Category: News

African activists urge Eritrea’s leader to launch reforms

(Washington Post, by Associated Press, KAMPALA, Uganda, June 11 2019 ) — More than 100 African writers and activists are urging Eritrea’s authoritarian leader to protect basic freedoms and launch political reforms in the continent’s “most closed society.” Read the full article here…

Leading Africans reach out to Afwerki, but will Eritrea respond?

(Africa Times, By Laureen Fagan, 11 June 2019) More than 100 African thought leaders have appealed to the Eritrean president to allow a delegation to visit the isolated Horn of Africa nation, meet with its leaders and citizens, and open a dialogue with a view toward…

Eritrea: Hajji Ibrahim Younus Dies in Custody

Hajji Ibrahim Younus, who was arrested in October 2017 along with dozens of others owing to the long-simmering repercussions of the Al-Diaa School protests, has died in Mai Serwa prison in Asmara, Eritrea, reportedly on 30th January 2019. He was in his late seventies, and a member…

House Democrats Urge Israel to Release Jailed African Asylum Seekers

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 29, 2018)  A Democratic congressional delegation that met this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the release of African asylum seekers being held in an Israeli prison. In a letter Tuesday that originated in the office of House Democratic leader…

Israel Reaches Deal With UN to Deport Asylum Seekers to West, Not Africa

Netanyahu says Canada, Germany, Italy among countries to take in asylum seekers ■ Israel will deport 16,250 refugees to West, grant 16,250 temporary residency status Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Canada, Germany and Italy are among the Western countries that will take in asylum…

Australian Mining Company Defends Eritrea at the UN

As the United Nations debates Eritrea’s troubled human rights record, an Australian mining company has taken the extraordinary step of appearing with the Eritrean regime to help it defend its actions. Western Australian Danakali Resources runs a potash mine in partnership with the Eritrea government. Its…

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.…

Eritrean Government Demands Ransoms from Refugees for Detained Family Members

Sources have notified Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) that their family members are being held for ransom by the Eritrean authorities after attempting to cross the border to join their loved ones. A number of desperate Eritreans in the diaspora have contacted HRCE, informing us…

Nevsun’s Bid to Have Human Rights Case Moved to Eritrea Dismissed by B.C. Court

(CIM-Magazine, Kelsey Rolfe, November 22, 2017) Lawsuit against Nevsun Resources alleging company violated international forced labour norms will go ahead in B.C. court The British Columbia Court of Appeals dismissed a claim from Nevsun Resources to have a human rights case against it moved to Eritrea, where…

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…