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[liberationtech] Internet Governance Caucus letter to ISOC Cameroon re: Internet Shutdown

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Thu Feb 2 14:20:29 PST 2017


From: Arsène Tungali <arsenebaguma at gmail.com>

Dear ISOC Cameroon leadership,

Please do find attached and copied bellow a statement from the
Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) with regards to the current Internet
shutdown affecting some regions of Cameroon.

Best regards,
Arsene Tungali, IGC Coordinator

---Statement begins---

To the ISOC Cameroon Chapter


Dear Colleagues


The Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC, http://igcaucus.org
) is a global network of civil society actors who originally came
together in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) to promote global public interest objectives in Internet
governance policy making.


We are firmly convinced that Internet shutdowns are not acceptable in
regard to any region and not justifiable in any way, and that such
shutdowns must be opposed vigorously.


We would have expected everyone who associates themselves with ISOC to
be committed to ISOC's principle stating that “The Internet is for
Everyone”.


For further elaboration of the important principle of Internet access
and affordability along with related rights and freedoms, we refer to
the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms,
http://africaninternetrights.org/articles/ .


In light of these principles and rights, we would like to respectfully
urge the ISOC Cameroon Chapter to adopt a corresponding strong stance
in regard to Internet shutdowns in some regions of the country, and to
denounce and oppose such dreadful measures with all earnestness.


The reason why we write to you in this matter is a posting to our
mailing list on January 26, 2017, which was signed “ISOC Cameroon,
President” and which expressed views that were not at all consistent
with the above.


Best regards,

Internet Governance Caucus (IGC)


---Statement ends---
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*Arsène Tungali*
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rudi international,
CEO, Smart Services Sarl, Mabingwa Forum
Tel: +243 993810967
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Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

2015 Mandela Washington Felllow (YALI) - ISOC Ambassador (IGF Brazil &
Mexico) - AFRISIG 2016 - Blogger - ICANN Fellow (Los Angeles &
Marrakech). AFRINIC Fellow (Mauritius) - IGFSA Member - The
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