What has been happening to the Eritrean detainees in Libya?
The Eritrean government is behind what is happening to our people in Libyan prisons. They really want to take back those who left the country, and punish them. The tragedy of many of those who try to leave Eritrea with a dream of a new and decent life in other countries is that they end up in a Libyan hell-hole where they are imprisoned incommunicado, raped and otherwise tortured, and then, if they survive this inhuman treatment, they are sent back to Eritrea for more of the same.

What has been happening to the Eritrean detainees in Libya?
The Eritrean government is behind what is happening to our people in Libyan prisons. They really want to take back those who left the country, and punish them. The tragedy of many of those who try to leave Eritrea with a dream of a new and decent life in other countries is that they end up in a Libyan hell-hole where they are imprisoned incommunicado, raped and otherwise tortured, and then, if they survive this inhuman treatment, they are sent back to Eritrea for more of the same.

Now that Christmas and the New Year celebrations are over, please remember those vulnerable people for whom the festive season was a time of extra suffering. From 29th December onwards, I have been receiving distress calls from those in different prisons in Libya detailing the latest breach of their human rights and the distressful situation that they were subjected to. 

Now that Christmas and the New Year celebrations are over, please remember those vulnerable people for whom the festive season was a time of extra suffering. From 29th December onwards, I have been receiving distress calls from those in different prisons in Libya detailing the latest breach of their human rights and the distressful situation that they were subjected to. 

Michael Abraha
There is urgent need to strengthen and unite the Eritrean democratic camp.  And nothing strengthens and unites more than our readiness to sacrifice personal gains, fame, and yes, even power, in the service of the greater good that spurs  us to create a decent social order where there is no hunger, no slavery or tyranny and where all are treated with dignity and respect.

Michael Abraha
There is urgent need to strengthen and unite the Eritrean democratic camp.  And nothing strengthens and unites more than our readiness to sacrifice personal gains, fame, and yes, even power, in the service of the greater good that spurs  us to create a decent social order where there is no hunger, no slavery or tyranny and where all are treated with dignity and respect.

We welcome you to join us in our “Empowering and Fostering Independent Media Discussion Seriesthis Saturday evening at paltalk.  We are honored to present to you the next guest speakers Mr. Isayas Sium from Bay Area and Mr. Tesfit Kiflu from Washington DC.   Both are member of a fraternity called “Friends of Assena”, a group that is working to drive up financial support for Assena Media.  Both Mr. Isayas and Mr. Tesfit and others have teamed up to establish “Friends of Assena” so that others can join in this remarkable mission of empowering independent media.  Founder and director of Assena Media Mr. Amanuel Eyasu will also join the discussion.   

We welcome you to join us in our “Empowering and Fostering Independent Media Discussion Seriesthis Saturday evening at paltalk.  We are honored to present to you the next guest speakers Mr. Isayas Sium from Bay Area and Mr. Tesfit Kiflu from Washington DC.   Both are member of a fraternity called “Friends of Assena”, a group that is working to drive up financial support for Assena Media.  Both Mr. Isayas and Mr. Tesfit and others have teamed up to establish “Friends of Assena” so that others can join in this remarkable mission of empowering independent media.  Founder and director of Assena Media Mr. Amanuel Eyasu will also join the discussion.   

 Milkias Mihretab Yohannes

One of my worst days back in those terrible days in Asmara was Tuesday. Since my news paper was,  published every Wednesday, I have to go to the ministry of Information for approvals and pass the censorship test before going to the press, that is Tuesday(qursus Solus, “cursed Tuesday” as they said it in Tigrinya). Tuesday was the day me and my colleagues feel anxious, apprehensive even nervous as we don’t possibly know what the outcome and decisions  of the censor department might be.

 Milkias Mihretab Yohannes

One of my worst days back in those terrible days in Asmara was Tuesday. Since my news paper was,  published every Wednesday, I have to go to the ministry of Information for approvals and pass the censorship test before going to the press, that is Tuesday(qursus Solus, “cursed Tuesday” as they said it in Tigrinya). Tuesday was the day me and my colleagues feel anxious, apprehensive even nervous as we don’t possibly know what the outcome and decisions  of the censor department might be.

New York, November 25, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists honored four journalists with its 2009 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted impunity in journalist murders, this week’s killings of Philippine journalists, and the Internet’s emerging role in press freedom. Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and founding CPJ board member, was honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.

New York, November 25, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists honored four journalists with its 2009 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted impunity in journalist murders, this week’s killings of Philippine journalists, and the Internet’s emerging role in press freedom. Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and founding CPJ board member, was honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.

When Meb Keflezighi finished the New York City Marathon in two hours, nine minutes and 15 seconds the morning after Halloween, he became the first American to win the race in 27 years. But some spectators apparently missed the three red letters on his chest as he burst through the tape. Keflezighi is only “technically American,” argued CNBC sports writer Darren Rovell. He’s “like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.”

When Meb Keflezighi finished the New York City Marathon in two hours, nine minutes and 15 seconds the morning after Halloween, he became the first American to win the race in 27 years. But some spectators apparently missed the three red letters on his chest as he burst through the tape. Keflezighi is only “technically American,” argued CNBC sports writer Darren Rovell. He’s “like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.”

  By Fesseha Nair

The controversial Brussels Conference(BC)is now over. This conference was regarded as a success story by its organizers and participants while it was criticised by other who were left behind closed doors. Conferences are democratic instruments where people assemble and discuss issues of interest. The impact of the BC can not be estimated at this time but will be assessed later in the process of our struggle for democracy.

  By Fesseha Nair

The controversial Brussels Conference(BC)is now over. This conference was regarded as a success story by its organizers and participants while it was criticised by other who were left behind closed doors. Conferences are democratic instruments where people assemble and discuss issues of interest. The impact of the BC can not be estimated at this time but will be assessed later in the process of our struggle for democracy.


 Mogos Tekeste

We know that there is no rule of law in Eritrea, worse; there are no known rules of any kind, only arbitrary edicts and decrees. In fact the very People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) itself does not abide by the rules of its own organization. It is an organization that is gliding haphazardly without political radar even of the socialist kind.


 Mogos Tekeste

We know that there is no rule of law in Eritrea, worse; there are no known rules of any kind, only arbitrary edicts and decrees. In fact the very People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) itself does not abide by the rules of its own organization. It is an organization that is gliding haphazardly without political radar even of the socialist kind.

The Association of Eritrean Journalists in Exile (AEJE) would like show its gratitude to the Swedish PEN for presenting the Tucholsky Award to our compatriot, Mr. Dawit Isaak who has been in Eritrean jail since September 23, 2001. This award is another remarkable addition to the serious of tireless efforts and achievements of Swedish human right groups and NGOs to take up the cause of freedom of expression in Eritrea in general and the case of Dawit Isaak in particular. It can be recalled that last month, Dawit Isaak had been honoured to be a finalist for European Union’s Sakharov Prize.

The Association of Eritrean Journalists in Exile (AEJE) would like show its gratitude to the Swedish PEN for presenting the Tucholsky Award to our compatriot, Mr. Dawit Isaak who has been in Eritrean jail since September 23, 2001. This award is another remarkable addition to the serious of tireless efforts and achievements of Swedish human right groups and NGOs to take up the cause of freedom of expression in Eritrea in general and the case of Dawit Isaak in particular. It can be recalled that last month, Dawit Isaak had been honoured to be a finalist for European Union’s Sakharov Prize.