Category: Articles

Family Recovers Body of Shoot-To-Kill Victim at Eritrean border

Tesfalem Tekle Abay was only 38 when he was killed at the Eritrean border whilst attempting to leave the country. A photograph smuggled from the repressive country shows an obituary notice by the family inviting members of the community to attend his funeral, as is customary.…

Yemane Gebreab Should Be Arrested and Prosecuted

In a recent Africa Express[1] article by an Italian journalist Massimo Alberizzi about the attack on Yemane Gebreab (the Eritrean president’s advisor) and Fessehazion Petros (the Eritrean ambassador in Rome), the author condemns the attack whilst highlighting that it is the inhumane practices of the Eritrean government itself that precipitated this outburst of violence. The two men were attacked in the…

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,…

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

A 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…

Europe’s African ‘Wall’ Now Almost Complete

(Martin Plaut and Leonard Vincent, January 16, 2017) It may not be a physical barrier comparable to Donald Trump’s wall to prevent Mexicans from reaching the USA, but it is nearly in place. Europe is close to sealing the routes refugees and migrants take across the…

Elsa Chyrum

Recognizing Individuals: A Step Towards Transparency

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…

No More EU Deals to Keep Migrants Out

(euractiv.com, Andrea Stocchiero, Jessica Poh-Janrell, December 11, 2016) The EU’s new partnership with Third World countries, modelled on the controversial Turkey deal, and trust funds to limit migration and return refugees to their home countries, have little safeguards for human rights, argue Jessica Poh-Janrell and Andrea Stocchiero…

Canadian Firm Faces New Forced Labour Claims Over Eritrean Mine

(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…

Eritreans’ Case Against Nevsun Can Proceed in Canada

(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…

The Story Begins on the 18th of September 2001

After fighting for thirty years, in May 1991, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) liberated Eritrea from the Ethiopian occupation. Two years after, an internationally supervised referendum was carried out and Eritrea became an independent state in May 1993.

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…

How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Base

(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.”…

Warsay Slave Labor

Eritrean Conscripts Are Not Slaves

Recently, the Information Minister of Eritrea, Mr Yemane Gebermeskel, confirmed that indefinite National Service is going to remain without fundamental change, but that the government is planning to increase the present very low wages paid to conscripts: Eritrea won’t shorten national service despite migration fears.