Category: Editorial

ERITREA: The Special Rapporteur’s mandate was not established in response to the political situation in the Horn of Africa, but to address the egregious human rights violations committed by the Eritrean government against Eritrean civilians

10 July 2019 Following the informal consultation on the draft resolution on Eritrea, tabled by Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, we write to urge you to support the resolution, which renews the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights…

Is Eritrea a Safe Country to Which Asylum-Seekers Can be Returned?

On 30th April 2019 Eritrea’s Information Minister, Mr. Yemane G. Meskel told the world that his government summoned the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees Residential Representative in Asmara, Eritrea to Reprimand the UN organization for not forcibly returning Eritrean asylum seekers to Eritrea. UNHCR transferred…

What Has Changed Concerning Human Rights in Eritrea?

Peace overtures between Ethiopia and Eritrea was welcomed by every country and a loud chorus of approval. The sad truth is that Peace with Ethiopia ushered no change whatsoever within Eritrea and crimes against humanity continue to be perpetrated. The endless suffering of Eritrean people continues.…

ERITREA: Angry Response to a Friendly Nation from the newest Member of the Human Rights Council questions about Eritrea’s Suitability as a Council Member

The government of Eritrea reacted most angrily to what it termed Germany’s “meddling in Eritrea’s affairs”, and “the hostile stance that the German Government has held against Eritrea”, and accused the German Government of being “Cynical about progress made in the peace agreement between Eritrea and…

Eritrea: Hopes for Democratic Change and Reform of National Service?

Following the recent rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia dated 7 July 2018, a number of media commentators, diplomats and foreign government officials have expressed hope that the political situation in Eritrea would be normalised soon. Attention must be given to the system of arbitrary and indefinite…

Is the Ethio-Eritrean Peace a Real Lasting and Sustainable Peace?

The two East African countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea, became independent from one another 25 years ago, but fought a war over their borders from 1998 to 2000, leaving around 100,000 dead. The so-called Algiers Agreement of 2002 brought an end to the conflict, and mandated a…