Eritrea

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

Unconfirmed reports of killings during rare protest in Asmara

According to several online news reports, security forces dispersed a protest with gunfire in Eritrea's capital, Asmara, on 31st October. Read more

Unconfirmed reports of killings during rare protest in Asmara

Crackdown on Christian followers as thousands flee the country

The situation in Eritrea remains dire with thousands trying to flee for safety and security. The level of state control over Eritreans' lives has contributed to a prison-like state for citizens, where there is no protection of or respect for fundamental freedoms. Read more

Crackdown on Christian followers as thousands flee the country

Continued human rights violations in the world's "fastest emptying country"

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, presented her report to the UN Human Rights Council on 15th June 2017. In the report, Keetharuth concludes that the Government of Eritrea has made no effort to address the human rights concerns highlighted by the Commission of Inquiry and that Read more

Continued human rights violations in the world's "fastest emptying country"

Journalists jailed for attempting to flee the country

On 19th February 2017, Eritrean Forum Radio, an opposition radio station operating in exile, reported on the arrests of two journalists working for the state-owned Eritrean Radio and Television Agency. Read more

Journalists jailed for attempting to flee the country

Special rapporteur calls for international action on Eritrea

In late October, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea presented her latest report to the UN General Assembly in New York. Read more

Special rapporteur calls for international action on Eritrea

Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

Today, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. This video from DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) shows interviews with Eritrean human rights defenders in exile who have, and continue to, speak out against the ruthless Eritrean regime. Read more