Category: News

Why Must Eritreans be Crushed into Silence?

On October 31st 2017, a student-led protest in the capital of Eritrea was met with gunfire, after the demonstrators gathered in the streets of Asmara to demand the opening of their school which had been forcibly closed. They were primarily students of the Al Diaa Islamic School – a…

Gunfire in the Center of Asmara – Casualties Unknown

A student demonstration has been met with gunfire outside the President’s Office in Asmara, various online news avenues and commentators have reported. The demonstration was staged in response to the Eritrean government’s closure and interference with the Al Diaa Islamic School in the Akria district in…

Court to Hear Vancouver-Based Mining Company Human Rights Appeal

(news1130.com, Renee Bernard, September 24, 2017) VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Should a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses against foreign workers at a Canadian mining company be heard in Canada? A four-day BC Court of Appeals hearing begins on Monday to hear an appeal of a decision…

Death in Custody of a Christian Woman in Eritrea

Fikadu Debesai, a Christian woman arrested for practising her faith, has died while in custody. She was taken to a prison near Gahtelay and Shiib along with her husband Afwerki for practising her faith, after a round-up in May 2017, in which many people were arrested…

HRSP Hosts Community Roundtable Meetings

HRSP (Human Rights and Special Prosecution, under the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice) launched an initiative 15 months ago to ensure that immigrants living in our communities know that justice might be served in the United States for atrocities that happened long ago…

Canadian Firm Faces New Forced Labour Claims Over Eritrean Mine

(theguardian.com, Karen McVeigh, October 14, 2016) Dozens more workers alleging forced labour and intimidation at Bisha mine set to join civil action against mining company Nevsun Resources Dozens of Eritreans are to join a groundbreaking civil action in Canada as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Nevsun…

Eritreans’ Case Against Nevsun Can Proceed in Canada

(mining.com, October 7, 2016) “There is a real risk that the plaintiffs could not be provided with justice in Eritrea,” said Justice Patrice Abrioux in a ruling that allows three refugees to proceed with a civil lawsuit against Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources. In an unprecedented decision, the…

AU: Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Activists from across Africa highlight the need for African governments to support the International Criminal Court in a video by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations. (hrw.org, Nairobi, July 6, 2016)  Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for…