(The Guardian, Kate Lyons, 9 September, 2015) The researchers behind a report on Eritrea which the Home Office cited heavily when claiming it was now safe to send Eritrean asylum seekers back to the east African country have publicly distanced themselves from the findings, claiming the report was unsubstantiated and distorted. Continue reading
(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 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
(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.
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.
(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
Geneva, Switzerland, (3 July 2015): Human Rights Concern -Eritrea (HRCE) welcomes the renewal of the mandates of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) and the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a period of one year. Continue reading
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
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?
The tragic death of an extraordinary and valiant diplomat who fought for numerous causes, including the rights of Eritreans and people with albinism. Continue reading