Date: 16 August, 2011
From: Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba, 21-429 Qu’Appelle Ave., Winnipeg
Subject: Invitation to attend Seminar
Enough! 20 Years of Tyranny:
A Seminar In Commemoration of Decades of Incommunicado Detention of Eritrean of
On behalf of the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba, it is our privilege to invite you to attend a seminar titled “Enough! 20 Years of Tyranny: A Seminar in Commemoration of Decades of Incommunicado Detention of political prisoners of Eritrea” to be held in the Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg, on September 18, 2011, from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM.
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba was formed in October 2009 to raise awareness in respect to the gross and massive violation of human rights in Eritrea; a country aptly called, ‘the North Korea of Africa’ or referred to as ‘Tiny Country; Giant Prison’ by international human rights watchdogs.
The Keynote Speaker, Mr. Dan Connell, a distinguished Lecturer, Depts. of Communication & Political Science/International Relations, Simmons College, Boston, is the author of numerous articles and books, including among others, Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners (2004.) As a journalist and writer, Mr. Connell has published extensively on pre and post-independence Eritrean politics and society. Arguably, the prominent western expert on Eritrea, Mr. Dan Connell is well-suited to shed light on the Eritrean plight.
The seminar will focus mainly on the event of September 18, 2001 when the Eritrean regime, started its massive crack-down, much like the Stalinist purges, on high-level government ministers, journalists, and other dissidents, and shut down the private press; thereby officially embarking on the road to tyranny. Ten years later, the victims remain disappeared; their whereabouts unknown.
It is our sincere hope that you will be able to attend this seminar as our special guest.
There will be Eritrean cultural food. Entrance is free; voluntary donations would be appreciated.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Seminar Program Coordinators below,
Bereket Yohannes: 782-6562
Ghezae Hagos: 293-3838
Amanuel Hadgu: 997-2797
The Seminar is sponsored by:
Institute of Global College at University of Winnipeg,
The Canadian Human Rights Museum
The League of Rights of Bnai’ Brith Canada
The Menno Simmons College of University of Winnipeg
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC)
CKUW Radio at University of Winnipeg