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.

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

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” http://www.ecss-online.com/statement-delivered-by-h-e-minister-osman-salih/. Continue reading

Recognizing Individuals: A Step Towards Transparency

Elsa Chyrum

Elsa Chyrum

awate.com 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….

(Read the full article here)

Judges Deem Eritrea Unsafe for Migrants’ Return as Home Office Advice Rebutted

The Guardian(theguardian.com, Karen McVeigh, October 19, 2016) Legal ruling identifies risk of serious harm to returning Eritreans after MPs condemn ‘inexcusable’ delay in revising existing guidance

The Home Office will alter its much-criticised policy on Eritrean asylum seekers, after a legal ruling found that the majority of those fleeing the country risk persecution or serious harm on returning. Continue reading

How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Base

UAE base in Asseb

UAE naval base in Asseb

(warontherocks.com, Alex Mello and Michael Knights, September 2, 2016) Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.” Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab. Over the last year, this port was built up from empty desert into a modern airbase, deep-water port, and military training facility. Continue reading

“Labour Struggles truly have no borders:” Vancouver’s Connections to Slave Labour in Eritrea

Canada's Nevsun in Bisha, Eritrea

Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources’ gold and copper mine in Eritrea

(rankandfile.ca, Daniel Tsegay, Mar 3, 2016) They worked 12 hours a day, with no more than an hour break under an unrelenting sun, for six days a week. When one worker left the work site without authorization he was imprisoned for four months. Working for the equivalent of $30 a month, they were rewarded with inadequate food and the housing. Continue reading

Canadian Firm Faces New Forced Labour Claims Over Eritrean Mine

The Guardian(theguardian.com, Karen McVeigh, October 14, 2016) Dozens more workers alleging forced labour and intimidation at Bisha mine set to join civil action against mining company Nevsun Resources

Dozens of Eritreans are to join a groundbreaking civil action in Canada as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Nevsun Resources, which majority-owns the Bisha mine in north-west Eritrea, following a ruling last week. Continue reading

Eritreans’ Case Against Nevsun Can Proceed in Canada

mining-com(mining.com, October 7, 2016) “There is a real risk that the plaintiffs could not be provided with justice in Eritrea,” said Justice Patrice Abrioux in a ruling that allows three refugees to proceed with a civil lawsuit against Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources.

In an unprecedented decision, the British Columbia Supreme Court rejected the miner’s request to dismiss the case and allow it to proceed in the African country. “Canadian courts have jurisdiction to try Canadian companies for alleged criminal acts that occurred in other countries, but have been reluctant to do so,” says Nelson Bennett of Business in Vancouver. Continue reading

Eritrea’s National Service ‘A Cancerous Growth’

(oneworld.org, Daniel Nelson, September 6, 2016) National service in Eritrea “is like a cancerous growth” that has been eating into people’s lives, a London-based Eritrean academic told an MPs’ group in the Houses of Parliament on Monday.

Prof Gaim Kibreab of London Southbank University told the All Party Group on Eritrea that national service had initially been a useful nation-building tool but was now largely responsible for turning Eritrea into the world’s “fastest emptying nation”. Continue reading

Canada’s Nevsun Resources: Enabler of Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea


Bisha Mining Site

(Eritreans for Facilitating National Dialog – EFND, July 7, 2016)  Nevsun is a Canadian gold mining company operating in Eritrea – a country that has been ruled through fear and terror for the last 25 years.  And recent investigations by a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), confirmed the ruling junta has been committing “crimes against humanity” against its own people (10). Continue reading

The Roots and Evo­lu­tions of YPFDJ, in search for 2nd gen­er­a­tion cadres

YPFDJ, Meseret Bahlbi, Yeman Gebreab

YPFDJ, Meseret Bahlbi, Yeman Gebreab

(fithinews.com, Biniam Yohannes, Feb 10, 2016) A decade after inde­pen­dence, the Eritrean People’s Lib­er­a­tion Front (EPLF), which won the war of inde­pen­dence from Ethiopian coloni­sa­tion in 1991, had started becom­ing the very enemy it drove out dur­ing its 30-​year pop­u­lar strug­gle. In 1994, a year after a national ref­er­en­dum almost unan­i­mously voted for inde­pen­dence from Ethiopia, the party had dropped the word ‘Lib­er­a­tion’ from its name and added ‘Democ­racy and Jus­tice’. A national army was set up, an Eritrean cur­rency cir­cu­lated and a new con­sti­tu­tion rat­i­fied. The first seven years of inde­pen­dence seemed to hold true promise for the future of the newly inde­pen­dent nation. But, even before the eupho­ria of inde­pen­dence had worn off, a bor­der war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998. The war took a heavy toll on Eritrean pol­i­tics, soci­ety and the econ­omy. By 2001, a blame game within the party about the han­dling of the war had led to the impris­on­ment of major politicians(G15) and army com­man­ders. The free press was shut down, the econ­omy slowed and any free­doms that the peo­ple had enjoyed for the few years between inde­pen­dence and the war were taken away. Continue reading