EMDHR Press Statement

EMDHR conducted a two-day training held in Kampala Uganda on 29 & 30 April 2019 for Eritrean human rights defenders (HRDs). The human rights defenders came from various countries, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. The project

EMDHR conducted a two-day training held in Kampala Uganda on 29 & 30 April 2019 for Eritrean human rights defenders (HRDs). The human rights defenders came from various countries, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

The project was funded by Lifeline and supported by Civicus. The training was undertaken by David Kode of CIVICUS on 29 April, and the training on 30 April was provided by Helen Kidan of EMDHR and Mrs Sarah Ogbay of Network of Eritrean Women.

The session was an invaluable opportunity for the Eritrean human rights defenders to network with each other and strengthen their capacity. The session looked at documenting, reporting and monitoring of human rights violations in Eritrea and to those Eritreans refugees in the vicinity of Eritrea who continue to suffer. It also enabled them to understand the UN Mechanism.

We also done democracy cake training which enabled the participants to understand the process of democracy and how to build it. This created much discussion and enabled the participants to understand their role for the development of democracy in Eritrea. We were able to come out with action points post the conference and have developed a manual which will enable us to take the work forward.

The session also highlighted the security concerns of many human rights defenders and to ensure the protection of all HRDs in doing their work. The training in Kampala enabled participants to develop relations amongst themselves and the evening provided opportunities to discuss and share ideas.

At this moment in time the situation in Eritrea is drastically changing at a fast rate and it is important that Eritrean HRDs can assist the Eritrean people. Therefore, time is of the essence and we are now beginning to implement the actions points that were agreed in Kampala.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all those who supported the training in various capacities CIVICUS, Africa Monitors, Network of Eritrean Women, Mr Hussein Zame Zame and the participants themselves.

Democracy Cake Training – Working in Various groups discussing how to construct a democratic state.

 

Participants listening to David and engaging in discussions amongst themselves

 

Nadia Musa discussing the points of her group to all the participants engaging in Q&A

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  • Michael Tesfamariam June 5, 2019

    “At this moment in time the situation in Eritrea is drastically changing at a fast rate and it is important that Eritrean HRDs can assist the Eritrean people. Therefore, time is of the essence and we are now beginning to implement the actions points that were agreed in Kampala.”

    My Fellow compatriots, please read the above quoted sentence again, think how such emotionally pity, vague nonsensical slogans have fooled & made large portion of Eritreans deactivated & disabled from being able to contribute for change over the last decades. I have been reading same illogical sentences & emotional phrases like every year since 2005 when I was still in Eritrea. This self-worth own evaluations & witchful thinking has effectively killed any prospect of change in Eritrea, yet none would like to admit & do the right thing. What are these magic “drastically changes” in Eritrea that you have observed? What directions are these changes veering to ? Who is responsible for this “drastically change” that you are bragging about?

  • Tesfagabir Ghebreyohannes June 6, 2019

    Dear brother , why did you choose that particular sentence over the entire content of the press release? the fact that EMDHR held a two day intensive training for human right activists and right defenders is something to be commended as it will help participants broaden their knowledge about building democracy. The participants are equipped with knowledge that they can share with the public, which will then play a positive role in growing overall societal readiness for change.
    call it drastic or not, there has been a shift(change) of mindset towards the brutal regime inside our country. People started calling for change in different ways. This habit of undermining other peoples’ effort wont help . you should rather ask yourself what you are doing to change the situation in Eritrea
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  • Nahum K June 7, 2019

    Michael – whilst the sentence you highlighted may have been ambiguous, it was hardly the centrepiece of the press release. Do you have no comment to make on the efforts of EMDHR to enhance the capacity of human rights activists based in Africa? They are Eritreans just like you, who volunteer their time to ensure #Eritrea has resilience post-Isaias. Rather than being an armchair critic, you may want to look in the mirror and ask what you are doing to support such initiative’s.

  • Gezae June 7, 2019

    Eritrean history will never being WAS, it will be always IS since EPLF-PFDJ government in lead.
    LONG LIVE ERITREA & THE ERITREAN PEOPLE and GOVERNMENT.
    DEATH TO THE MERCENARIES SO CALLED JUSTICE SEEKERS WHAT SO EVER HATE MONGER GROUPS OR HATE SEED-MEN

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