Internet and voice services are once again accessible in several areas of the Oromo region. The government of Ethiopia announced it at the start of the day, this March 31, 2020. Thus ended the blockage of telecom services which had lasted since January 7 in the areas of Kellem Wellega, Oromia West, Wellega West and Horo Gudru Wellega. In short, 83 days of interruption.
The unblocking of the situation in the Oromo region comes a day after the appeal made to the Ethiopian government by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on March 29, 2020.
In the midst of a global coronavirus crisis, the UN office has called on Ethiopia to facilitate access to information via the Internet – hygiene measures, latest updates from the World Health Organization, government provisions, etc. – in the Oromo region. Access to information that should help curb the spread of the disease.
In a communication broadcast on the private television channel Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Shimelis Abdisa (photo), the vice-president of the Oromia region, said that the restoration of access to telecom services follows the improvement of peace in western Oromia. In January, the government had justified blocking the Internet on security grounds.