Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has condemned the internet shutdown in Burkina Faso.
The Civil Society Organisation (CSO) said that political actors should be more responsibility and committed to the stability of the internet connection throughout the national territory before, during and after all socio-political operations in order to use the internet as an instrument to promote democracy in the country.
In a press release issued on Monday 22 November 2021, Ouseni Tamboura, the Minister of Communication and Relations with the Parliament of Burkina Faso specifies that “in accordance with the provisions of articles 44 to 46 of the law N.061-2008 / AN of 28 November 2008 relating to the quality and security of networks and services and compliance with national defense and security obligations ”, that the internet was cut by order of the government on the whole of the territory for a period of 96 hours for Internet access by mobile and 20 hours throughout the national territory for other types of access.
According to Minister Ouseni Tamboura, this decision to cut the Internet was motivated by three requisitions of November 20 and 22, 2021.
Although the fixed internet is not concerned, the act of the government to cut the internet connection partially or totally on the territory of Burkina Faso is a flagrant violation of internet freedoms in the country with serious consequences on human rights in line.
In addition, the security situation is worrying; Paradigm Initiative urges the President of Burkina Faso to respect the international commitments made by the country in terms of human rights in general and digital rights in particular.
In view of the security context the country is going through, Paradigm Initiative says it is deeply concerned about the stability of the Internet in Burkina Faso, and invites the government, telephone operators, suppliers and all stakeholders in the Internet ecosystem to respect the commitments vis-à-vis the protection of users’ rights African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms , African declaration on Internet governance , and all other principles related to respect for human rights in line.
“Paradigm Initiative finally invites the political actors of Burkina Faso to more responsibility and is committed to the stability of the internet connection throughout the national territory before, during and after all socio-political operations in order to use the internet as an instrument of promotion of democracy in the country”, according to Rigobert Kenmogne, Francophone Africa Programs Manager at PIN.