Category: Articles

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

(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…

Awate: “Mistir Leyti”: Secret of The Night

(Awate.com, Tzigereda Haile, Feb 10, 2016)  During the struggle (Ghedli), the Tigrinya phrase for “password” was “misTir Leyti”: secret of the night. Usually, it was the name of a martyr, shared and circulated per whisper up to the tegadalay (combatant) serving in the frontline. Practiced throughout the whole…

Eritrea: Economic Studies

MAJOR MACRO ECONOMIC INDICATORS 2013  2014 2015 (f) 2016 (f) GDP growth (%) 1.3  1.7 1.3 2.4 Inflation (yearly average) (%) 13.0  12.2 10.1 13.4 Budget balance (% GDP)  -11.7  -12.7 -13.5 -11.1 Current account balance (% GDP)  -5.6  -7.7 -6.5 -7.5 Public debt (% GDP) 130.4…

Israel’s Unwanted African Migrants

 (BBC NEWS, Kathy Harcombe, 3 February 2016) For nearly a year Israel has been offering African migrants cash and the chance to go and live in what is supposed to be a safe haven in a third country – but the BBC has spoken to two…

Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis

(Council On Foreign Relations, Zachary Laub, Online Writer/Editor November 11, 2015) Tens of thousands of Eritreans have arrived at Europe’s shores in recent years seeking asylum. They make up a significant share of the unprecedented stream of migrants and refugees making their way to the European Union,…

Eritrean activist reflects on Malta’s dark hour in 2002

(Times of Malta, Philip Leone-Ganado, November 13, 2015) Elsa Chyrum had never visited Malta before this week, but still, the country holds deeply unhappy memories. In 2002, the Eritrean human rights activist was one of the protagonists in one of Malta’s darkest moments: when 220 Eritrean refugees were…

Eritrea: no legitimate partner for the European Union

[Martin Plaut, 9 Nov, 2015] Europe’s refugee crisis and the Horn of Africa Martin Plaut[1] This paper is a brief summary of the some of the key issues facing EU decision makers as they prepare for Wednesday’s African Union – EU summit on migration in Valletta.

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ሓርበኛ ተጋዳላይ ቢትወደድ ኣብርሃ፡ ብዘይ ሕጋዊ ኣገባብ፡ ብዘይ ፍሉጥ ክስን ፍርድን በቲ እንኮ ዕሉል መላኺ እሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ተቐይዱን ካብ ስድራ ቤቱ፣ መቕርቡ፣ መጋድልቱን ፈተውቱን ተነጺሉ ኣብ ሓንቲ ሸላ ካብ ዝዕጾ፡ ሎሚ 06 ጥቅምቲ 2015 መበል 24 ዓመቱ ኣቑጺሩ ኣሎ።

Is Eritrea the North Korea of Africa?

(The Christian Science Monitor, By Robert P. George and Thomas J. Reese, Guest bloggers, 18 August, 2015) Should Eritrea’s track record on human rights crimes and religious freedom warrant a referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague?

Global Journalist: Eritrea’s continuing crackdown

(Global Journalist) Eritrea is sometimes described as “the North Korea of Africa.” And it’s a deserved title. The tiny nation, located on the continent’s northeastern coast bordering Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti is ranked dead last out of 180 countries on Reporters’ Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index.…

HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum Reflects back on Journey to UN COI on Eritrea

Elizabeth Chyrum reflects on the 7-year long journey that culminated with the establishment of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. With a humble note, Ms. Chyrum remebers her personal experience and expresses her deep gratitude for all the support and help that brought the journey…

Eritrea: The Cursed Land – Torture and Forced Labour

(La Presse, Isabelle Hachey,  20 June, 2015) In Eritrea, one of the worst dictatorships in the world remains in power through terror, mass surveillance, widespread torture, arbitrary detention and forced labor. These violations “of a scope and magnitude rarely seen elsewhere” might constitute “crimes against humanity,” concludes a recent…