It is egregious that people in Ethiopia are continually deprived of their rights to freedom of expression and access to information at the hands of their own government. Authorities must reinstate full internet access across the country, and ensure its future safeguarding.
Access Now, the #KeepItOn coalition, and civil society organizations from around the world are reaching out to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to initiate immediate action in reconnecting the Amhara and Tigray regions, and the entire country.
Against a backdrop of periodic internet shutdowns, and a targeted shutdown during Tigray’s civil war lasting more than two years, authorities blocked access to mobile internet as violent protests erupted in the first week of April across parts of the Amhara region. Reportedly, mobile data is still restricted in major cities.