Djibouti hands 267 Eritreans over to UNHCR

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By Abebech Tamene, Monday, April 14, 2014 ADDIS ABABA — The Djiboutian government has handed 267 Eritreans, seized during a three-day border conflict in 2008, over to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), presidential adviser Najib Ali Tahir said Monday. “Some of them are military deserters and prisoners of the Djibouti-Eritrea war, which … more

Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land

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Rome (AFP) – Italy said Wednesday that 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days — the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea in the wake of two shipwrecks last year. “The landings are non-stop and the emergency … more

Sudan isolation grows as major banks pull out

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Major European and Saudi banks have stopped dealings with Sudan, further straining indebted and cash-starved economy. Major European and Saudi banks have stopped dealing with Sudan, diplomatic and other sources say, adding to the sanctions-hit country’s isolation and further straining its indebted, cash-starved economy. While Khartoum blames increased “pressure” from … more

President orders release of political prisoners and easing of restrictions on parties to encourage national dialogue.

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Sudan’s Bashir unveils political reforms President orders release of political prisoners and easing of restrictions on parties to encourage national dialogue. Sudanese President Omar al Bashir has ordered the release of political prisoners and easing of restrictions on political parties to “encourage success in a national dialogue”. Speaking on Sunday … more

Feds asked to ban Eritrean bagmen

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Deny them visas, local group tells Ottawa Every summer, representatives of the government ot Eritrea, dubbed the North Korea of Africa, are granted visas to come to Canada and raise money for the regime, which hundreds of thousands have fled. A human rights group in Winnipeg and its lawyer, David Matas, are … more

Eritrea: UN expert warns about persisting human rights violations linked to the national service

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Eritrea: UN expert warns about persisting human rights violations linked to the national service GENEVA, Switzerland, March 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ –The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today expressed deep concern about persisting human rights violations in the country in … more

Eritrea withdraw from Nations Cup qualification

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(Reuters) – Eritrea, who have a history of players defecting when on international duty, have withdrawn from the African Nations Cup qualifiers, the Confederation of African Football said on Sunday. They were due to play newcomers South Sudan in one of two preliminary round fixtures in April. South Sudan now … more

Ethiopia: Telecom Surveillance Chills Rights- Foreign Technology Used to Spy on Opposition inside Country, Abroad

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Ethiopia: Telecom Surveillance Chills Rights Foreign Technology Used to Spy on Opposition inside Country, Abroad (Berlin, March 25, 2014) – The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The … more

Australian Eritreans ‘forced’ to pay illegal tax

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By Santilla Chingaipe Members of Australia’s Eritrean community claim they are being forced to pay a tax which has been banned by the United Nations. According to the federal government, if such a practice is occurring in Australia, it would be in breach of both UN sanctions and an Australian government … more

800 Eritrean migrants begin marching from Negev to Tel Aviv

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About 800 African migrants began marching from Holot detention center in the Negev towards Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon. The migrants called on the Israeli government to close down the detention center and release the migrants detained there. They also called for fair consideration of asylum requests. The African migrant community have protested and … more

News Report on London-Forto Seminar

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On a rainy London day and in the presence of good number of Eritrean-Londoners a public seminar was held in London – UK on 26 January 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of the patriotic operation that took place in Forto-Asmara on 21 January 2013, which heralded the beginning of … more

Israeli parliament shuts its doors on protesting African refugees – Knesset bars access to delegation representing thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese ‘infiltrators’ on fourth day of action

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An African migrant takes part in a protest opposite the Knesset. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters Around 10,000 African refugees have taken their protest to the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on the fourth consecutive day of demonstrations and strikes against harsh detention laws, and to demand the authorities consider their asylum claims. The speaker … more

African migrants protest outside Israel parliament in Jerusalem

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BY TIA GOLDENBERG JERUSALEM — Thousands of African migrants demanding to be recognized as refugees protested Wednesday outside of Israel’s parliament, part of a series of mass demonstrations over their status in Israel. Police said more than 10,000 migrants rallied outside the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, with hundreds more continuing to … more

Demonstrations in Tel Aviv prompt rare and strongly worded condemnation of policy by UN high commissioner for refugees – TheGuardian

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African migrants protest against Israel’s new open-ended detention law Demonstrations in Tel Aviv prompt rare and strongly worded condemnation of policy by UN high commissioner for refugees Thousands of African migrants, many holding banners demanding freedom for compatriots jailed by Israel, have staged a protest in Tel Aviv against Israel’s new … more

African Migrants Caught In New Bind

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In wake of Israeli Supreme Court victory comes tougher legislation. The Jewish Week : Tel Aviv — Solomon Gorgo, an Eritrean army deserter who came to Israel illegally five years ago, speaks fluent Hebrew and is the manager of the wait staff at a five-star hotel in Eilat. So when … more

The Holy Bishop, Mekarios in Stockholm

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Stockholm 22 December, 2013 ናይብጹዕኣቡነመቃርዮስ:ሓዋርያዊዑደትኣብስቶክሆልም The Holy Bishop, Mekarios in Stockholm This Sunday (December 22, 2013) Eritreans in Stockholm were blessed (blessed, in its true sense/meaning) by the presence of his Holiness Aba Mekarios, an Eritrean bishop and member of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. … more

Wedi Vacaro in Stockholm

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Stockholm 14 December, 2013 Wedi Vacaro in Stockholm Saturday the 14th of December, 2013 was a day where Eritreans in Stockholm in particular and Sweden in general showed their contempt to tyranny and dictatorship in Eritrea. This was prompted by the incredible energetic inspiration of Wedi Vacaro, Dr. Tewelde Tesfamariam … more