in place against the gov`t and some individuals, then there is hope.
    Like i have been saying for the past year and some months, all households, families,
    villages etc etc in Ambaland, should compile a thorough list of those raped, missing, killed
    etc etc, and send to the interim Amba administration. All records eg birth certificates etc,
    should be intact.
    Gov`t shutdown of the internet, was to unleash hell to those DOGs and this is time to
    fight back hard and as long as posible.
    Kudos, to our boys on ground zero for doing everthing possible, to device every measure
    to tell the story.