Category: News

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. Shewas 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 in Adi…

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…

UN Inquiry Finds Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea

Geneva (8 June 2016) – Crimes against humanity have been committed in a widespread and systematic manner in Eritrean detention facilities, military training camps and other locations across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry…

Wave of Foreign Lawsuits Against Local Miners Hits Canadian Courts

(biv.com, Nelson Bennett, April 19, 2016) Human rights groups are backing several claims against firms operating in Guatemala, Eritrea: In the coming months, the BC Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a civil claim against a B.C. company with a mine in Eritrea can be…

Eritrea Won’t Shorten National Service Despite Migration Fears

(reuters.com, Edmund Blair, Feb 25, 2016) Eritrea is not prepared to stop forcing its youth into lengthy stretches of work as soldiers and civil servants, a conscription policy that is driving waves of refugees to make the perilous trip across the Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea…