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EGS-JHD on PFDJ's “Eritrea Investment Conference”

On August 4, 2012 the Eritrean government announced its plan to hold the so-called “Eritrea Investment Conference” on August 27-28, 2012 in Asmara. The targeted investors are Diaspora Eritreans as well as those inside the country.

EGS goes on the record strongly discouraging Diaspora Eritreans not to buy into this ploy. Past experiences have amply demonstrated the untrustworthiness of the government when it comes to all kinds of promises.As the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me- we ask our compatriots to review past experiences and be very prudent with their hard earned savings.



Eritrean Canadians Protest Eritrean consulate fundraising event

The Eritrean Human Rights Group staged a popular demonstration against an Eritrean consulate-sponsored fundraising event at Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto on August 5.

The protesters disclosed the hidden agenda of the so-called “community” event by chanting such slogans as: “No Fundraising to finance terrorists”; “No fundraising to finance the dictator”; “Stop soliciting our churches; “Stop the 2% extortion tax; “Shame on Sheraton Hotel for hosting a terrorist fundraising event”; and “Close the Eritrean consulate”.



Situation of human rights in Eritrea


4. Decides to appoint a special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a period of one year, who will submit a report to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-third session;

5. Calls upon  the Government of Eritrea to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur, to permit access to visit the country and to provide the information necessary for the fulfilment of his or her mandate;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Special Rapporteur with all information and the resources necessary to fulfil the mandate;



UN report backs Eritrean refugees' claims

ERITREAN refugees in Winnipeg who complained they were shaken down for money to send the government they fled now have a UN report backing them up.

"I feel vindicated, and it proves without a shade of doubt what the Eritrean consulate and its satellite communities -- like the one in Winnipeg -- have been up to so far, unchecked," said Winnipegger Ghirmay Yeibio. ...

"The monitoring group has confirmed that the collection of such taxes routinely involves threats, harassment and intimidation against the individual concerned or relatives in Eritrea," the report released this summer said.

(Picture: Ghirmay Yebio)



Documenting Utter Failure Versus Cataloging Perennial Excuse

... The last decade the political side of the failure has received more attention than the economic devastation under the regime. Hopefully the kind of documents released by BTI will force us to pay more attention to the economic disaster and its long range implication to the post –Isaias transition and rebuilding of Eritrea. The economic indicators presented by BTI shows (contrary to the celebrated empty Isaias’ rhetoric on Debt Free Eritrea) that Eritrea had the following massive External debt (in millions of dollars) – in 2007 -$859.4, 2008- $961.4, 2009-$1018.9, 2010-$1009.8. Eritrean GDP for 2010 (according to the report) is $2117.00 million dollar. The External Debt is about 50% of the GDP- So much for self-reliance and debt free economy.



Resistance Posters on the Streets of Asmara

(Asmara 31-07-2012) In a daring move coordinated by the ArbiHarnet (Freedom Friday) movement, resistance posters were posted on popular streets and venues in Asmara. The posters that had oblique messages about the death of Eritrean freedom and a bereft revolution for liberty, were couched in the style and language of obituary announcements, complete with an image of a young woman, that are customarily placed on walls and lamp posts in Asmara the capital of Eritrea.



In Eritrea, You Can Actually Adopt a Prisoner!

If you are in the habit of watching TV late into the night, you couldn’t have possibly missed many of the” fund-raising” schemes, where you are bombarded with images of poor children from Africa or South America, often with sad eyes and amputated limbs. The usual pleading goes as follows: “Adopt a child with just a dollar a day!” This is not adoption in its normal sense. All that is required of you to “adopt” a child is to send thirty dollars a month, and all the material needs of the child will be met (you are reassured). In a similar fashion, I am wondering, why the Isaias regime doesn’t run similar advertisements among diaspora Eritreans: “Adopt a prisoner with just a dollar a day!” [as it used to do with “drar teghadalay”] After all, by now, it has tens of thousands of prisoners languishing in the ever-proliferating prisons scattered all over Eritrea . It needs all the help it can get to arrest them, apprehend them, transport them, house them, feed them, interrogate them, watch over them, indoctrinate them, torture them and sometimes even finish them off. ...



Targeted calls to villages affected by trafficking in the Sinai

(29-07-2012) Tens of Eritrean youth volunteers, from the Arbiharnet (Freedom Friday) initiative, spent three days making targeted calls into towns and villages in Eritrea in an attempt to contact Eritrean people living in areas where most of the victims of trafficking hail from.

The main objectives of these calls were to show solidarity with Eritrean victims of trafficking and call on their families and neighbors to begin to collectively think about a communal solution to the tragedy.




As a regular reader of Eritrean websites, I was recently searching for interesting news about Eritrea as most Eritreans in the Diaspora do. During my search going from one website to another, I stumbled onto a disgusting article full of fabrication of someone I know and respect. The article posted on the websites of Dehay and Asena, did not include the name of the author nor any address. In this case the respected websites are fully responsible and accountable for this article.

[Picture: Meron Estifanos among a panel in a conference for Dawit Isaak]



ICER meets with UNHCR representative in Canada

In this critical time in Eritrean history, many of us are aware of the fact that Eritrean refugees are suffering in Sudan, Sinai, Libya, Yemen and other parts of the world. Their suffering, however, got less attention by the international community. Therefore,  as part of its continues effort to advocate on behalf of the Eritrean refugees, asylum-seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking and torture, ICER has met with UNHCR representative, Mr. Furio De Angelis.

In the discussion, Mr. Bahlbi Yemane has expressed his deepest concern about the deteriorating security concern in Shegerab refugee camp and despicable human tragedy in Sinai. ...



Call for Submissions: Kwani? Manuscript Project

To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust announces a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. The prize seeks fresh, original work that explores and challenges the possibilities of the novel.

In addition Kwani? will publish manuscripts from across the shortlist and longlist, including the three winning manuscripts, as well as partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to create high profile international publication opportunities.

Winners will be announced in December 2012 at the Kwani? Litfest.



Sanction Watch – The Ground Work for the Third Sanction

To us, Eritrean Diaspora activists, the mere cataloguing and recognition of the despicability of the regime and its evil deeds against its own people and the region of the Horn Africa is not enough.  An ounce of decisive and firm action as an evidence of demonstration of the UNSC resolution by the key nations in the Security Council will have more impact than massive data that reinforces what the Eritrean people have felt and known for a long time. ...

This monitoring report imposes upon us a heavy duty. While all political activities in Diaspora have their place and role in the struggle against the regime our key responsibility is to cripple the illegal activities of the Eritrean regime in Europe and America. We have the first hand documents it we use it correctly and wisely to help us make progress in actualizing this huge task.

[For the full UN Report, follow the link at the end of this article]



Arbi Harnet: Call to Action

...Now it would be far too easy to look the other way and expect someone else to do something about it: the UN perhaps, maybe even other governments like the US or even Ethiopia; and they may well do something about it in the long run. However our brothers and sisters, stuck between a brutal dictator and the cruel realities of becoming an Eritrean refugee, expect us to be their first port of call. Indeed we should feel their pain the most and that pain should drive us to action. And that action should start now and never relent until we are able to look every young Eritrean in the eye and tell them ‘you are safe at home now!’.



Asmarino Fundraising! Simply because there is so much more to be done!

Asmarino is one of the earliest and pioneering websites that has been providing media service to Eritreans at home and in Diaspora for the last 15 years.


Submission guidelines

Dear visitors,

Any Articles and or Press Releases must contain your contact information including telephone number. Exception are writers from INSIDE Eritrea. If you are writing from Eritrea, state that you are writing from Eritrea and you will be given instruction to securely  verify  that you are actually writing from Eritrea. We have added strict SPAM filter on our Email Server, any email that has more than one recipient and not addressed to the proper asmarino page (English, Tigrina, Arabic pages) will be stored in the junk folder possibly delaying posting and or never be posted. Thank you for your cooperation. 

NO GOOGLE PHONE OR VOIP PHONE NUMBERS ALLOWED. Each submission must have a line with the following line: "CONTACT INFORMATION" followed by a telephone number, your full real name. if you desire to use a different "pen name"



ድምጺ መድረኽ - 16.04.2014

ድምጺ መድረኽ - 13 04 2014 (corrected)

12.04.2014 المنتدى


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