VoA: COVID-19 Supplies From Alibaba Never Reached Eritrea

Published by Voice of America ADDIS ABABA – Much publicized COVID-19 supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and his Alibaba Group never made it to Eritrea, despite Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s saying the supplies had been delivered to the entire continent. The reasons why the goods did not reach Eritrea are unclear, butContinue reading “VoA: COVID-19 Supplies From Alibaba Never Reached Eritrea”

Amnesty: Eritrea, Show humanity and release prisoners of conscience amid COVID-19

Published By Amnesty International Eritrean-American Ciham Ali Ahmed turns 23 today – and once again she is spending her birthday behind bars. This year she faces the additional and potentially deadly risk of contracting COVID-19 in some prison in Eritrea. She is a prisoner of conscience, jailed simply for trying to exercise her human rightsContinue reading “Amnesty: Eritrea, Show humanity and release prisoners of conscience amid COVID-19”

VoA: Ethiopia Ends Blanket Protection for Eritrean Refugees

Published by Voice of America ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has stopped granting automatic asylum to Eritreans entering the country.  The United Nations and aid groups say the previously unannounced policy change, which went into place about three months ago, put Eritreans trying to flee the country at the mercy of unscrupulous human smugglers. For years,Continue reading “VoA: Ethiopia Ends Blanket Protection for Eritrean Refugees”

Devex: EU foreign chief defends aid for Eritrea amid human rights concerns

Published by Devex BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top foreign representative last week defended its aid spending in Eritrea, in the face of opposition from human rights groups and some European lawmakers. Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, said the bloc should be optimistic that its combination of development aid and diplomacy wouldContinue reading “Devex: EU foreign chief defends aid for Eritrea amid human rights concerns”

VA: UN Reacts To Eritrea’s Widespread Abuse, Calls For Reforms

Published by Venture Africa A United Nations investigator has reacted to the current crackdown in Eritrea, a problem that has resulted in human rights abuses, infringement of basic and spiritual freedom, according to a new report. The country, led by President Isaias Afwerki, is not operating a functional constitution and has never held a national election. ArbitraryContinue reading “VA: UN Reacts To Eritrea’s Widespread Abuse, Calls For Reforms”

Guardian: Canada mining firm accused of slavery abroad can be sued at home, supreme court rules

Published by the Guardian A Vancouver-based mining company can be sued in Canada for alleged human rights abuses overseas including allegations of modern slavery, Canada’s supreme court has ruled. The decision means three Eritreans who filed a civil suit against Nevsun Resources in British Columbia can continue their case in a lower court. It also creates new legal risksContinue reading “Guardian: Canada mining firm accused of slavery abroad can be sued at home, supreme court rules”

HRW: Statement to the European Parliament’s Committee on Development on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

Published by the Human Rights Watch Thank you very much to the Committee on Development (DEVE) for inviting me to testify today about the human rights situation in Eritrea. This discussion is timely, as the European Commission is moving forward with a significant new development project focused largely on the construction sector which could putContinue reading “HRW: Statement to the European Parliament’s Committee on Development on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea”

New York Times: How Forced Labor in Eritrea Is Linked to E.U.-Funded Projects

Published by the New York Times The European Union spent 20 million euros last year in Eritrea, hoping to help stem an exodus from the repressive African country, which is consistently one of its biggest sources of asylum seekers. The money, about $22 million, bought equipment and materials to build a road, a seemingly uncontroversial task.Continue reading “New York Times: How Forced Labor in Eritrea Is Linked to E.U.-Funded Projects”