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UN calls for internet resumption in Rakhine

United Nations in Myanmar has urged the Government to end the shutdown of mobile internet services in Ponnagyun, Mrauk-U, Kyauktaw, and Minbya Townships in Rakhine State, according to a press release 30 September.

While welcoming steps taken to restore service to five out of the nine townships affected by the shutdown, the United Nations also notes that for those townships which remain cut off, the shut-down will have reached its 101st day on 30 September 2019.

Uninterrupted availability of the internet is indispensable and mobile internet services are a key enabler of the humanitarian and development work of the United Nations in Myanmar, according to the UN.

The shutdown has therefore been a significant impediment to our work, complicating our ability to communicate in field locations, including with affected people.  and freedom of expression, which enable other fundamental human rights....................

 

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