WELCOME TO HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN - ERITREA (HRCE)
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.

Eritrea: UN expert warns about persisting human rights violations linked to the national service

10011148_613242085434967_1325535129_nGENEVA (31 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today expressed deep concern about persisting human rights violations in the country in the context of the Eritrean national service.

“National service dominates life in Eritrea entirely,” Ms. Keetharuth said at the end of an official visit to Germany and Switzerland from 17 to 28 March 2014 during which she collected first-hand information from Eritrean refugees and migrants on the human rights situation in Eritrea. Continue reading

March 8 – International Women’s Day

EritreanNationalsInternational Women’s Day, March 8 , is intended as a day of celebration for the economic and social achievements of women around the world, especially, as designated by the United Nations, in terms of political and human rights.

Let us examine the human rights situation in relation to Eritrean women:

It is an established fact that women displaced by armed conflict – often living alone with their children – are frequently exposed to sexual violence, discrimination and intimidation. Many face poverty and social exclusion as well. International humanitarian law therefore includes specific provisions protecting women, for example when they are pregnant or as mothers of young children. Since Eritrea, however, is a law unto itself, and the ‘armed conflict’ has been over for decades, it is the phoney ‘threat’ from Ethiopia used as a justification for national conscription which produces the same ill effects on Eritrean women. Women are forced into national service, where they are treated as subhuman, or are separated from their menfolk on the outside with no provision made for the most basic survival needs for themselves or their children.

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Joint Press Release by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) & Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)

HumanRightsTo: Members of the Human Rights Council, Geneva
London, 28 February 2014
Your Excellency,

Re: Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed’s speech during the High Level Segment at theHuman Rights Council (HRC)

We have been made aware that Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed, Eritrea’s Minster of Foreign Affairs, will be speaking during the High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday, 3 March 2014, at 12:00p.m.

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PRESS RELEASE: Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti

Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti
PRESS RELEASE
30th January 2014

Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti

Thomas Haddish, a 21 -year-old Eritrean, died yesterday evening in Djibouti Negad Detention Centre. Having fled from Eritrea three years ago, fearing serious persecution, he sought asylum in Djibouti. From the moment of his arrival in that country, he was illegally detained at Negad prison.

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International Human Rights Day

Int'l Human Rights DatThe UN General Assembly proclaimed 10th December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the common standard of achievement defining shared ideals and values for all peoples. The UDHR is the defining document on the principles of human rights deemed to be accepted by all states becoming members of the UN.

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UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, 18TH SESSION HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN ERITREA: STAKEHOLDER SUBMISSION:ERITREA

Introduction: Human Rights Concern Eritrea

Human Rights Council logoHuman Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) is an independent human rights organization based in the UK. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of Eritreans, at home and all over the world, through advocacy, education, research and documentation.

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Report on Child Rights Violations in Eritrea (HRCE Report 1/2013, 19 November 2013)

hrcelog_175_132 This report was originally presented as a briefing at an NGO side-event held by Human Rights Concern Eritrea at 866 UN Plaza, New York on 24 October 2013 -  “Eritrea: Voices of Victims – Stories of survivors and families of victims of Eritrea’s repressive regime”. The event, centring on testimonies in person by relatives of prominent long-term and “disappeared” prisoners of conscience, was co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, and FIDH. It followed the presentation of a Report on Eritrea by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea delivered to the UN General Assembly (UN document A/HRC/23/53, 24 October 2013).

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More punishment of the innocent

Ciham Ali Abdu

Ciham Ali Abdu

What kind of crime can a fifteen-year-old child Ciham, Ali Abdu, be guilty of to merit imprisonment incommunicado?

The “crime” is that her father, Ali Abdu, the former Information Minister, defected to Australia in November 2012. Since December 2012, his daughter has been imprisoned by Isaias Afewerki, who, as always, employs the Mafia technique that if they cannot punish you directly, they get to your family. In addition, his father, Mr Abdu Ahmed Yonis, who is 86, and his brother, Hassen Abdu Ahmed, who is 38, are also in prison.

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ERITREA: HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST DETENTION OF 267 ERITREAN REFUGEES IN DJIBOUTI

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English Version

ERITREA: HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST DETENTION OF 267 ERITREAN REFUGEES IN DJIBOUTI

Geneva 24 March 2014:

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today outside the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, in support of 267 Eritrean refugees detained in Djibouti.

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Statement by Mr Osman Saleh, Minster of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea

Mr Osman SalehStatement by Mr Osman Saleh,
Minster of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea

Presented at the High Level Segment
25th Session of the Human Right Council

3rd of March 2014
Geneva

Mr. President,

It is an honour and indeed a privilege to address the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council on a subject that my delegation attaches great importance.

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Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

Press Release

Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

4th February 2014

The Government of Eritrea should accept recommendations to cooperate fully with the United Nations human rights system, said Human Rights Concern-Eritrea, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, following its examination at the Universal Periodic Review yesterday. Continue reading

Responses by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) to the Eritrean National Report

Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights of – Eritrea

National Report Submitted to the Human Rights

Council by Government of Eritrea (GoE) Nov. 2013

 http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G13/185/01/PDF/G1318501.pdf?OpenElement

V. Progress on UPR Recommendations

  1. A.    Rights of the Child:

UNHumanFollow-up to 2009 UPR Recommendations: Implementation: The GoE accepted the recommendation to implement the ILO Convention on Child Labour and to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In 2013 the GoE reported that “Domestic laws have been harmonized to conform with the principles enshrined in the CRC”…and that it “has introduced a regulation to ensure that a person below the age of 18 cannot be engaged in an occupation that jeopardizes his/her physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”.

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Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, after her visit to Tunisia and Malta (11 – 20 November 2013)

Sheila B. Keetharuth(GENEVA 25 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, expressed great concern about rampant human rights violations in Eritrea which caused hundreds of thousands to leave their country for an unknown and precarious future.

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Eritrea:Travel Warning U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

State DeptEritrea - November 18, 2013

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and strongly recommends U.S. citizens defer all travel to the country. This replaces the Travel Warning for Eritrea of May 10, 2013 to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Eritrea.

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Report on New York Side Event and Meaza Petros Testimony

New York Speakers

Meaza Petros, Saleh Yonus, Mezgebe Mengstu, Sheila B. Keetharuth, Sengal Weldetensae, Elizabeth Chyrum and Zerai Petros

Amnesty International (AI), Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE), and Human Rights Watch (HRW), organised a side event on 24 October 2013, from 14:00 – 1600, at Bahai’i International Community Office, United Nations Office, in New York, under the theme of ‘Eritrea: Voices of Victims, Stories of Survivors and Families of Eritrea’s Repressive Regime’. On the same day, in the morning, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth had an interactive dialogue with the Third Committee in the General Assembly in New York, in connection to agenda item 69 (b,c), Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (the first time Eritrea’s human rights situation was heard in the General Assembly).

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Eritrea: Rapporteur highlights “most serious violations” during historic UN General assembly address

Sheila B. KeetharuthIn her first “interactive dialogue” with the UN General Assembly, the UN Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea urged the Eritrean government to ensure that its people are able to “live in dignity” and challenge human rights violations “without the threat of reprisal”. Continue reading

BOAT TRAGEDY: MORE ERITREANS DIE AS THEY TRY TO ESCAPE FROM AFEWERKI’S INHUMAN REGIME

1377608_10201496253800851_1973182669_nIt is in all the newspapers: ‘More than 100 dead in boat tragedy at gates of Europe’ is today’s headline in the Guardian. We read with mounting sadness as the death toll rises to 200, 300 or more feared dead. The dead are referred to as ‘migrants from Africa’. In the smaller print we learn that many are Eritreans and Somalians. On page 2 of today’s Guardian it says: In the past two decades, almost 20,000 people are recorded as having lost their lives in an effort to reach Europe’s southern borders from Africa and the Middle East.’ There are also articles about who is to blame. Is it the criminal gangs who traffic in people? Is it the European policy on migration? Is it a failure of technology? Continue reading