Category: Press Release

Is Eritrea a Safe Country to Which Asylum-Seekers Can be Returned?

On 30th April 2019 Eritrea’s Information Minister, Mr. Yemane G. Meskel told the world that his government summoned the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees Residential Representative in Asmara, Eritrea to Reprimand the UN organization for not forcibly returning Eritrean asylum seekers to Eritrea. UNHCR transferred…

Democracy and Media Freedom in Eritrea

UNESCO is celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 2nd and 3rd May 2019 –celebrations to be held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. So, it is quite appropriate that we examine closely democracy and media freedom in a country not far from Ethiopia, its…

UN Human Rights Committee Given False Account by Eritrean Government Spokesman: Blatant Denial of Truth in State Version of Removal of Patriarch of Eritrean Orthodox Church

On the 12th of March 2019, during Eritrea’s review  by the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Mr. Adem Osman Idris, First Secretary and Chargé d’affaires, from the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to…

What Has Changed Concerning Human Rights in Eritrea?

Peace overtures between Ethiopia and Eritrea was welcomed by every country and a loud chorus of approval. The sad truth is that Peace with Ethiopia ushered no change whatsoever within Eritrea and crimes against humanity continue to be perpetrated. The endless suffering of Eritrean people continues.…

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…

Telling the Truth is Not Popular with the Eritrean Government

In a world where the slogan “fake news” is shouted loudly and frequently without any evidence or critical analysis, independent presentation of the truth has become a rare and precious commodity –one that is hard to come by in countries such as Eritrea. So, it is…

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 Years Old Today

This year, Human Rights Day (10th December 2018) marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights of every human being. It is, therefore particularly important to look at how these rights are cared for and protected in every…

ERITREA: Angry Response to a Friendly Nation from the newest Member of the Human Rights Council questions about Eritrea’s Suitability as a Council Member

The government of Eritrea reacted most angrily to what it termed Germany’s “meddling in Eritrea’s affairs”, and “the hostile stance that the German Government has held against Eritrea”, and accused the German Government of being “Cynical about progress made in the peace agreement between Eritrea and…

A Travesty of Justice

The news that 160 nations’ representatives on 12 October 2018, voted for the state of Eritrea to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council must appall all who truly care about human rights and are working to see an end to abuses. Human Rights…

Death in Custody and Mass Arrests in Eritrea Continue

Death in custody and indiscriminate mass arrests continue in Eritrea, as the ruling regime suppresses the population by means of further abuses. Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) condemns these ongoing atrocities and is concerned that they are so frequent as to appear normal and acceptable. Sheikh…