Category: Articles

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…

Yeman Gebreab’s Deadly Schemes and Network of Terror

Various media outlets have reported that Yemane Gebreab was not allowed to address the Eritrean government supporters’ public seminar, in Arlington, on 8 October 2017, during his visit in the United States. He was denied entry to the seminar venue by US law enforcement officers.  It seems…

Gunfire in the Center of Asmara – Casualties Unknown

A student demonstration has been met with gunfire outside the President’s Office in Asmara, various online news avenues and commentators have reported. The demonstration was staged in response to the Eritrean government’s closure and interference with the Al Diaa Islamic School in the Akria district in…

Court to Hear Vancouver-Based Mining Company Human Rights Appeal

(news1130.com, Renee Bernard, September 24, 2017) VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Should a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses against foreign workers at a Canadian mining company be heard in Canada? A four-day BC Court of Appeals hearing begins on Monday to hear an appeal of a decision…

Death in Custody of a Christian Woman in Eritrea

Fikadu Debesai, a Christian woman arrested for practising her faith, has died while in custody. She was taken to a prison near Gahtelay and Shiib along with her husband Afwerki for practising her faith, after a round-up in May 2017, in which many people were arrested…

Hans-Ulrich Stauffer

Response to Hans-Ulrich Stauffer’s View on Eritrea

Published in Migros Magazin on July 11th 2017, in Switzerland. The interview was conducted in Dutch, translated to English by Annelies Djellal-Müller of GiveaHand.ch  Dear Migros Magazin, Your recent article (11th July, 2017) which took the form of an interview with Hans-Ulrich Stauffer about his recent…

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…