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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.

Canada’s Nevsun Resources: Enabler of Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea

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Bisha Mining Site

(Eritreans for Facilitating National Dialog – EFND, July 7, 2016)  Nevsun is a Canadian gold mining company operating in Eritrea – a country that has been ruled through fear and terror for the last 25 years.  And recent investigations by a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), confirmed the ruling junta has been committing “crimes against humanity” against its own people (10). Continue reading

AU: Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Activists from across Africa highlight the need for African governments to support the International Criminal Court in a video by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations.

(hrw.org, Nairobi, July 6, 2016)  Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in a video released today by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations. Continue reading

A Moving Speech Delivered by Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon giving her moving speech about her jailed parents and her own heartbreaking story at a UN side-event

Hanna Petros Solomon, the daughter of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohaness who have been both imprisoned incommunicado since 2001 and 2003 respectively, gave the following moving speech at the side-event, organized by Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Co-sponsored by: Article 19, DefendDefenders, and International Fellowship for Reconciliation, during the 32nd Human Rights Council Session, 22nd June 2016, Palais de Nations, Geneva: Continue reading

UN Inquiry Panel Welcomes Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Eritrea

Mike Smith, Chairperson, Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, speaks to the press after presenting his report to the 28th Session at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Mike Smith, Chairperson, Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, speaks to the press after presenting his report to the 28th Session at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

(UN News Centre, 4 July 2016) – A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized. Continue reading

Renewed Fighting on the Ethiopian-Eritrean Border Raises Fears of Full Scale Hostility

Human Rights Concern EritreaOn 12th June 2016, an outbreak of intense fighting was reported along the border areas between Eritrea and Ethiopia, raising the spectre of a fresh full-scale war breaking out. Troops from both countries have been involved in serious clashes. Local witnesses have confirmed the presence of heavy artillery and large numbers of troops of both nationalities in the Tsorona border area, and heavy guns have apparently been fired from both sides. Continue reading

U.N. Commission of Inquiry into Eritrea’s Human Rights Finds Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) expresses its wholehearted support for the conclusions reached by the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE) in its second report, which was launched on 8th June 2016. In particular, HRCE is concerned to emphasise and underline the prime conclusion of the Commission that “Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity” in the last 25 years. Continue reading

Wave of Foreign Lawsuits Against Local Miners Hits Canadian Courts

Business in Vancouver-logo(biv.com, Nelson Bennett, April 19, 2016) Human rights groups are backing several claims against firms operating in Guatemala, Eritrea:

In the coming months, the BC Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a civil claim against a B.C. company with a mine in Eritrea can be heard in Canada.

Three former Eritrean mine workers claim Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU) was complicit in the Eritrean government’s use of conscripted labour and other human rights abuses at the company’s Bisha mine. Continue reading

UN Human Rights Council Adopts A Resolution Referring Findings of Eritrea Commission of Inquiry to UN General Assembly and Renews the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150On Friday 1st July, 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in Eritrea (COIE), including the conclusion that crimes against humanity have been committed by the government and officials of Eritrea. Continue reading

Response to a Resolution Tabled by the Eritrean Government

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150To:  The Representatives of Permanent Missions and of Observers states at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

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Re: Draft Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea dated 15th June 2016 Continue reading

Response to the Eritrean Government’s Letter on the COI’s Report Release

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150The Eritrean government sent a letter to the President and members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 30 May, 2016, urging them to be given “meaningful opportunity to study and respond to the allegations” brought forth by the Commission of Inquiry”. In the meantime, the Government of Eritrea urges the Council to suspend all deliberations. The government further urges the Council to intervene and “prevent the setting of a dangerous precedent that allows for the flagrant violation of the HRC’s own ‘Commission of Inquiry Manual'”.  Eritrea has also objected the early release of the Commission of Inquiry’s report. The COI is releasing its findings to the media tomorrow, June 8, 2016. (See COI advisory here)

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Press Release: Eritrean Conscripts Still Subject to Forced Labour in the Bisha Mine; Nevsun Still Denies It

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, April 7, 2016): On January 11, 2013, Nevsun Mining Resources Ltd. issued a press release in which the company stated that “In early 2009, within a few months of the start of mine construction, Nevsun became aware of allegations that a particular subcontractor, Segen Construction, might be employing conscripts from the country’s national service. Unfortunately, at the time, BMSC’s national service discharge document inspection procedures did not apply to subcontractors. In response to the allegations BMSC acted quickly by immediately extending its procedures to include subcontractors and by obtaining a written guarantee from Segen that it would not use conscripts at Bisha.” (http://www.nevsun.com/news/2013/january11/).

Later, in February 2016, in an interview with the Fifth Estate, Canadian Premier Investigative Program (http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2015-2016/nevsun-in-eritrea-dealing-with-a-dictator), Nevsun’s Vise President Todd Romain retracted the statement. However, the evidence still shows that Nevsun have and are still using Eritrean conscripts as labourers in their mines. Continue reading