On April 15, 2015, HRCE sends a letter to the EU stating the concern over the Commission’s current plans to hand significant development aid to the Eritrean government without sufficient oversight as to how the money is being spent. This decision both undermines the European Union’s commitments to human rights and democracy and effectively rewards a tyrant. Please read on for the content of the full letter. Continue reading
Elsa Chyrum, director of Human Rights Concern, Ertrea, delivered a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council, 28th Session, on 16th March 2015 on Agenda Item 4, Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea. Here is the full content of the speech: Continue reading
The following is a brief account of the murder of veteran fighter Ambassador Andemichael Kahsay in Asmara on 13 August 2003.
I was told this true sad story by a very close relative of mine with first-hand information.
The murder took place on 13 August 2003. After the murder he was brought by a group of people (definitely security agents of the state) to the 35th hospital (Selasa Amestegna) , located towards the south-eastern part of Asmara. Continue reading
Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) sends a letter to the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection office in Berlin regarding the brutal killing of Khaled Idris Bahray,a 20-year-old refugee from Eritrea. The HRCE condemns the unprovoked cruel killing, and requests that this heinous crime committed against an innocent young man, who sought refuge in Germany, must get the needed attention it deserves from the Office. Here is the content of the letter: Continue reading
(Arei Mohamed Saleh, Ahmed Alhaj, farajat.net): Please follow to this part one of the interview conducted by 3cr radio Eritrean Program on Monday 22ndOf December 2014 at 8.00pm Local time with Professor Mike Smith from Macquarie University’s department of policing, intelligence and counter terrorism. Professor Smith has been appointed as a chairperson of a new commission to investigate alleged human rights violations in Eritrea Continue reading
On 28 October 2014, the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, Ms. Sheila Keetharuth had an interactive dialogue with the UN General Assembly, third Committee in New York. She presented her second report, and her findings include damning indictments of the Eritrean regime on human rights violations:
The regime is frantically trying to defend its indefensible crimes and abuses of human rights directly via its ambassadors and its unofficial spokespersons. A day before the Special Rapporteur’s interactive dialogue, on 27 October 2014, Ms Sophia Tesfamariam, an employee and the unofficial spokesperson of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea, in response to the SR’ s report wrote an article titled: “10 Reasons Why the UN Should Reject the Special Rapporteur’s Report”http://stesfamariam.com/2014/10/27/eritrea-10-reasons-why-the-un-should-reject-the-rapporteurs-report/ Continue reading
Today, the 20th November 2014 has seen two landmark developments regarding the dire state of human rights violations in Eritrea.
In the morning hours, the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry (COI) formally announced the commencement of its investigations on human rights violations in Eritrea. This is a historic development in the fight to end impunity in Eritrea. Depending on the information that should be submitted by Eritrean victims of human rights violations, the COI is expected to publish a thorough report describing the dire state of human rights in Eritrea and adopt concrete recommendations to solve the problem. Continue reading
Nevsun Resources Ltd. (November 21, 2014) (TSX: NSU / NYSE MKT: NSU) (Nevsun or the Company) advises that a lawsuit has been filed against it in the B.C. Supreme Court by three individuals who claim to have once worked with a local sub-contractor at the Bisha Mine in Eritrea. The lawsuit makes human rights allegations against the Company and its local sub-contractor. The Company denies the allegations and will vigorously defend itself against this claim. Continue reading
29 September 2014 (UN News Center) – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability. Continue reading