Category: Press Release

Eritrea: No Improvement in Detained Eritrean Patriarch’s Circumstances

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has been informed that there has been no significant improvement in the circumstances of the detained head of the Eritrean Tewahdo Orthodox Church, despite official attempts to give the impression of progress. His Holiness Abune Antonios has effectively been under house arrest…

Prolonging a Miscarriage of Justice

It will soon be a year and a half of unjust imprisonment for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, the man extradited from Sudan in a disturbing case of mistaken identity during a high profile joint investigation by the British National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Italian Palermo magistrate.…

Europe Must End Deals Helping the Slave Trade

Since the time of Gaddafi in Libya, migrants who make their way to Europe crossing that country have been informing governments and NGOs about the abuses they suffered in desert camps before making their way across the Mediterranean. Since the time of Gaddafi, Europe (primarily Italy)…

UNHCR Concerned over Israel’s Refugee Relocation Proposals

(UNHCR, November 17, 2017) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in…

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…

ERITREA: Canadian Appeal Court Affirms Eritreans’ Slavery and Forced Labour Claims Can Proceed

(London, 21 November, 2017) British Columbia’s Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources Ltd., that sought to block a case brought against the company by three Eritrean refugees for the alleged used of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. The three plaintiffs allege they were national service conscripts and that their labour was…

Abandoning Human Rights to Curb Migration

During the last few months, Italy, backed by other European countries, has promoted a shift on migration policy by spearheading a tough approach aimed at blocking the flow of migrants coming from Libya. What is most worrisome about this approach, which is said to have the…

Every New Country Celebrates the Heroes of Its Revolution: But Why Do We Never Hear a Word about Bitweded? Because Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Have No Voice.

Bitweded Abraha was one of the outstanding figures of Eritrea’s Liberation Struggle. He was a born leader. He believed in grass roots democracy and freedom for all that should not be silenced. His deepest belief has always been in the unique value of each individual. That was why everyone loved and…

Eritrean Refugees deported from Sudan into Grave Danger in Eritrea

Date: 8 September 2017 Human Rights Concern-Eritrea is seriously troubled by reports that 30 young Eritrean asylum-seekers were deported from Sudan to Eritrea on August 29th2017, on the grounds of illegal entry into Sudan. HRCE is deeply concerned that they were returned despite grave danger of imprisonment, torture and serious maltreatment.  UNHCR…

Italian Police Inhumanly Treating Refugees in Piazza Indipendenza

Human Rights Concern Eritrea strongly condemns the abuse suffered by the refugees who were removed from the building in via Curtatone in Rome and violently attacked by the police in Piazza Indipendenza. On Saturday 19th August 2017, around 800 refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia were evicted from…

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…

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

A 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…

Eritrea: Release Patriarch 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…