Post 23 June Geneva successful demonstration presents a formidable challenge
By Petros Tesfagiorgis It was Tuesday 30 August 2016, I woke up at 7 am and Tuned BBC radio. It said the Italian coast Guards rescued 6500 people mostly Eritreans and Somalis from drowning in the
By Petros Tesfagiorgis
It was Tuesday 30 August 2016, I woke up at 7 am and Tuned BBC radio. It said the Italian coast Guards rescued 6500 people mostly Eritreans and Somalis from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, yesterday 29 August 2016.
They could have been drowned had it not been for the rescue mission. It is a moment in time where I felt helpless. Look at the heart-breaking photos below. What a powerful image of people among them young girls/boys and babies. They are risking their tender life to go to countries where they can be free to exploit their God given potential to work freely and be happy. They committed no crime except that they want to build their shattered life.
The regime has totally ignored the recommendations of United National Human Rights Council in Geneva in June and in collusion with the mining corporations chose – to dispel the truth that the Eritrean repressive regime is guilty of committing crime against humanity. The mining corporation are going out of their way by trying to paint a human face to the regime as they show no concern for the pain and suffering of the people of Eritrea in return for lucrative profits. They are going down in Eritrean history for condoning the repression of the Eritreans people.
I quote from Assenna.com, “JP Morgan’s love affair with Eritrea: JP Morgan Chase has emerged with 9.12% of Eritrea-focused Danakil whose flagship operation is the Colluli potash project, a 50-50 joint venture with the Eritrean National Mining Company. JP Morgan is no stranger to Eritrea and already has an interest in Canada’s Nevsun Resources which operates Bisha, one of the few producing mines (copper-zinc) in the poverty-stricken and hugely under-developed East Africa country. (Fitzum Abraham – has written extensively about this in assenn.com titled “ Global Initiative VS Global Leadership and the urgency of conceptual unity in the face of our POTASH exploitation”
Yes, exploiting the natural resources of a nation by multi-national corporations with no regard to the welfare of the people is not new. It is the fate of many third world countries. The people of the Republic of Congo remains poor for years while its Diamonds was ruthlessly exploited by multi national’s corporations.
As Martin Luther King, Jr said in 1967, “My Government – the United States of America has structurally installed and financially supported dictatorships, simply because democracies offer less long term trade security. It is convenient for the mining companies to ignore the pains and suffering of the people and deal with a government who does not publish any budget. The regime is not accountable to the people.
As a result of the persistent human rights violations in Eritrea the influx of refugees to exile is continuing unabated so are the deaths and rescue missions’s in the Mediterranean Sea.
Every week there comes breaking news of rescues and deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. THE LOCAL ITALYS NEWS IN ENGLISH on 29/May 2016 said: Week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.
I saw my mother and 11-year old sister die,” Kidane from Eritrea, 13, told the aid organizations. “There were bodies everywhere.” A sad testimony of an Eritrean child.
Dozens of kids die as boat tragedies claim up to 700 lives
It is proved beyond any reasonable doubt that for PFDJ the life of Eritreans perishing in the Sea does not matter at all.
All these presents’ formidable challenges to the Diaspora activists, the international community, the Governments of European Union who are flooded with refugees and defined it as “Europe’s Refugee Crises”. Above all it is a challenge to the Human Rights Commission as they see that their recommendation is undermined. The regime has clearly violated the UN instrument to bring justice to the oppressed.
It is the responsibility of the Diaspora Eritreans and peace and justice loving people to mobile people to call on the UN and the Government in the West and elsewhere to put pressure to the Eritrean Government to stop this senseless indefinite National service.
There are many issues to be raised? Where is Eritrea heading? Where is the recommendation of UNHRC? Can the international community and Eritreans in Diaspora do something about this?
On the other hand, the call for collective action has been intensified: On face book there is an appeal by “Current Eritrean Review” calling for World Wide demonstration. It goes, “We need to request the international community to exert utmost pressure on HGDF. The focus of our demonstration to save our people in the deserts and Mediterranean Sea. The concern of Eritrean intellectuals has risen: many conferences and debates have taken place a important materials that help to win the argument against repression.
At Assenna.com, in his analysis of Eritrean Political economy, Dr. Gebre Gebremariam has argued that the mining companies cannot stimulate economic growth while the regime is mismanaging the manpower, the main force of economic growth. In fact it is a way of propping up the regime to continue suppressing the people.
Pro Gaim Kebreab’s research book on indefinite national service is timely and essential to the present situation. He is a speaker during APPG 3rd meeting on September 5 at the House of Commons. This will give the parliamentarians ammunition to take it up with the British Government.
What lacks the Diaspora is a unified action: But these have been recognized and an effort to work together and to have global leadership is underway. The Eritrean civic society has more things to bring them together than to divide them.
To see 3 organisations to write a letter to Pro Asmarom Legesse is encouraging: Eritreans for Facilitating National Dialogue (EFND) Eritrean Global Society (EGS) People Movement of Eritreans for Justice in North America (ህዝባዊ ምልዕዓል ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ ሰሜን ኣሜሪካ). :
NB: The economic impact of indefinite national service in Eritrea
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea will examine the impact of indefinite national service on the Eritrean economy during its third meeting.
As the recent report by the UN Commission inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and the wider media have shown, indefinite national service is frequently cited by Eritreans as one of the main reasons for leaving the country. However, little is known about the economic consequences of this policy, or of the knock on effect of thousands of young Eritreans leaving the labour force. At this meeting the APPG will discuss the state of Eritrea’s economy, the effect of indefinite military service on its performance, and the consequences of this for the Eritreans who live there.
The meeting will bring together expert speakers, guests and a cross party group of parliamentarians to discuss the economic impact of indefinite national service in Eritrea. Speaking at the event will be:
- Charlotte King, Senior Africa Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit
- Professor Gaim Kibreab,Professor & Course Director of Refugee Studies at London South Bank University
This will be followed by a Q&A session, in which the audience are encouraged to participate.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea
Chair: Matthew Pennycook MP
Vice Chairs: Ann Clwyd MP; Patrick Grady MP; Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead; Jeremy Lefroy MP.