The Eritrean people at home aren’t allowed to organize a nation-wide demonstration inside Eritrea on this subject because the demonstration could get out of the governments control and turn against itself as it did in other totalitarian nations before. Yet the regime is willing to use Eritreans in democratic country to come out and support its undemocratic nature through democratic demonstration.
Those who decide to attend this unholy demonstration must see the contradiction in their posture. While we recognize and fully appreciate the right of all people to hold a peaceful demonstration without reservation we deplore, in the strongest term possible, the use of democracy to advance the oppression of people 10,000 miles away by defending and excusing the actions of a brutal regime that the world has decisively repudiated through the December 23, 2009 UNSC sanction.
South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has reaffirmed its commitment to providing $89-million in project debt facilities for the Bisha gold project, in Eritrea, despite the imposition of a number of sanctions on the Eritrea government.
Head of the IDC’s mining and beneficiation strategic business unit Abel Malinga tells Mining Weekly that the corporation does not expect the sanctions to influence the project at all.
“As I understand it, the sanctions include an arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes. They do not target the interests of mining companies operating in Eritrea or the develop- ment of mining projects in the country.”
Disparate as these two groups may seem, what is important to us is their commonality: both are so obsessed with the hereafter – with life after Isaias – that they pay little attention to the here and now – how to get rid of the regime and deliver the people from the existential threat they are living under. Both are so preoccupied with preparations for the takeover that the task of regime change is relegated to the bottom of their wish list. We can then see the religious turn the “cause” has taken, as it has always been in the ghedli era. What happens on the ground, as any religious zealot would tell you, is only as good as it prepares one for the hereafter; aside from that, on its own, it has little value. Similarly, what is happening on the ground in Eritrea now has little relevance to these groups if they cannot use it for purposes of the hereafter. As in any religious cause, the “Eritrea” that these groups are trying to save can only exist by deferring it indefinitely. So, in the final end, it is not exactly democracy that they are beholden to, but the fact that the democracy project keeps deferring the realization of the “cause” – that is, the collapse of the Isaias regime – for fear that if it happens right now it might not deliver what they want.
“In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”
How can Eritrean society be transformed if diapora Eritreans choose to curse the very freedoms they enjoy in the West by aligning themselves with a regime whose key trademarks are vicious cruelty against its own people and absolute denial of freedom to all? Repeating “meKete” like a zombie is being a mere thermometer, going with the flow, parroting things just to be part of the crowd. Where is the courage in that? The courage is in being the thermostat, and to stop blaming victims and glorifying criminals.
We, a group of Eritrean lawyers, professionals and academicians from across all over the world, are pleased to publicly announce the establishment of an “Eritrean Law Society”. The Eritrean Law Society is a nonprofit organization registered in the state of Virginia and California with the aim of achieving, among others things, the following objectives:
The overall question that I am supposed to address in my brief presentation is: What is the role of the Youth in the struggle to democratize a given country (in this case Eritrea) under a brutal dictatorship?
The role of the youth succinctly put is to be a positive agent of change. Not any change but positive change. To the point: the youth has to be an agent of democratization in the context of a circumstance when a nation is “living” under a brutal dictatorship.
I want from the very beginning to make it clear that I am talking about democratization and not dealing with the narrow but critical issue of simply getting rid of the brutal tyrant de jour.
Strangely enough, some in the opposition are captivated by this tricky prospective lifting of the sanctions that so much so they opted to oppose the arms embargo sanction (more of this later). It does not make sense to me. I believe we have to cross the bridge of liberty first, instead of unnecessarily wracking our brains of what will transpire in a post PFDJ. If we are fortunate enough to arrive at our destination of freedom, then we tackle the lifting of the arms embargo sanctions from our back, when such mundane issues stare us straight in the face. For now, the lifting of the arms embargo sanction, sometime in the future, should be the least of our worries, since we do not even know how the PFDJ will behave when the time of reckoning arrives. For all I know, the PFDJ, when cornered and consistent with its past behavior, may shamefacedly comply with all the UNSC’s directives and requirements; in the final analysis, all its bravados and boastings may amount to nothing.
In a statement sent to Sudan Tribune, the group accused Libyan authorities of violating, abusing and torturing Eritrean refugees, and threatening to deport them to Eritrea.
The conditions of some 700 Eritrean refugees held in Libyan prisons, many of which are women and children, have, in recent days, deteriorated, the watchdog said. Also it pointed out that their situation has further worsen after "Libyan authorities have given access to Eritrean embassy officials to these prisons, who threatened the detainees of forced deportation to Eritrea."
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In Eritrea, thousands of Christians are being detained without charge or trial in truly inhumane conditions.Please join us in protest against these injustices and to pray for God's intervention.Read more...
Eritrea celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence on Friday with state-run media describing festivities across the country. But Amnesty International has decried the alleged human rights abuses committed by the one-party government run by President Isaias Afewerki, asserting that some 10,000 people are being held in jails.Read more...
The rapid advancement in media technology has opened up world media, making it increasingly difficult to conceal what is going on within the borders of a totalitarian state. Eritrea remains one of the few states in the world to successfully isolate its people from global information exchange. Under the slogan “Serving the Truth,” Eritrean media are managed entirely by the Ministry of Information. The ministry simply manufactures and disseminates government propaganda, stifling alternative views while protecting the country’s leadership.Read more...
There are calls to expel Eritrea's top diplomat in Canada because he presides over a system that's milking money from the Eritrean community in this country.
Evidence obtained by CBC News suggests Consul Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael is again soliciting taxes despite a threat by Canada eight months ago not to renew his credentials if he kept at it.
But one Eritrean in Toronto, who has asked not to be identified, tells the CBC it was business as usual just a few weeks later when he had to pay.
Yesterday, a large group of Eritrean prisoners in an Aswan prison concluded a three-day hunger strike, in desperation protesting their continued incarceration without charge or trial. They were joined by some of the young children incarcerated with their mothers in the prison. The Government of Egypt has apparently accepted that they are victims of human trafficking, brought into Egypt against their will, yet they are not being released after many months. The prisoners report poor conditions in the prison, and a lack of food and access to medicine and treatment. ...Read more...
(Asmara 16- 05-2013) Freedom Friday Activists in Asmara have started their Independence Day 2013 Campaigned themed, From Here to Dignity, by distributing hundreds of high definition glossy posters depicting the Eritrean Tragedy and calling on all Eritreans to play their role in putting a stop to these. The flyers with the word ‘Enough!’ written in bold across the middle were distributed in the centre of Asmara as well as some of the outskirt regions.Read more...
In this context, the renewal of Sudanese citizenship is vital if further rupture between the Sudanese peoples and, ultimately, the further physical disintegration of the state, are to be avoided.
However, and as the report contends, this renewal can only be achieved by ending the violence that is currently targeted overwhelmingly at marginalised communities; transforming practice, policy and law around the construction of a genuinely non-discriminatory and fully participatory Sudanese citizenship; and committing to the creation of an all-Sudan political and constitutional process that allows grievances and programmes for change from the margins to be heard and heeded.
Eritrea's human rights record has long faced international criticism. Located in the Horn of Africa, the country is home to five million people, but so closed to the outside world that individual stories tend to come almost exclusively from those who have fled.
Kidane Isaac was just 18 when he says Eritrean authorities arrested him for an unspecified crime. It's possible he was suspected of planning to desert military service. Thousands of Eritreans flee the country every month, many of them teenagers, to escape the
(London 17th May 2013) Release Eritrea is to extend its support to victims of trafficking through two projects in Egypt and Israel respectively. The projects which have been funded for three years starting this month will build on the work that was carried out over the last two years enabling local staff and volunteers to provide relevant services as identified by those already engaged in the field.Read more...
EYSC (15-05-2013): The Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change - Global Group - announced today the launch of its new television program, EYSC TV.
The television program, which will air twice a month beginning on Wednesday May 22nd at 7:33 PM Berlin time, covers over half a million households in the Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Darmstadt areas in Germany and will be accessible world-wide at the same time via YouTube or via the distribution links of the TV studio. EYSC ensures interested viewers that it will publish the programme simultaneously to the TV broadcast on EYSC Facebook and in YouTube.
Date: 24 May 2013- Time: 2:00PM – 6:00PM -Venue: in Front of 10 Downing Street
The Coordinating Committee representing the different exiled opposition political and civil society organizations in London calls on all Eritreans and the friends of Eritrea to participate in the Pro-democracy Peaceful Demonstration.