Internet service partially returns in Sudan

UAE welcomes 'Sudan's deal' at UN Human Rights Council

UAE welcomes 'Sudan's deal' at UN Human Rights Council

He noted that in view of the positive developments now undertaking, Sudan deserves to withdraw from the special procedures item and end the mandate of the independent expert through a specific and agreed road map between the Government of Sudan and the UN Human Rights Council to strengthen the transitional process.

The agreement between the two sides is expected to be formally signed in the next few days.

Demonstrators were violently dispersed on June 3 by men in military fatigues, who stormed a weeks-long protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum where Sudanese had camped to demand that the generals step down.

The Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, has repeatedly called for internet service restoration.

A telecommunications affiliate of the Sudanese Professional's Association, which has been spearheading the protests, said that users across the country have been back online.

People in Sudan have begun posting footage of alleged abuses by security forces against protesters during the break-up. "We saw the horrific scenes, and I closed down the internet and couldn't open it again", said Malaz Hassan, student.

Khartoum Court on Tuesday ordered for the return of Internet after a legal case submitted by customers, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Today, the court issued an order to Zain and to MTN and Sudani to restore their mobile internet services", referring to three telecom companies.

Separately, the Sudanese government's representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva called on the worldwide community to exempt his country from foreign debts and remove sanctions after the power-sharing deal was reached last week.

The internet service partially returned in Sudan on Tuesday after a court ruling.

Spokesman for the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC), Shams Aldin Kabashi, said last June that the Internet cut-off was made because of security reasons.

The group said internet disruption may cost Sudan's economy upwards of $1 billion.

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