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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.

President Afewerki and several ministers targeted by Swedish crimes against humanity law [Reuters]

President Afewerki and several ministers targeted by Swedish crimes against humanity law [Reuters]

July 2, 2014 (AFP) — Several top Eritrean leaders have been reported to the police for crimes against humanity by a Swedish law firm, as a new law took effect enabling such crimes committed anywhere else in the world to be prosecuted in Sweden.

The report lists a series of alleged crimes including torture and kidnapping, and targets Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and several of his ministers by name.

There is a lot of evidence from human rights groups, particularly about indefinite imprisonment without trial (in Eritrea).  

Percy Bratt, human rights lawyer

“This is not only symbolic. We believe there are legal grounds to prosecute the people we have named,” human rights lawyer Percy Bratt told the AFP news agency on Tuesday. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/07/2014 at 12:49 pm

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Eritrea is one of 10 countries set to be the fastest-growing economies in 2014

Keren, Eritrea - construction

Keren town, Eritrea – construction

June 2, 2014 (The Washington Post) — The Economist Intelligence Unit has released its projections for economic growth in 2014, including the economies that are expected to grow the most this year. The results are telling – and have implications way beyond these 10 countries. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/06/2014 at 3:10 am

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Secretary John Kerry Congratulate Eritrea on National Day

Happy Independence Anniversary

Happy Independence Anniversary

US Department of State

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

May 27, 2014

On behalf of the American people, I welcome the opportunity to send my warmest wishes to the people of Eritrea on the 23rd anniversary of your independence which took place May 24. Know that the government and people of the United States stand beside you in your continued search for the promise of a free, prosperous, and democratic Eritrea. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 27/05/2014 at 7:11 pm

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Eritrea under fire for rights abuses at UN review

Eritrean refugees look through barbed wire at Sudan's Shagarab refugee camp in Kassala last year

Eritrean refugees look through barbed wire at Sudan’s Shagarab refugee camp in Kassala last year

February 3, 2014, Geneva (AFP) — 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.

Diplomats gathered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva condemned the isolated and autocratic country’s brutal repression of basic rights, charging the lack of freedom was prompting a mass exodus.

The government of Eritrea’s “widespread violation of human rights and the lack of prospects for participatory democracy contribute to large numbers of Eritreans fleeing the country,” US representative Peter Mulrean told the assembly. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 03/02/2014 at 4:51 pm

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Crimes committed against the Eritrean people by Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia

Eritreans amputated by Minilik II, 1896

Eritreans amputated by Minilik II, 1896

January 19, 2014 (Facebook) – These photo were taken in 1896 in a field hospital in Massawa, Eritrea. It depicts Eritrean askari (soldiers) and some Italian officers. The soldiers were captured in a battle on March 1, 1896, between the invading Italian colonial army and Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Read more…

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Posted by admin - 19/01/2014 at 4:52 pm

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Is the Horn of Africa facing another collapsing state?

Eritrea’s refugee crisis threatens to undermine the stability of the secretive country.

By Goitom Gebreluel and Kjetil Tronvoll

Isaias Afewerki has been president of Eritrea since its independence in 1993 [Reuters]

Isaias Afewerki has been president of Eritrea since its independence in 1993 [Reuters]

October 15, 2013 (Aljazeera) — Just as the Horn of Africa is witnessing the slow restoration of one collapsed state – after more than two decades of anarchic conditions in Somalia – it may be facing the collapse of another.

The small country of Eritrea, only 20 years after gaining independence from Ethiopia, has emerged as one of the largest sources of refugees in Africa – as well as one of the most militarised societies in the world. It is increasingly displaying signs of withering state structures and an unsustainable humanitarian situation.

Although Eritrea is sometimes referred to as the North Korea of Africa, a more appropriate point of comparison may be Somalia and its descent into civil war. The already fragile security conditions in Eritrea’s neighbouring states means that its collapse could have major implications for regional stability. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 15/10/2013 at 5:11 pm

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Female Eritrean Air Force Captain Defects to Saudi Arabia

rahwa_2-150x116April 9, 2013, Addis Ababa Sudan Tribune) — A female Eritrean Air Force pilot has defected to Saudia Arabia where she is seeking political asylum in Saudi Arabia, in in a latest sign of embarrassment to the dictatorial regime in Asmara.

Captain Rahwa Gebrekristos deserted to Saudi Arabia after being sent to the kingdom last week on assignment to retrieve a presidential jet that had been waiting for return following the defection of another two air force pilots last year.

However, like her two former colleagues, Yonas Woldeab and his deputy Mekonnen Debesay, who secretly flew president Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia last October before defecting, Gebrekristos is also claiming asylum. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 09/04/2013 at 5:01 am

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Sinai torture for Eritreans kidnapped by traffickers

Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families.

Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families.

“The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted,” she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars.

“As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain.

‘Please help me’

I will never forgot the desperate words, broadcast on the BBC, of an Eritrean refugee who was being held hostage in Egypt’s north Sinai.

“It’s bad, bad. Have no enough food, enough water,” a tearful and desperate man called Philemon Semere told me on the phone last November. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 07/03/2013 at 1:46 am

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Eritrean Foreign Minister confirms: Has left the regime

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Ali Abdu Ahmed has left the dictator Isaias Afewerkis (right back) regime. The defecting minister says he does not have any information about Dawit Isaak (left).

January 30, 2013, BEIRUT (Swedish Expressen – Google translation) Eritrean dictator Isaias Afewerki’s Information Minister Ali Abdu Ahmed has fled the country and is living today in a secret location. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/01/2013 at 9:58 am

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Protesters occupy Eritrean embassy in Rome, Italy

Young Eritreans peacefully stormed Eritrean Embassy in Rome, Italy, yesterday, Jan 29, 2013, in support of the Eritrean mutiny a week ago. In Washington DC, some were arrested trying to do the same thing.

Watch more pictures, below, of Washington, DC Eritrean protesters Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/01/2013 at 6:47 am

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Protesters occupy Eritrean embassy in London – Jan. 24, 2013

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Unrest In Eritrea

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Posted by admin - 24/01/2013 at 7:58 am

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When mutiny came to Eritrea (Watch Video)

Was the latest challenge to President Isaias Afawerki’s rule just a taste of things to come?

January 23, 2013 (Aljazeera) — A mutiny in Eritrea went almost completely unnoticed when renegade troops staged one of the strongest challenges yet to the country’s authoritarian rule.

On Monday, a group of soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information, briefly taking over the state-run television service in an apparent rebellion, which failed. They called for a change in the constitution and the release of political prisoners. Rights groups say up to 10,000 are being held. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 23/01/2013 at 12:08 pm

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Coup Attempt by Rebel Soldiers Is Said to Fail in Eritrea

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

January 21, 2013

GARSEN, Kenya — Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa that is one of the most secretive and repressive countries in the world, was cast into confusion on Monday after mutinous soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and took over the state-run television service, apparently in a coup attempt. Read more…

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Posted by Falmataa - 22/01/2013 at 2:31 am

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Reports: Eritrea troops lay siege to ministry

Dissident soldiers take over information ministry and force state media to call for the release of political prisoners.

eritreaJanuary 21, 2013 (AlJazeera) — A group of dissident Eritrean soldiers have laid siege to the information ministry and forced the state media to announce a call for the release of political prisoners, according to a senior Eritrean intelligence official.

The renegade soldiers forced the director of state television to make an announcement, the intelligence official said.

“The soldiers have forced him to speak on state TV, to say the Eritrean government should release all political prisoners,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/01/2013 at 2:01 pm

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Eritrea: The Fog Over the Red Sea

A central square in the Eritrean capital city of Asmara on May 11, 2008. (Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

A central square in the Eritrean capital city of Asmara on May 11, 2008. (Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

December 20, 2012 (The Atlantic) — Eritrean information minister Ali Abdu, who is rumored to have defected this past week, helped build one of the world’s strictest systems of media control.

Eritrea sits on some of the most important real estate in Africa, occupying a thin sliver of coastline at the mouth of the Red Sea. The country straddles one side of a globally significant shipping lane, and the actions of whoever’s ruling in Asmara affects the stability of every neighboring country, from already troublesome places like Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, which lie just across the sea. Yet Eritrea itself is one of the most opaque places on earth. Under the 21-year rule of Isaias Afewerki, the country has aided al Qaeda-affiliated militants in Somalia, warred against Ethiopia, and precipitated a refugee crisis that has percolated throughout the Horn of Africa and the greater Middle East, cloaked in a fog that even other governments have a difficult time penetrating. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 20/12/2012 at 9:29 pm

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