Blocking social network in Chad is a severe violation of Chadian citizens’ civil liberties!
Open letter to Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke
Copy to Minister of Post and ICT, Mr. Mahamat Louani Gaodi
Mr. Prime Minister,
According to reports we have received from thousands of Chadian citizens, more than 300,000 Chadian Internet users are affected, since February 2016, by recurring and extended violations of their freedom to express themselves, to communicate, access and share information on the Internet.
These violationss include the blocking of certain sites and applications, inaccessible from Chad: social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Internet messaging apps like Whatsapp or Viber are concerned.
Such blockages are not technically possible without intentional filtering of online content available from Chad.
Several sources already claimed in February 2016, prior to the first blocking of Facebook during demonstrations in support of raped Zouhoura, that the government had studied with operators the « feasibility » of blocking some sites and social networks in the country.
Such practices are contrary to the international commitments signed by the Republic of Chad on freedoms. We will only mention the main texts:
- Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the right of everyone to freedom of opinion and expression, which includes the right to receive and impart, regardless of frontiers, information and ideas through any media whatsoever;
- Article 33 of the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union recognizes the right to correspond with international public correspondence service.