Bodies in the Desert

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UNHCR Condemns Forced Return of Eritrean Asylum Seekers From Sudan

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ERITREANS GATHERED TO OPPOSE THE BOLOGNA FESTIVAL 

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Eritrea president targeted by new Swedish law

 Swedish law firm reports Isaias Afewerki and several ministers to the police for crimes against humanity.

 

Israel breaks up migrant camp

 A group of asylum seekers, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, left Israel's Holot detention centre on Friday in a mass act of civil disobedience.

 

Australia joins condemnation of Eritrea

 Australia has joined international condemnation of the African nation of Eritrea for alleged human rights violations.

 

UN agency to probe rights violations in Eritrea

 

The human rights crisis in Eritrea has been forgotten for too long and the scale of violations is unparalleled, putting the country among the worst human rights situations worldwide. 

  

Eritrea faces UN human rights probe

 

 The UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) has set up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea, seen as one of the world's most repressive states.

 

Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

  Only 1 percent of Eritrea’s population have a landline, according to ITU data, and only 5.6 percent have a mobile phone—the lowest share in the world.

 

UN investigator says thousands flee Eritrea every month

 

A United Nations human rights investigator said Thursday that 4,000 Eritreans desperate to escape its government’s rights abuses are fleeing the country every month — almost double from just a year ago.

 

Eritreans Flee Repression, Says UN Rapporteur

Some 4,000 Eritreans flee their country each month because of government repression and military conscription, according to a UN investigator. Many arrived in Italy as boat refugees.

 

Eritrea consulate still extorting ‘diaspora tax’ in Canada, a year after top diplomat expelled over scheme

‘Isn’t it an irony? … They want me to confess and say I’m sorry I left the post I was given by the Eritrean government’

 

Emigration has left Eritrea ‘desolate’, say bishops

Young Eritreans seek to live in “peaceful countries … countries of justice, of work, where one expresses himself loudly, a country where one works and earns,” said the letter, published June 9 on the Diocese of Keren website. Many others were now in the army or prison.

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Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: key numbers

The top three nationalities of the top illegal border crossings into Italy and Malta, according to the European Union border coordination agency Frontex, are Eritrean, Syrian, and Somalian.

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Eritrea 'desolate' Catholic bishops

 Four Eritrean Catholic bishops have published a letter criticising life in the country - a rare move in one of the world's most tightly controlled states.

  

Caught migrants face squalor and death in Libya

  

The men are sick, most sit passively on the floor. Some have moved into the building's metal rafters. They come from most of the countries in Africa; Niger, Eritrea, Gambia and Egypt to name a few.

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Migration surge hits EU as thousands flock to Italy

 

 At least a third of the latest arrivals are Syrians, fleeing that country's civil war. But other significant numbers are coming from Afghanistan and Eritrea.

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Spain's Melilla enclave stormed by migrants

  ... Many of those making the dangerous journey come from Eritrea and Somalia.

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Despite sanctions, Deputy Mayor celebrates conflict-prone state of Eritrea

It is a one-party state with a knack for repression. There are an estimated 10,000 political prisoners filling its jails, according to Amnesty International. There are more journalists in jail in Eritrea than anywhere else in Africa. Reporters Without Borders ranks it last in the world on press freedom, below North Korea.

 

A National Team Without a Country

“The government decided that all players should go on national service, too,” 

 

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia vow to join armed struggle

 

Trafficking and torturing Eritrean refugees

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Exclusive Interview with Eritrean Security Expert

According to Simon Allison who spoke to Dan Connell, a long time Eritrea security and social issues watcher, about the perils that await Eritrean refugees, and why they are so desperate to leave in the first place.  

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Eritrea: ‘The sheer numbers of people fleeing tell the story’

 

There is no better symbol of the failure of the Eritrean state than the thousands of refugees who abandon it every week, ...

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Fear to Phobia in the Ambiguity of Eritrean Image!

By Daniel Teclegiorgis

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Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

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Crisis In The Eritrean Army

Many conscripts, including junior officers, have disappeared inside the country or escaped across the border to Sudan and, to a lesser extent, to Ethiopia.

 

Kenya: We Will Win the War On Terror - Ole Lenku

Nairobi — Interior Cabinet eradicate terrorist activities in

 

2 Investigates: Family seeks answers about East Bay woman detained overseas

 2 Investigates recently spoke with the daughters of 59-year-old Meheret Tzegai, a woman they say has been detained in her home country of Eritrea...

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Ethiopia lashes out at Eritrea, Egypt

An Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman has lashed out at longstanding rival Eritrea, accusing the latter of destabilizing the East Africa region,... 

  

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Lampedusa is an absolute tradgedy for Somali and Eritrean - 

This is the story of Fanus, a survivor and one of thousands of people who flee Eritrea every year in search of asylum - 

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Deputy Chair ENC4DC meets UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea

 

 Leadership of the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change

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ERITREA: HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST DETENTION OF 267 ERITREAN REFUGEES IN DJIBOUTI

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today ...

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Lampedusa boat tragedy: a survivor's story

One of them was 18-year-old Fanus, travelling with her best friend Kisanet. Like almost every other passenger, they had left Eritrea, fleeing the military dictatorship and forced conscription. 

 

Dover-bound migrants filmed sitting on lorry axles

Migrants have been filmed sitting on the axles of lorries in a desperate attempt to enter the UK from Calais.

 

Death in the Med - video

 ... This is a trailer for Zed Nelson's film about the survivors, which airs in April as part of Channel 4's Dispatches series

  

Refugee radio voices for a new Eritrea

Dedicated refugees are using radio to encourage a fearful local Eritrean community to work for change.

"In NYC, natives of Eritrea and Ethiopia unite in church"

 

This past Sunday the 9th of March, evangelical Christians from Ethiopia and Eritrea once again united in worship as a rare show of love between two people whose countries are in war footing back home in Africa.

Missing Malaysia plane: Search begins in two air corridors

Searches have started in two vast air corridors for missing flight MH370, Malaysia's transport minister has said.

Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after vote to leave Ukraine 

 The parliament "made a proposal to the Russian Federation to admit the Republic of Crimea as a new subject with the status of a republic", according to a statement on its website.

Eritrea: Hail storm dumps metre of ice on capital

  

 

A freak rain storm has dumped as much as 1m (3ft) of hail on Asmara, capital of Eritrea, in what appears to be the heaviest rainfall ever recorded there.

Sudan: Protesting Students Shot at and Arrested

 

National service in Eritrea Miserable and useless

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Meet the professional refugees lucky to get the minimum wage in the UK

 Tiegisty Kibrom graduated with distinction in her computer science degree and hoped to open a computer business.

 

Meet the three Eritrean women who are taking on the regime

  Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013

 

The government forced persons to participate in its national service program, often for periods of indefinite duration, and in its citizen militia. The government also severely restricted civil liberties, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion. 

Eritrea continues to be the biggest information black hole, again occupying the last position

Eritreans in Britain forced by embassy to pay 2% diaspora tax

 

 Every Eritrean in the diaspora must undergo if they want to have any dealings with their home country.

 

Hundreds of Eritreans enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt

 Hundreds of Eritrean refugees have been enslaved in torture camps inSudan and Egypt in the past 10 years, enduring weeks or months of violence and rape and extorted by traffickers often in collusion with state security forces.

 

More than 1,100 migrants rescued off Italy in one day

They included 47 women, four of them pregnant, and 50 children, all probably from sub-Saharan Africa, the navy said.

 

Italy migrant influx incessant and massive, says minister

 

Eritrea was the next highest point of origin with 9,834 migrants, official figures showed - an increase of more than 400% over the previous year.

 

 

Eritrea under fire for rights abuses at UN review

  Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture were just a few of the violations Eritrea was accused of during a UN review of its human rights record Monday.

 

Eritrea, an out cry which has been given deaf ears and blind eyes

 The people detained in the camp (120 refugees) escaped from one of the most terrible and authoritarian regime in the world, described by many organizations as an hell.

 

Not pirates but Eritrean forces board ship in Red Sea: officials

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Rights group:Egypt coup stuns democracy trend

"worst of the worst"

list of countries that ranked at the bottom of both the political rights and civil liberties spectrums: Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

 

Protests in Israel staged by asylum seekers from Africa

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Israeli Man Indicted for Stabbing One-Year-Old Eritrean Girl

 An Israeli man has been charged of attempted murder for stabbing a one-year-old Eritrean girl near the entrance to the central bus station in south Tel Aviv.

 

Protests throw spotlight on Israel's African migrant pressures

 

  Hundreds of African women and children marched across the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Wednesday to demonstrate outside the offices of the United Nations and the embassy of the United States. 

 

Lampedusa sea disaster survivors released after UN condemns 'detention'

 

Eritrean asylum seekers who survived disaster at sea only to be held in a reception centre on Lampedusa for more than 100 days have finally left the Italian island, with the UN condemning their extended stay as "not understandable and not acceptable".

 

Interior minister vows government will stand firm on migrant policy

Gideon Sa'ar discusses this week’s mass demonstrations by African migrants in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem; accuses outside bodies of initiating protests to pressure state to change "infiltrator law".

 

African Strike for Freedom Asylum-Seekers March for  Third Day in Tel Aviv

 

'We ask to be treated as human beings' Eritrean refugee tells IBTimes UK

 

African asylum seekers strike to demand rights, hold unprecedented rally in Tel Aviv

 

 Over 20,000 asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, assembled in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Sunday morning to demand recognition as refugees.

 

Italian navy rescues more than 1,000 migrants sailing to Europe 

 

 

 Following an October shipwreck in which 366 Eritrean migrants drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italy launched a special operation combining ships, helicopters and drones to monitor the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Italian navy rescues 233 migrants south of Sicily

On board were men and women from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia and Mali as well as from Pakistan, the navy said.

 Breaking News  

December 29, 2013 A pilot in the Eritrean military, Habtom Kahsay, has escaped with his bomber in Djibouti and plans who seek political asylum in another country.  

Eritrean Embassy offering advice how to make illegal money transfers

The Eritrean Embassy in Israel is advising migrants in Israel how to transfer money back to Eritrea through a bank account in Germany, contrary to Israeli law, which forbids such transfers, a group of Eritrean migrants said at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

 

Exit for the President of Eritrea: the Menghistu Way

Dubai or any other Arabstate would be a nice place for the dictator to exchange notes with his former nemesis, Mengistu, in Zimbabwe and for Eritrea to return from the “cold.”

 

The 5 Poorest Countries in the World

 

War-torn East African Eritrea has had its share of violence just like Liberia.

Eritreans in Defiance of High Court Order

Israeli authorities are effectively detaining hundreds of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers despite an Israeli High Court order for their release, Human Rights Watch said. 

Open Letter to US Department of State

 With the youth fleeing the nation in mass exodus, Eritrea is at the brink of becoming a failed nation. 

Eritrea’s leaders: Still Peddling Lies and Innuendo!

 

 

 Human Rights Watch submission to the Universal Periodic Review

 

Trafficked Eritreans' long road to recovery

 

  

On a rainy afternoon in Cairo's al-Azhar Park, a group of 12 Eritrean youth meet to draw pictures of umbrellas under the grey sky. 

NELSON MANDELA

 1918 – 2013

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