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Djibouti hands 267 Eritreans over to UNHCR

By Abebech Tamene, Monday, April 14, 2014 ADDIS ABABA — The Djiboutian government has handed 267 Eritreans, seized during a three-day border conflict in 2008, over to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), presidential adviser Najib Ali Tahir said Monday.

"Some of them are military deserters and prisoners of the Djibouti-Eritrea war, which broke out on June 10, 2008," Tahir told Anadolu Agency

Tahir said the Eritreans were technically under Djibouti's protection, going on to note that "there are [another] 19 prisoners of war (POWs) temporarily under our protection."

"We have made them talk to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to facilitate their return to their country, and we're doing this despite the fact that we never heard of Djibouti's POWs," Tahir said.

Djibouti and neighboring Eritrea have twice engaged in border conflicts. In April 1996, they almost went to war after a Djiboutian official accused Eritrea of shelling the town of Ras Doumeira.

Three years later in 1999, Eritrea accused Djibouti of siding with its longstanding rival, Ethiopia, while Djibouti counter-accused Eritrea of supporting rebels fighting against its government.

As a result, Djibouti recalled its ambassador and broke off relations with Eritrea, which weren't fully restored until 2001.

The two countries clashed again for three days in June of 2008, leading to another deterioration of ties and a U.N. embargo on Eritrea.

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The 267 Eritrean Refugees will be freed from Negad Detention Centre

Posted 04/15/2014 12:11:30 PM HRCE is pleased to announce the plan to release the 267 Eritrean refugees from Negad detention centre. Following Elsa Chyrum's recent three day hunger strike in Geneva, the detained Eritrean refugees' case in Djibouti was given urgent attention, and it has been decided that on Tuesday 15 April, all of them will be released. Some have been detained up to 6 years.

The detainees are mostly deserters from the enforced military conscription in Eritrea. However, because there is a border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, and these refugees have military training, they are treated as a security risk. Nine families (husbands, wives and some with children) have been separated, the wives and the children are at the refugee camp (Ali Addeh), and the husbands are detained incommunicado at Negad detention centre. They have been detained out of a misplaced fear - none of them were caught doing anything to harm the host country.
Once they are released, the UNHCR office will transfer them to Ali Adhee refugee camp in Djibouti.


Jason Mosley Africa Programme | April 2014 | AFP BP 2014/01
Eritrea and Ethiopia: Beyond the Impasse

               Opportunities exist for external efforts to foster improved relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia. This will involve questioning some of the underlying assumptions about their conflict and current regional dynamics. A fresh approach should involve engagement with each country individually, rather than immediate attempts to promote dialogue between them.

               The initial focus should be on promoting the conditions in each country for an eventual confident re-engagement with the other. It is important to avoid a narrow focus on the specifics of the border conflict, and post-conflict boundary demarcation, which has hitherto dominated external engagement.

               Economic incentives are central to enabling improved relations between the two states. However, the prospective economic benefits of re-opening the border will not be the initial catalyst for improved ties given that economic considerations were insufficient to prevent the war.

               International engagement on areas of mutual interest, especially on trade and investment, could go some way to fostering a sense in Eritrea of stable economic sovereignty in the face of Ethiopia’s economic and demographic predominance.

               Waiting for a change of leadership before making significant efforts to engage is untenable. There is no guarantee that subsequent leaders would adopt a significantly different foreign policy.

ሃገረይ ትብላ አንተኰንካ፡

Assenna and Awate Websites:

Are they Engaged in Intelligence Gathering or News Reporting?

ወብሳይታት ኣሰናን ዓዋተን: ንሃገረ ኤርትራ ዝጎድእ ንጸላእቲ ኤርትራ ዘገልግል ሓበሬታታት ኣብ ምእካብ ዲዮም ተዋፊሮም ዘለው ወይስ ዜናታት ኣብ ምዝርጋሕ?

Tsegezab Gebregergis, London, April 8, 2014

‘’ክሳዕ ሎሚ፣ ንዝኾነ ይኹን ናይ ባዕዳዊ ስልጣን ዓላማ ኣገልጊለን ተላኢኸን ኣይፈልጥን:: ንባርነት ዘበለ ኹሉ ጸላኢኡ እየ: ዝኾነ ይኹን ሕብሩን መልክዑን ዝኾነ ይኹን ሰብ ኤውሮጳዊ ይኹን ወይስ ኣፍሪቃዊ: ኣብ ዝኾነ ይኹን ኣርዑት ባርነት ንምቑራን ክግድደኒ ኣይኽእልን። ዘይመሰለካን ዘይተሰምዓካን ነገር ግበር ኢሉ ንምቕታለይ ድፊኢት እንተ ኣሕደረ ኸኣ: ኣነ ‘ውን ስለ ፖለቲካዊ እምነተይ ስለ ሓርነት ሃገርይን ስለ ኡነተኛ ጥቕሚ ኣሕዋተይን ንሙማት ትብዓት ኣሕዲረ ኣለኹ!!!’’[...]

ኩነታት ሰራዊት ምክልኻል ሃገርካ፡ ይኹን ኣይኹን ብዘየገድስ፡ እሞ ሃገርካ ኣብ ኣይ ሰላም ኣይ ኲናት ኣብ ዝሃለወትሉ ጊዜ፤
በዚ ሳልሕ ቓድን ኣማኒኤል ኢያሱን  ከም ዜና
ተቓባቢሎም ዘቕረብዎ ክቐርብ ይግባእዶ?

መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ዝጸውዖ ናይ ሚደያ ሰሚናር ክሳተፉ ዝተዓደሙን: ወጻኢታቶም ተኸፊልሎም ንኢትዮጵያ ከኸዱ ተዳልዮም ኣለዎ ዝተባህሉ ናይ ሚድያ ትካላት ዓወተን ኣሰናን፡ ንሰራዊት ምክልኻል ኤርትራ ዘነኣእስ፡ ዘቆናጽብ፡ ዘሰተናዕቕ፡ ተቓባቢሎም ከም ዜና ዘስፈርዎ፡ ኣስደማሚ ኰይኑ ኣሎ። ንናይ ሃገሩ ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይሊ ከምዚ ገቢሩ ዘቕርብ ናይ ዜና ማዕከን፡ እዚ ናህና ደረቱ አንዳሰሓተ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ፡ ጉዳይ ሃገራዊ ጽጥታን ተቓውሞን መፍላይ ዝጽግሞ ዘሎ ናይ ዜና ማዕከናት እዩ። ምስ ናብ ኢትዮጵያ መንግዶም ኣተኣሳሲሩ ዝዝርበ እንተሃልዩ፡ ሕሱር ገጸ-በረከት እዩ። 



Elsa Chyrum Named “African Heroine of 2014”..Abraham Zere Athens, Ohio

Elsa Chyrum Named “African Heroine of 2014”..Abraham Zere Athens, Ohio

  The African Student Union of Ohio University named and awarded Elsa Chyrum the “African Heroine of 2014” in recognition of her outstanding human rights advocacy work. Elsa received her award in Athens, Ohio


Complaint against Tesfanews by Drs. Tsegazab Gebregerghis

A Message to Readers On the 8th of April 2014, I wrote an article in Tigrinya under the heading “Awate and Assenna Websites: Are They Engaged in Intelligence Gathering or in News Reporting?” Having done so, as always, I posted the article with the above designated title in Meskerem website and in my face-book page. [...]


Eritrea rejects Special Rapporteur’s claims, sends official protest to OHCHR

Map of Eritrea

Map of Eritrea

The Permanent Mission of the State of Eritrea in Geneva released a statement on Friday rejecting claims by the United Nations Special Rapporteur (Sheila B. Keetharuth) that Eritrean national service is violating human rights.

The Mission released the statement saying that Ms Keetharuth is engaged in a campaign to influence public opinion against Eritrea ignoring Eritrea’s right of self-defense considering Ethiopia’s occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory. Ms Keetharuth collected information during interviews with Eritrean refugees and migrants, which proves that National Service dominates life in Eritrea, according to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur.

Christian vigilantes trap 14,000 Muslims in C.Africa town
AFP By Jean-Pierre Campagne April 12, 2014 5:47 AM

Eritrean Refugees at Risk Eritrean refugees face human trafficking, exploitation, and hostility throughout North Africa and the Sahel.
By Dan Connell, April 10, 2014.
"..The most important thing the United States can do to facilitate this process is convince Ethiopia to back off the border dispute that centers on a frontier town, Badme, and accept in practice—not just rhetorically—the 2002 Border Commission ruling that went in Eritrea’s favor..."
Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days


© UNHCR/A.Belrhazi
UNHCR staff talk with some of the growing number of people making the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean to Italy. Many of them have fled violence and persecution.

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR)  The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone...

They had set off from Zwara in Libya, and many were fleeing violence, conflict and persecution. Most of them came originally from Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Gambia, Mali and Senegal.

ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ መዓስከራት ስደተኛታት ከፊኡና ብምባል ንሱዳን ሃዲሞም  ኣስታት 100 ኤርትራውያን ( EYSC Facebook)

Eritreans stage protest at refugee camp in Ethiopia
ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ መዓስከራት ስደተኛታት ከፊኡና ብምባል ንሱዳን ሃዲሞም  ኣስታት 100 ኤርትራውያን ንስሃራ ቆሪጾም ናብ ሊብያ ክኸዱ ብወታደራት ግብጺ ተታሒዞም ኣብ ኣስዋን ተኣሲሮም ዘለዎ ኤርትራውያን ዝሃብዎ ምስክርነት ከም ኤርትራዊ ከብድካ ይቀርጸካ። ሬድዮ ኣሰና ንስማዕ!

ዝኸበርኩም ደቂ ሀገር ኣብ ማይ ዓይኒን ዓዲ ሓርሽን መዓስከር ስደተኛታት ኢትዮጵያ ዝወረደ ቅትለትን ሞቆሰልቲን ኣብ ሊዕሊ ኣሕዋትና ጸማም እዝኒ ሒብናዮ። ንሕና ከም ነጠፍቲ ኣብ ፖለቲካን መሰል ደቂ ሰባትን ጸማም እዝኒ ምሃብና ንሕና ኣብ ስደት ዘለና ኤርትራውያን ዳርጋ ብደውና ዝሞትና ኮይና ኣለና። ዝኾነ ኮይኑ ኢትዮጵያ ንኤርትራውያን ጽቡቅ ከምዘየለ ፈሊጥና ኣለና። ብዛዕባ ሂወቱ ዝጠፍኣን፡ ብጥይት ዝቆሰሉን፡ ዝተኣሰሩን ኤርትራውያን ኣብ ማይ ዓይኒን ዓዲ ሓርሽን መዓስከር ስደተኛታት ኢትዮጵያ ግቡእ መልሲ ካብ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ክንረክብ ክንጽዕር ክንሓትትና ኣለና። እቶም ኢትዮጵያ ንኤርትራውያን ስደተኛታት ጽቡቅ ኣሎ ኢልኩም ት ሰብኩ ዘለኹም በቃ እብለኩም ኣለኹ።

ተቓውሞ ኣለዓዒልኩም ብዝብል ክሲ ካብ ክልተ ዓመትን ኣርባዕተ ወርሕን ክሳብ ኣርባዕተ ዓመታት ክእሰሩ ዝተፈርዱ ኤርትራውያን ስደተኛታት ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ብናይ ገንዘብ መቕጻዕቲ ጥራይ ተፋንዮም

Radio Erena: April 10, 2014

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ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ መዓስከራት ስደተኛታት ዓዲ ሓሩሽን ማይ ዓይኒን ዝተኻየደ ተቓውሞታት ወዲብኩም ተባሂሎም ኣብ ቀይዲ ዝጸንሑ 11 ኤርትራውያን ስደተኛታት ከምዝተለቑ ምንጭታት ሬድዮ ኤረና ሓቢሮም።

ካብ መዓስከር ስደተኛታት ዓዲ ሓሩሽ ኣብ ቀይዲ ዝጸንሑ ሓሙሽተ ኤርትራውያን፣ ነፍሲ ወከፎም 2 ዓመትን ኣርባዕተ ወርሕን ክእሰሩን ብድምር ድማ 20 ሽሕ ብር ክኸፍሉን’ዩ ተበይንሎም ኔሩ።

ንሳቶም፣ ካብቲ ዝተበየነሎም ናይ ክልተ ዓመትን ኣርባዕተ ወርሕን ማእሰርቲ ቅድሚ ሓደ ሰሙን ናጻ ክልቐቑ እንከለዉ፣ እቲ 20 ሽሕ ብር ድማ ኣብ ሱዳንን ኣብ መዓስከራት ኢትዮጵያን ዝርከቡ ወገናቶም ብምውጻእ ክኸፍለሎም ከምዝኸኣለ’ውን ተፈሊጡ።

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