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.

How Truth Can Be Twisted to Reveal a Glossy and Idealised Image

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50A Reply to the Statement by Eritrea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Osman Salih, on Human Rights Day 2016

Whatever his ultimate purpose, Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Salih, did at least reveal the true nature of the ground-breaking 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), “to set out common (Human Rights) standards which every country should strive to achieve” http://www.ecss-online.com/statement-delivered-by-h-e-minister-osman-salih/. Continue reading

President Afwerki of Eritrea Demands that the Underlying Causes of the Migration of Refugees be Addressed

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea made a statement on 8th November 2016, about the plight of refugees. He said that migration and the movement of refugees had “become rampant globally”. Particularly to be noted was the fact that he stressed “the need for the underlying causes and driving factors to be fully and comprehensively addressed.” Continue reading

Vancouver Court Clears Way for Slave Labour Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Company to Go to Trial

CCIJ logoVancouver, October 6, 2016. The Supreme Court of British Columbia today rejected efforts by Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Limited (TSX: NSU / NYSE MKT: NSU) to dismiss a lawsuit brought by three Eritrean men who allege they were forced to work at Nevsun’s Bisha Mine.

This marks the first time that a mass tort claim for modern slavery will go forward in a Canadian court, and the first time a case against a mining company for alleged abuses in overseas operations has been allowed to proceed in British Columbia. Continue reading

Eritrea: 15 Years Later Still No Information On Jailed Senior Politicians and Independent journalists

UN Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human RightsGENEVA (16 September 2016) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today called on the Eritrean Government to urgently provide information on the whereabouts and state of health of senior government officials and independent journalists arrested on 18 September 2001 and in the following days.

Fifteen years ago, the Eritrean authorities arrested and detained a group of senior cabinet ministers, members of parliament and independent journalists without charge or trial. To date, the Government has refused to share any information on their whereabouts and state of health. 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

Renewed Fighting on the Ethiopian-Eritrean Border Raises Fears of Full Scale Hostility

Human Rights Concern EritreaOn 12th June 2016, an outbreak of intense fighting was reported along the border areas between Eritrea and Ethiopia, raising the spectre of a fresh full-scale war breaking out. Troops from both countries have been involved in serious clashes. Local witnesses have confirmed the presence of heavy artillery and large numbers of troops of both nationalities in the Tsorona border area, and heavy guns have apparently been fired from both sides. Continue reading

Response to the Eritrean Government’s Letter on the COI’s Report Release

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150The Eritrean government sent a letter to the President and members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 30 May, 2016, urging them to be given “meaningful opportunity to study and respond to the allegations” brought forth by the Commission of Inquiry”. In the meantime, the Government of Eritrea urges the Council to suspend all deliberations. The government further urges the Council to intervene and “prevent the setting of a dangerous precedent that allows for the flagrant violation of the HRC’s own ‘Commission of Inquiry Manual'”.  Eritrea has also objected the early release of the Commission of Inquiry’s report. The COI is releasing its findings to the media tomorrow, June 8, 2016. (See COI advisory here)

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More Shooting of Innocents Because Of Forced Conscription in Eritrea: Eleven Shot Dead in Asmara Including Woman And Child, Many Severely Wounded

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, April 7, 2016) According to various credible sources, on Sunday 3 April 2016, Eritrean soldiers escorting 10-15 convoys of conscripts from a military training camp near to Akordet, to work as labourers in Assab, shot dead at least eleven people, including a woman and child, as well as severely wounding many others when some conscripts attempted to escape. The child was walking towards a shop, while the woman was going about her business. Continue reading

Eritrea: Release Patriarch Abune Antonios

Abune Antonios

Abune Antonios

(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), January 18, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 20, 2017 marks the 11-year anniversary of the Eritrean government’s illegal removal of Abune Antonios as the rightful Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, the nation’s largest religious community. The Patriarch has been detained since 2007: His “crime” was his refusal to excommunicate 3,000 parishioners who opposed the government.

“The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the Eritrean government to release Abune Antonios, allow him to return to his position as Patriarch, and cease its interference in the Eritrean Orthodox Church,” said USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “The government’s persecution of Patriarch Antonios is only one example of the country’s grave religious freedom violations. Eritrea has been called the North Korea of Africa due to its vigorous assault on the rights of its people:  Thousands are imprisoned for their religious beliefs and their real or imagined opposition to the government.Continue reading

Slave Labour in Eritrean Mining to be Focus of Landmark Court Case in Canada

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, 9 October, 2016) In a landmark ruling, three Eritreans have won the right to be heard in a Canadian court in a modern slavery case against a Canadian mining company.

In a 160-page ruling, the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed the efforts of the mining company, Nevsun Resources Limited, to block the case from going forward in Canada and to prevent the plaintiffs from pursuing claims for complicity in crimes against humanity.   Continue reading

ካብ ስልጣኖም ዝተወገዱ ፓትሪያሪክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተክርስትያን ኤርትራ ኣቡነ ኣንጦንዮስ ይቕረ ሓቲቶም ንዝብል መግለጺ ብዝምልከት ዝወጸ ኣገዳሲ መተሓሳሳቢ

AbuneAntoniosPatriarchZeEritreaሓልዮት ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራ፡ ካብ ስልጣን ዝተወገዱ ፓትሪያሪክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ከርስትያን ኤርትራ ይቕረ ሓቲቶም፡ ዝብል መግለጺ ኣዝዩ ከምዝተሓሳሰቦ ይገልጽ። Continue reading

UN Human Rights Council Adopts A Resolution Referring Findings of Eritrea Commission of Inquiry to UN General Assembly and Renews the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150On Friday 1st July, 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in Eritrea (COIE), including the conclusion that crimes against humanity have been committed by the government and officials of Eritrea. Continue reading

U.N. Commission of Inquiry into Eritrea’s Human Rights Finds Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) expresses its wholehearted support for the conclusions reached by the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE) in its second report, which was launched on 8th June 2016. In particular, HRCE is concerned to emphasise and underline the prime conclusion of the Commission that “Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity” in the last 25 years. Continue reading

Press Release: Eritrean Conscripts Still Subject to Forced Labour in the Bisha Mine; Nevsun Still Denies It

Human-Rights-Concern-Eritrea-150x150(London, April 7, 2016): On January 11, 2013, Nevsun Mining Resources Ltd. issued a press release in which the company stated that “In early 2009, within a few months of the start of mine construction, Nevsun became aware of allegations that a particular subcontractor, Segen Construction, might be employing conscripts from the country’s national service. Unfortunately, at the time, BMSC’s national service discharge document inspection procedures did not apply to subcontractors. In response to the allegations BMSC acted quickly by immediately extending its procedures to include subcontractors and by obtaining a written guarantee from Segen that it would not use conscripts at Bisha.” (http://www.nevsun.com/news/2013/january11/).

Later, in February 2016, in an interview with the Fifth Estate, Canadian Premier Investigative Program (http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2015-2016/nevsun-in-eritrea-dealing-with-a-dictator), Nevsun’s Vise President Todd Romain retracted the statement. However, the evidence still shows that Nevsun have and are still using Eritrean conscripts as labourers in their mines. Continue reading

How Much More Mistreatment Before Mr. Tesfagaber Haile Desta Can be Reunited with His Daughter?

A 52-year-old Eritrean former political prisoner, who fled his country after being tortured systematically, and who subsequently endured several beatings at the hands officers at the immigration and detention Centre in Brussels after seeking asylum there is currently sitting in a cold metal chair in an Ethiopian airport, resisting attempts to deport him to either South Sudan, Uganda or Eritrea.  Continue reading