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WHO Should Intervene to End Internet Shutdowns amid Pandemic

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan Should Allow Free Flow of Information

A man on his mobile phone in Srinagar, Kashmir, January 30, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Dar Yasin

(Geneva) – The World Health Organization (WHO) should press four governments that have shut down the internet to minority populations during the Covid-19 crisis to restore internet access, Human Rights Watch and 47 other organizations said today.

As part of the KeepItOn Coalition, the groups asked WHO Director-General Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab to urge the governments of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan to restore full access to the internet.

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