Eritrea

Ruling may vindicate conscripts of forced labour, as EU cautioned against facilitating the vice

Canada’s Supreme Court rules that Nevsun Resources Ltd, a Canadian mining company that owned 60% of the Bisha mineral mine in Eritrea, could be sued in Canada for alleged abuses abroad; European Commission's proposed fund to Eritrea for a new development project in the construction sector raises concerns that it may place the Commission in a position that facilitates the abusive system of forced labour for many conscripts under the national service system who are assigned to work in state-owned construction companies where they face particularly abusive and harsh conditions. Read more

Ruling may vindicate conscripts of forced labour, as EU cautioned against facilitating the vice

Eritrea second on list of worst jailers of journalists in Africa

Eritrea accuses Qatar of supporting opposition groups and encouraging anti-government protests in Eritrea, Berlin’s ambassador to Eritrea summoned over DW’s (Germany’s state-owned international broadcaster) media coverage of the country Read more

Eritrea second on list of worst jailers of journalists in Africa

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Daniela Kravetz, reported that human rights had not improved and expressed regret that the peace deal failed to bring widespread abuse and violations to an end, government dismantles twenty two Catholic hospitals and clinics, allegedly in response to the church’s criticism of President Isaias Afwerki’s rule., A damning report issued by Human Rights Watch in August 2019 found that many Eritreans have spent their entire working lives at the service of the government in either a military or civilian capacity, which has had visible and lasting impact on the rights, freedom and lives of Eritreans, Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

No tangible change despite peace with Ethiopia

serious human rights violations continue to be reported in Eritrea despite peace deal with Ethiopia, 3 Ethiopian refugees obtain positive judgment to proceed institute a case in a Canadian court for violations suffered while working in a foreign company based in Eritrea. Read more

No tangible change despite peace with Ethiopia

Repressive policies continue despite thawing tensions in the Horn of Africa

Relations with Djibouti renewed, but freedom of expression still under attack as writer is arrested after criticizing government Read more

Repressive policies continue despite thawing tensions in the Horn of Africa

Activists call for reform after peace deal with Ethiopia

Eritrea signs a new peace deal with Ethiopia. human Rights groups call for an end to restrictions on human rights and freedoms in the wake of the new developments. However, crackdowns on freedom of religion and conscience continue Read more

Activists call for reform after peace deal with Ethiopia

Mass arrests during protest around death in custody of Islamic school director

Police in Asmara arrested and detained hundreds of people after the burial of Haji Musa Mohamed Nur, who died in custody in early March 2018. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has raised concerns about the authorities complete denial of reality on the appalling state of press freedom in Eritrea. Read more

Mass arrests during protest around death in custody of Islamic school director

BBC Radio to broadcast in heavily-censored media space

BBC Radio announced in January 2018 that it would begin broadcasting into Eritrea which remains one of the most heavily-censored countries in the world with highly-restricted airwaves. Read more

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BBC Radio to broadcast in heavily-censored media space

Eritrean refugees take labour rights case to Canadian court

On 21st November 2017, a Canadian court unanimously dismissed an appeal from mining company Nevsun Resources to block a case brought against the company by three Eritrean refugees. The case concerns allegations of forced labour at Nevsun's Bisha mine, 150 kilometres west of Asmara. Read more

Eritrean refugees take labour rights case to Canadian court