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Press Statement/Sanctions on Eritrea Lifted

The Security Council today (14 Nov) unanimously adopted a resolution lifting the arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions on Eritrea, while reaffirming the arms embargo on Somalia.


Sick of Smoking, Over 1,000 people sign up for criminal case against tobacco industry

NGOs Registered in France and Switzerland Mourn the Death of Osman Ahmed in Kassala


Radio Halifax ckdu Voice of Eritrea Naz Yemane programme 2016-09-25 Ethiopia politics – impact on Eritrea

Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea welcomes strong resolution on HR in Eritrea

NEW YORK, United States of America, July 4, 2016/APO/ — The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea welcomes resolution 32/24, which passed without a vote on Friday, 1 July during the thirty-second session of the Human Rights Council.
Resolution 32/24 commends the Commission for completing its work in a transparent, impartial and consultative manner, while regretting the lack of cooperation by the Government of Eritrea, including the denial of access to the country by the Commission.
Mike Smith, Chairperson of the Commission, said: “The Commission welcomes this Resolution which fully endorses the work we have done over the past two years. We hope that justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years has now taken a step closer to being realised.”Amongst the 19 recommendations, Resolution 32/24 reiterates the Human Rights Council’s numerous calls upon the Government of Eritrea to end the use of arbitrary detention, to put an end to the system of indefinite national service and to allow unhindered access to the country to further missions of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, including the consideration for the Office to be based inside the country.

The Commission hopes that Resolution 32/24 will provide a solid platform for the next steps to be taken by the Government of Eritrea, in partnership with the international community, and will bring justice for the Eritrean people.

The Commission also welcomes the transmission of all reports to all relevant organs of the United Nations for consideration and appropriate action.

The strong encouragement for the African Union to follow up on the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry by establishing an investigation, supported by the international community, with a view to examining and bringing to justice those responsible for violations and abuses of human rights identified by the commission of inquiry, including any that may amount to a crime against humanity is also welcomed.

The Commission of Inquiry strongly endorses the decision to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a further year.

The Commission of Inquiry is scheduled to present an oral update to the General Assembly in October 2016.

Eritrea: UN HRC 32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

Eritrea: UN HRC 32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 20 June 2016

RE: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), write to express our grave concern about the Eritrean Government’s continued and egregious violations of human rights. We urge your delegation to co-sponsor a resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea and supporting the establishment of robust accountability mechanisms to facilitate access to justice to the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Eritrea during the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC).

The mandate of the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was established at the 26th session of the UN HRC with a view to assess human rights violations documented by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. [1] The CoI’s mandate was extended at the 29th session and instructed to “investigate systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in Eritrea with a view to ensuring accountability, including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity.”[2]

On 8 June 2016, the CoI released its second report, which states that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. [3]

The CoI further found that there has been no change in Eritrea’s national service policy since the CoI’s establishment in 2014, which includes the use of conscripts to carry out non-military work, including for State-owned and other enterprises. The CoI secured evidence that reprisals, including extrajudicial executions, for evasion of conscription remain rampant. Most recently, on 3 April 2016, armed forces opened fire in the centre of the capital Asmara, killing an unconfirmed number of young conscripts, who were being transferred from Tessney to Massawa, and attempted to visit their families while in Asmara.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an estimated 5,000 Eritreans flee the country every month as a result of the dire human rights situation, some risking their lives to escape to Europe despite the dangers and obstacles they face in obtaining asylum.

Since June 2014, the Eritrean Ministry of Information has refused to cooperate with the CoI while publicly claiming that the CoI’s research constitutes a “campaign of unwarranted witch-hunting of Eritrea by an entity which has clearly opted to instrumentalise human rights to serve political agendas.”[4] In June 2015, the UN HRC’s President condemned attacks and intimidation perpetrated against members of the CoI during their mission to Geneva.[5]

In light of the lack of adequate national mechanisms to address the CoI findings and the Government of Eritrea’s claim that the report’s findings are “extreme and unfounded charges with no solid and legal evidence to support its conclusion,”[6] it is incumbent upon the international community, including the UN HRC, to facilitate access to justice for the victims of the Eritrean Government’s grave and systematic violations of international human rights law, including those amounting to crimes against humanity.

Therefore, we respectfully request your delegation to co-sponsor a resolution during the 32nd UN HRC session that:

  • Renews the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for one year; provides the mandate holder with the necessary human and financial resources; and includes in her mandate the promotion of and reporting on the implementation of the CoI’s recommendations;


  • Supports the establishment of a structure by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with a protection and promotion mandate, to assist in ensuring accountability for human rights violations in Eritrea, especially where such violations amount to crimes against humanity;


  • Requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report regularly on the situation of human rights in Eritrea; and


  • Transmits the report of the CoI to the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, and the UN Secretary-General.



Amnesty International

Article 19

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Citizens for Democratic Rights in Eritrea
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)

Eritrean Initiative on Refugee Rights

Eritrean Law Society

Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights

Eritrean Unity for Justice

Eritreans for Human and Democratic Rights – UK

Freedom Friday

Human Rights Concern – Eritrea

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

International Service for Human Rights

Network of Eritrean Women

One Day Seyoum

Release Eritrea
Reporters Without Borders

Stop Slavery in Eritrea

Suwera Centre for Human Rights

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

[1] A/HRC/RES/26/24, 27 June 2014

[2] A/HRC/RES/29/18, 22 July 2015

[3] Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in Eritrea, A/HRC/32/47, 8 June 2016

[4] Eritrean Ministry of Information, “’Commission of Inquiry’: Unwarranted witch-hunting of Eritrea”, 12 December 2015,

[5] Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, 29th Session of the UN HRC, 23 June 2015

[6] Statement by Mr Osman Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Eritrea, 32nd Session of the UN HRC, 14 June 2014

ckdu Voice of Eritrea – Naz Yemane 19 June 2016 show

ድምጺ ኤርትራ (ናዝ የማነ)

ናይ Sunday 19 June 2016 show መደብ

Ethio – Eritrea conflict and its solutions &

Resolution of the indictment of Geneva and its consequences

ግጭት ኢትዮ-ኤርትራን መፍትሒኡን፡ ውሳኔ ክሲ ጀነቫን ክህሉ ዝኽእል ሳዕቤናትን

ዕላል ምስ ሰለስተ ኣጋይሽ ገዳይም ተጋደልቲ፡-

(1) ኣድያም ተፈራ፡ (2) መርእድ ዘርኡ፡ (3) ክብርኣብ ተስፉ።

Voice of Eritrea Halifax Canada Is conducting panel discussion with three Veterans: Adiam Tefera from Germany, Merid Zeru from Netherland and Kbreab Tesfu from Canada about the current development in Ethio – Eritrea conflict and its solutions. What would be the resolution of the indictment of Geneva and its consequences. And other related issues, the statue of Eritrean refugees in Israel and the victims of Mediterranean ocean. መዛተዪ ኣርእስቲ፡-ግጭት ኢትዮ-ኤርትራን መፍትሒኡን፡ ውሳኔ ክሲ ጀነቫን ክህሉ ዝኽእል ሳዕቤናትን። ተሳተፍቲ፡ ሰለስተ ገዳይም ተጋደልቲ፡- (1) ኣድያም ተፈራ፡ (2) መርእድ ዘርኡ፡ (3) ክብርኣብ ተስፉ።


Det ailed findings of the commission of i nquiry on human rights in Eritrea

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC June 10, 2016

Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea – Press Conference (Geneva, 8 June 2016)

ሎሚ ዕለት 8 ሰነ 2016 ውድብ ሕቡራት መንግስታት ኣብ ዘቕረቦ መግለጺ ኣብ ኤርትራ ኣሰቃቒ ግፍዕታት ገበናትን ከም ዝወረደ ኣረጋጊጻ:: በዚ መሰረት ድማ እታ ነዚ ጉዳይ‘ዚ ዝተመዘት ፍልይቲ ናይ መጽናዕቲ ኮሚሽን እቶም ነዞኦም ዘይተኣደነ ግፍዕታት ዝፈጸሙ ገበነኛታት ኣብ ዓለም ለኻዊ ቤትፍርዲ ክተቕርብ ምኽዋና ኣፍሊጣ::