Prolonging a Miscarriage of Justice

It will soon be a year and a half of unjust imprisonment for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, the man extradited from Sudan in a disturbing case of mistaken identity during a high profile joint investigation by the British National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Italian Palermo magistrate.…

Europe Must End Deals Helping the Slave Trade

Since the time of Gaddafi in Libya, migrants who make their way to Europe crossing that country have been informing governments and NGOs about the abuses they suffered in desert camps before making their way across the Mediterranean. Since the time of Gaddafi, Europe (primarily Italy)…

UNHCR Concerned over Israel’s Refugee Relocation Proposals

(UNHCR, November 17, 2017) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in…

Why Must Eritreans be Crushed into Silence?

On October 31st 2017, a student-led protest in the capital of Eritrea was met with gunfire, after the demonstrators gathered in the streets of Asmara to demand the opening of their school which had been forcibly closed. They were primarily students of the Al Diaa Islamic School – a…

ERITREA: Canadian Appeal Court Affirms Eritreans’ Slavery and Forced Labour Claims Can Proceed

(London, 21 November, 2017) British Columbia’s Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources Ltd., that sought to block a case brought against the company by three Eritrean refugees for the alleged used of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. The three plaintiffs allege they were national service conscripts and that their labour was…

700 Eritreans Threatened with Forcible Deportation from the USA

We have become aware of the directive by the United States Department of Homeland Security on September 13, 2017 to expedite the deportation of approximately 700 Eritreans from U.S.A. back to Eritrea.  Those 700 individuals– many or most of them believed to be law-abiding residents –…

Yeman Gebreab’s Deadly Schemes and Network of Terror

Various media outlets have reported that Yemane Gebreab was not allowed to address the Eritrean government supporters’ public seminar, in Arlington, on 8 October 2017, during his visit in the United States. He was denied entry to the seminar venue by US law enforcement officers.  It seems…

Gunfire in the Center of Asmara – Casualties Unknown

A student demonstration has been met with gunfire outside the President’s Office in Asmara, various online news avenues and commentators have reported. The demonstration was staged in response to the Eritrean government’s closure and interference with the Al Diaa Islamic School in the Akria district in…

How the Human Rights Crisis in Eritrea Reached This Point

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991 after a devastating 30-year struggle. Human rights violations began almost immediately after independence, although many Eritreans were oblivious of the crimes committed in the early 90’s due to the euphoria that was still engulfing the new nation. Nevertheless, Eritreans…

Abandoning Human Rights to Curb Migration

During the last few months, Italy, backed by other European countries, has promoted a shift on migration policy by spearheading a tough approach aimed at blocking the flow of migrants coming from Libya. What is most worrisome about this approach, which is said to have the…

Every New Country Celebrates the Heroes of Its Revolution: But Why Do We Never Hear a Word about Bitweded? Because Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Have No Voice.

Bitweded Abraha was one of the outstanding figures of Eritrea’s Liberation Struggle. He was a born leader. He believed in grass roots democracy and freedom for all that should not be silenced. His deepest belief has always been in the unique value of each individual. That was why everyone loved and…

Court to Hear Vancouver-Based Mining Company Human Rights Appeal

(news1130.com, Renee Bernard, September 24, 2017) VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Should a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses against foreign workers at a Canadian mining company be heard in Canada? A four-day BC Court of Appeals hearing begins on Monday to hear an appeal of a decision…