August 8, 2019 10:00PM EDT
Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education
Spurs Dropouts and Exodus by Students, Teachers
(Nairobi) – Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and physical abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
UN Human Right Council Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review – Eritrea
Human Rights Council Forty-first session
24 June–12 July 2019 Agenda item 6
Situation of human rights in Eritrea – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea
Why are Eritreans in exile being silenced?
Eritrea is often described as one of the most repressive countries in Africa. People’s rights are severely restricted; military service is compulsory and often indefinite, and; opponents of President Isaias Afwerki are locked up in jail.
Even Eritreans in exile are apparently not safe.
On 12 October 2018 the UN General Assembly elected Eritrea to be one of 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), despite its appalling human rights record. UNHRC membership comes with certain commitments, including the requirement to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, [and to] fully cooperate with the Council […]”. The Eritrean government falls far short of these requirements in practice – both domestically and internationally. This briefing highlights the routine and widespread use of harassment and threats by the Eritrean government and its supporters against Eritrean human rights defenders.
Eulogizing Ali Mohammed Said Berhatu
On June 25, 2019, Ali Mohammed Said Berhatu, a relentless patriot, a veteran of the struggle for the independence of Eritrea passed away silently in London. As many of his peers, he exhaled his last breath thousands of miles away from home, his country that he wished to retire and live his last days in. It was not to be; Eritreans are condemned to stay away from the country they love. Away from the country the dedicated their youth for.
Press Release – June 6, 2019
In a pre-emptive stance on the African Union’s decision on the developments in Sudan, after the sit-in of protestors were disbanded by force, the Eritrean Ministry of Information issued a Press Release on June 5 and published on the official website of the ministry, warning the internationalization of the Sudan issue and working to exacerbate the situation there. The statement included an accusation of the African Union for failing to meet the aspirations of the African peoples and that it provided appropriate pretexts for external interference.
Press Release on the 2nd Congress of the Eritrean National Council for democratic Change (ENCDC)
The Eritrean National Congress for Democratic Change (ENCDC) concluded its long overdue second national Congress in Stockholm-Sweden from April 17-21, 2019 under the theme: “To preserve the independence and sovereignty of our country, the unity our people, and the right to determine our destiny.” ENCDC has surmounted paralyzing internal organizational hurdles and shortcomings and managed to conduct a successful congress depending solely on Eritrean financial and human resources. The Second National Congress was attended by incumbent members of the Council, representatives of civil societies and elected delegates from all Eritrean communities around the globe. Honorary guests of the Congress included delegations from both Eritrean People’s Democratic Parties, the Eritrean Unity for Justice, Forum for National Dialogue (Medrek), who attended in the opening and closing sessions of the Congress, and the “niqlo adetat n’diHnet hizbin hagerin – Mothers’ Initiative for the Salvation of the People and the Country” in Europe who attended throughout the convention to deliver solidarity messages, vowing to fully participate in future dialogue and engagement processes.