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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…

House Democrats Urge Israel to Release Jailed African Asylum Seekers

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 29, 2018)  A Democratic congressional delegation that met this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the release of African asylum seekers being held in an Israeli prison. In a letter Tuesday that originated in the office of House Democratic leader…

Australian Mining Company Defends Eritrea at the UN

As the United Nations debates Eritrea’s troubled human rights record, an Australian mining company has taken the extraordinary step of appearing with the Eritrean regime to help it defend its actions. Western Australian Danakali Resources runs a potash mine in partnership with the Eritrea government. Its…

Israel’s African Asylum Seekers: What Needs to be Done

(The Times of Israel, Irwin Cotler, February 8, 2018) Israel is home to nearly 40,000 African asylum seekers and migrants – of whom some 72 percent are Eritrean and 20 percent Sudanese – some of whom began to arrive as early as 2005. At the time,…

Refugees Are Not Infiltrators, Don’t Jail or Deport Them

Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) is seriously concerned at reports that, by the end of March 2018, Eritrean asylum-seekers will be deported from Israel to Eritrea, or to equally dangerous situations in Rwanda or Uganda, from which they may well be forcibly returned to their country of…

Nevsun’s Bid to Have Human Rights Case Moved to Eritrea Dismissed by B.C. Court

(CIM-Magazine, Kelsey Rolfe, November 22, 2017) Lawsuit against Nevsun Resources alleging company violated international forced labour norms will go ahead in B.C. court The British Columbia Court of Appeals dismissed a claim from Nevsun Resources to have a human rights case against it moved to Eritrea, where…

UNHCR Concerned over Israel’s Refugee Relocation Proposals

(UNHCR, November 17, 2017) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in…

Why Must Eritreans be Crushed into Silence?

On October 31st 2017, a student-led protest in the capital of Eritrea was met with gunfire, after the demonstrators gathered in the streets of Asmara to demand the opening of their school which had been forcibly closed. They were primarily students of the Al Diaa Islamic School – a…