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Sudan has Returned Internet Access—But to Just One Individual

With the exception of a lawyer who won his court case against the country's telecoms operator, the country is still without internet access.

Sudan has been experiencing severe internet restrictions over the past three weeks which have almost entirely resulted in an internet shutdown. This comes after the deadly crackdown by the military in Khartoum which resulted in over 100 Sudanese protesters losing their lives.


Whilst the past few weeks have seen the worldwide social media campaign #BlueforSudan raise awareness around the worsening crisis in Sudan, Sudanese civilians themselves have been without internet access for the most part.

Abdel-Adheem Hassan, a lawyer in Sudan, won his court case against telecoms operator Zain Sudan which alleges it was instructed to carry out the internet shutdown by military leaders. However, Hassan is now fighting for the internet to be restored to the rest of the country.

According to reports from Reuters and the BBC, a court in Sudan ruled against the internet shutdown. However, the ruling has changed nothing. Hassan said, "We have a court session tomorrow and another one the day after tomorrow. Hopefully one million people will gain internet access by the end of the week."

The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which has been in power since the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in April, has become exactly what Sudan's civic society feared most—a regime as bad if not worse than that of al-Bashir.

Whilst the TMC announced that they would scrap the three-year power-transfer deal they'd initially proposed and hold elections within the next nine months, their most recent actions appear to be communicating otherwise.

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Sudan Has Launched an Investigation into Crimes Committed During the Darfur Conflict

The state prosecutor says the investigation will focus on "cases against former regime leaders."

Tagelsir al-Heber, Sudan's state prosecutor, has announced the country's investigation into crimes committed during the Darfur conflict under former President Omar al-Bashir, BBC reports.

The conflict and subsequent crimes committed in the Darfur region from 2003 left around 300,000 people dead and 2.5 million people displaced, France24 adds. Warrants for al-Bashir's arrest were launched by the International Criminal Court (ICC) both in 2009 and 2010 on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity charges. He has yet to be extradited to face trial for those charges.

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Sudan Celebrates the Anniversary of the Country's Uprising

It's been one year since the nationwide protests that led to the ousting of then Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir began.

Today marks the one year anniversary since the nationwide protests began in Sudan. The historic uprising led to the ousting of then President Omar al-Bashir and gave way to the current transitional government which consists of members of the military and civil society.

Channel Africa reports that Sudanese civilians have already begun what will be a week of festivities to mark the occasion.

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Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Watch Yilian Canizares & Paul Beaubrun's Beautiful Video For 'Noyé'

"Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Yilian Canizares and Paul Beaubrun connect for the serene "Noyé," one of the highlights from Canizares' latest album, Erzulie.

The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

"Noyé is a song that comes from our roots," Yilian Canizares tells OkayAfrica. "Inspired by the energy of love. The same love that kept Africa's legacy alive in the hearts of Haiti and Cuba. We wanted to do a stripped down version of only the essential pieces from a musical point of view. Something raw and beautiful where our souls would be naked."

The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Watch the new music video for "Noyé" below.

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