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Human Rights Concern - Eritrea (HRCE) is an independent non profit making, human rights organization based in UK. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of Eritreans at home and all over the world. HRCE believes that all human beings are equal regardless of race, religion, gender and political affiliation and strives for a peaceful Eritrea where fundamental human rights are respected.

Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50RE: Eritrean journalists who have been languishing in an unknown Ethiopian prison

His Excellency Mr. Hailemaraim Desalegn
Prime Minister
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Office of the Prime Minster
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

6 January 2017

Open letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you on behalf of Tesfaledet Kidane Tesfazghi and his colleague, Saleh Idris Gama, Eritrean nationals who have been languishing in an unknown Ethiopian prison since the beginning of 2007. Continue reading

Letter to President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti Regarding the Release of Prisoners of War from Eritrea

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50Re: Release of Prisoners of War from Eritrea

President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh,
President of the Republic of Djibouti.
Office of the President, DJIBOUTI

21 November 2016

Your Excellency, President Ismail Omar Guelleh,

It was with great relief and delight that we received the news of the release of all 19 Eritrean Prisoners of War who had been detained in the Nagad Detention Centre in Djibouti for eight years. Continue reading

Open Letter to the Swedish Government

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50Re: Sweden’s Immigration authorities coercing Eritrean Refugees to sign a regret form and pay the 2% illegal diaspora tax to obtain national passport for family reunification.

Dear Sirs or Madams,

From our recent visit to Israel, Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) understands that some Eritrean refugees in Israel have applied to join their families in Sweden, as provided for under international law and the European Convention of Human Rights. All of them have family members already residing in Sweden who have been granted the right to stay there. Continue reading

Response to a Resolution Tabled by the Eritrean Government

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150To:  The Representatives of Permanent Missions and of Observers states at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

                                                                                                                              20 June 2016

Re: Draft Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea dated 15th June 2016 Continue reading

HRCE: An Open Letter to Mr. Louis Mazel

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150Dear Mr. Louis Mazel,

I write in response to your comments following your visit to Bisha Mine in Eritrea: http://www.eastafro.com/2015/12/10/u-s-embassy-asmara-my-visit-to-the-bisha-mine/

I understand that you and your team visited Bisha Mine on November 21 -22, 2015. According to your account, it was an “eye opener” visit. Your team consisted of your deputy, along with her husband, dignitaries from the Embassies of Canada, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and included representatives from the European Union and UN offices in Asmara.

I am glad that you had an opportunity to visit Bisha Mine. What was the scope of this visit? Who organized the team of visitors? Why was it arranged at that particular moment in time? Are there perhaps some more questions to be answered? Yes, it was most certainly an “eye opener” for you and for the rest of the delegation. But what information was not included (or conveniently omitted)? Which questions were not asked? Continue reading

Open Letter to Rt Hon. David Cameron MP

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE director, Elizabeth Chyrum, sends an open letter to Rt Hon. David Cameron MP expressing deep concern on the Home Office’s permission of the UKBA to use a completely discredited Danish report as the criteria for determining the outcome of applications filed by Eritrean asylum-seekers who have fled from the open-ended national service characterised by UN and human rights agencies as forced labour or as a modern form of slavery. Read the full letter below: Continue reading

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Uganda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Uganda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Uganda. The letter urges Uganda to disassociate itself from any  process involving a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries . Here is the full letter: Continue reading

HRCE Sends a Letter to EU Stating Concern over Development Aid to the Eritrean Government

Human Rights Concern EritreaOn April 15, 2015, HRCE sends a letter to the EU stating the concern over the Commission’s current plans to hand significant development aid to the Eritrean government without sufficient oversight as to how the money is being spent. This decision both undermines the European Union’s commitments to human rights and democracy and effectively rewards a tyrant. Please read on for the content of the full letter. Continue reading

Open Letter to the Danish Immigration Service

Dear Delegation of the Danish Immigration Service,

The report on “Eritrea – Drivers and Root Causes of Emigration, National Service and the Possibility of Return” http://www.nyidanmark.dk/NR/rdonlyres/B28905F5-5C3F-409B-8A22-0DF0DACBDAEF/0/EritreareportEndeligversion.pdfwas prepared as country of origin information for use in the asylum determination process of Eritrean asylum seekers in Denmark.

According to the report, the main reason recent arrivals in Denmark give for leaving Eritrea is the conditions of National Service, illegally leaving the country and fear of reprisals if they return. Continue reading

Open Letter to Hon William Hague on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

Dear  Mr Hague,

My name is Elizabeth Chyrum and I am the Director of  Human Rights Concern – Eritrea, a London based Human Rights organisation that promotes and protects the human rights of Eritrean inside Eritrea and in diaspora.

I am writing to you as we are very much concerned about your ongoing bilateral engagement with Eritrea, although according to  your own accounting Eritrea is one of the countries about which  you have expressed concern because of its gross human rights violations towards its own people. Eritrea’s abuse of human rights is not better than North Korea’s, but Eritrea does not make the media headlines.

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Letter to the President of the United Nations General Assembly

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50Re: UN Commission of Inquiry’s Written Report and Oral update on – Human Rights Abuses in Eritrea

His Excellency Mr. Peter Thompson,

President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Office of the President,
United Nations,
NEW YORK 10017
United States of America

CC:
Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations;
Mr. Choi Kyong-Lim, President of the Human Rights Council;
Ms. Maria Emma Mejia, Chair of the Third Committee, General Assembly.

26 October 2016

Your Excellency,

The recent Report of the UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea confirms what Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE)has been reporting for many years. In particular, the Commission of Inquiry confirms HRCE’s reports that: – Continue reading

Open Letter to the Attention of Chancellor Angela Merkel

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150An open letter concerning the Flow of Refugees from Eritrea and the Policies of the European Union and Federal Republic of Germany towards these Refugees and their Country of Origin.

We are writing to you to express our very deep concern about possible changes in the policies of the Federal Republic of Germany towards Eritrea and its citizens who are fleeing their homeland. We fear that the recent visit to Germany of two Eritrean Ministers and Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs and Presidential Adviser[1] for confidential negotiations may herald policy changes by the Federal Government which could greatly endanger refugees from Eritrea while ignoring the appalling human rights situation in the country. Continue reading

HRCE Sends a Letter to Pres. Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Rwanda-Israel Multimillion-Dollar Deal to Transfer Eritrean Refugees

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sends a letter to His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, on how saddened HRCE is to learn of the Rwanda-Israel multimillion dollar deal to transfer unwanted Eritrean refugees to Rwanda. The letter urges Rwanda to disassociate itself from this process, which has been described as a disintegration of Israel’s legal and ethical obligations towards those deserving of international protection, and an attempt to transfer the responsibility to other countries. Here is the full letter: Continue reading

HRCE’s Letter to Rt Hon Theresa May, MP, UK’s Home Secretary

Human Rights Concern EritreaHRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum sent a letter to Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May, MP,
concerning the gross inaccuracies contained in the recent ‘Home Office Guidelines; Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: National (incl. Military) Service’ (2015) and in ‘Country Information and Guidance Eritrea: Illegal Exit’ (2015).Please read the full content of the letter here. Continue reading

On the The brutal Killing of Khaled Idris Bahray : Letter to the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection

Human Rights Concern EritreaHuman Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) sends a letter to the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection office in Berlin regarding the brutal killing of Khaled Idris Bahray,a 20-year-old refugee from Eritrea. The HRCE condemns the unprovoked cruel killing, and requests that this heinous crime committed against an innocent young man, who sought refuge in Germany, must get the needed attention it deserves from the Office. Here is the content of the letter: Continue reading

Letter to King Abdalla Bib Abdulaziz Ale Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

To: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

King Abdalla Bib Abdulaziz Ale Saud, May God protect him

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Your Majesty,

Re: Eritreans who are on their way to be deported to their country

As Eritreans, whose country is related to the beloved Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by geographical, historical, cultural and social proximity,   we proudly say that we hold you with high esteem and that you are very close to the hearts of the Eritrean people whom you supported during the long national struggle for the Eritrean independence, covering the period from early 1960s to early 1990s. At the same time, we admire your role in promoting peace, stability and interfaith dialogue at regional and international levels, showing very noble positions with which your great name is always associated. Continue reading