CAR – 6 June 2014

Central African Republic bans phone text messages
The authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have banned the use of mobile phone text messages. The move is aimed at helping to restore security after more than a year of deadly ethnic and religious violence.

The ban comes after days of violent demonstrations in the capital, Bangui, and a mass text campaign calling for a general strike. The protesters want the transitional government that came to power in January to resign. BBC News

Central African Republic: Let Muslims Seek Safety

Government authorities in Central African Republic and international peacekeepers should allow Muslim residents to seek protection in neighboring countries. Many Muslim residents living in a few heavily guarded areas endure unsustainable, life-threatening conditions and say they want to leave.

The majority of the Muslims remaining in the western part of the country are ethnic Peuhl nomads living in small enclaves – such as in Boda, Carnot, and Yaloké – that are heavily guarded by African Union (MISCA) peacekeepers and French (Sangaris) troops. Because of persistent threats against the Peuhl, peacekeepers drastically restrict the residents’ movements. Human Rights Watch

Central African Republic bans text messages amid violence, protests
The Central African Republic has issued a nationwide ban on text messages after the government learned that protests were being organized that way.

“The use of any SMS by all mobile phone subscribers is suspended from Monday June 2, 2014, until further notice,” the telecommunications ministry said Tuesday, citing a decision by Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke, Agence France-Presse reported. The Washington Times