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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Eritrea

37th session of the Human Rights Council Statement by the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 March 2018 Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen. In recent years, OHCHR has engaged in dialogue with and provided technical assistance to the Government of Eritrea, including…

Eritrea Arrests Hundreds of Perceived Opponents: U.N.

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eritrean authorities detained hundreds of perceived opponents this month after a school director who defied government orders died in custody, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Most of those arrested were males and some were as young as 13, Sheila B. Keetharuth, the…

UN Calls for Release of Arbitrarily Arrested in Eritrea

GENEVA — The United Nations Human Rights Office is calling on the Eritrean government to immediately release all people who are arbitrarily detained and ensure they receive a fair trial. On Wednesday, a senior rights official updated the U.N. Human Rights Council on the prevailing rights situation in Eritrea.…

Death in Custody and Mass Arrests in Eritrea Continue

Death in custody and indiscriminate mass arrests continue in Eritrea, as the ruling regime suppresses the population by means of further abuses. Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) condemns these ongoing atrocities and is concerned that they are so frequent as to appear normal and acceptable. Sheikh…

ዋሕዚ ስደት ንምግታእ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ምጉዕፃጽ

ብማሕበር ሓልዮት ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራ ኣብ ጥሪ 2018፡ ጋዜጣ ሊብያ-ሄራልድ፡ ብምኽንያት ሓደ ዓመት ምኽፋት ኤምባሲ ጥልያን ኣብ ትሩብሊ ንኣምባሳደር ሚስተር ጂሰፐ ፐሮኒ ኣዘራሪባቶ። ኣብ ሊብያ፡ ክሳብ ሕጂ ካብ ኣህጉር ኤውሮጳ ኢጣልያ ጥራሕ እያ ኤምባሲ ከፊታ ዘላ። ካልኦት ኣብ 2011 ንኮሎኔል መዓመር ቀዛፊ ካብ ስልጣን ዝኣለየ ህዝባዊ…

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,…

Prolonging a Miscarriage of Justice

It will soon be a year and a half of unjust imprisonment for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, the man extradited from Sudan in a disturbing case of mistaken identity during a high profile joint investigation by the British National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Italian Palermo magistrate.…

Europe Must End Deals Helping the Slave Trade

Since the time of Gaddafi in Libya, migrants who make their way to Europe crossing that country have been informing governments and NGOs about the abuses they suffered in desert camps before making their way across the Mediterranean. Since the time of Gaddafi, Europe (primarily Italy)…

ERITREA: Canadian Appeal Court Affirms Eritreans’ Slavery and Forced Labour Claims Can Proceed

(London, 21 November, 2017) British Columbia’s Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources Ltd., that sought to block a case brought against the company by three Eritrean refugees for the alleged used of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. The three plaintiffs allege they were national service conscripts and that their labour was…

How the Human Rights Crisis in Eritrea Reached This Point

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991 after a devastating 30-year struggle. Human rights violations began almost immediately after independence, although many Eritreans were oblivious of the crimes committed in the early 90’s due to the euphoria that was still engulfing the new nation. Nevertheless, Eritreans…

Abandoning Human Rights to Curb Migration

During the last few months, Italy, backed by other European countries, has promoted a shift on migration policy by spearheading a tough approach aimed at blocking the flow of migrants coming from Libya. What is most worrisome about this approach, which is said to have the…

Every New Country Celebrates the Heroes of Its Revolution: But Why Do We Never Hear a Word about Bitweded? Because Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Have No Voice.

Bitweded Abraha was one of the outstanding figures of Eritrea’s Liberation Struggle. He was a born leader. He believed in grass roots democracy and freedom for all that should not be silenced. His deepest belief has always been in the unique value of each individual. That was why everyone loved and…

Italian Police Inhumanly Treating Refugees in Piazza Indipendenza

Human Rights Concern Eritrea strongly condemns the abuse suffered by the refugees who were removed from the building in via Curtatone in Rome and violently attacked by the police in Piazza Indipendenza. On Saturday 19th August 2017, around 800 refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia were evicted from…

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.…