Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir
President of the Republic of Sudan
Access to assenna.com, an Eritrean website dedicated to promoting freedom of expression among Eritrean citizens, has been blocked in Sudan for several weeks.
Although we received complaints about the lack of access to our website from our visitors online, initially we did not believe that the Sudanese government would have taken such an action. However, we have recently received confirmation that indeed your government is blocking our website.
We are grateful to Sudan for accommodating those Eritreans who are no longer able to live in Eritrea.
Our principal concern however, is that they will no longer have access to up-to-date information about the illegal and criminal practice of human trafficking. This, as you must know, is rampant in the refugee camps, and regrettably involves some members of the Sudanese security forces.
The pain of the Eritrean hostage victims in Sinai who were abducted from Shagarab refugee camp, and of their families, is impossible to ignore.
We urgently appeal to you therefore to respect the rights of the Eritrean refugees to freely access information vital to their well-being, and lift the block on assenna.com.
Founder and editor, Assenna.com
Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan, London UK
Human Rights Watch
Reporters without Borders (RSF)
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)