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Following fact-finding mission, Swiss authorities have determined human rights situation has not improved for Eritreans.

Following a fact-finding mission to Eritrea, Swiss authorities have determined that the human rights situation has not improved for the thousands of Eritreans who make up the largest group of asylum seekers in Switzerland. Mario Gattiker,

Following a fact-finding mission to Eritrea, Swiss authorities have determined that the human rights situation has not improved for the thousands of Eritreans who make up the largest group of asylum seekers in Switzerland.

Mario Gattiker, the head of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper on Monday that although there had been indications that Eritrea had lowered its required military service to a term of 18 months, “those hopes did not turn out to be true”.

“Eritrea officially went back on its promise of shortening the required national military service,” Gattiker said. “And the proof of improved human rights conditions is still missing.”

In order to improve dialogue with Eritrean authorities, Gattiker said Switzerland hopes Eritrea will send an ambassador to Geneva. He said the decision of whether to send a Swiss ambassador to Eritrea lies with the Foreign Ministry.

Gattiker added that the migration officials – two Swiss and one German – who toured Eritrea in March were not allowed to see prison or military facilities. Accompanied by Eritrean officials, they visited cities, towns and schools during the two-week trip to gather information that could help them better understand the situation in the country and verify asylum seekers’ stories.

Around 28,500 Eritreans live in Switzerland, which has a population of 8.2 million. About a quarter of them arrived as asylum seekers in 2014. Around 10,000 Eritreans applied for asylum in 2015.

Currently, about 12% of asylum seekers from Eritrea in Switzerland are sent to other countries, either back to Eritrea or, more commonly, to their first point of entry into Europe under the Dublin accord. Gattiker said it “remains to be seen” whether Swiss migration authorities will adjust their asylum practice with regard to Eritrea.

“We are checking whether people who go back to Eritrea after having left illegally could still face draconian punishments,” he said.

However, Gattiker also said the situation in Sri Lanka – another country from which a large number of asylum seekers have come to Switzerland – seems to have partially improved since a regime change in 2015.

“As soon as we have re-analysed the situation, we will decide whether to adjust our asylum practice for people from Sri Lanka,” he said.

Dublin accord crucial

Although Gattiker admitted that the Dublin agreement “has worked less well in the last two years than previously,” he said it remains crucial for Switzerland to be able to send asylum seekers back to their first countries of entry into Europe.

“No other country profits from the Dublin agreement as much as Switzerland,” he said, adding that the difficulties with the accord in recent years speak to the need for a revised Swiss asylum law, which voters will have a say in on June 5.

“The more asylum cases Switzerland has to handle itself, the more crucial it is to have a good and efficient asylum practice,” he said.



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  • Tedla May 11, 2016

    Dear Desalegn,

    Regarding Badme, the two governments are not interested in demarcating the border, each of them for a different reason:
    – The Ethiopia government, including the one in Tigray Killil, are not interested because the are less affected (it’s part of their no war no peace tactic).
    – The Eritrean government is not interested because it uses it as an excuse to regiment the whole country.
    Therefore, this situation will continue as is it is for years to come, till there is change in Eritrea. Till there is an elected government that takes care of it’s people and prioritizes the national interest of Eritrea. The sooner that happens, the better, because the country is being killed by a regime that some of us still think is a government, while in reality it’s ruled by a crime syndicate.

  • Simon G. May 11, 2016

    Isayas is simply Satan’s son.

  • Desalegn May 11, 2016

    ዝኸበርካ ተኽላይ,

    ብዛዕባ ዶብ ባድመ ንኽጽሕፍ ዝደረከኒ ቀንዲ ትሕዝቶ ንኽገልጽ ባይታ ስለዝፈጠርካለይ እግረመንገደይ ከየመስገንኩኻ ክሓልፍ ኣይደልን።

    እዚ ናይ ባድመ ኩነታት ኣብ ዝሕጂ እዋን ክዛረበሉን ከልዕሎን ዝመረጽኩሉ ቀንዲ ምኽንያት ንኽዛረበሉ ግዚኡ ምኻኑ ስለዘኣመንኩሉ ጥራሕ እዩ። ምኽንያቱ ኤርትራዉያን ኣብ ሓደ ተጠርኒፍና ኣንጻር ጸላኢና ንኸይንገጥም ቀንዲ ዕንቅፋትን ጠንቅን ኮይኑና ዘሎ እዚ ናይ ባድመ ናይ ይግባኣኒ ሕቶ ምስምስ ብምግባር ናይ ህዝብና ኣንፈት ኣብዚ ጉዳይ እዚ ንኸድህብ ብመንገዲ ህግደፍ ብዕቱብ ይስራሓሉ ስለዘሎ ህዝብና ናይ ዶብ ባድመ ሓቅነቱ ብምፍላጥ ህዝቢ ከምቲዚድለ ኣብ ክንዲ ኣብዶብ ባድመ ኣብ ህውቱት ኣባሃህላታት ህግደፍ ዘድህብ ኣብቲ ንገብሮ ዘለና ምንቅስቓስ ህግደፍ ንጥፋእ ተወዲቡን ተጠርኒፉንተ ንኽሰርሕ ኣዚዩ ሓጋዝን ወሳንን እዩ ኢለ ስለዘኣመንኩሉ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ብዛዕባ ዶብ ባድመ ንኸልዕልን ንኽጽሕፍን ብዉሳን ንኽትግብሮ መሪጸ።

    ኣብ ባይታ ዘሎ ዘዕንቅፍ ነገራት ከይ ኣለኻ ከምቲዝድለ ክትጓዓዝ ኣይከኣልን እዩ። ዝለዚ ህዝብና ብዛዕባ ዶብ ባድመ ዝምልከት እኹል ኣፍልጦ ክህልዎ ይግባእ።


  • Desalegn May 11, 2016

    Hi assenna team

    I sent my reactiin today about the question raised by Mr Teklay. But I haven’t seen the content on your web site. Could you publish it please?

    • assenna May 11, 2016

      Dear Desalegn,
      We apologize for that. Your comment is posted now.
      Thank you,

  • Berhe Tensea May 11, 2016

    Human rights situation in Eritrea will never ever be improved under PFDJ. A mafia leader that has a zero respect to the people and compares it with herds, will only continue its evil actions.
    The only solution is to fight for your right and get rid the worlds biggest bed bug that is sucking the life and blood of the people.
    Death to the Tembenay and puppets.

  • Yo May 11, 2016

    Isayas is a Machiavellian and megalomaniac in nature. He used this devious talent to subjugate EPLF leadership and is using the same system to stay in power. The problem is the Eritrean people knew him late in the game resulting in deleterious effect on Eritrean populace and the Eritrean economy.

    One Machiavellian principle is to create and enemy to divert popular dissatisfaction and revolt. That is why does not want to consider peace with Ethiopia, just to keep people and youth occupied using threat from Ethiopia as an excuse.

  • Mokie May 11, 2016

    “The problem is the Eritrean people knew him late in the game resulting in deleterious effect on Eritrean populace and the Eritrean economy.”


    Let’s admit it. Let’s have some courage and take of bit of the blame to ourselves.

    Since early seventies, a lot of people knew who was Iseyas and what he and his clique were doing.
    Of course, a lot does not mean all the people. A significant portion of our people knew what was happening in Ghedli. But the truth is that, back then, many had other priorities: the liberation war, internal conflict with the ELF, some other issues within the EPLF (regionalism, religion, ethnicity .. etc).
    In a nutshell, Iseyas’ crimes were not a priority. A few brave people who dared to question his authority, the ‘Menka’ the ‘Yemin’ were all brutally murdered, while their comrades did not show much concern to their fate. They all died crying for justice.
    Iseyas became a “problem” only after the so-called border war with Ethiopia, when his ex-comrades, decided to confront him in public, and started to remove the aura they had created for him. Only then all those who looked the other way even when their neighbors were made to disappear, started to open their eyes to see a monster in him. A guy who was venerated like God, his portrait kept beside that of Jesus, suddenly became a rascal who was not sure of his identity, a guy whose criminal nature goes back to his ancestry in Tembien.

    Who is to blame ??

  • Teclay May 12, 2016

    The Government(Issu’s Private enterprise)===The so called opposition
    1,,ዕሙር ጓይላ ===== ዕሙር ጓይላ
    2,,ስዉኣት ደፊርካ ===== ስዉኣት ደፊርካ
    4,,ዎያነ፤ዓጋመ እዩ ===== ዎያነ፤ዓጋመ እዩ
    The list is long.Do you notice any difference? = No. The only difference is,Issu owns a great skill in managing our idiot-ism. Example:-even though Issu is only 1st year student,the profs,and Drs.has been working for him.
    -(according to Mr. Yemane T) Issu had been enjoying parties in Mogadishu even with the Amharas and keeping his weight in cheek(diet) while his slaves in the west had been working extra hours, and his slaves in Sahil had been doing God knows what.
    ጸሎት = ጎይታይ ነታ ዝሃብካና ሓንጎል ፣ቅድሚ 60 ዓመት ሰይጣን ሰሪቑና ፣ነታ ናትና ካብ ርእስና ወሲዱ ፣ካልእ ንስዕስዒትን ስደትን ጥራይ እትኸውን ኣብ ኣእጋርና ሶኺዕዋ።ከም ዝፍለጥ ስራሕ በዚሕካ እኳ እንተሎ፣ፍጡራትካ ኢና እሞ ቑሊሕ በለና ።ነታ እትሓስብ ሓንጎል ካብ ሰይጣ ኣግዲፋካ ሃበና ፣ ካልእ ኣይነሸግረካን ኢና።

  • Desalegn May 12, 2016

    ሃገር ክትሓተኩም እያ !

    ንዓሌት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኮነ ኢሉ ንምብራስን ንምጽናትን ምስ ዝሰርሕ ዘሎ ጉጁለ ህግደፍ
    ኣብ ዝገብሮ ዘሎ መዓልቲ ናጽነት ትሳተፉ ዘለኹም ይኹን ካብ ሞት ንኸትድሕንዎ ፈርማኹም
    ተንብሩ ዘለኹም ዜጋትት ኤርትራ ብሃገርን ህዝብን ኤርትራ ካብተሓታትነት ኣይክተመልጡን

    “ሕጊ ብዘይምፍላጥካ ብትትግብሮም ገበናት ካብ ብሕጊ ተሓታትነት ኣይተመልጥን እኻ”

  • Desalegn May 15, 2016

    ሰላምማት የሕዋት

    ወዲ ሰብ ናይገዛእ ርእሱ ዝኾነ ኣረኣእያታትን ገምጋማትን ከምዘለዎ ርዱእ ኮይኑ ኣነ ብወገነይ ንኣቶ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወቂ ብኸምዚ ስዒቡ ዘሎ ነጥብታት እየ ክገልጾ ዝኽእል።

    ገለ ገለ ሰባት ንኢሳያስ ኣፈወቂ ከም በሊሕን ፈላጥን ክንዮውዚ እዉን ንሱ ጥራሕ እዩ ንሃገር ክመርሕ ዝኽእል ኢሎም ዘሓስቡ ወይ ንነብሰም ዘእመኑ የዋሃትዉን ኣይክሳኣኑን እዮም።

    ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ብመሰረቱ ከም ፈላጥ ሰብ ንነገራት ናይ ምግንዛብ ኣቕሙ ይኹን ብቕዓቱ ትሑት ወይ ከኣ ድሩት እዩ ክበሃል ይከኣል። ኢሳያስ ቀንዲ ምንጪ ፍልጠቱ ኣብ ፈላጣት ወይ ሙሑራት ኤርትራዊያን ዝተደረኸ ኮይኑ ነዚ ናይ ሰባት ሓንጎል ምምዝማዝ ይኹን ናይ ተንኮል ወይ ክፋእ ስራሓት ንዝምልከት ንዓመታት ዘኣክል በይኑ ሰለዘዓየየሉ ብሉጽ ወይ ሓያል ኮይኑ ንኽወጽእ ሓጊዝዎ እዩ። ኣብ ጊዜ ቃልሲ ተጋዳላይ ሙሉእ ዓቕሙ ኣብ ቅንዕና ዘለዎ ስራሕን ሃገር ነጻ ኣብ ምውጻእ ኣብ ዝነበረሉ መዋእል ኢሳያስን ግና ንበይኑ ኣብዚ ሕጂ በጺሕዎ ዘሎ ደረጃ ንኽበጽሕ ንሓንጎል ገለ ገለ በላሕቲ ኤርትራዊያን ከይተረደኦም ኣብ ጥቕሙ ኣውዒልዎ እዩ ኣብዚ ደረጃ ክበጽሕ ኪኢሉ እምበር ብሓንጎሉ ብሉጽ ስለዝኾነ ከምዘይኮነ ክረደኣና ይግባእ። ነዚ ኣቕሪበዮ ዘለኹ ሓሳባት ንኹላትና ንጹር ንኽኮነልና በዚ ዝስዕብ ኣበሃህላ ከቕርቦ መሪጸ ኣለኹ።

    ሓደ ሰብ ብሉጽ ኮይኑ ብፍልጠቱ ይኹን ብስርሑ ካብ ካልኦት ሰባት ክወጽእ ወይ ክረአ ዝኽእል ዚያደ ጊዜ ኣጥፊኡ ምስዘዓዪ ጥራሕ እዩ። ስለዚ ተጋዳላይ ኣብ ቅንዕናን ሓቅን ተሞርኩሱ ምሉእ ጊዚኡ ዓወት ነሓፋሽ እንዳበለ ኣብ መስዋእቲ ከሕልፎ ከሎ በንጻሩ ከኣኒ ኣቶ ኢሳያስ ከኣኒ ብዉሽጢ ዉሽጢ ንልዕሊ 30 ዓመታት ቅድሚ ናጽነትን ከምእዉን ን 25 ዓመታት ድሕሪ ናጽነት ብድምሩ ን 55 ዓመታት ስልጣን ምዕቃብ ወይ ሞት ብዝብል ቴማ ስርሑ እንዳሰለሰለ ስለዝመጸ ኣብዚ ደረጃዚ ክበጺሕ ክኢሉ።

    ስለዚ እሳያስ ስልጣን ወይ ሞት ንዝብል ቴማ ንልዕሊ ፍርቂ ዘመን ዕላማ በይኑ ስለዝሰርሃሉን ስለዝጎየየሉን ደኣንበር ብሉጽ ሓንጎል ሰለዘለዎ ኣይኮነንን ኣብዚ ደረጃዚ ንኽበጽሕ በቒዑ ዘሎ በሃላይ እዩ።

    ንዕላልና በዚ ዝስዕብ ኣበሃህላ መደምደምታ እንተገበርናሉ ይሓይሽ ይመስለሊ “ንበይኑ ዝጎየየ ዝቕድሞ የብሉን”