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UN Special Rapporteur emphasises the gravity of human rights violations in Eritrea

A packed international conference took place in Brussels There are "reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity are taking place”, stated  Sheila Keetharuth, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, at a major

A packed international conference took place in Brussels

There are “reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity are taking place”, stated  Sheila Keetharuth, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, at a major high-ranking international staffed conference held in Brussels this week. The dire human rights situation in the Horn of Africa nation— including arbitrary detention and extrajudicial executions—has “not improved in essentials”, she emphasised, despite consistent attention in recent years from the UN and human rights agencies.

The ‘Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis’ conference was a public event attracting an audience of over a hundred from more than 40 organisations worldwide, including supporters of the PFDJ, the Eritrean ruling party. Threats were made by some of these individuals against recent refugees to Europe, who gave their testimonies to the gathering, speaking about the reasons they left the country and the risks they faced in fleeing. Eritreans in exile taking a stand against the regime continually face pressure from the regime’s loyalists in diaspora, including threats to the safety of family members still in Eritrea.

Eritrea, which has a population of around 5 million people, lives under one-party rule, without press freedom, and with an obligatory military service for men and women that lasts for an indefinite length. Eritrea experts, academics and activists in exile spoke at the conference about different aspects and consequences, arguing that military service exists primarily to “indoctrinate” and control, and has a disastrous effect on the economy.

Eritrea is the fastest emptying country in the world and many of those fleeing the country are finding their way to Europe at great personal cost.  Some European countries e.g. Germany, Switzerland or Denmark are downplaying the disastrous human rights situation and the danger of persecution and prosecution. Therefore, the number of refugees who are accepted under the Geneva Convention is decreasing which is resulting in lower protection status and in some cases a rejection of the asylum application.

Following the public event, participants supporting Eritrean refugees claiming asylum in Europe issued a statement condemning the comments on the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in which he claimed it would be both easy and desirable to close “the Central Mediterranean route” to those fleeing to Europe, from countries including Eritrea. With these measures, the participants of the conference declared, the European countries are “betraying the sacred principles enshrined in the human rights and other treaties they are signatories to.”

The ‘Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis’ conference was organised by the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, the Europe External Policy Advisors, Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V., Connection e.V., War Resisters’ International and the Eritrean Law Society,




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  • TesfaldetAbraha October 25, 2017

    አታ እዛ ሰበይቲ ዘይትነግርዋ እታ ዝቆጸረታ ነዚ ስራሕ ሐለቓአ ሱዛን ራይስ የላን እባ በልዋ አሰና ክአ ንምንታይ ፖስት ገራቶ ነዚ ሕጂድአ ዋላ እንዳ ዳውንዳውን እንዳስመር ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ዘይገበሩ ንደገፍ ወያነ እንዳመተትሲ ሱቅ ኢላ ትልፍልፍ አብ አመሪካ ምርጫ ተገሩስ ትራምፕ ዝባሀል የመሪጹ በልዋ ኦባማ ከርናፍ ሱዛን ራይስ ውሽማ መለስን ወሪዶም

    • Danilo October 25, 2017

      ኣነስ፡ተስፋ ጥፊኣት ምበልኩኻ።ካልእ ከይብለካ ግን ዓቕምኻ ኣይኮነን።

  • Tsehaye October 25, 2017

    Why do people waste their time talking to beggars who depend on another beggar to get where and what they want? Can one make a good profit by begging a beggar to do business? Can a beggar who begs another beggar to do business and make a profit find many customers who can buy his/her product?
    This poor Indian woman is a waste of time and a real beggar woman who is begging to send money to her India.

  • TesfaldetAbraha October 25, 2017

    ወያነ እኳ ተስፋ ቆሪጾም ቀቢጾም ድሕሪ ሱዛንራይስ እዚአ ክአ ሱቅ ኢላ መስሐቅ ዩኤን ትኾውን ናይ አመሪካ ኮንግረስ ን ሰበ ስልጣን ኤርትራ ዓዲሞም ንዕርቂ ልለሚኖሞም እባ በልዋ ክሳዕ ሕጂ አፍልጦ የብላን አመሪካ ማዕጾ ትኹሕኹሕ ከምዘላ

    • amanuel October 26, 2017

      What matters is not what others believe or think or know but what we eritreans believe and know. And we know that iseyas and his handfull cliqe have committed herondous crimes against civilians. Some one will ultimately pay.

  • k.tewolde October 25, 2017

    ‘….reasonable grounds to believe crimes…’ hmmm sounding a little soft and political Mrs. Sheila,how about genocide,carnage,ethnic cleansing,murder in the first degree,altering and desecrating of a pristine culture,a complete holding hostage and quarantine of humanity……….this is the reason why Eritreans risk everything and throw themselves into the hands of Bedouins and perish in the deserts and high seas just to get away from the terrestrial inferno HGDEF created where rudiments of hope completely vanished to oblivion.Madam honorable don’t just believe,it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt,the vastness of the desert and the ocean are testifying on the witness stand and the Lord is presiding.What would the fate of people like Mr.Tusk be, besides the main perpetrators when the gavel comes down with His judgement?

  • TESFALDETABRAHA October 25, 2017

    እሞ እንዳ ዳውን ዳውን ሕጂ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ክገብሩ ድዮም ንምድጋፋ ንሕና ህግደፋውያን እኳ ኮፍ ኢልና ኢና ንሪአ ከም ቀደም ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ንምቅዋማ ንገብሮ የለን ኮፍ ኢልና ጥራይ ንስሕቅ

    • andom October 25, 2017

      There is nothing to lough about tesfit. U can not go back and live. There, u know it. Ur master has wasted ur life and others beyond repair converting u into a begar melmexi as he called u. Ur ignorance has no bounds tesfit hatela. Merahtika nekey nekey elom ab gudgad atyom eyom hamus hamus elom. Hade kabtom kab nakfa zimexu tezeykenka tehegus neger yelan. U can have fake loughter like ur fake support. I know u do not use banks to send money but a black market, u do not pay 2% of ur income that u report as zero every year, u will never never go back to protect ur country which has been invaded and badme taken for over 20 yrs. Infact u run away from that and sought asylum during that period. Ask ur self and answer these questions- mr tebelaxi gihila.

  • Meretse October 26, 2017

    ንስኪስ እንታይ ጌርኪ – ክንደይ’ዃ!
    ዝገበሩስ – በዓል መንበር ፥ ሶፋ ፥ ድዃ

    ሃድን ምስ ወፈሩ ጎራሕ ሸራሕ
    ሓደ ዛግራ ይምነ ሓደ ቖቛሕ
    ሓደ ዓጋዘን ይብል ሓደ ሰሳሕ
    ብሓደ ወፊርካስ ፋሕ ! ጭንግራሕ

    ወግሐ – ጸብሐ እናኣፍረዩ ሕልሚ
    ምዕባይ ኣብዩ ‘ቲ ዋና ትልሚ