An Appeal to All Justice-Seeking Eritreans Worldwide

An Appeal to All Justice-Seeking Eritreans Worldwide Let’s Make November 15, 2017, the beginning of the end of the dictatorship in Eritrea Dear Fellow Justice-Seeking Eritrean, As a Justice-Seeking Eritrean, we have no doubt that you are being

An Appeal to All Justice-Seeking Eritreans Worldwide

Let’s Make November 15, 2017, the beginning of the end of the dictatorship in Eritrea

Dear Fellow Justice-Seeking Eritrean,

As a Justice-Seeking Eritrean, we have no doubt that you are being tormented and deeply saddened by the increasingly worsening situation in our country. Eritrea is being emptied of its youth and productive work force. Those who managed to flee the country under tremendous risk, are facing daunting circumstances in Western countries that seem to have reached the end of their patience with crowded refugees and asylum-seekers. Those who are not lucky enough to escape are facing inhuman treatment locked in overcrowded prison cells, and being subjected to cruel torture and endless national service.  In light of this worsening situation, we believe, it is time for all justice-seeking Eritreans join hands to rescue their people and their country without any further delay.

The most expedient, practical step we should take is to get organized in our respective locality, and elect our local leaders by November 15, 2017.  The goal is to elect legitimate grassroots-based global leaders. To this end, wherever there is a critical mass of Eritreans, a local Eritrean assembly or baito   should be established and representatives thereof elected.  The elected local representatives will then establish country-wide assemblies/baitos.  The elected representatives from all the continents will then establish a Global Baito and its executive body will be tasked to lead the democratic struggle for change.

This will require an intensive campaign to mobilize and reach out to ALL justice-seeking Eritreans in every locality. It is therefore vitally important for dedicated justice-seeking individuals in a given locality to take the initiative to form a Meeting Organizing Committee that will take the responsibility to organize an all-inclusive assembly of all the justice-seeking Eritreans in the given locality.  The responsibility of the Committee is to find a meeting place, set the date, with the November 15, 2017 deadline in mind, and then conduct an intensive publicity to reach out to all justice-seeking Eritreans in the given locality without distinction of religion, ethnicity and gender. A serious effort should be made to invite ALL Eritreans, particularly those from minority groups, who may not have access to the Internet or the Eritrean radio programs.  The call for a general meeting of all Eritreans in a given locality should be written in Arabic, English and Tigrigna or any other appropriate language widely used in the particular community.  To the extent possible, the announcement should be disseminated in a written form, and widely distributed in places frequented by Eritreans, such as churches, mosques, community centers, restaurants and other places frequented by Eritreans in the given locality. The information about the meeting should also be spread through phone messages, websites, radio programs, seminars, Paltalk programs, etc.  It is not enough to call a general meeting; people should understand why their participation is important to save our country. It is also important to remember that meeting should be conducted in the language mostly spoken in the locality. In addition, care should be given to providing translation services to those people who do not speak the language used in the meeting.

Once Eritreans in every corner of the world elect their local leaders, the next step is for these elected leaders to choose their country representatives. This process should take place in every country and every continent.  The target date for the election of country-wide leaders should be carried out in consultation with the elected local leaders.  Given the dire situation, this target date for the election of country-wide leaders should be set at the earliest convenient date, before the onset of winter.

The final step is to hold a global conference (Hagerawi Baito) of the country-wide elected leaders from every corner of the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle-East, South America and the US. Global Eritrean Leaders in Diaspora will then be elected at this global conference. We expect the global conference to be conducted within six months after the election of country-wide leaders.

The Role of the Eritrean Global Leaders

We think one of the reasons hindering Eritreans in the Diaspora from being actively engaged in ending the dictatorship in Eritrea, is the lack of democratically elected leadership. We need leaders who can bring us together and lead us towards a democratic change.

The primary role of the Global Leadership is to chart an effective strategy and prepare a blueprint to prepare the ground work for transitioning the country to democracy. In addition to getting organized in the Diaspora, real change will come through collaboration with dedicated elements inside the country, as well as with the Eritrean opposition groups. The responsibility of the Global Leadership will be to gain recognition and support of the International Community. By virtue of the democratic electoral process, the Global Leadership acquires legitimacy to act and to represent Eritreans in the Diaspora in any forum, e.g. the UN, European Union, African Union and other regional and international organizations.  Through an effective and intensive diplomacy and lobbying, the Leadership should be able to persuade the international community to apply intensive pressure that will cripple the dictatorial regime and give moral and logistical support to the forces of change inside the country.

To achieve the goal to elect legitimate grassroots-based global leaders in the shortest possible time, the support and active participation of all justice-seeking Eritreans is critical. We are therefore appealing to all justice-seeking Eritreans in the Diaspora to give this initiative their enthusiastic support. We are particularly appealing to the Eritrean youth, women, musicians and artists, intellectuals, religious leaders, political parties, Eritrean website masters, radio program directors and Paltalk room administrators to give this initiative their fullest support.

We would like to express our gratitude to the various Eritrean grassroots-based groups and committees in various cities and countries of the world.  We would like to request all these groups to assist in the establishment of local, regional and global institutions and grassroots-based global leadership.

Should you have any question, please contact the GI Task Force through our email address: gieegm@googlegroups.com

Our country is facing grave danger, and we all need to act promptly with a sense of urgency.

Let’s make sure November 15, 2017, be the beginning of the end of the suffering our people.

 

Global Initiative of Eritreans to Empower Grassroots Movement (GI)

October 1, 2017

aseye.assenna@googlemail.com

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5 COMMENTS
  • Kalighe October 4, 2017

    ” In addition to getting organized in the Diaspora, real change will come through collaboration with dedicated elements inside the country, as well as with the Eritrean opposition groups.”

    Global Initiative of Eritreans to Empower Grassroots Movement (GI)
    October 1, 2017

    You said: “… dedicated elements inside the country …”

    No doubt there are a lot of people who hate the regime and are ready to act against the junta if they get chance to do so. But an organized group is not there.
    It’s very difficult for anyone to think of any form of organized opposition inside the country.
    What is really scary about the situation inside the country is the sad fact that the regime is being inherited by hundreds, if not may be thousands, of colonels who are very active in implementing the regime’s tyrannical policies. These people cannot see beyond Iseyas and his regime. They are ready to fight to avoid any accountability. It’s clear now when the top brass of the junta is gone they are the ones who will run the country. The opposition is well aware of this and cannot trust them at all.

  • Alula October 4, 2017

    A patient can’t diagnose himself/herself and he/she must see a doctor urgently to know
    his/her illness and then to get the right medications urgently or right away.
    That’s where poor Eritrea and Eritreans are, not seeing and finding the right doctor and the
    right medications. The young and old Eritrean generation has got an assignment and
    that is to get the Eritrean devil and his devil enablers out of game by any possible means urgently.
    Eritreans are prone to extreme national emotions and syncs but this extreme emotions and finger pointing
    haven’t helped us move forward rationally and judiciously to challenge the current awful reality. The impact of the
    Eritrean political and economic situations has adversely affected the values of our society to level beyond explanation.

  • Natnael October 4, 2017

    Dear GIs,

    How scary the situation inside the country is and the sad fact that the regime is …is already known to almost all Eritreans since over 30 years. Irreal words such as could, would, maybe, …etc. are just a bubble ball, they have no fruit. The people want to see feasible and realistic beginn of actions, not only a repeatition of pattern of words. They want to see how to emplement the Grassroots concept or plan ! I myself am not convinced from your approach. First of all you must be able to realize the unity of the people. DIA or PDFJ have shown us that we can not achieve unity of opposition yet. Maybe you do it now !

  • Selomom October 7, 2017

    Are you democrats your self? patriotism has been used as a coverup to grasp Power so where is your manifesto for post Isayas Eritrea and the road map to achieve it?

    • alem October 9, 2017

      They do not need to be democrats. Poloticians unless are very mature, intelligent and visionary, they all tend to be selfish which makes them dictators. If we the people rejected dictatorship, pressed for transparency, accountability, and constitutional rule and rights-there will be no breeding ground for dictators in our country. The reason we have crimes committed by pfdj junta is dictatorship. the reason we have dictatoship is the support of ignorant pfdj members in diaspora due to narrow regionalism. Did any body benefit from that. Nop, not even the fake supporters.

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