A 52-year-old Eritrean former political prisoner, who fled his country after being tortured systematically, and who subsequently endured several beatings at the hands officers at the immigration and detention Centre in Brussels after seeking asylum there is currently sitting in a cold metal chair in an Ethiopian airport, resisting attempts to deport him to either South Sudan, Uganda or Eritrea. Continue reading
(Awate.com, Tzigereda Haile, Feb 10, 2016) During the struggle (Ghedli), the Tigrinya phrase for “password” was “misTir Leyti”: secret of the night. Usually, it was the name of a martyr, shared and circulated per whisper up to the tegadalay (combatant) serving in the frontline. Practiced throughout the whole Liberation Front and renewed on a daily basis, it was crucial for the survival of a military unit, especially during the night. It served to identify a comrade and rule out any risk of an intruder or enemy respectively. When darkness falls, the first thing you would ask any suspected moving person is “dew bel, men iKa, … mistir leyti!” (Halt, who are you, name the password!) If the person in question cannot immediately render a correct response, he would be in serious trouble. So, you memorize it. The guards in charge for the night shift (Hares) are assigned alternately. Continue reading
(BBC NEWS, Kathy Harcombe, 3 February 2016) For nearly a year Israel has been offering African migrants cash and the chance to go and live in what is supposed to be a safe haven in a third country – but the BBC has spoken to two men who say that they were abandoned as soon as they got off the plane. One was immediately trafficked, the other left to fend for himself without papers.
(Awate.com, Saleh Younis, Jan 6, 2016) Observing the government of Eritrea and its functionaries, one is always struck which one of their two wings is heavier: the malicious one or the stupid one? One can build a case for either one, and it is a running debate among the Eritrean opposition and the silent majority. In an article that appeared at madote.com under the heading of “United Nation Commission of inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea will face inevitable legal challenges”, a Yemane Tsegay who is an “M.S. Aerospace Engineer/Legal Advocacy” is attempting to make his case to support the heading of the article… What struck me is the photo that madote.com, Tesfanews’ poor sister, chose to accompany the article. A photo that was originally published by awate. Choosing the picture conclusively shows that the stupid wing is heavier than the malicious wing.
Read the full article at awate.com here
(Times of Malta, Philip Leone-Ganado, November 13, 2015) Elsa Chyrum had never visited Malta before this week, but still, the country holds deeply unhappy memories. In 2002, the Eritrean human rights activist was one of the protagonists in one of Malta’s darkest moments: when 220 Eritrean refugees were forcibly returned to their country to face immediate arrest and brutal torture. Continue reading
GENEVA, Switzerland, November 10, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate human rights violations in Eritrea has embarked on its second term after reconvening in New York.
Time: 9.30 – 12.00hrs
Venue: Old University, St Paul Street, Valletta
Aditus Foundation, Integra Foundation and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta, in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe and the Migration and Development civil society (MADE) network in Africa, invite you to attend the civil society event on the Valletta Summit. Continue reading
(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