IT IS TIME TO BREAK THE SILENCE : Memorandum Handed Over to the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

MEMORANDUM HANDED OVER TO: Mr. Max Vuyesle Sisulu, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa Mrs. Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation  18 FEBRUARY 2013  IT IS TIME TO BREAK THE SILENCE  In our country, Eritrea

MEMORANDUM HANDED OVER TO:

Mr. Max Vuyesle Sisulu, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

Mrs. Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation 

18 FEBRUARY 2013 

IT IS TIME TO BREAK THE SILENCE 

In our country, Eritrea things are going from bad to worse.

 

THIS IS AN APPEAL TO ALL WHO KNOW THE IMPORTANCE

OF INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY

Half of all born Eritreans now live in exile! As Eritreans in South Africa and elsewhere  scattered in the world, we appeal to the world community to assist us in returning our country to the family of nations that live by democracy enshrined in a constitution, the rule of law and a Bill of Rights that is upheld by elected rulers who accept debate and believe in the importance of a free press.

Our country today is little more than a giant prison run by a dictatorship, where education has been replaced with compulsory military service for any child over the age of 18 up to 40 for indefinite period, and is being used as slave labour.

Persecution and oppression leaves untold numbers of our compatriots in detention centres and jails, without ever having faced charges or the representation of a defence. Untold more are killed if they do not submit to the arbitrary rulers.

As if internal oppression is not enough, we want the world today to stand up about an even bigger crime that is committed against a people the world knows so little about. Many of our compatriots are made to flee their country and fall into the arms of human traffickers who seek ransom money from their families back in Eritrea, failing which they are killed and their body parts sold in a highly sophisticated operation. Through manipulation and through ignorance these refugees are lured into the Sinai desert where Bedouin gangs demand ransom money from parents or relations, via mobile phone. If they cannot raise the money and thus the right of passage to Israel or Egypt to apply for asylum, they are killed. The Bedouin gangs call on ultra-modern ambulances with trained crews in nearby places who then sell body parts all over the world.

This crime has to be exposed and it has to be stopped! We demand an end to the conspiracy of silence by those who fail to ask questions; questions about the origin of the body parts that get sold internationally.

People of South Africa: You know oppression, you know injustice, and you know how human rights were violated in your country. You may not stand bye while fellow Africans suffer in this way. BIG COMPANIES ARE NOW ENTERING ERITREA TO MINE FOR GOLD. This is morally reprehensible! The plight of the people of Eritrea cannot be shifted aside in order that SA companies make money there. To enter Eritrea now will condemn you to be entering a country in which extreme exploitation of people is possible because of the dictatorship that rule in Eritrea.

If, you, Mr. Speaker and Madam Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, and mining companies are not appraised of what is going on in our country, we urge you to  listen to us and to listen to what the United Nations  and the Human Rights Commission says. 

Lula Gebreyesus

On Behalf of

Concerned Eritreans in South Africa

aseye.asena@gmail.com

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13 COMMENTS
  • Redi Kifle (bashay) February 18, 2013

    It is all about commitment and you are on the right track. Thank you so much our EMDHR.

  • kemal February 18, 2013

    Good job EMDHR, you did it. It is much better to be late than never. We are with you guys, Thank you for the noble job.

  • Mehret February 18, 2013

    It is amazing how traitors change sides. This lady is now a concerned eritrean after all what she did to many eritrean students in SA. From stealing their stipend to sending them straight to prisons in eritrea. Now she is a concerned eritrean. She had been trying to make it up to PFDJ for signing with the G13 or G11 and now is trying to make it up for who?

    • A.A Yassin February 18, 2013

      Opportunism is part of human nature. That is why you should never trust those people who tell you that once the government of Eritrea collapses everything will be hunkydory.

    • Haben February 18, 2013

      Mehret,
      Give her a break. Many Eritreans who used to be supporters of the PFDJ have changed to support Eritrean victims. If your labels are true about Lula, then I am so happy for her change and her courage to do something about the plight of Eritreans. Even Ali Abdu is welcome, but maybe not forgiven.

      • Mehret February 19, 2013

        Haben,
        yes everybody is welcome to do the right thing but it should not be whenever it suites you. And ‘sorry’ is the most important thing in building trust. otherwise how do I know she is not an enemy whose mission is to destroy the opposition! how do I know she is not going to change sides again?
        I am sure you would have said the same thing if you had known what happened to the eritrean youth in SA from 2000-2003.
        She can say whatever she wants, but I do not trust her.

  • Hagos Berahne February 18, 2013

    Good job EMDHR!!!! Keep on we are all on your side.

  • Hagos Berahne February 18, 2013

    Godd job Lula!!! Keep on the good job. We are all on your side.

  • Semhar February 18, 2013

    ጌናለዉ ጀጋኑ ኣብ ሃገርና
    ንኢሰያስ ብኢድና ሒዝና ናብ ፍርዲ ነቕርበላ መዓልቲ ርሕቕቲ ኣይክትከውንን ኢያ።

    ዓወት ንዉጹዕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ
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ውድቀት ንፋሽሽታዊ ውልቀ መላኺ ኢሰያስ።

  • Wedia Seyoum February 19, 2013

    Well done Capetown!
    Keep the spirit of fighting the injustice going

  • eyasu February 19, 2013

    Well done Capetonians!

  • Doshka February 20, 2013

    Fellow Eritreans, it is a job well done. You have made us proud. Keep the spirit of fighting high. It is time to expose the PFDJ gangs….bleeding Eritrea in the name of leading….

  • wolwol February 20, 2013

    Thanx Mehret, U have said it all what I wanted to say, it really rediculous to see that snake woman now advocating for Eritreans.

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