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A Travesty of Justice

The news that 160 nations’ representatives on 12 October 2018, voted for the state of Eritrea to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council must appall all who truly care about human rights and are working to see an end to abuses. Human Rights…

Open letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly

Dear members of the UN General Assembly, We are writing to you with a sense of considerable urgency to raise the issue of Eritrea’s possible future membership of the UN Human Rights Council. We understand that the Eritrean government has submitted an application to be elected…

Eritrea: Hopes for Democratic Change and Reform of National Service?

Following the recent rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia dated 7 July 2018, a number of media commentators, diplomats and foreign government officials have expressed hope that the political situation in Eritrea would be normalised soon. Attention must be given to the system of arbitrary and indefinite…

Is the Ethio-Eritrean Peace a Real Lasting and Sustainable Peace?

The two East African countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea, became independent from one another 25 years ago, but fought a war over their borders from 1998 to 2000, leaving around 100,000 dead. The so-called Algiers Agreement of 2002 brought an end to the conflict, and mandated a…

Oral Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea

HRC 38 – Agenda Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea – HRC – Geneva Date: 26 June 2018 Thank you, Mr President, The International Fellowship for Reconciliation and Human Rights Concern – Eritrea thank the special rapporteur for her 5th report.…

House Democrats Urge Israel to Release Jailed African Asylum Seekers

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 29, 2018)  A Democratic congressional delegation that met this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the release of African asylum seekers being held in an Israeli prison. In a letter Tuesday that originated in the office of House Democratic leader…

Israel Reaches Deal With UN to Deport Asylum Seekers to West, Not Africa

Netanyahu says Canada, Germany, Italy among countries to take in asylum seekers ■ Israel will deport 16,250 refugees to West, grant 16,250 temporary residency status Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Canada, Germany and Italy are among the Western countries that will take in asylum…