Urgent Call for Action By Fesseha Nair

Map of Eritrea

Let us organize global joint rally in Front of Ethiopian Embassies

1. Submit the same appeal urging strongly

2. Names and signatures of organizations

” We are for peace, human rights respect, rule of law and democracy”

” This is the time to show our civil courage and show no more Essayaists in our country Eritrea”

This is a call for disapproval and expose the real intentions and activities of the brutal dictatorship of one man rule in Eritrea led by Isyas Afewerki by holding rallies in front of the Ethiopian Embassies all over the world at the same time.

As we all know this week the EPRDF( Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front) is convening its congress in Hawasa. His Excellency Prime Minsiter Abiye speech at the opening ceremony was unifying and harmonious,, he stressed the idea of , ” Federalism” is the best system of Governance when it respects all citizens inside every administration of the nation.. he means that not ethnic federalism but geographical federalism which is my political organizations idea in Eritrea after the fall of dictatorship.

In today’s Eritrea, there is no peace, human rights respect, democracy and the rule of law. The Ethiopian People’s Federal Democratic Front- the ruling coalition of four parties know well the human rights situation in Eritrea.

We, who have been struggling for peace, democracy, human rights and peaceful co-existence are not against peace making within and outside with our neighbouring countries ( Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and others across the Red Sea) and globally with all communities.

Eritrea has since independence been ruled without constitution and no elected government and parliament, It is ruled by decrees and is a police state. The world community knows well the humanitarian crisis( extrajudicial killings, detention without no charges, disappearance…etc) in Eritrea. Eritrea today is an open prison for its citizens.

Having followed and identified the process of peace-making between the two leaders of Ethiopia and the self-proclaimed Eritrean leader in on the cost of losing the Eritrean national sovereignty and territorial integrity. What is happening in Ethiopia is welcome by all because it has opened by first admitting its past wrong weaknesses and asking the people forgiveness reconciling conflicts in a peaceful way with all opposition political groups and inviting them to come home and freely practice their political views.

We, Eritreans under the Eritrean sovereignty and territorial integrity appreciate the recent developments in Ethiopia but criticize the method of peace making is not between two partners believing in the people power, thus while in Ethiopia is going positive changes in Eritrea it is impossible to bring changes under a dictatorship. Let me borrow the term Abiye uses in his political rhetoric, ” Synergy” Ndemer” Yes this term is specially used in economics meaning combining two different units when added gives more results than simply added, but when combining one should always have the real knowledge of combining, therefore I challenge Abiye if he is real in his rhetoric.

It is appreciable that the Ethiopian Government

– Admitted its past wrongs/ weaknesses,

– Allowed freedom of speech, press and association

– Released all political prisoners, – Declared free market and more privatisation,

– Peaceful reconciliation with all political opposition groups,

I would like to ask the EPRDF and others in Ethiopia

1. How can you make synergy in a market where one is free and the other monopoly,

2. How can you make peace with a neighbour who is against peace 3. How can you make developments in a market run by one man without no rules of free market

4. How can you build cooperation with one who is against cooperation

5. How can you make with a system that uproots its citizens and be burden to its neighbours by exporting refugees.

The Ethiopian Government led by Dr. Abiye Ahmed must be genuine and speak the truth on the human rights situation in Eritrea as he does in Ethiopia. I hope the Hawasa congress of the EPRDF concludes its congress successfully under the federal principles and programme that satisfies all the diverse communities in Ethiopia.

With this letter, ” Call for Urgent Action” would like to remind our brothers and sisters who have been deceived for 51 years ( from the year he joined the liberation front in 1967 up to this time- 2018) by Esayas must say , “Enough is Enough” and join hands with their brethren to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Eritrea as our forefathers in the 50th,

It is time to wake up and join hands to uproot the dictator in Eritrea!

Eritrean Justice Seekers’ Message to Italian Government and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

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To: H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy

CC: H.E. Mr. Enzo Moavero Milanesi,
Italian Foreign Minister, Palazzo della Farnesina, Roma
3 October, 2018

Dear Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, At this Commemoration Day of the Lampedusa Tragedy and in relation to the planned visit to Eritrea this month by Italian delegation led by Your Excellency, we, the undersigned members of Eritrean pro-democracy organizations in exile, are addressing this message to you and through you to the Italian Government to express our deep regret and disappointment at Italy’s repeated failures to help Eritreans whom it literally abandoned soon after the end of its colonial rule in 1941.

It is five years today since the occurrence of the Lampedusa Tragedy of 3 October 2013 in which over 360 young Eritreans perished only a few meters from the Italian island of that name. They died because their desperate calls for help were not responded humanely by concerned Italian authorities. And to this day, their bodies remain in underground vaults in southern Italy waiting for proper burial one day back at home in Eritrea.

We are saying, Sir, that the repressive regime in Eritrea does not deserve to be dignified by a visit of a Prime Minister of Italy. The Italian people know very well the sad political and human rights situation in Eritrea and it is distress Asmara by a visit whose simplistic aim may be curbing the flow of refugees from Eritrea before addressing the root causes of the problem itself.

The Italian State was among the supporters of UN decisions on Eritrea, including the resolutions and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council and the 2016 conclusions of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. Normally, we would expect Italy to first pressurize the Eritrean regime to address those concerns of the international community before deciding for such an undeserved visit at the level of Italy’s Prime Minister. Presumably, the visit is intended to negotiate points of agreement that would further worsen the plight Eritrean refugees already in Italy.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, We wish to re-state here that the majority of Eritreans are of the belief that Italy has not done enough to help Eritreans at their hours of need during the past 77 years. It is a general perception that the sufferings of our people could have been avoided if Italy were to care a little more than it did to its former colony of Eritrea, not to mention Somalia and Libya which are not also in good shape.

It is a common understanding that the Italian State did not even try help Eritreans in the form of compensations, as it did for others. It is to be recalled that on 30 August 2009, the Government of Italy apologized for “past wounds” to Libya and agreed to pay a compensation package of US $5 billion “as a material and emotional recognition of the mistakes that [Italy] has done to [Libya] during the colonial era”. The worst part of it was that the agreement with Libya was made at the cost of many Eritrean refugees condemned to be sent from Italy to Libya’s Moammar Qadhafi who was in turn willing, as he did before that, to forcibly repatriate those helpless refugees back to the repressive regime in Asmara. We are afraid that this bad scenario of forcible return of refugees to Eritrea could be repeated now in 2018.

We, therefore, appeal to Your Excellency and the Italian Government to kindly cancel the planned official visit to Asmara. But if the visit is not to be avoided, then we at least ask you to kindly consider shipping back to Eritrea for proper burial of the bodies Lampedusa victims that are kept in temporary underground graves in Sicily.

Sincerely Yours, For: –

The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)

The Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri)

United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)

 

ኤርትራውያን፣ ንቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢጣልያ፣ መገሻኦም ክስርዙ ወይ 360 ኣስከሬናት ላምፓዱሳ ምስኦም ክማልኡ ሓቲቶም

ኤርትራውያን፣ ንቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢጣልያ፣ መገሻኦም ክስርዙ ወይ 360 ኣስከሬናት ላምፓዱሳ ምስኦም ክማልኡ ሓቲቶም

ኣብዚ ናይ 3ጥቅምቲ 2013 ህልቂት ላምፓዱሳ ዝዝከረሉን ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢጣልያ ናብ ኤርትራ ክገሹ ዝመደብሉን ኣጋጣሚ ሰለስተ ኤርትራዊ ፖለቲካዊ ውድባት (ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፣ ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ-ሕድሪን ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሕን) ዝሓደሮም ዓሚቕ ሻቕሎትን ቅሬታን ብምጥቃስ ናብ መንግስቲ ኢጣልያ መዘክር ሰዲዶም። ኣብቲ መዘክሮም ናይ ኢጣልያ ተደጋጋሚ ንኤርትራውያን ኣብ ግዜ ጸገሞምን ሓገዝ ዝደልይሉ ኣጋጣምን ናይዘይምትሕግጋዝ ተግባር ኣስፊሮም።

Eritreans Ask Italian PM to Cancel Visit to Asmara, Or Take Bodies of 360 Lampedusa Victims with Him (EPDP-ENS-UEJ memo

እዚ ናብ ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢጣልያ ጂሶፐ ኮንተን ናይ ወጻኢ ጉዳይ ሚኒስተሮም ኢንዞ ሚላነሲን ዝተላእከ መዘክር፣ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ጨቋኒ ጉጅለ ብውሕዱ ገለ ካብቲ ንኤርትራ ዝምልከት ብባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ዝቐረበ ለበዋታት ከይተግበረ፣ ብደረጃ ላዕለዋይ ልኡኽ ክብሪ ክወሃቦ ከምዘይግባእ መንግስቲ ኢጣልያ ንክርዳእ ዘለዎ ተስፋ ገሊጹ። ኣብዚ መዘክር ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢጣልያ ናብ ኤርትራ ዝመደብዎ መገሻ ንክስርዙ ወይ ድማ እቲ ኣብ ሃገሮም ዘሎ ናይ ህልቂት ላምፓዱዛ ኣስከሬናት ምስኦም ተወሲዱ ኣብ ኤርትራ ብግቡእ ንክቕበር ሓቲቱ። እዘን ኤርትራዊ ውድባት ኣብ መዘክረን፡ መንግስቲ ኢጣልያ ናይ ቀደም ግዝኣቱ ዝነበረት ኤርትራ ክሕግዝ ዘይምብቅዑ ጠቒሰን። ምስዚ ብምትሕሓዝ ፖለቲካዊ ውድባት ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፣ ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ-ሕድሪን ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሕን፣ ኢጣልያ ናይ ቀደም ግዝኣታ ንዝነበረት ሊቢያ፣ ቁስላ ንምውሕዋይን ንምኽሓስን ብ2009 ዝሃበቶ 6 ቢልዮን ዶላር ገንዘባዊ ሓገዝን ናይቲ ዝፈጸመቶ በደል ግሉጽ ኣፍልጦን ጠቒሰን።

 

Eritreans Ask Italian PM to Cancel Visit to Asmara,

Or Take Bodies of 360 Lampedusa Victims with Him

(EPDP-ENS-UEJ memo)

At this occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Lampedusa Tragedy of 3 October, 2013, and in connection with the planned visit to Asmara by the Italian Prime Minister, three Eritreans organizations addressed a strong memorandum to the Italian Government expressing “deep regret and disappointment” at Italy’s “repeated failures to help Eritreans” at their hours of difficulty and great need.

Addressed to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his Foreign Minister, Enzo M. Milanesi, the message wished to remind the Italian Government that the highly repressive regime in Eritrea “does not deserve to be dignified” by a high-level delegation from Italy before that regime starts to implement at least some of the recommendations of UN Human Rights Council.

The Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Giuseppe Conte, was asked to kindly canceling the visit, or at least consider taking with him to Asmara the 360 bodies of Lampedusa victims for proper burial in Eritrea.

The Eritrean organizations also referred to instances of Italy’s past failures to help its ex-colony Eritrea. It mentions Italy’s apology to Libya for “past wounds” and a compensation package of US$5 billion it gave to Libya in 2009 as “material and emotional recognition” of Italy’s past mistakes during the colonial period.

Below is the full text of the memorandum addressed to the Italian Government by the three Eritrean organizations, namely, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP); the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri), and Unity of Eritreans for Justice (UEJ.

 

 

 

“Eritrea can be emptied of people of working age”

The refugee flows from Eritrea have tripled since the border opened a few weeks ago. It states the UN Refugee Body UNHCR for SVT News. The peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea has led to an onset of humanitarian disaster.
The closed country called “Africa’s North Korea” may be emptied of people of working age.

In the village of Rama, just a few kilometers from the border with Eritrea is chaos. In the streets, in the square, there are Etruscan refugees everywhere, many with children. Here they have lived for over a week beneath the sky, without necessities since they crossed the border.

People fly without passports or identity documents, away from a life of oppression and material poverty, where young people from the age of 14 are forced for military service by many years of military service, and the country’s president, the dictator Isaias Afewerki, manages ironically.

A woman and her child who crossed the border to Ethiopia.
“I never return to Eritrea,” said Natsnet Kifle, which SVT meets when she crosses the border with Ethiopia. Photo: SVT / Erika Bjerström

“I never return,” said Natsnet Kifle quietly as she braids her three-year-old daughter.

Live in total isolation

She tells her how she crossed the border on foot. People have moved their heads over their heads and only brought as much as they can carry.

Refugees tell SVT News how they lived in total isolation in the dictatorship, without the possibility of even making telephone calls to relatives in other countries.

“Throughout our lives, we have heard that we are in Eritrea, which has the best material and that we live in Ethiopia. Now that we get here we see that it’s a lie, it’s the other way around, says a young man.

“The refugee wave has tripled”

Many dare not tell about the oppression, for fear of reprisals if they would be backed up.

The towns in Rama tell how they try to help refugees but that the situation begins to become superpowerous.

– Several of us have received seventy eight Eritreans in our homes. But we can not handle more. Where is the United Nations? wondering Hagos Ye-ebiyo and tells the UN to come daily and pick up a few refugees to the Endabuaguna refugee camp outside Shire where asylum seekers are registered. The rest remains in Rama and all other border villages.

Nobody knows today how many people have crossed the border, the refugee wave has surprised everyone. So far, 1700 refugees have been registered, Kisut Gebreegziabher states, information officer at UNHCR’s office in Addis Ababa.

But that figure may already be out of date. For each day, the number increases across the border, counting in thousands of people.

– This is an emergency. Our assessment is that the refugee wave has tripled since the opening of the border.

Boundary traffic has exploded

There have been three refugee receptions in the Tigra Province, previously, and UNHCR is now trying to increase the capacity of tents and beds.

Boundary traffic has exploded. The 25-kilometer-wide, demilitarized zone that the United Nations watched over in late 2000 is emptied of military forces. SVT News passes torn bombed villages, a memory of the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea which killed more than 100,000 people.

An intensive traffic is now taking place with rusty 70-year-old Eritrea trucks of the Fiat brand, a rest of Italian colonial times.

En bro har gått sönder på grund av trycket av en fullastad lastbil.
The border trade has exploded and a large amount of goods are brought into Eritrea for sale on the black market. Here, a bridge, which has not been used in 20 years, has given way to the pressure of the truck. Photo: SVT / Erika Bjerström

The goods are sold in the black market

They are loaded to the rims with goods from Ethiopia: refrigerators, mattresses, televisions, milk bags, electronics and clothes. The goods are imported into Eritrea for sale on the black market. On the other side, minibus after minibus is full of eritreans who now want to get to Ethiopia.

But the hosted bridge, which has not been used for 20 years, has suffered from pressure and just collapsed when SVT News arrives.

The wrecks have become tiled and a truck has fallen down and stuck in the steel foundation. Nobody can come by. On the eritrean side suddenly traffic begins to take the road along the banks and runs straight across the river into Ethiopia. Several trucks run immediately in the water, other lighter cars get over.

Unclear future for the eritreans

The question is what future the Eritrean refugees are meeting. Since the war is over and the countries have left peace, it is unclear whether the newly arrived Eritrean refugees can get refugee status. At the same time there are no signs of democratization in Eritrea.

Those we meet just want one thing – away from Eritrea. In a few weeks, the border will close again and afterwards, both visas and passports will be required to travel freely. No eritreans we meet think they will be able to get such travel documents from the regime.

“The country will now be emptied into working people and it will only be children and old,” says a refugee who wants to be anonymous.

Fotografen Kumerra Gemechu med SVT:s utsända Erika Bjerström vid gränsen mellan Eritrea och Etiopien.
The photographer Kumerra Gemechu with SVT’s emigrated Erika Bjerström at the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Photo: SVT