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Practical Recommendations for the Management of Assemblies

(Human Rights Council report March 2016, A/HRC/31/66) The ability to assemble and act collectively is vital to democratic, economic, social and personal development, to the expression of ideas and to fostering engaged citizenry. Assemblies can make a positive contribution to the development of democratic systems and, alongside elections, play a fundamental role in public participation, holding governments accountable and expressing the will of the people as part of the democratic processes. Continue reading

Report on the State of Human Rights in Eritrea 2016

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50( & HRCE, January 31, 2017) Eritrea is a one-party state and it has been ruled by a transitional government since 1991. Ironically enough the name of the ruling party is: People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) and it has been mis(led) by President Isaias Afewerki since the specified period. Considering that Mr. Afewerki was the head of the then Eritrean People Liberation Front (EPLF) for twenty years one can safely say that he is one of the long serving dictators Africa has to grapple with.

The Eritrean constitution that was drafted and ratified by the National Assembly in May 1997 was put on hold; the national election scheduled for December 2001 was indefinitely postponed; and The National Assembly was, in effect, nullified.

Full Report: Report on the State of Eritrea 2016-3

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How Truth Can Be Twisted to Reveal a Glossy and Idealised Image

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50A Reply to the Statement by Eritrea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Osman Salih, on Human Rights Day 2016

Whatever his ultimate purpose, Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Salih, did at least reveal the true nature of the ground-breaking 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), “to set out common (Human Rights) standards which every country should strive to achieve” Continue reading

Eritrea: Release Patriarch Abune Antonios

Abune Antonios

Abune Antonios

(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), January 18, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 20, 2017 marks the 11-year anniversary of the Eritrean government’s illegal removal of Abune Antonios as the rightful Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, the nation’s largest religious community. The Patriarch has been detained since 2007: His “crime” was his refusal to excommunicate 3,000 parishioners who opposed the government.

“The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the Eritrean government to release Abune Antonios, allow him to return to his position as Patriarch, and cease its interference in the Eritrean Orthodox Church,” said USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “The government’s persecution of Patriarch Antonios is only one example of the country’s grave religious freedom violations. Eritrea has been called the North Korea of Africa due to its vigorous assault on the rights of its people:  Thousands are imprisoned for their religious beliefs and their real or imagined opposition to the government.Continue reading

‘The Long Arm of the Eritrean Regime’ – Official Dutch Report

Eritreans in Netherlands

Eritreans in Netherlands

(Martin Plaut, December 16, 2016) This report, commissioned by the Dutch government, describes the activities of the Eritrean regime inside the Netherlands.

It looks at the Eritrean community in the country, describes Eritrean organisations and their activities, and how the government in Asmara exercises control through them.

The report was covered by the main Dutch newspaper, the Telegraph, as: ‘Cabinet wants to put a stop to the long arm of Eritrea.’


Unofficial translation of the summary of the report “Niets is wat het lijkt: Eritrese organisaties en integratie”

by the DSP-Groep Amsterdam and Tilburg University

Translated by Klara Smits

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Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50RE: Eritrean journalists who have been languishing in an unknown Ethiopian prison

His Excellency Mr. Hailemaraim Desalegn
Prime Minister
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Office of the Prime Minster
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

6 January 2017

Open letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you on behalf of Tesfaledet Kidane Tesfazghi and his colleague, Saleh Idris Gama, Eritrean nationals who have been languishing in an unknown Ethiopian prison since the beginning of 2007. Continue reading

Recognizing Individuals: A Step Towards Transparency

Elsa Chyrum

Elsa Chyrum recently posted on article on recognizing the efforts of the men and women who are working tirelessly to realise the dream of a Just Eritrea. HRCE’s director, Ms. Elsa Chyrum, was graciously featured on the post. It begins by saying:

Let’s pause and consider ourselves and identify “who is who” among those who are making history, by being in the foremost list of activist leaders, in the quest of justice for Eritrea….

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A National Team Without a Country

May 21, 2014



Eighteen players from Eritrea’s national team, shown in 2011, feared for their lives and disappeared after a tournament in Uganda in 2012

GORINCHEM, the Netherlands — The 18 Eritrean refugees arrived in this picturesque, blue-collar Dutch city 20 miles east of Rotterdam earlier this month looking for safety, security and, finally, after 18 months of fear and uncertainty in two refugee camps on two continents, a home.

Refugees are not an uncommon sight in the Netherlands. More than 500 are granted legal status every year in the country’s municipalities, towns and cities, often in groups of two or three, though a huge number of economic migrants arrive, many illegally. Continue reading

Eritrea: UN expert warns about persisting human rights violations linked to the national service

10011148_613242085434967_1325535129_nGENEVA (31 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today expressed deep concern about persisting human rights violations in the country in the context of the Eritrean national service.

“National service dominates life in Eritrea entirely,” Ms. Keetharuth said at the end of an official visit to Germany and Switzerland from 17 to 28 March 2014 during which she collected first-hand information from Eritrean refugees and migrants on the human rights situation in Eritrea. Continue reading


EritreanDjubutiesPress Release

English Version


Geneva 24 March 2014:

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today outside the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, in support of 267 Eritrean refugees detained in Djibouti.

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March 8 – International Women’s Day

EritreanNationalsInternational Women’s Day, March 8 , is intended as a day of celebration for the economic and social achievements of women around the world, especially, as designated by the United Nations, in terms of political and human rights.

Let us examine the human rights situation in relation to Eritrean women:

It is an established fact that women displaced by armed conflict – often living alone with their children – are frequently exposed to sexual violence, discrimination and intimidation. Many face poverty and social exclusion as well. International humanitarian law therefore includes specific provisions protecting women, for example when they are pregnant or as mothers of young children. Since Eritrea, however, is a law unto itself, and the ‘armed conflict’ has been over for decades, it is the phoney ‘threat’ from Ethiopia used as a justification for national conscription which produces the same ill effects on Eritrean women. Women are forced into national service, where they are treated as subhuman, or are separated from their menfolk on the outside with no provision made for the most basic survival needs for themselves or their children.

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Statement by Mr Osman Saleh, Minster of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea

Mr Osman SalehStatement by Mr Osman Saleh,
Minster of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea

Presented at the High Level Segment
25th Session of the Human Right Council

3rd of March 2014

Mr. President,

It is an honour and indeed a privilege to address the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council on a subject that my delegation attaches great importance.

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Joint Press Release by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) & Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)

HumanRightsTo: Members of the Human Rights Council, Geneva
London, 28 February 2014
Your Excellency,

Re: Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed’s speech during the High Level Segment at theHuman Rights Council (HRC)

We have been made aware that Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed, Eritrea’s Minster of Foreign Affairs, will be speaking during the High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday, 3 March 2014, at 12:00p.m.

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Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

Press Release

Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

4th February 2014

The Government of Eritrea should accept recommendations to cooperate fully with the United Nations human rights system, said Human Rights Concern-Eritrea, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, following its examination at the Universal Periodic Review yesterday. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti

Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti
30th January 2014

Eritrean Refugee dies in Negad detention cerntre in Djibouti

Thomas Haddish, a 21 -year-old Eritrean, died yesterday evening in Djibouti Negad Detention Centre. Having fled from Eritrea three years ago, fearing serious persecution, he sought asylum in Djibouti. From the moment of his arrival in that country, he was illegally detained at Negad prison.

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Responses by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) to the Eritrean National Report

Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights of – Eritrea

National Report Submitted to the Human Rights

Council by Government of Eritrea (GoE) Nov. 2013

V. Progress on UPR Recommendations

  1. A.    Rights of the Child:

UNHumanFollow-up to 2009 UPR Recommendations: Implementation: The GoE accepted the recommendation to implement the ILO Convention on Child Labour and to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In 2013 the GoE reported that “Domestic laws have been harmonized to conform with the principles enshrined in the CRC”…and that it “has introduced a regulation to ensure that a person below the age of 18 cannot be engaged in an occupation that jeopardizes his/her physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”.

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