Plaintiff – As mentioned above, the Special court was created by the President to go after the alleged corrupt officials of The Red Sea Trading Company in 1996. However, the system remained and has become the most corrupt inhumane court system in the world. It was created to fight corruption, and yet has become one corrupt system. In the Special court the plaintiff is the government (the judge), the interrogator or prosecutor is the government (the judge), and the verdict is given by the government (the judge). It is all one person or persons of the same interest. There is no check and balance. The office of the President has a direct involvement and runs these cases most of the time. The best way to explain this is, to imagine a rapist who brings his victim to the court and becomes the prosecutor, the jury and the judge and decides to punish his victim by his own system. In the History of Eritrea, Eritreans have never been disrespected like the one we are witnessing right now.
The despot of Asmara is not as irrational as we make him to be. Even the most outrageous steps he takes are done only after carefully testing the waters. This is especially so when the step entertained is thought to be very sensitive. True to his vulgar pragmatism, the only question that he asks as he ventures into one social experimentation after another is: would they let me do it? And to find out, like a meticulous scientist, he carefully conducts his social experimentation starting from a relaxed one, working his way up to the stringiest one; always sizing up the situation as he increases the pressure incrementally. At every incremental level, he keeps testing the waters by carefully assessing the reaction of the masses. If we look at how he handled two very sensitive cases – that of G-15 and that of Patriarch Antonios – we will notice that it took him a long stretch of time in each case to accomplish his mission, a step by step approach that kept constantly testing the people’s level of tolerance.
These appalling and ruinous conditions in Eritrea should not continue indefinitely and the trend and extent of oppression is being intensified by the progress of the day. Eritrea is not only being drifted to incommunicado with the community of nation because of the regime’s consistent and deliberate action of contravening international law, but much worse it is heading to collapse, which could perpetrate societal disintegration and dismemberment of the nation. No person, group or community with human conscience could ignore while the state of Eritrea is on the verge of falling down.It is therefore against this lamentable, destructive and disgraceful background, briefly mentioned above that would initiate the concern for organizing a national conference.
Here is another jaw dropping statement taken from Ali Salim’s book. Mr. Hidrat bends backward to tell the world what members the EPDP is comprised of as if that has to do anything with the national conference. He says the party represents the three Highland provinces only. That is: EPP = Seraye, EDP = Hamasien, and EPM = Akeleguzay. He says with a bald face that EPDP members are all Highlanders. In that case let me use his own logic and ask him a straightforward question. If the three Highland provinces were shut out from the selection of the preparatory committee, not to mention the everyday hurdles put on its way by EDA, why is he accusing the party for speaking up for the rights of “kebesa” so to speak? I want him to have the nerve and declare that kebesans have no rights. Evidently, this is his way of labeling EPDP as a Christian party just to conform to the prevalent campaign of the day.
CPE had believed that a sustainable and just peace cannot be achieved by efforts of governments alone. Many other actors and stakeholders-civil society organisations, national and international humanitarian and human rights groups and individuals need to play an active role in the promotion of peace and reconciliation. This requires that Eritreans undertake internal peace-fostering activities as well as dialogue with each other. The CPE conference was envisioned as a first step in such a process. The London Peace Conference has just reclaimed the right to take the initiative which was denied to people in Eritrea.
The Eritrean regime has been slandering, bad mouthing and accusing the USA for allegedly instigating the UNSC sanctions against Eritrea. In essence, the Eritrean regime has implied that all members of the UNSC including Russia and China toe the line of the USA, at least when it comes to the case of Eritrea. In addition, the Eritrean president accused the USA for setting off the Eritrean-Ethiopian border war and for all intents and purposes has branded the USA as an archenemy of Eritrea.
The question is how will the USA take such accusations? Will it ignore all the tantrums and stick to what the UNSC sanctions on the Eritrean regime call upon or will the USA go beyond what the minimum requirements stipulate when it issues its implementation plan of the UNSC Resolution 1907?
The time of reckoning has approached. It is April 23, 2010.
When it comes to the question of which local companies to subcontract, for the mining companies it is not even an option. As pointed above, since the PFDJ-owned companies have already bankrupted and forced almost every private company in its field out of the market and in the process monopolized the whole economy, the mining companies will have no other alternative than to hire these government-owned companies; and that is exactly what they are doing. Much of the work that doesn’t require very specialized tasks like transportation, construction, providing food for the local workers and any other menial jobs will be done by local companies. Still, that doesn’t mean all the government-owned companies are involved in non-specialized tasks only; a case in point is Eri-Drilling, owned by Eritrea and South Africa, subcontracted to do drilling. There is no doubt then that the overwhelming majority of the workers in the mining projects are those “hired” by the subcontracted government-owned companies. And that is where the link to slave labor exists at its strongest.
…That we need a dialogue to begin to unpack the tightly crammed baggage of all things untold, is a point of agreement that we have all reached… but dialogues do not begin in conferences… they may finish in conferences (carefully organised and managed)… and such dialogues should certainly need to be planned by all stakeholders and not only by those who are conveniently placed in respect to each other and could just about bare to see eye to eye… the start of a successful national dialogue is a planning group with enough clout to gain the confidence of the entire spectrum of the resistance…the consensus over the need for a national dialogue for change in Eritrea should translate into a genuine invitation for a true dialogue… and as a wise Vietnamese once said; ‘in a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change’
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