Yemen: Yemen: Access to Internet restricted and social media sites blocked in many cities

12.12.17

Since before midnight on 06 December 2017, residents of cities in Yemen have reported that they are unable to access social media sites, and that the Internet is very slow. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the de facto authorities to ensure all citizens have access to the Internet at a time when information is essential to survival.

According to reports received by GCHR, residents in the capital Sanaa and other cities such as Hajja and Amran continued to be blocked from accessing social networks such as Facebook and Twitter since 06 December.

Reports received by GCHR on 11 December also confirmed that the Internet is very slow in all areas of the country and access to social websites has also been blocked in the Southern cities of Aden and Shabwah.

The Internet blockade began two days after the death of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on 04 December, in the capital at the hands of his former allies, the Houthis.

GCHR calls on the de facto authorities in Yemen to:

  • Enable free access to the Internet and social media in the entire country; and
  • Allow human rights defenders, citizen journalists and journalists to work freely during the ongoing humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the conflict.