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20 Jul 2018

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NEW YORK - North Korea and Eritrea have the world's highest rates of enslaved people, said a global survey released on Thursday that focused on the roles of ...

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07 Jun 2018

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ፈጻሚ ስራሕ ገዛኢ ፓርቲ ኢትዮጵያ - ኢህወዴግ - ንብይን ኮምሽን ዶብ ኢትዮጵያ-ኤርትራን ንውዕል ኣልጀርስን ተቐቢሊ ከምዘተግብሮ ትማሊ ሰሉስ ኣፍሊጡ’ዩ። ንምዃኑ ነበርቲ ባድመ እንታይ ይብሉ። ኣቶ ነጋሲ ‘ከም’ዚ እንተዝኾን ነይሩ ዳኣ እቲ ኩሉ መስዋእትነት ኣይመድለየን ነይሩ ማለት’ዩ ክብል ከሎ ‘ህዝቢ ከተማ ባድመ ንሽየጥ ኢና ዝብል ዘሎ‘ እውን በለ። ኣቶ ብርሃነ ቀሺ ገ/ስላሴ ብወገኑ ‘ኣብ’ታ ከተማ ተወሊደን ዓብየን፣ ባድመ መዳሕንተይ ዝተቐበረሉ’ዩ፣ ውሳነ ኮምሽን ዶብ ሸርሒ ኣውሮጳዊያንን ንክልቲኦም ህዝቢታት እናላተመ ንምንባር ዝዓለመን’ዩ’ ኢሉ ገልጾ። ‘ትግባረ ኮምሽን ዶብ ንኢትዮጵያ ዕግርግር ዝፈጥረላ’ምበር ሰላም ዝመልሰላ ኣይኮነን’ውን’ ይብል ኣቶ ብርሃነ።

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ENCDC ASSEMBLING ITS BRANCH OFFICES, AND SOON TO HOLD ITS SECOND NATIONAL CONGRESS

15 Jul 2018

As Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed returns from the historic visit to Eritrea, a long letter from ENCDC containing appreciations, views, and requests, awaited him at home. We wished him good luck when he left, and we wish him well now with his peace, love and democracy vision for the entire continent. We believe Dr. Abiye had learned a lot from the Eritrean people, and the government that doesn’t represent them. Issayas Afewerki seemed to enjoy the new topics of love, forgiveness, unity, openness (Perestroika), the issue of bilateral cooperation, and completely abandoned the Algiers Agreement of border demarcation which he used to freeze negotiations for the pasts 16 years. Issayas is now coming to Addis Ababa to join the new venture of “Unity” “Medemer” for the purpose of his own old dream, and not embracing the general concept of harmony addressed by PM Abiye. Eritreans are now left with countless tasks to achieve our own national unity- “Hagerawi Hadnet, Whda’t Al Wetenya” and join Abiye in the regional peace cooperation of all nations concerned. ENCDC and the opposition are entering a new stage of reality which should be carefully assessed and immediacy tackled by restructuring offices and calling for an immediate convention of its 2nd National congress

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REVIEWING OUR TWISTED PRIORITIES AND FIXING THE DEEP DIVIDE AMONG ERITREANS FIRST: (Part II)

07 Jun 2018

Rejecting the talk about “federation” in Ethio-Eritrean relations does not mean that the two countries should not have realistic forms of cooperation that are mutually beneficial in all fields or even economic integration (whatever name it is given), given the fact that the two countries badly need each other to survive and prosper. This will lead us to two fundamental questions that the remaining part of this piece will be focusing on.

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Eritrea: Peace with Ethiopia must be catalyst for human rights change

14 Jul 2018

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The end of hostilities with Ethiopia must be followed by tangible reforms that make a real difference in the daily lives of the people and put an end to decades of repression.

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REVIEWING OUR TWISTED PRIORITIES AND FIXING THE DEEP DIVIDE AMONG ERITREANS FIRST

06 Jun 2018

It is a while since we started hearing about a movement or movements to build friendship between Eritrean and Ethiopian peoples. I have no idea that the peoples have not been in good terms since each one of the two countries went its own way (individuals might have), unless we confuse governments for peoples. On the contrary, facts tell a different story.

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UPPSALA DECLARATION JULY 1st 2018 Resolution of the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC)

07 Jul 2018

WE, the Indigenous Afar People of Eritrea, including Afar Elders, women, refugees, youth, Afar political and civic entities, and their senior representative organization, the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC), assembled together in Congress at the City of Uppsala, Sweden, declare to the World the solemn will of the Eritrean Afar People as follows:

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UPPSALA DECLARATION JULY 1st 2018 Resolution of the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC)

07 Jul 2018

WE, the Indigenous Afar People of Eritrea, including Afar Elders, women, refugees, youth, Afar political and civic entities, and their senior representative organization, the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC), assembled together in Congress at the City of Uppsala, Sweden, declare to the World the solemn will of the Eritrean Afar People as follows:

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Ethiopia 'accepts peace deal' to end Eritrea border war

06 Jun 2018

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Ethiopia's governing coalition has announced it will fully accept and implement the peace deal that ended its border war with Eritrea. It says it will accept the ...

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Statement on Afar Unity Congress in Uppsala, Sweden, June 30-July 1, 2018

07 Jul 2018

uly 5, 2018 | Over 200 delegates from Afar and other Eritrean opposition groups gathered in Uppsala, Sweden to create a new, unified Eritrean Afar opposition organization, the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC). Delegates elected Mr. Ahmed Youssouf Mohamed President of EANC, Mr. Abdurhman Ahmed Mahmud Vice-President, 35 members to its Legislative Council and 15 members to its Executive Committee.

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Independence day of Eritrea: a mass brawl in tel Aviv

04 Jun 2018

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Thirteen Eritrean asylum seekers were arrested Sunday after mass brawls broke out in Tel Aviv and Kiryat Malakhi between supporters and opponents of the ...

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Democracy according to Eritrea's Afwerki, then and now

25 May 2018

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On the 27th anniversary of Eritrea's independence, Isaias Afwerki should remember what he once said about democracy.

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Geneva Demonstration Organizing Committee Statement

02 Jul 2018

On behalf of the organizing committee we warm-heartedly welcome all the participants present here today. Members of the Stockholm-based Task Force have initiated and collaborated with members of the Eritrean Dialogue for Justice in Switzerland to organize today’s demonstration, which is the third of its kind in Geneva. This important demonstration is the product of coordination and consultations with Eritrean community associations in several countries in Europe.

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Eritrea: 25 years of independence but still not free

24 May 2018

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Once seen as a beacon of hope, how did Eritrea earn its name as the “North Korea of Africa?” With an authoritarian government and a young population leaving in droves, how far has Eritrea come?

 

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Eritrean Petition to 38th Session Of the UN Human Rights Council

02 Jul 2018

We, Eritrean justice seekers demonstrating today in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva, wish to earnestly convey this modest petition for your most urgent attention and action at this 38th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Our demands to and expectations from this Session include the following:

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PFDJ at a Cross Road

19 May 2018

Our Readings on change in Eritrea:- the challenges posed for the regime, on equal footing, do pose against the opposition by far better indeed. The mindset of the regime and majority of the opposition is one and similar. Due to old age, they all resist a change. Let alone, unexpected change, they are unwilling to see the label of their mother organizations scratched off. The decay of their political obsoletes, by and large, is affecting the nation.

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Press Release

27 Jun 2018

Last 8 June 2018, the Executive Committee in a statement to media outlets had stated that the Eritrean National Salvation Front had welcomed the Ethiopian governing coalition’s declaration to accept the Algiers Accord, and hence duly carry out the rulings of the Boundary Commission. We did not; moreover, let the occasion pass without voicing our curiosity as to whether or not the autocratic regime in Asmara would positively or negatively react to the step the Ethiopians have taken. Pressures exercised or incentives promised notwithstanding aimed at enticing the regime to interact with Ethiopia’s decision, the regime announced on June 20 to had accepted the offer, with an intention to dispatch a delegation included, to discuss the matter, which we considered as a positive measure to take.

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Eritreans protest in Bern against tough new asylum rules

18 May 2018

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Over a thousand Eritreans protested outside the Swiss national parliament on Friday against tough new rules that could see as many as 3,200 people returned ...

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Eritrea delegation arrives in Ethiopia ahead of landmark talks

26 Jun 2018

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The delegation - which was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday - also included Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki's right-hand man Yemane Gebreab.

 

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Eritrea renews accusations to Sudan, Ethiopia and Qatar of supporting Jihadist groups

16 May 2018

Eritrea's president, Isaias Afwerki, listens as he meets with Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, during an official visit to Khartoum on June 11, 2015. ( Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/ Reuters)

The Eritrean government on Monday has reiterated allegations that Sudan, Ethiopia and Qatar are providing support to opposition Jihadist groups to destabilise security in the Horn of Africa country.

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ERITREAN AFAR NATIONAL CONGRESS

24 Jun 2018

June 23, 2018 | The Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC), the Afar Nation within Eritrea, and Eritrean Afar exiled in Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the Eritrean Afar traditional leadership [“the Afar”] welcome Eritrea’s announcement that it will enter direct negotiations with Ethiopia
towards normalization of relations on the basis of the Algiers Agreement of 2000.

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PFDJ at a Cross Road By: Asselman (DMLEK)

14 May 2018

A stand on border stalemate:- the border stalemate, as any Eritrean believes and believed, is already resolved. Here is my reasoning on the ground. Before going to Hague, the regime has handed over 25 kms as a Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) when chocked and a threat to its continuity and survival is posed PIA has signed the treaty and spared its political power.

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Remembering Dehab Tesfatsion and her comrades On the Martyrs' day 20th of June

21 Jun 2018

Dehab and her comrades are never mentioned by the Diasporas human rights activists, civil society, youth associations, and women associations etc which are either affiliated to the opposition groups or independent associations/organisations. On Martyrs' Day, it is very painful for the families of the fallen martyrs to be reminded that they were never officially told about the deaths of their loved ones when, in 1993, the then Provision Government of Eritrea announced their names.  Hopefully, Dahab and her comrades will be remembered in future by the young generation.

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DR. YUSUF BURHANU IN A HIGHLY-UNUSUAL PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN TORONTO

09 May 2018

Dr. Yusuf Burhanu, Chairman of the Political Bureau of the Eritrean National Salvation Front, who is in a tour in North America, had a fascinating meeting with Eritrean-Torontonians on May 6, 2018. The well-organized event took place amid the conditions that kept our people torn apart by the nostalgia about the past or the Eritrean unity during the armed struggle, and the anxiety about the future, hungry to know what is going on inside the Baito, which many people thought was in life support. As my weapon of choice is the keyboard, there is nothing more deserving my time than walking the readers through the amazing scene of hope, I had the honoour to sense in one of the most unforgettable public meetings for many Eritrean-Torontonians.  18/DR. YUSUF BURHANU IN AN IMPRESSIVE PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN TORONTO.pdf

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Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for talks

20 Jun 2018

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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said the East African country will dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa to "gauge current developments" in the region following peace overtures from Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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ONE THING ERITREANS WISH ATSE ISIAS WOULD LEARN FROM DR. ABIYE AHMED: REMOVING HIS EAR WAX RATHER THAN FLAPPING HIS LIPS

02 May 2018

Eritrea has been one of the most unfortunate countries in the world, whose leaders think their people and outside listeners would be impressed by how well they speak; not by how well they listen. They fail to recognize that knowledge, wisdom, creative ideas, and solutions are gleaned from the minds of others by listening and not by talking. That is why, to them, being a leader is a license to increase the volume of the rhetoric, disregarding the merit of seeing their countries in the eyes of the people.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth

20 Jun 2018

In her fifth and final report to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 35/35, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea highlights key human rights developments in Eritrea since June 2017. Her overall assessment of the human rights situation on the ground remains grim, with no meaningful progress to address specific human rights violations to report. The Special Rapporteur concludes with a list of recommendations to the Government of Eritrea and other actors aimed at improving the enjoyment and protection of human rights for all Eritreans.

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Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

28 Apr 2018

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Human Rights Watch has examined human rights violations in Eritrea since independence in 1991, but especially the steady deterioration of human rights since 2001. In that year, the government closed all independent newspapers, arrested their journalists, and arrested government officials and ...

 

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Human Rights Abuses of Eritreans, At Home and Abroad

28 Apr 2018

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Thousands of Eritreans, many of them young, flee Eritrea every month. This means Eritrea is losing a significant percentage of its population – by far the largest of any country not wracked by active conflict. UNHCR reported that at the end of 2016 there were 459,000 Eritreans who had claimed asylum worldwide in African states, in the Middle East, in Europe and here in the United States. Eritrea does not release population statistics, but estimations put that at more than 10% of Eritrea’s current population.

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Security Council Backs Dutch Sanctions Against Eritrean and Libyan Traffickers

10 Jun 2018

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Crimes against Humanity are ongoing in Eritrea. Human trafficking is organised from within Eritrea and the lines between human trafficking and smuggling are blurred. Refugees believe that traffickers from within Eritrea are connected to the broader network operating outside Eritrea, which involves perpetrators all along the routes. Many who flee stay within the region, but feel that they are in constant danger."

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EPDP Reminds UN HR Commissioner to Talk About Eritrea with African Union

27 Apr 2018

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In a memorandum sent to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who is currently in Addis Ababa, the Eritrean People's Democratic Party asked him to kindly remind the African Union about the mandate given them by the UN Human Rights Council in regard to the grave human rights violations in Eritrea which went on unabated from the early 1990's to the present.

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Ethnic minority Irob in Tigray protest against EPRDF EC decision to cede Bademe to Eritrea

10 Jun 2018

Ethnic Irob, minority people northern Tigray,Ethiopia, took to the street opposing decision of the ruling coalition’s executive committee to cede the Bademe to Eritrea as a show of commitment for ending the existing “no war-no peace” which the prime minister described rather as a war with no human casualty.

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THE ETHIOPIAN PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER: SO INCREDIBLY INSPIRING FOR INFORMED ERITREAN CITIZENS

11 Apr 2018

It was amidst fears of the eruption of uncontrolled violence and possible national dissolution that we were thrilled to see the peaceful transition of power from the resigned Ethiopian Prime Minister, Ato Hailemariam Desalign, to the new Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed, taking place. Eritreans were divided among those who feared that it could be a terrifying prospect and those who were optimistic because Ethiopians have a constitution to be referred to in case of differences and institutions with the courage to act.

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Eritrean US detainee kills himself at Egyptian airport

10 Jun 2018

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CAIRO — An Eritrean national who was denied asylum in the United States and was being sent back to his homeland has died in an apparent suicide in a holding area at Cairo International Airport, airport officials said on Saturday.

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Three Generations of Refugees

10 Apr 2018

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And yet, in our ongoing list there is one group of people we have overlooked more than any other – that is the plight of the Eritrean refugees in Sudan and Yemen. Eritrea is said to be the second largest refugee producing country in the world after Syria, and “one of the world's fastest-emptying nations,” according to the Wall ...

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Ethiopia’s Move to End Border Stalemate Could Bring Change in Eritrea

09 Jun 2018

A map of Eritrea and Ethiopia depicts the border between the countries based on an international ruling in 2002. Each country disputed portions of the ruling but agreed to accept the terms in full. But Ethiopia prevented demarcation of the border, resulting in 16 years of unresolved tension between the countries. In June 2018, the Ethiopian government said it would agree to implementing the terms of the 2002 ruling in full.

Eritrea has long said the border issue justified restrictions on its citizens, including mandatory national service, a diversion of resources into the military, curtailed civil liberties and the uninterrupted rule of President Isaias Afwerki, the unelected leader of the country since 1993.

 

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