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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.

Slave Labour in Eritrean Mining to be Focus of Landmark Court Case in Canada

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, 9 October, 2016) In a landmark ruling, three Eritreans have won the right to be heard in a Canadian court in a modern slavery case against a Canadian mining company.

In a 160-page ruling, the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed the efforts of the mining company, Nevsun Resources Limited, to block the case from going forward in Canada and to prevent the plaintiffs from pursuing claims for complicity in crimes against humanity.   Continue reading

ካብ ስልጣኖም ዝተወገዱ ፓትሪያሪክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተክርስትያን ኤርትራ ኣቡነ ኣንጦንዮስ ይቕረ ሓቲቶም ንዝብል መግለጺ ብዝምልከት ዝወጸ ኣገዳሲ መተሓሳሳቢ

AbuneAntoniosPatriarchZeEritreaሓልዮት ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራ፡ ካብ ስልጣን ዝተወገዱ ፓትሪያሪክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ከርስትያን ኤርትራ ይቕረ ሓቲቶም፡ ዝብል መግለጺ ኣዝዩ ከምዝተሓሳሰቦ ይገልጽ። Continue reading

More Shooting of Innocents Because Of Forced Conscription in Eritrea: Eleven Shot Dead in Asmara Including Woman And Child, Many Severely Wounded

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, April 7, 2016) According to various credible sources, on Sunday 3 April 2016, Eritrean soldiers escorting 10-15 convoys of conscripts from a military training camp near to Akordet, to work as labourers in Assab, shot dead at least eleven people, including a woman and child, as well as severely wounding many others when some conscripts attempted to escape. The child was walking towards a shop, while the woman was going about her business. Continue reading

Court Rules in Favour of Mirjam van Reisen

Amsterdam court decides Mirjam van Reise not guilty of libel and slander for comments she made based on research. It says “evidence based criticism” in the Netherlands are legitimate although still the court fails to prove specifically if Meseret Bahlbi was or has ever been a “spy” of the Eritrean government in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam court decides Mirjam van Reise not guilty of libel and slander for comments she made based on research. It says “evidence based criticism” in the Netherlands are legitimate although still the court fails to prove specifically if Meseret Bahlbi was or has ever been a “spy” of the Eritrean government in the Netherlands.

(bellaafrica.com, Reinhardt Jacobsen, Feb 10, 2016) A Court in Amsterdam struck down Meseret Bahlbi lawsuit against Mirjam van Reisen, Dutch professor and human rights advocate. The judge found that she was not guilty of libel and slander and that the youth party of the Eritrean government can be seen as a means of collecting intelligence abroad. Continue reading

Invitation to Civil Society Event on the Valletta Summit

Valletta Summit on MigrationDate:  11 November 2015

Time: 9.30 – 12.00hrs

Venue: Old University, St Paul Street, Valletta

 

Aditus FoundationIntegra Foundation and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta, in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe and the Migration and Development civil society (MADE) network in Africa, invite you to attend the civil society event on the Valletta Summit. 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

Nevsun’s Press Release on B.C. Lawsuit

nevsun-logoNevsun Resources Ltd. (November 21, 2014) (TSX: NSU / NYSE MKT: NSU) (Nevsun or the Company) advises that a lawsuit has been filed against it in the B.C. Supreme Court by three individuals who claim to have once worked with a local sub-contractor at the Bisha Mine in Eritrea. The lawsuit makes human rights allegations against the Company and its local sub-contractor.  The Company denies the allegations and will vigorously defend itself against this claim. Continue reading

Human Rights Council President appoints Members of Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

unhr(26 September 2014) : The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced today the appointment of Mike Smith of Australia and Victor Dankwa of Ghana who will join Sheila B. Keetharuth, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, to serve as the members of the commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged human rights violations in Eritrea, mandated by the Council at its June 2014 session. Mr. Smith will serve as Chair of the three-person commission. Continue reading

Human Rights Council Creates Mandate on Persons with Disabilities and Establishes Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea


Extends Mandates on Belarus, Eritrea and Human Rights and Transnational Corporations

The Human Rights Council this morning adopted eight texts in which it created a Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and established a commission of inquiry on Eritrea.  The Council extended the mandate of the Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Eritrea and in Belarus. Continue reading

Vancouver Court Clears Way for Slave Labour Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Company to Go to Trial

CCIJ logoVancouver, October 6, 2016. The Supreme Court of British Columbia today rejected efforts by Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Limited (TSX: NSU / NYSE MKT: NSU) to dismiss a lawsuit brought by three Eritrean men who allege they were forced to work at Nevsun’s Bisha Mine.

This marks the first time that a mass tort claim for modern slavery will go forward in a Canadian court, and the first time a case against a mining company for alleged abuses in overseas operations has been allowed to proceed in British Columbia. Continue reading

UN Inquiry Panel Welcomes Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Eritrea

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

(UN News Centre, 4 July 2016) – A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized. 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

Eritrea: UN Expert to Investigate Pervasive Rights Abuses as Part of ‘Historic’ Inquiry

Sheila B. Keetharuth

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

29 September 2014 (UN News Center) – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability. Continue reading

Eritrea: HRC Must Establish a Commission of Inquiry

25 June 2014

We the undersigned are writing to call on the UN’s Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea given the ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations being committed by the government of Eritrea against its own people with total impunity, and its continuing policy of non-cooperation with the UN’s human rights mechanisms, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. Continue reading