Joint Press Release
The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and the Arab Internet Freedom Alliances
April 13, 2015-Beirut
The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance condemn the monitoring and the censorship in Yemen of certain websites, as well as the intentional disconnection of the Internet. IJMA3 and the Alliance confirm that such acts are in violation of human rights, the freedom of expression and the right of access to information.
Intermittent cutting of Internet services in Yemen began two days ago. On the night of April 12th, the internet services were completely disrupted for several hours in most cities in Yemen. No clarification on this has been issued from any authoritative body.
The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance warn that interruptions of internet services is a form of control and isolation in Yemen. The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance call upon the responsible authorities in Yemen to provide reasons for cutting services, especially because such service interruptions could be associated with installing ban sites programs or a spying network.
The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance call upon the immediate and uninterrupted reconnection of the Internet, in addition to clarifying whether any spying is taking place on the Internet. Cutting the Internet services in Yemen is inconsistent with the Principles of the Arab Alliance to Internet Freedom and in contradiction with them, in particular, these moves violate the First and Third Principles of the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance which state that “every person should enjoy the same protection online, as offline, as this is a basic human right and is not negotiable under any circumstances” and “guaranteed and assuring internet access without service interruption, prohibiting, filtering, and promoting the exchange of information between individuals and communities.”
IJMA3 (The Arab ICT Organization) is an international non-governmental non-profit organization established in 2004 and headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon and consists of a consortium of more than 19 national ICT association members from 15 countries across the MENA region. As the regional voice of the ICT industry, IJMA3 is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services. www.ijma3.org
About the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance
The Arab Internet Freedom Alliance is a regional coalition formed by the member states Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Tunisia that met due to believing in the importance and vitality of Internet after its use has become closely associated with human rights, economic growth, and one of the essential human renewable knowledge and living needs. It plays the role of monitor accordingly with the alliances in each of the 5 countries, and acknowledges the necessity of establishing a legislating framework regarding organizing each country’s users’ dealing with the Internet, committing to the importance of protecting the internet users, without touching or derogation of any of their rights to access the service, and recognizing the right of some community segments to have special attention to access and make use of the Internet. www.haquna.org