Senegal recorded disruptions to the internet and social networks on Friday March 5, 2020 as evidenced in a report by NetBlocks.org.
Also, alerts from internet users revealed disruptions on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and some Telegram servers.
Paradigm Initiative (PIN), in a statement issued today, said that before the disturbances were recorded, clashes and other demonstrations shook several cities in the country after the arrest of the political leader and opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko; came third in the last presidential election in 2019.
“Disturbances of the internet and social networks are a violation of digital user rights, and a violation of certain Internet rights according to the Senegal constitution Article 8, which guarantees its ‘citizens fundamental individual freedoms including freedom of opinion, expression, the press, association, assembly, travel, and demonstration’”.
As a reminder, Senegal had recorded similar internet disruptions a few days before the presidential election of February 24, 2019.
“In view of this news and the unfolding of events in the country, Paradigm Initiative is deeply concerned about disturbances of Internet networks aimed at suppressing demonstrations and the expression of online freedom of opinion in Senegal”.
The CSO urged and requested the Senegalese government on its responsibilities and called for respect for international human rights obligations, and to make a lasting contribution to actions to protect digital rights in the country, in accordance with the resolution of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) adopted in 2016 on the right to freedom of information and expression for the internet in Africa, ACHPR / Res.362 (LIX).