Category: Featured

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.…

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…

European Parliament Resolution on Eritrea:

European Parliament Resolution on Eritrea European Parliament resolution of 6 July 2017 on Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak (2017/2755(RSP)) The European Parliament, –  having regard to its previous resolutions on Eritrea, in particular that of 15 September 2011 on Eritrea: the case…

To Celebrate the Anniversary of Our Independence…

On 24th May 2017, it will be 26 years since Eritrea gained its independence! Should there not be great rejoicing? Let us see what we may celebrate…With hard-won independence, we would expect, above all … freedom…… Yet Eritreans enjoy less freedom than any other country’s citizens,…

Report on the State of Human Rights in Eritrea 2016

(eritrea.facts@gmail.com & HRCE, January 31, 2017) Eritrea is a one-party state and it has been ruled by a transitional government since 1991. Ironically enough the name of the ruling party is: People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) and it has been mis(led) by President Isaias Afewerki…

Hanna Petros Solomon

A Moving Speech Delivered by Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon, the daughter of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohaness who have been both imprisoned incommunicado since 2001 and 2003 respectively, gave the following moving speech at the side-event, organized by Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Co-sponsored by: Article 19, DefendDefenders, and International Fellowship…