An Open Letter to Ms. Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy General Secretary

United Nations New York, N.Y. 4 November 2019 Dear Deputy General Secretary, It is good to hear of your visit to Eritrea and the welcome you received there. How strange that not a single member of the UN Human Rights Council has ever been invited or allowed…

Eritrea: Orthodox Churches Protest Patriarch’s Continued Imprisonment

The Eritrean Orthodox Church Tewahdo (EOC) has planned two peaceful demonstrations in the United States (US) calling for the release and reinstatement of the church’s legitimate leader, Patriarch Antonios, who has been under house arrest for over a decade. The first demonstration, organised by St Gabriel’s…

Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Germany’s Ambassador to Eritrea

According to the tweet on 21st October 2019, by the Eritrean Information Minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Germany’s Ambassador to Eritrea, “to seek clarification/rectification of this incessant vitriol , which has nothing to do with objective journalism, by an outfit funded by the German Government,” apparently…

Why Are Eritrea’s Sporting Heroes So Reluctant to Return Home?

Update (October 2, 2019): Five Players of Eritrea’s National Under-20 (U-20) football team have disappeared from their hotel  in Jinja, Uganda ahead of the semi-finals of the on-going Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) U-20 Challenge Cup. CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup is set to…

Letter to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,   Office of the President, Al Ittihadia Palace,  CAIRO ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT                                                                                                                           6 August 2019 Email: p.spokesman@op.gov.eg Your Excellency, Re: Incommunicado Detention of Five Eritrean Refugees in Cairo I am writing to you on behalf of five Eritrean refugees arrested in…

ERITREA: The Special Rapporteur’s mandate was not established in response to the political situation in the Horn of Africa, but to address the egregious human rights violations committed by the Eritrean government against Eritrean civilians

10 July 2019 Following the informal consultation on the draft resolution on Eritrea, tabled by Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, we write to urge you to support the resolution, which renews the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights…

Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Eritrea

Despite Eritrean government’s egregious human rights violations, Eritrea is a member of the Human Rights Council and still has not allowed the new Special Rapporteur, Ms. Daniela Kravetz, to visit the country. The Eritrean government flouts the very purposes for which the UN Human Rights Council was…

African activists urge Eritrea’s leader to launch reforms

(Washington Post, by Associated Press, KAMPALA, Uganda, June 11 2019 ) — More than 100 African writers and activists are urging Eritrea’s authoritarian leader to protect basic freedoms and launch political reforms in the continent’s “most closed society.” Read the full article here…

Leading Africans reach out to Afwerki, but will Eritrea respond?

(Africa Times, By Laureen Fagan, 11 June 2019) More than 100 African thought leaders have appealed to the Eritrean president to allow a delegation to visit the isolated Horn of Africa nation, meet with its leaders and citizens, and open a dialogue with a view toward…

Letter to Mr. Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Vitorino

Mr Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino Director General International Organisation for Migration (IOM) 17 Route de Marillons PO Box 17 CH 1211 Geneva Switzerland Dear Mr. Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Vitorino,  Re:  Repatriation of Eritrean Refugees from Libya Human Rights Concern Eritrea request that the International…

Is Eritrea a Safe Country to Which Asylum-Seekers Can be Returned?

On 30th April 2019 Eritrea’s Information Minister, Mr. Yemane G. Meskel told the world that his government summoned the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees Residential Representative in Asmara, Eritrea to Reprimand the UN organization for not forcibly returning Eritrean asylum seekers to Eritrea. UNHCR transferred…

Democracy and Media Freedom in Eritrea

UNESCO is celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 2nd and 3rd May 2019 –celebrations to be held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. So, it is quite appropriate that we examine closely democracy and media freedom in a country not far from Ethiopia, its…

UN Human Rights Committee Given False Account by Eritrean Government Spokesman: Blatant Denial of Truth in State Version of Removal of Patriarch of Eritrean Orthodox Church

On the 12th of March 2019, during Eritrea’s review  by the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Mr. Adem Osman Idris, First Secretary and Chargé d’affaires, from the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to…

What Has Changed Concerning Human Rights in Eritrea?

Peace overtures between Ethiopia and Eritrea was welcomed by every country and a loud chorus of approval. The sad truth is that Peace with Ethiopia ushered no change whatsoever within Eritrea and crimes against humanity continue to be perpetrated. The endless suffering of Eritrean people continues.…

Eritrea: Hajji Ibrahim Younus Dies in Custody

Hajji Ibrahim Younus, who was arrested in October 2017 along with dozens of others owing to the long-simmering repercussions of the Al-Diaa School protests, has died in Mai Serwa prison in Asmara, Eritrea, reportedly on 30th January 2019. He was in his late seventies, and a member…