Bloomberg: Eritrean President Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in Sweden

Published by Bloomberg Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and seven other senior officials have been accused of crimes against humanity by a press freedom group for detaining a Swedish journalist, Dawit Isaak, for almost two decades. Reporters Without Borders filed the complaint in Sweden and is calling for a “serious criminal investigation” into the torture, abductionContinue reading “Bloomberg: Eritrean President Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in Sweden”

HRW: Eritrea Busses Thousands of Students to Military Camp

Published by the Human Rights Watch Videos and photographs circulating on social media earlier this week showed buses in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, crowded with students, who were not wearing masks, as they were separated from their families and sent off to a military training camp in the country’s west. Each year, Eritrea’s government forces thousands of secondary school students,Continue reading “HRW: Eritrea Busses Thousands of Students to Military Camp”

Freedom House: Eritrea 2020: Freedom in the World Country Report

Read full report at the Freedom House Overview Eritrea is a militarized authoritarian state that has not held a national election since independence from Ethiopia in 1993. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), headed by President Isaias Afwerki, is the sole political party. Arbitrary detention is commonplace, and citizens are required to performContinue reading “Freedom House: Eritrea 2020: Freedom in the World Country Report”

Open Democracy: No way to find home: common stories of Eritreans in Italy and the Netherlands

Published by Open Democracy The aspiration to find a new home – not only a safe place, but also a ground to exercise freedom and to think positively about the future – is a key ingredient in the life histories of the Eritrean refugees that we met in Italy and the Netherlands. Aspiration here refersContinue reading “Open Democracy: No way to find home: common stories of Eritreans in Italy and the Netherlands”

HRW: Lack of Rights Reforms Highlight Ongoing Need for Mandate Renewal

Published by the Human Rights Watch We welcome the report by the Special Rapporteur and her ongoing efforts to shine light on the dire rights situation in Eritrea despite many challenges. Despite Eritrea’s engagement with certain UN mechanisms, including the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Eritrea still refuses to constructively engage with much ofContinue reading “HRW: Lack of Rights Reforms Highlight Ongoing Need for Mandate Renewal”

Euronews: Eritrean migrants in Libya claim EU-backed voluntary returns programme isn’t so voluntary

Published by Euronews When the 21 migrants arrived at Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli in May 2019, each was given a bag containing a clean shirt and a pair of trousers. The group had spent the last eight months in prison in the city of Zwara, 100 kilometres to the west, where conditions had deteriorated.Continue reading “Euronews: Eritrean migrants in Libya claim EU-backed voluntary returns programme isn’t so voluntary”

DW: Eritrean refugees in Germany struggle to reunite with family

Published by Deutsche Welle People granted refugee status in Germany are allowed to bring their spouse or partner, as well as children under the age of 18, into the country under family reunification laws.  But for many of those from Eritrea, who make up the biggest group of African refugees in Germany, this is provingContinue reading “DW: Eritrean refugees in Germany struggle to reunite with family”

Africa Report: Eritrean refugees: Still caught in a game of ‘political football’

Published by Africa Report Ethiopia is planning to shut a camp and is refusing prima facie acceptance of Eritrean refugees ensnared in toxic rivalries between Addis Ababa, Tigray, and Asmara. A year ago, Tigrayan minibus drivers gave discounted rates to newly arrived Eritrean refugees who travelled to the town of Shire, especially if they were attractive youngContinue reading “Africa Report: Eritrean refugees: Still caught in a game of ‘political football’”

New York Times: Eritreans Sue E.U. Over Use of Forced Labor Back Home

Published by the New York Times BRUSSELS — A Netherlands-based group of Eritreans sued the European Union on Wednesday, demanding it cease financing a project in the east African dictatorship that uses forced labor, the lawyer representing the group said, the first test of an effort by individuals and organizations to hold the bloc accountableContinue reading “New York Times: Eritreans Sue E.U. Over Use of Forced Labor Back Home”

HRW: Unaccompanied Eritrean Children at Risk

Published by Human Rights Watch The Ethiopian government’s changes to asylum procedures for Eritreans undermines their access to asylum and denies unaccompanied children necessary protection. The Ethiopian authorities should ensure that all Eritreans have the right to apply for asylum and publicly announce changes to its asylum and camp management policies. In late January 2020, the Ethiopian government unofficiallyContinue reading “HRW: Unaccompanied Eritrean Children at Risk”