Eritrea

You're invited to "Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis"

Militarisation in #Eritrea is extreme, with indefinite conscription in often unbearable conditions. Conscientious objectors are imprisoned.

Conference "Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis"

Start date: 
19 Oct 2017

Along with The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, EEPA, Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V., Connection e.V., and the Eritrean Law Society, and in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, War Resisters’ International, is co-organising the event below.

SAVE THE DATE: Brussels, October 19th, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,

Calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

Published today: we're calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea.

We're glad to be amongst those working to keep the focus on the human rights situation in #Eritrea, where conscription is indefinite and militarisation "excessive" (according to Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth).

The letter was initiated by Civicus.

Updated information on conscription and conscientious objection to military service in Greece and Eritrea

War Resisters' International maintains a unique resource, the World survey of conscription and conscientious objection to military service: a database of country profiles and information on the situation for COs and conscripts around the world. This is updated on a rolling basis, and we have recently revised our report on Greece.

Click here to read it.

Eritrea: submission to the Human Rights Committee

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SUBMISSION TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE: 119th SESSION

for the attention of the Country Report Task Force on ERITREA

Military service, conscientious objection and related issues.

Prepared December 2016

Basic Information

HISTORY: Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, after a thirty-year armed liberation struggle, and that year became the 184th member state of the United Nations.1 Following independence, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front transformed itself into the “Popular Front for Democracy and Justice”, and under that title has imposed military rule ever since. Between 1998 and 2000 a war with Ethiopia over a disputed border caused massive casualties: since then there have been simmering border tensions but no full-scale military conflict. Nevertheless, the level of militarisation in the country has if anything increased.

Bereket Habteyesus

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 26 May 2014
Country:
  • Eritrea
Description:
  • Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. However, he has not yet been charged with any offence.

Bereket Habteyesus

Country:
  • Eritrea
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


War profiteer of the month: Nevsun Resources

The United Nations has released a damning report into the operations of Canadian mining company Nevsun Resources in Eritrea, which accuses the company of using conscripted labour at it's Bisha Mine in the country. Nevsun estimated that the mine held over a billion pounds of copper and 2.7 billion pounds of zinc.

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea

Read the submission from the European Union here.

MORNING

24 June 2015

Concludes Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

The Human Rights Council this morning discussed the situation of human rights in Eritrea, holding an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, and concluding its interactive dialogue with the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea.

Strange is the Eritrean story; stranger is the Eritrean women’s story

Luwam Estifanos

Often (far too often) I think about what other people make of our stories, our Eritrean stories. Not the dramatic stories but the typical ordinary ones, the experiences which are familiar to all Eritreans. I am sure our stories of unimaginable pain inflicted unnecessarily by the very people who claim to have liberated us, come across as far too strange to belong to an ordinary life.

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