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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.

Eritrea UN Commission of Inquiry: “time for true commitment and real change”

Eriteria Refugee Young Men(Source UNHR, GENEVA, 2 July 2015) “More than two decades have passed since Eritrea has emerged as a newly independent nation, full of hope for a free and prosperous future for all its citizens. Unfortunately, that promise remains unfulfilled… The Eritrea we see today is marked by repression and fear,” said Mike Smith, Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. Continue reading

HRCE Hosts a Side-Event in Geneva during the Release of COI Report on Eritrea

HRCE's Sideevent Sponsors and Announcement June 25, 2015

HRCE’s Sideevent Sponsors and Announcement June 25, 2015

Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) in collaboration with various human rights organizations and international NGO’s hosted a presentation featuring victims and witnesses that contributed their experiences to the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Eritrea. Continue reading

Awate.com: Sovereignty, International Law and the Commission of Inquiry Eritrea

With the release of the report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea in which the commission states that the Government of Eritrea may have been involved in acts that “may constitute crimes against humanity”, a well-rounded article on Awate.com tries to answer the following questions: How systematic and widespread are the alleged violations? How reliable are the methodologies used in the investigations and what are the standards of proof? Are they even within the mandate of the CoIE? What are “crimes against humanity” and why was the CoIE equivocal by saying “may”? Why is what goes on inside Eritrea the business of the United Nations, anyway? Why is this being reported now just when the Government of Eritrea started making some headway in re-engaging Europe? How credible is the UN and does it apply the same standards to all nations? What is likely to happen next?

Please read the full article here: Sovereignty, International Law and the Commission of Inquiry Eritrea (http://awate.com/sovereignty-international-law-and-the-commission-of-inquiry-eritrea/)

 

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Rwanda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Rwanda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Rwanda. The letter urges Rwanda to disassociate itself from this process, which has been described as a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection, and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries. Here is the full letter: Continue reading

HRCE Sends a Letter to EU Stating Concern over Development Aid to the Eritrean Government

Human Rights Concern EritreaOn April 15, 2015, HRCE sends a letter to the EU stating the concern over the Commission’s current plans to hand significant development aid to the Eritrean government without sufficient oversight as to how the money is being spent. This decision both undermines the European Union’s commitments to human rights and democracy and effectively rewards a tyrant. Please read on for the content of the full letter. Continue reading

Eritrea: The Cursed Land – Torture and Forced Labour

lapresse(La Presse, Isabelle Hachey,  20 June, 2015) In Eritrea, one of the worst dictatorships in the world remains in power through terror, mass surveillance, widespread torture, arbitrary detention and forced labor. These violations “of a scope and magnitude rarely seen elsewhere” might constitute “crimes against humanity,” concludes a recent report by the UN commission investigating human rights in that country the Horn of Africa. Continue reading

Human Rights Concern-Eritrea: Press Release

HRCE Sideevent 1

HRCE Sideevent – Hanna Petros sharing her testimony

Geneva, Switzerland (June 30, 2015), Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) in collaboration with various human rights organizations and international NGO’s hosted a presentation featuring victims and witnesses that contributed their experiences to the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Eritrea. The COI was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 27 June 2014 to investigate the widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Eritrea.  Continue reading

The Report Of the Commision of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

The report was released publicly throught a press conference on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 10:30 AM.

This page contains a short and long (detailed findings) version of the COI report, a press release on the report, an updated fact sheet and visual material – satellite photos, a map and drawings from an Eritrean torture survivor.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIEritrea/Pages/ReportCoIEritrea.aspx

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Uganda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Uganda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Uganda. The letter urges Uganda to disassociate itself from any  process involving a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries . Here is the full letter: Continue reading

HRCE Sends a Letter to Rt Hon Theresa May, MP, on Inaccurancies on “Home Office Guidlines” on Eritrea

Human Rights Concern EritreaHRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sent a letter to Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May, MP,
concerning the gross inaccuracies contained in the recent ‘Home Office Guidelines; Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: National (incl. Military) Service’ (2015) and in ‘Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: Illegal Exit’ (2015).Please read the full content of the letter here. Continue reading

Some Reflections on the UK Home Office’s Country Information Guidance Eritrea: National (incl. Military) Service & Illegal Exit, March 2015

Introduction

The UK delegation from the Foreign and Common Wealth Office and the Home Office visited Asmara on 9-11 December 2014. In March 2015, the Home Office issued two documents, namely, Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: National (incl. Military) Service and Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: Illegal Exit. This Note draws attention to the serious flaws contained in the Guidelines and the source material used to reach the conclusions. Continue reading

Eritrea: UN-Mandated Inquiry Finds ‘Very Clear Patterns’ of Human Rights Abuses

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

(Source: UN News Centre) 16 March 2015 – A four-month United Nations investigation into the human rights situation in Eritrea has found “very clear patterns” of violations and abuses, according to a report delivered today at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. Continue reading