Sudan and few other African countries breach UN Human Rights Resolution through internet disruptions

Sudan has breached the United Nations (UN) resolution on human rights nine times since signing it in 2021.


According to research undertaken by a cybersecurity company Surfshark, Sudan has breached the UN Resolution on Human Rights on the internet as many as nine times since signing it in 2021. 

Sudan experienced an internet blackout in April 2023, not for the first time, as the country frequently experiences challenges in the digital sector. Isik Mater, head of research at NetBlocks, claims that the internet is critical in sustaining security.

Aside from Sudan, four other African countries have breached their promise: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Somalia, and Nigeria. There were 16 internet disruptions in these five African nations during or after the resolution’s adoption, according to Surfshark research.

Surfshark spokesperson Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske said that, besides Sudan, four other African nations, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Somalia, and Nigeria, did not comply with the UN Resolution. According to Surfshark’s Internet Shutdown Tracker, there were 16 internet shutdowns and continued limitations during and after the UN resolution’s approval. Only 14 of the 193 UN member nations must comply with the UN Human Rights Resolution.