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Human Rights Concern - Eritrea (HRCE) is an independent non profit making, human rights organization based in UK. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of Eritreans at home and all over the world. HRCE believes that all human beings are equal regardless of race, religion, gender and political affiliation and strives for a peaceful Eritrea where fundamental human rights are respected.

Is Eritrea the North Korea of Africa?

Christian migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia pray together during the Sunday mass at the makeshift church in 'The New Jungle' near Calais, France, August 2, 2015. Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as 'The Jungle,' making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe's wider migrant crisis. Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Christian migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia pray together during the Sunday mass at the makeshift church in ‘The New Jungle’ near Calais, France, August 2, 2015. Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as ‘The Jungle,’ making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe’s wider migrant crisis. Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

(The Christian Science Monitor, By Robert P. George and Thomas J. Reese, Guest bloggers, 18 August, 2015) Should Eritrea’s track record on human rights crimes and religious freedom warrant a referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague? Continue reading

Global Journalist: Eritrea’s continuing crackdown

Global Journalist Eritrea

Global Journalist Eritrea

(Global Journalist) Eritrea is sometimes described as “the North Korea of Africa.” And it’s a deserved title. The tiny nation, located on the continent’s northeastern coast bordering Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti is ranked dead last out of 180 countries on Reporters’ Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index. All privately-owned media outlets were shuttered more than a decade ago. Continue reading

It’s not at war, but up to 3% of its people have fled. What is going on in Eritrea?

Mebrahtu, an Eritrean refugee in Sweden

Mebrahtu, an Eritrean refugee in Sweden

(The Guardian, Patrick Kingsley Migration correspondent, 22 July, 2015) Adam is just 16 years old, but the events of his short life illustrate why so many Eritreans are fleeing their country. At 14, he became the oldest male member of his family still living at home, as the others had been called up for indefinite military service.
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HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum Reflects back on Journey to UN COI on Eritrea

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum reflects on the 7-year long journey that culminated with the establishment of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. With a humble note, Ms. Chyrum remebers her personal experience and expresses her deep gratitude for all the support and help that brought the journey to fruition. This is what she shared on her experience while lobbying at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, starting “from Nothing to the Establishment of the Commission on Inquiry (COI)…

It started with visiting the Human Rights Council, in Geneva in September 2008, and after 6 years of non stop lobbying and advocacy, a Commission of Inquiry was established on 27 June 2014, to investigate and document the human rights violations from 1993 to the present time.

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Eritrea UN Commission of Inquiry: “time for true commitment and real change”

Eriteria Refugee Young Men(Source UNHR, GENEVA, 2 July 2015) “More than two decades have passed since Eritrea has emerged as a newly independent nation, full of hope for a free and prosperous future for all its citizens. Unfortunately, that promise remains unfulfilled… The Eritrea we see today is marked by repression and fear,” said Mike Smith, Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. Continue reading

HRCE Hosts a Side-Event in Geneva during the Release of COI Report on Eritrea

HRCE's Sideevent Sponsors and Announcement June 25, 2015

HRCE’s Sideevent Sponsors and Announcement June 25, 2015

Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) in collaboration with various human rights organizations and international NGO’s hosted a presentation featuring victims and witnesses that contributed their experiences to the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Eritrea. Continue reading

Awate.com: Sovereignty, International Law and the Commission of Inquiry Eritrea

With the release of the report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea in which the commission states that the Government of Eritrea may have been involved in acts that “may constitute crimes against humanity”, a well-rounded article on Awate.com tries to answer the following questions: How systematic and widespread are the alleged violations? How reliable are the methodologies used in the investigations and what are the standards of proof? Are they even within the mandate of the CoIE? What are “crimes against humanity” and why was the CoIE equivocal by saying “may”? Why is what goes on inside Eritrea the business of the United Nations, anyway? Why is this being reported now just when the Government of Eritrea started making some headway in re-engaging Europe? How credible is the UN and does it apply the same standards to all nations? What is likely to happen next?

Please read the full article here: Sovereignty, International Law and the Commission of Inquiry Eritrea (http://awate.com/sovereignty-international-law-and-the-commission-of-inquiry-eritrea/)

 

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Rwanda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Rwanda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Rwanda. The letter urges Rwanda to disassociate itself from this process, which has been described as a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection, and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries. Here is the full letter: Continue reading

‘If we don’t give them a voice, no one will': Eritrea’s Forgotten Journalists, Still Jailed after 14 Years

Jailed Eritrean Journalists

Jailed Eritrean Journalists

(The Guardian, Abraham Tesfalul Zere, 19 August, 2015) Eritrea has become one of the world’s worst offenders for human rights abuses over the last decade, imprisoning the third highest number journalists – after China and Iran.

Those writers who remain face stringent censorship in a media climate characterised by the monotonous recycling of official information put out by a paranoid government. Continue reading

People Smuggler: World’s Most Wanted

Sky News' Alex Crowford with Eritrean migrants

Sky News’ Alex Crowford with Eritrean migrants

Sky News’ Alex Crawford goes on the hunt for the world’s most wanted people smuggler. She travels through some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places on Earth, as Sky News follows the key human trafficking routes through Libya and onto the Mediterranean Sea.

Crowford meets the migrants, many of whom from Eritrea, willing to risk everything in search of a better life and see the horrendous conditions many of them have to endure. She also speaks with the authorities faced with the “hopeless” task of policing Libya’s porous border. Watch the vide below:

The True Human Rights Situation in Eritrea: the New UK Home Office Guidance as a Political Instrument for the Prevention of Migration

school_of_advanced_study(Sara Palacios Arapiles, BA Law) This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea, in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office (HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some other countries, such as Israel.

http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/6097/1/RLI%20Working%20Paper%20No.14.pdf

Eritrea: The Cursed Land – Torture and Forced Labour

lapresse(La Presse, Isabelle Hachey,  20 June, 2015) In Eritrea, one of the worst dictatorships in the world remains in power through terror, mass surveillance, widespread torture, arbitrary detention and forced labor. These violations “of a scope and magnitude rarely seen elsewhere” might constitute “crimes against humanity,” concludes a recent report by the UN commission investigating human rights in that country the Horn of Africa. Continue reading

Human Rights Concern-Eritrea: Press Release

HRCE Sideevent 1

HRCE Sideevent – Hanna Petros sharing her testimony

Geneva, Switzerland (June 30, 2015), Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) in collaboration with various human rights organizations and international NGO’s hosted a presentation featuring victims and witnesses that contributed their experiences to the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Eritrea. The COI was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 27 June 2014 to investigate the widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Eritrea.  Continue reading

The Report Of the Commision of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

The report was released publicly throught a press conference on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 10:30 AM.

This page contains a short and long (detailed findings) version of the COI report, a press release on the report, an updated fact sheet and visual material – satellite photos, a map and drawings from an Eritrean torture survivor.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIEritrea/Pages/ReportCoIEritrea.aspx

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Uganda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Uganda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Uganda. The letter urges Uganda to disassociate itself from any  process involving a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries . Here is the full letter: Continue reading