Eritrean Refugees at Risk

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Dan Connell and Foreign Policy In Focus on April 11, 2014 – 5:00 PM ET This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus. Hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have fled a repressive dictatorship since 2001. Their small northeast African country, which has a population of four to five million … more

Eritrea Under Fire for Righs Abuses at U.N. Review

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(AFP) Geneva — Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture were just a few of the violations Eritrea was accused of during a UN review of its human rights record Monday. Diplomats gathered at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva condemned the isolated and autocratic country’s brutal repression of basic … more

Refugee teens in Israel win races but not awards

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JewishJournal.com Israel January 8, 2014 On a chilly night in December, up a grassy slope overlooking the all-weather track at Ironi Tet High School in southeast Tel Aviv, a few dozen teens — hailing from about 10 different countries — raced one another to the top of the hill. “Yalla, Rahel!” … more

Thousands of African migrants demonstrate in Tel Aviv

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‘March for freedom’ against government policy staged for second week in a row Thousands of African migrants and Israeli human rights activists protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in a “march for freedom” aimed at raising awareness at Israeli government policy to detain and jail asylum seekers without checking … more

MICHAEL ADONAI, A TREASURE FOR AUSTRALIAN ART

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AUZONE By Luciana Manrique Eritrean-born artist Michael Adonai is one who believes art can show artists´ inner emotions rather than his objective observations. His own style, a combination of ‘Coptic’ and realism, is internationally recognized. He was selected as a participant of the 3rd Art Camp by UNESCO, and was … more

Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, after her visit to Tunisia and Malta (11 – 20 November 2013)

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(GENEVA 25 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, expressed great concern about rampant human rights violations in Eritrea which caused hundreds of thousands to leave their country for an unknown and precarious future. “I call on the … more

ሰፊሕ ህዝባዊ ኣኼባ ተቐማጦ ስያትልን ከባቢኣን-Dr. ተወልደ ተስፋማሪያም (ወዲ ቫካሮ)

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ኤርትራዊ ሓድነት ንምብርባርን ኣብ ሃገርና ተፈጢሩ ንዘሎ ኩነታት ብዕምቆት ንምዝታይንዝዓለመ ሰፊሕ ናይ ህዝቢ ኣኼባ ኣብ ከተማ ስያትል ክካየድ ተመዲቡ ኣሎ። Dr. ተወልደ ተስፋማሪያም (ወዲ ቫካሮ)፣ ብመቐጸልታ ናይቲ ኣብ ሰመን ኣሜሪካ ዘካይዶ ዘሎ ህዝባዊ ኣኼባታት፣ ኣብዚ ዕለት እዚ ውን ኣብሞንጎና ተረኺቡ መልእኽቱ ንኤርትራውያን ነበርቲ ስያትል ከቕርብ ምዃኑ ንሕብር ። ብሰላም ምጹ! … more

Italy’s Interior Minister challenged in Agrigento where he had attended the ceremony in memory of the victims of the tragedy of Lampedusa.

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Migrants, Alfano challenged in Agrigento: “Assassins, stop Bossi-Fini” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano was challenged as he left the dock in San Leone Agrigento where he had attended the ceremony in memory of the victims of the tragedy of Lampedusa. Dozens of citizens have exhibited banners against the law and against … more

Eritrean refugees dying on the road to freedom

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Sister Aziza, an Eritrean nun living in Israel, mourns the tragic loss of life of Eritrean refugees in the recent Lampedusa shipwreck, and calls for international action against the torture camps in the Sinai. By Azezet Habtezghi Kidane | Oct. 17, 2013 | 11:01 AM Migrants from Eritrea rest outside a building, … more

Lampedusa tragedy big shame to Africa

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The Observer - THURSDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2013 Editorial International news headlines over the last couple of days have been partly dominated by the tragedy of immigrants, mainly from Africa, dying en masse in a desperate bid to reach Europe. Just over a week ago, a ship carrying immigrants from Libya en … more

One Day, Seyoum …

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…you will be sitting at a desk in your  comfortable apartment in France, and you will hear the laughter of your two young daughters in the next room, as you try to work on a new documentary feature.  You will feel briefly annoyed at this sudden interruption and then you will simply lean back and  …smile. You will close your … more

A Look at Eritrea, an Isolated African Nation

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) By RODNEY MUHUMUZA By The Associated Press Thousands of people each year flee Eritrea, a small Horn of Africa nation. Despite relative peace, many leave the repressive regime taking trips that can be as perilous as the recent boat disaster off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Here … more

Eritrea’s minerals: blessing or curse?

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By Jenny Vaughan BISHA, Eritrea (AFP) –  In a vast pit of red earth, white stone and green ponds, excavators unearth precious copper in Eritrea’s first large scale commercial mine. In its third year of production, Bisha mine — endowed with gold, copper and zinc — is Eritrea’s first major international … more

The Dictator’s Prayer

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Our “Issaias Afewerqi” who art between Asmara and Massawa, Famous be thy name, Thy Self-reliance come, Thy will be done in Ethiopia as it is in Eritrea, Give us this day our daily “Hateta”, And forget our Civil Rights, as we forget our sweat, tears, and blood you made us … more

Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea

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Letter dated 24 July 2013 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea addressed to the President of the Security Council. To Read the Report Click on this Link: Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea … more

From herding goats to shepherding students

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Saturday, August 3rd 2013 As a boy, BROTHER PAULOS MESMER tended his family’s livestock in Eritrea, since his parents had no intention of letting him go to school. But he was determined to be literate, even if it meant studying by moonlight. Later, he gave up the chance to study … more

Israel turns its back on African refugees

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By Eric P. Schwartz and Mark Hetfield, Published: August 3 Eric Schwartz was assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration from 2009 to 2011. He is dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Mark Hetfield is president of … more

THOMAS: “ERITREAN SOLUTIONS FOR ERITREAN PROBLEMS”… DO MORE HARM TO THE CAUSE THAN GOOD

TOMAS: “ERITREAN SOLUTIONS FOR ERITREAN PROBLEMS”… DO MORE HARM TO THE CAUSE THAN GOOD ______________________________ For the last two decades Eritreans seem desperate failing to build a “New Eritrea“after waging their blood to their “miraculous independence”. The most significant value of the struggle: “Everything is possible; nothing is impossible.”   The … more

Black Egyptians decry daily racism

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Cairo, Egypt - When Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed first started receiving calls on his mobile phone from an unknown number telling him to leave Egypt, he ignored them. But when the threats against the Sudanese asylum-seeker increased and he began to receive emails and Facebook posts with the same message – “Get … more

Eritrea pays warlord to influence Somalia: UN experts

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By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Eritrea is undermining stability in conflict-ravaged Somalia by paying political agents and a warlord linked to Islamist militants to influence the Mogadishu government, U.N. sanctions experts said in a confidential report. The Eritrean government has long denied playing any negative role in Somalia, … more

ERITREA: BACK TO THE DARK AGES

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This information comes from sources with direct contact with people living in Eritrea. It gives a unique picture of life under a regime that tolerates no independent media coverage – national or international. Note: the unofficial exchange rate is 70 – 75 Nakfa to the £. Life in Asmara today … more