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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…

Open Letter to His Excellency Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Your Excellency, We at Human Rights Concern-Eritrea wish to congratulate you on your efforts to forge a lasting peace with Eritrea, concluding an agreement which promises to end 20 years of state of hostilities following the border war which killed over 100,000 people. And we also…

Telling the Truth is Not Popular with the Eritrean Government

In a world where the slogan “fake news” is shouted loudly and frequently without any evidence or critical analysis, independent presentation of the truth has become a rare and precious commodity –one that is hard to come by in countries such as Eritrea. So, it is…

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 Years Old Today

This year, Human Rights Day (10th December 2018) marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights of every human being. It is, therefore particularly important to look at how these rights are cared for and protected in every…

A Letter to Dr. Abiy Ahmed

Your Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   cc: The Honorable Ambassador Dr. Hailemichael Aberra Afework      London, United Kingdom    23 November 2018   Dear Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed, Re:  The peace process and relations between Ethiopia…

ERITREA: Angry Response to a Friendly Nation from the newest Member of the Human Rights Council questions about Eritrea’s Suitability as a Council Member

The government of Eritrea reacted most angrily to what it termed Germany’s “meddling in Eritrea’s affairs”, and “the hostile stance that the German Government has held against Eritrea”, and accused the German Government of being “Cynical about progress made in the peace agreement between Eritrea and…

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…