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.

Open Letter to the Attention of Chancellor Angela Merkel

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150An open letter concerning the Flow of Refugees from Eritrea and the Policies of the European Union and Federal Republic of Germany towards these Refugees and their Country of Origin.

We are writing to you to express our very deep concern about possible changes in the policies of the Federal Republic of Germany towards Eritrea and its citizens who are fleeing their homeland. We fear that the recent visit to Germany of two Eritrean Ministers and Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs and Presidential Adviser[1] for confidential negotiations may herald policy changes by the Federal Government which could greatly endanger refugees from Eritrea while ignoring the appalling human rights situation in the country. Continue reading

Eritrea: 15 Years Later Still No Information On Jailed Senior Politicians and Independent journalists

UN Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human RightsGENEVA (16 September 2016) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today called on the Eritrean Government to urgently provide information on the whereabouts and state of health of senior government officials and independent journalists arrested on 18 September 2001 and in the following days.

Fifteen years ago, the Eritrean authorities arrested and detained a group of senior cabinet ministers, members of parliament and independent journalists without charge or trial. To date, the Government has refused to share any information on their whereabouts and state of health. Continue reading

How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Base

UAE base in Asseb

UAE naval base in Asseb

(warontherocks.com, Alex Mello and Michael Knights, September 2, 2016) Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.” Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab. Over the last year, this port was built up from empty desert into a modern airbase, deep-water port, and military training facility. 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

                                                                                                                              20 June 2016

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

Eritrea’s National Service ‘A Cancerous Growth’

(oneworld.org, Daniel Nelson, September 6, 2016) National service in Eritrea “is like a cancerous growth” that has been eating into people’s lives, a London-based Eritrean academic told an MPs’ group in the Houses of Parliament on Monday.

Prof Gaim Kibreab of London Southbank University told the All Party Group on Eritrea that national service had initially been a useful nation-building tool but was now largely responsible for turning Eritrea into the world’s “fastest emptying nation”. Continue reading

2016 Trafficking in Persons Report – Eritrea

refworld.org, 05 September 2016

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 30 June 2016
Cite as United States Department of State, 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report – Eritrea, 30 June 2016, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/577f960b15.html [accessed 6 September 2016]
Disclaimer This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

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


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