We condemn the internet and phone service shutdown by Ethiopia gov’t in Western and Southern Oromia. To prevent the spread of Corona Virus information is very crucial.
Blocking information during this critical time is a violation of human rights. The Ethiopian government should unblock the internet and phone service shut down before it is too late. The people should not be left in the dark for death.
(OHCHR, 27-Mar-2020) A spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the Office is very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly the Office called on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.