Eritrean Global Solidarity Letter to the Foreign Minister of Germany
September 29, 2011 Foreign Minister Guido Westerwell Federal Minister for Federal Republic of Germany Werderscher, Market 1 10117 Berlin Federal Republic of Germany Ambassador Peter Ammon Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 2300 M Street NW Washington DC 20037 USA Ambassador Dr. Peter Witting The Permanent
September 29, 2011
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwell
Federal Minister for Federal Republic of Germany
Werderscher, Market 1
Federal Republic of Germany
Ambassador Peter Ammon
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
2300 M Street NW
Washington DC 20037
Ambassador Dr. Peter Witting
The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations
New York, New York
Ambassador Tempel Peter
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of Germany to European Union
Rue Jaques de Lalaing 8-14
1040 Bruxelles, Belgium
Excellency Foreign Minister Westerwell,
We write this urgent letter to you in order to bring your attention a matter of great concern for Eritrean all over the world.
We have become aware of the fact that the President of Eritrea and his entourage will be transiting through the Federal Republic of Germany after attending the 66 UN General Assembly just completed in New York.
The fact that the president is passing through Germany to return to Eritrea is not our immediate concern. But the fact that the President is going to organize a seminar for Eritreans in Germany this weekend has forced us to address your office with our sincere concern.
We feel that allowing President Isaias unwarranted opportunities to organize a seminar in your country while the European Parliament Resolution on Eritrea: the case of Isaak Dawit on 13-9-2011. The resolution states:
“Whereas thousands of Eritreans are incarcerated without charge, fair trial or access to their lawyers or families, among them high ranking members of the ruling party following their public criticism against president Isayas Afeworki in 2001”
“Calls on the Council to urgently consider applying targeted sanctions on relevant Eritrean authorities including visa restrictions for President Afewerki on travelling to the EU; and calls on the Council to unilaterally suspend development assistance until the government of Eritrea respond to the EU demand;”
Allowing the President of Eritrea to conduct a meeting inside Germany contrary to the spirit of the EU resolution as well as knowing the fact that the UNSC is deliberating to further reinforce UN Security Council Resolution 1907 – the 2009 sanction imposed on the Eritrean government for supporting the terrorist group Al-Shabaab of Somalia- because the regime has failed completely to comply with the resolution.
We appeal to your Excellency to do everything possible to preempt the planned meeting and send a strong signal to the leadership of the Eritrean government to change its behavior and conduct itself according to international standard and comply with all EU and UN resolutions.
We will share this letter with all Eritrean Human Rights groups.
With the utmost appreciation for your help in this matter,
Chairman of Eritrean Global Solidarity