MAKE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PUBLIC INTERNET SHUTDOWN A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

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Politically motivated internet shutdowns deny citizens their freedom of speech and association in a globalized world, creating room for avoidable sufferings and extra-judicial killings by highhanded governments. Internet access on the other hand advances democracy and human rights through pubic awareness. Access to the internet should be a Human Right in a globalized world.

Recently, the Cameroonian government shut the world off by shutting down the internet service as its Army invaded southern Cameroon, leading to many civilian casualties. Nigerian Government, already being accused of widespread Human Rights abuses and extra-judicial killings in South Eastern Nigeria is threatening to do same. 

Internet shutdowns by especially by tyrannical Governments make citizens vulnerable to inhuman treatments, deny basic freedoms and endanger democracy. We therefore call on you to use your good offices to make politically motivated internet shutdowns a crime against humanity, punishable under existing international laws. This act will no doubt save lives as well as secure the advancement of democracy around the world.

Thank you.
Rev Joshua Amaezechi

 



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