Author: HRCE

A Day to Celebrate with All Our Hearts?

On 24th May 2020, it will be 29 years since Eritrea gained its independence! Is this not, surely, a time for great rejoicing?  With hard-won independence, we would expect, above all, this to be a day to celebrate Our Nation’s Freedom, Perhaps? Freedom of movement:   Under normal…

Coronavirus Poses Huge Threat to Prison Population in Eritrea

Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) is deeply concerned that the very poor conditions in Eritrea’s prisons make them likely receptors for the spread of the Covid-19 infection, and a huge wave of the infection could spread rapidly through the whole prison complex. There is an…

A 27-Year-Old Eritrean Conscript Is Shot Dead in the Street by Armed Police

Shewit Yakob Gebretensae (27) was shot dead by armed police in the streets of Mendefera, Eritrea, on 4th February, 2020. Whilst peacefully walking home at 9 pm, without having committed any offence, Shewit was grabbed by police and handcuffed. When he and others tried to escape this unjustified detention, police…

Shadow Report to the CEDAW Committee by Human Rights Concern -Eritrea (HRCE)

CEDAW 75th Session February 2020 Country Under Review: Eritrea SHADOW REPORT TO THE CEDAW COMMITTEE BY HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN-ERITREA (HRCE) 1. Introduction Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) is an Eritrean-led non-political human rights organization, located outside the country, which researches, reports and campaigns on violations of…

Eritrean Government Arrests Dozens of Eritrean Muslims

On the 28th November 2019, more than 21 Eritreans from the towns of Mendefera, Adi- Quala and nearby villages in the southern region, were rounded up from their businesses, work places and homes by the government security personnel and detained. The reasons for their arrest are unknown.…

Seven Members of the Eritrean National Football Team Have Sought Asylum in Uganda

On 22nd December 2019, it was reported in the Ugandan digital media Ducor Sports that seven Eritrean football players had not returned home from Uganda after the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations’ (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup game finished. They were supposed to take the flight back to…

Grievous Assault and Murder targeting two Eritrean refugees in Israel

On the 3 December 2019, four Eritrean men brutally attacked two Eritrean refugees in Tel Aviv, Israel. In attacks which were to all intents and purposes unprovoked, the two refugees were beaten and stabbed. One died two days later from his injuries, and the other is…

Eritrean Regime Supporters Assault Another Journalist in London

On Tuesday 26th November, Amanuel Eyasu, the founder of Assena Satellite TV, was attacked by Eritrean regime supporters at Putney Bridge Station, in London. He had been contacted by an Eritrean female residing in London who pretended to have information on the human rights situation in Eritrea; she suggested meeting at Putney Bridge Station…

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…