Eritrea

Calls to release journalists on 20th anniversary of media crackdown

On 19th August 2021, United Nations rights experts requested the Eritrean government to free Dawit Isaak, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has been jailed without due process and has been held incommunicado for the past two decades, fearing he may have died. Read more

Calls to release journalists on 20th anniversary of media crackdown

Eritrean government releases Christian protestors

The humanitarian situation in Eritrea remains dire. On 17 April 2021, the Eritrean government acknowledged the involvement of its troops in the Tigray conflict. Its Ambassador to the United Nations posted a letter online, admitting that Eritrean forces were taking part in the conflict and vowing to withdraw them. This move was in response to mounting international pressure. The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, earlier promised the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray. However, there has been no sign of withdrawal. On 15 April 2021, the US Ambassador to the United Nations expressed concerns about the conflict, stating that Eritrea must “withdraw their troops from Ethiopia immediately.” Read more

Eritrean government releases Christian protestors

UN expert’s mandate renewed, Christians face continued persecution

A resolution adopted to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea for a further year; American-Eritrean political prisoner Ciham Ali Ahmed, who has been in prison since she was 15 years old, has seen the first commitment from an American politician, Kamala Harris, concerning her case, which has been ongoing for eight years; Eritrea has continued with its repression of Christians, with reported cases of arrest and detention of Christians from minority church groups Read more

UN expert’s mandate renewed, Christians face continued persecution

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