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.

Practical Recommendations for the Management of Assemblies

(Human Rights Council report March 2016, A/HRC/31/66) The ability to assemble and act collectively is vital to democratic, economic, social and personal development, to the expression of ideas and to fostering engaged citizenry. Assemblies can make a positive contribution to the development of democratic systems and, alongside elections, play a fundamental role in public participation, holding governments accountable and expressing the will of the people as part of the democratic processes. Continue reading

‘The Long Arm of the Eritrean Regime’ – Official Dutch Report

Eritreans in Netherlands

Eritreans in Netherlands

(Martin Plaut, December 16, 2016) This report, commissioned by the Dutch government, describes the activities of the Eritrean regime inside the Netherlands.

It looks at the Eritrean community in the country, describes Eritrean organisations and their activities, and how the government in Asmara exercises control through them.

The report was covered by the main Dutch newspaper, the Telegraph, as: ‘Cabinet wants to put a stop to the long arm of Eritrea.’


Unofficial translation of the summary of the report “Niets is wat het lijkt: Eritrese organisaties en integratie”

by the DSP-Groep Amsterdam and Tilburg University

Translated by Klara Smits

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2016 Trafficking in Persons Report – Eritrea

refworld.org, 05 September 2016

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 30 June 2016
Cite as United States Department of State, 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report – Eritrea, 30 June 2016, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/577f960b15.html [accessed 6 September 2016]
Disclaimer This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

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Statement by Ms. Sheila B. Keetharuth, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea at the 31th session of the Human Rights Council

Sheila B. Keetharuth

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

(UNHR, March 14, 2016) I am honoured to brief you in my capacity as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. I present this oral update pursuant to HRC resolution 29/18.

The focus of my presentation will be the situation of unaccompanied Eritreans children crossing international borders, some of the root causes attached to this phenomenon, and their protection needs. Continue reading

The True Human Rights Situation in Eritrea: the New UK Home Office Guidance as a Political Instrument for the Prevention of Migration

school_of_advanced_study(Sara Palacios Arapiles, BA Law) This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea, in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office (HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some other countries, such as Israel.



EritreanDjubutiesPress Release

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Geneva 24 March 2014:

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today outside the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, in support of 267 Eritrean refugees detained in Djibouti.

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Responses by Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) to the Eritrean National Report

Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights of – Eritrea

National Report Submitted to the Human Rights

Council by Government of Eritrea (GoE) Nov. 2013


V. Progress on UPR Recommendations

  1. A.    Rights of the Child:

UNHumanFollow-up to 2009 UPR Recommendations: Implementation: The GoE accepted the recommendation to implement the ILO Convention on Child Labour and to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In 2013 the GoE reported that “Domestic laws have been harmonized to conform with the principles enshrined in the CRC”…and that it “has introduced a regulation to ensure that a person below the age of 18 cannot be engaged in an occupation that jeopardizes his/her physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”.

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Eritrea:Travel Warning U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

State DeptEritrea – November 18, 2013

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and strongly recommends U.S. citizens defer all travel to the country. This replaces the Travel Warning for Eritrea of May 10, 2013 to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Eritrea.

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Eritrea: Rapporteur highlights “most serious violations” during historic UN General assembly address

Sheila B. KeetharuthIn her first “interactive dialogue” with the UN General Assembly, the UN Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea urged the Eritrean government to ensure that its people are able to “live in dignity” and challenge human rights violations “without the threat of reprisal”. Continue reading

Report on the State of Human Rights in Eritrea 2016

hrcelogo_161626_rgb_eng_opa50(eritrea.facts@gmail.com & HRCE, January 31, 2017) Eritrea is a one-party state and it has been ruled by a transitional government since 1991. Ironically enough the name of the ruling party is: People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) and it has been mis(led) by President Isaias Afewerki since the specified period. Considering that Mr. Afewerki was the head of the then Eritrean People Liberation Front (EPLF) for twenty years one can safely say that he is one of the long serving dictators Africa has to grapple with.

The Eritrean constitution that was drafted and ratified by the National Assembly in May 1997 was put on hold; the national election scheduled for December 2001 was indefinitely postponed; and The National Assembly was, in effect, nullified.

Full Report: Report on the State of Eritrea 2016-3

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Sheila B. Keetharuth

Statement by Sheila B. Keetharuth, Member of the Former COI & Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

On October 27, 2016, Sheila B. Keetharuth, member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, gave the following statement at the 71st session of the General Assembly, Third Committee. (Item 68 b, c)

Honourable Chair,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I will brief you in my capacity as a member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. I will present the final report of the Commission (A/HRC/32/47), which was jointly presented to the Human Rights Council by the three Commissioners, Mike Smith as Chair, and Victor Dankwa and myself as members, in June 2016.

In its work, the Commission has been at all times guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, and the principle of “do no harm”; the protection of witnesses and victims was a central concern for the Commission. Continue reading

USCRI: Forgotten Refugees- Eritrean children in Northern Ethiopia

Forgotten Refugees: Eritrean children in Northern Ethiopia

Forgotten Refugees: Eritrean children in Northern Ethiopia

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants released this report on its findings and recommendations on the plight of the forgotten Eritrean refugees in Norhthern Ethiopia. Please find the full report on the link below.

Ref: http://refugees.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/USCRI-Report-Forgotten-Refugees.pdf

UN Security Council: Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea

United Nations - Security Council[Summary] Throughout its mandate, the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea kept the Government of Eritrea fully informed of its lines of investigation and sought to include its views and input in the report, based on their substantial value and as they related to the mandate. Its repeated requests notwithstanding, the Group was not permitted to visit Eritrea during its mandate and did not obtain the Government’s full cooperation, contrary to Security Council resolution 2182 (2014). Continue reading

A National Team Without a Country

May 21, 2014



Eighteen players from Eritrea’s national team, shown in 2011, feared for their lives and disappeared after a tournament in Uganda in 2012

GORINCHEM, the Netherlands — The 18 Eritrean refugees arrived in this picturesque, blue-collar Dutch city 20 miles east of Rotterdam earlier this month looking for safety, security and, finally, after 18 months of fear and uncertainty in two refugee camps on two continents, a home.

Refugees are not an uncommon sight in the Netherlands. More than 500 are granted legal status every year in the country’s municipalities, towns and cities, often in groups of two or three, though a huge number of economic migrants arrive, many illegally. Continue reading

Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

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Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

4th February 2014

The Government of Eritrea should accept recommendations to cooperate fully with the United Nations human rights system, said Human Rights Concern-Eritrea, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, following its examination at the Universal Periodic Review yesterday. Continue reading


Introduction: Human Rights Concern Eritrea

Human Rights Council logoHuman Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) is an independent human rights organization based in the UK. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of Eritreans, at home and all over the world, through advocacy, education, research and documentation.

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Report on Child Rights Violations in Eritrea (HRCE Report 1/2013, 19 November 2013)

hrcelog_175_132 This report was originally presented as a briefing at an NGO side-event held by Human Rights Concern Eritrea at 866 UN Plaza, New York on 24 October 2013 –  “Eritrea: Voices of Victims – Stories of survivors and families of victims of Eritrea’s repressive regime”. The event, centring on testimonies in person by relatives of prominent long-term and “disappeared” prisoners of conscience, was co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, and FIDH. It followed the presentation of a Report on Eritrea by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea delivered to the UN General Assembly (UN document A/HRC/23/53, 24 October 2013).

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