Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are fighting for peace and democracy. In Sudan, Yemen, and Tajikistan, civilians are suffering brutal military attacks and violence perpetrated by government authorities. Many of them are desperately speaking out through protests, while struggling simply to survive. When authorities deliberately cut them off from the internet, they are cutting a lifeline to hope.
To help amplify their voices, we bring you their stories, and ask for your solidarity in the call to end authorities’ recklessness in disrupting the internet, especially during crises when blackouts can put people’s lives in danger. As we highlight in our most recent #KeepItOn annual report, the use of internet shutdowns during conflict and war means that people are disconnected when they most need a connection to stay safe.
Sudan: During a military coup in Sudan in 2021, authorities shut down the internet on two separate occasions, using network disruptions in an attempt to quell protests and hide atrocities.
Tajikistan: Similarly, after the killing of a local man spurred large protests in Khorog in the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan in November 2021, authorities responded by cutting mobile internet connections. Heavy internet throttling and censorship are still in place today .
Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen’s telecom infrastructure on January 21, 2022 plunged the whole country into digital darkness, with the exception of those in the region of Aden.
Please share the stories below to let more people hear the outcry and understand the devastating harm internet shutdowns bring to people fighting for peace.
#KeepItOn is a global campaign that brings together more than 280 organizations from 105 countries around the world united to end internet shutdowns through grassroots advocacy, direct policymaker engagement, technical support, and legal intervention. You can help amplify the the voices from Sudan, Tajikistan, and Yemen to #KeepItOn — share this blog post on social media using the hashtag #KeepItOn and #InternetShutdown.