Should Eritrea Have Constitution Day National Holiday?
“Today 23 May 1997, on this historic date, after active popular participation, approve and solemnly ratify, through the Constituent Assembly, this Constitution as the fundamental law of our Sovereign and Independent State of Eritrea.” We are
“Today 23 May 1997, on this historic date, after active popular participation, approve and solemnly ratify, through the Constituent Assembly, this Constitution as the fundamental law of our Sovereign and Independent State of Eritrea.”
We are in the middle of the Japanese “Golden Week” as many Japanese workers get about a week off around the end of April and beginning of May. This is because there is cluster of national holidays during this time. Constitution Memorial Day is a national holiday in Japan it takes place on May third in celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.
Japan is not the only nation that celebrates and honours its constitution in fact here is a list of over 50 nations that do. Constitution Day or Citizens Day as commonly referred in USA or Human Rights Day in South Africa or Republic Day of Uruguay is often celebrated on the anniversary of the signing, promulgation or adoption of the constitution, or in some cases, to commemorate the change to constitutional monarchy.
In many countries constitutional law is the cornerstone of democracy, freedom, human rights justice and liberty. These values are universal values and the highest human values there is; it is a very big deal because there is no higher value than Democracy no matter how you slice it, dice it, which is why the reason some nations celebrate and honouring constitutional law by devoting a national holiday to it.
Eritrea has a National Constitution; the 1997 Constitution was intended to be the cornerstone of democracy, justice and human rights in Eritrea. The constitution hasn’t being implemented for over fifteen years since it was shelved by Isaias Afwerki and his gang soon after it was ratified by the Eritrean National Assembly in the eve of Independence day, May 23 of 1997. Although May 23 is widely celebrated in Eritrea NOT because it was a historical and significant date on its own right but because it happen to be a day before May 24 “Independence Day” which is also another historical and significant date in Eritrea’s history.
President Isaias Afewerki and his gang would like us to believe that our national constitution is just a “worthless piece of paper” as the snake head himself repeatedly told us without any shame.
Do you think May 23 should be called Constitution Day or Citizens Day and it should be Eritrea’s national holiday to celebrate and honour our greatest values?
I believe it should be our Golden Day to celebrate and honour our constitution, combined with Independence Day our Golden Week. Because that is exactly what the date May 23 and May 24 signifies to us Eritreans.
- President Isaias Afewerki represents: Slavery and Tyranny
- While the Eritrean Constitution represents: Freedom, Democracy, Justice and Liberty
Whoever that choice President Isaias Afewerki over the Constitution has to be an animal and should be threated likewise.