Yemen

YEMEN: Internet and Telecommunications are NOT Military Targets!

YEMEN is currently plunged in a nationwide internet blackout after Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a telecommunications building in the Houthi-held city of al-Hodeida last Friday, on January 21. The airstrikes killed hundreds of civilians, with many still lost under the rubble. The attack has also destroyed a power plant connected to the international undersea FALCON cable …

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Yemen: The Race for Censorship

As the war in Yemen rages on, and while the country is witnessing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis according to the United Nations, citizens no longer have a space to breathe, not even on social media. The conflicting parties have exploited internet services to promote their narratives, block opposing websites and impose an unprecedented censorship …

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Enforced disappearances and accompanying impunity continue to prevail in the region

Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we the 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the accompanying impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of …

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Open Letter to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube: Stop silencing critical voices from the Middle East and North Africa

17 December 2020, Ten years ago today, 26-year old Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest over injustice and state marginalization, igniting mass uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries across the Middle East and North Africa. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, we, the undersigned activists, …

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Access to Internet in Yemen: A Constant Struggle

Rim Talal, a student at the Faculty of Computer and Information Technology, was unable to attend her online courses at the Sana’a University due to poor internet service. After the Ministry of Higher Education suspended the academic year in Yemen and announced the conversion to remote learning, Rim could not participate in online learning due …

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A New Internet Service Provider in Yemen: new division or additional service for users?

Feature image via AdenNet:AdenNet says that it will provide larger, faster and cheaper internet. But what about digital rights and freedom?  Yemen’s internet has become increasingly unstable due to the war and the country’s fragmentation. Indeed, the country has witnessed frequent internet shutdowns and interruptions and the warring parties have blocked many websites, violating Yemenis’ …

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Internet Shutdown in Yemen: Recurring Disruptions Threaten Civilian Safety, Human Rights, and Press Freedom

Feature image: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Data depicts the outage of the internet in Yemen on the night of Thursday, December 7. On Thursday night, the Houthis, the northern Yemen-based insurgent group in control of most of Sana’a since 2015, completely shut down the internet for close to 30 minutes. Earlier in the day, the …

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