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Eritrea for Sale - to the Russians!

The Eritrean government has become so isolated and desperate that it has tried to sell its precious gold resources to Russia - at any price. Sanctions have hurt the financial position of this government so much that the only way they could try to get support was to surreptitiously, and unannounced, send government representatives to Moscow, Russia in late 2012, to offer the Russian government the rich gold and base metal deposits in Mogoribe.

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Statement on the state of human rights in Eritrea

Over the past years, the ecumenical family has received various accounts of the deteriorating state of human rights in Eritrea and on-going reports of serious violations of human rights by the Eritrean authorities against their own population, as well as the alarming number of civilians, especially youth, fleeing Eritrea as a result of these violations. ...

In view of these harsh realities in the country, the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea issued a pastoral letter on 25 May 2014 which has been fully endorsed by the Eritrean Orthodox Church in the Diaspora.

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Letter to the President of Somalia

We express our deep appreciation for your Government's principled positions at the United Nations in Geneva, where Somalia has consistently, courageously and successfully advocated for the rights of those on the African continent who have no champion and no voice.

We would particularly like to express our deep appreciation and respect for the work of your distinguished Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail "Bari Bari", an exceptional and resolute diplomat whose integrity and compassion for those suffering deep injustice epitomises the best values of our continent.  ...

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Letter to the President of the Federal States of Somalia

The resolution, which was adopted by consensus on Friday, 27 June 2014, at the Human Rights Council was Sponsored by France and Somalia, and Cosponsored by Austria, Djibouti, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Maldives, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the oppressed people of Eritrea, I thank those governments that sponsored and cosponsored the resolution, particularly the Somalian Government and H.E. Mr Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, the Somali Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. ...

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Eritrea: Human Rights Council Must Establish a Commission of Inquiry

We the undersigned are writing to call on the UN’s Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea given the ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations being committed by the government of Eritrea against its own people with total impunity, and its continuing policy of non-cooperation with the UN’s human rights mechanisms, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

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Eritrean Campaign Successfully Highlighted the Concern over the Indefinite National service in Eritrea at the UN Human Rights Council’s 26th Session.

Campaigners made positive impression both with diplomats and members of the UN commission and NGO’s, who appreciated their presence as well as the efficiency of their campaign. Ms sheila B Keetharuth the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, commended the work of the campaign and the contribution made by former recruits in providing evidence of the plight faced by many. For their parts campaigners stated that they will continue to work relentlessly until they see an end to the slavery guised as national service in Eritrea and identified supporting the establishment of an Inquiry commission under proposal as their immediate priority .

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Open Letter to the Leadership of the Catholic Church of Eritrea

Thank you for truly being the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World – for our tortured and tormented world: Eritrea.

We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and immense respect to the principled affirmation of your religious and spiritual national responsibility as articulated in your masterfully composed Pastoral Letter under the title of “Where is Your Brother?”

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Outline Translation:Where Is Your Brother

The letter starts by offering greetings to the faithful who are “our true children in faith” and to all people of goodwill: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord be with you all.

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Eritrea: Regime Blocks Freedom Friday Independence Day Phone Messages

In an unprecedented move the regime blocked  robo-calls calls designed to reach 10,000 homes and businesses with messages of support and solidarity as well as encouraging people to challenge the regime by supporting the calls for change in Eritrea.

Freedom Friday, known locally as Arbi Harnet, is an Eritrean movement aimed at reaching Eritreans inside the country through phone calls, newsletters and messages on posters & stickers.

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Briefing from the Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign

This briefing aims to highlight the Indefinite National Service as a core issue of human rights violation where conscripts are recruited forcefully and kept indefinitely against their will often working in construction and agricultural projects under slave like conditions.

The briefing is based on the experiences of many former recruits who fled the country after serving periods ranging from 2 to almost 20 years in the national service; many have left friends and family members who are still serving.

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Eritrea: Religious persecution continues unabated

(Asmara 19/05/2014) sources close to Release Eritrea disclosed that religious persecution of Christians from ‘unregistered’ churches still continues unabated in Eritrea. Members of the underground churches disclosed that there are still over a thousand prisoners that have been detained for periods ranging from over ten years to few months. Many more get detained briefly and are released after a period of imprisonment and a stern warning not to engage in religious activities of the ‘unregistered’ churches.

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Protest Vigil in London on 22 May, 2014

Tens of thousands of people, including at least 2,500 Christians are currently being detained without charge or trial in truly inhumane conditions. Please join us to protest against these injustices and to pray for God’s intervention.

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Former captives speak out against the modern slavery in Eritrea that puts thousands of Eritrean lives at risk each year

In a briefing presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council, campaigners outline the devastating political, economic, social and psychological impact that the National Service is having on recruits, their families and communities.

The briefing shows direct links between national service and the ongoing refugee crisis across the region, where every month 3-5 thousand Eritrean refugees are risking their lives to escape, rather than face conditions in their home country. Campaigners reveal the perils of the journey across Africa putting their lives in the hands of ruthless human traffickers and smugglers, often with devastating consequences.

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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.

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