Sunday 22 October 2017
(Sudan Tribune 05/29/13)
Berahle, Ethiopia — Thousands of Eritrean Afar refugees demonstrated at Berahle refugee camp located in Ethiopia's Afar region only few kilometers away from the Eritrean border. An estimated 3,000 refugees held the demonstration to protest against what they allege is an alleged genocide being committed by the totalitarian Asmara government against the Afar minority group. "We call up on the United Nations and the international community to protect Eritrean Afars from an ethnic cleansing by the brutal regime" the refugees said in a declaration. The refugees chanted; "yes to self determination, Nno to tyranny and injustice"; "save Eritrea from civil war"; "bring down Isaias Afeworki"; and "we are victims of brutal regime". Rashid Saleh, the chairman of the Afar refugees...
(Shabait 05/29/13)
Qrora — The Education Ministry's branch in Qrora sub-zone pointed out that the teaching-learning process is assuming development pace in the locality vis-à-vis reinforcement of junior education pedagogy and beginning of computer classes. Qrora, 28 May 2013 - The Education Ministry's branch in Qrora sub-zone pointed out that the teaching-learning process is assuming development pace in the locality vis-à-vis reinforcement of junior education pedagogy and beginning of computer classes. Mr. Abdullahi Saleh, head of the branch office, explained that the local inhabitants used to lead a nomadic pattern of living before 20 years, thus giving rise to low community participation in education, and that the awareness of the inhabitants as regards to education has presently assumed significant growth. He further...
(CBC News 05/28/13)
A Canadian chartered bank being used in Eritrea's controversial tax collection scheme is being urged to get out of it, CBC world affairs correspondent Rick MacInnes-Rae reports today from Winnipeg. The UN says Eritrea relies on threats and coercion to extract two per cent of the income from Eritrean citizens in Canada. In Winnipeg, the money is then funnelled to the East-African dictatorship via Toronto-Dominion Bank, documents obtained by CBC News show. They show two branches of TD Bank are favoured by the man Eritrea designates to deal with the diaspora. TD Bank is his vehicle for wiring money to the DZ Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, which routes it to a bank owned by the ruling party in Eritrea, a...
(National Post 05/28/13)
The diplomat who represents Eritrea in Canada insisted Monday his office was not extorting money from expatriates but merely providing “information” to those who want to donate to the African regime. “I am not violating the law,” Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, the Eritrean consul, told the National Post in an interview, his first since the Canadian government began probing the activities of his office in Toronto. The consulate headed by Mr. Micael, Eritrea’s only accredited diplomat in Canada, is under investigation over its alleged role in financing the repressive regime and its military in violation of international sanctions. The dispute revolves around Eritrea’s efforts to impose a 2% “diaspora tax” and “national defence” fee on Eritreans living abroad — a...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Shabait 05/27/13)
President Isaias Afwerki and Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela, Administrator of Sudanese Red Sea region, held talks at the State Hall today, 26 May. During the meeting the two sides conducted extensive discussions on ways of developing relations as well as reinforcing the historical ties and implementation of the already existing agreements. After the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela told Erina that the meeting with President Isaias Adwerki was aimed at reinforcing the relationship of the two countries and people, and on linking the two countries with land transportation in accordance wit the agreement previously reached as well as on ways to strengthen cultural and tourism ties. It is to be recalled that Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela participated in the 22...
(Shabait 05/27/13)
During the celebrations they conducted in connection with the 22nd Independence Day, Eritreans living in different countries expressed that national holidays are symbols of harmony and unity of the Eritrean people. Speaking on the occasion conducted in Kuwait in which Ambassadors of different countries and other invited guests were present, Mr. Osman Saleh, chairperson of Eritrean community, indicated that the specialty of the event lies on the fact that it is being celebrated at a time when anti-Eritrea agendas have ended up in utter failure and that the economic development achieved in the past 22 years of independence are vivid indicators for the bright future of the country. The participants on their part expressed readiness to back up national development...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(RFI(EN) 05/24/13)
Eritrea celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence on Friday with state-run media describing festivities across the country. But Amnesty International has decried the alleged human rights abuses committed by the one-party government run by President Isaias Afewerki, asserting that some 10,000 people are being held in jails. Read more here: http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20130523-Eritrea-20th-anniversary-haunt...
(Shabait 05/24/13)
Asmara — Dr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal, and President Pranab Mukherjee of India, respectively sent messages of congratulations in connection with the 22nd Independence Day anniversary. In their respective messages, the leaders wished President Isaias good health, as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people. Moreover, President Mukherjee expressed conviction that bilateral ties between Eritrea and India would be fostered in a way that benefits the two nations and their peoples.
(The Toronto Star 05/23/13)
Canada is investigating allegations that Eritrea's consulate in Toronto has continued to solicit money from Eritrean-Canadians despite the government's warnings to stop. The Eritrean government is still collecting taxes from expatriates in Canada to bankroll its military regime, despite being warned by the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop, a human rights group alleges. New documents appear to show the Consulate General of Eritrea in Toronto has been imposing a 2 per cent income tax and a national defence fee of up to $500 on Eritrean-Canadians as recently as January. According to the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Canada, the tax and fee are collected in exchange for standard documents such as visas, passports or birth certificates. Canada warned Eritrea...
(Global post 05/22/13)
TORONTO — Canada is investigating allegations that Eritrea’s diplomatic mission in Toronto has continued soliciting money for the East African regime’s military despite being warned by the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop. The RCMP and Foreign Affairs are reviewing new evidence that appears to show the Consulate General of Eritrea has been imposing a fee of up to $500 on Eritrean-Canadians to meet the country’s national defence needs. The fundraising scheme would be illegal since Eritrea is the subject of United Nations Security Council sanctions. Canada insisted in September that Eritrea either cease soliciting such payments or recall its consul, Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael. But nine months later, evidence gathered by an Eritrean-Canadian human rights group shows the practice...
(CBC News 05/22/13)
There are calls to expel Eritrea's top diplomat in Canada because he presides over a system that's milking money from the Eritrean community in this country. Evidence obtained by CBC News suggests Consul Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael is again soliciting taxes despite a threat by Canada eight months ago not to renew his credentials if he kept at it. But one Eritrean in Toronto, who has asked not to be identified, tells the CBC it was business as usual just a few weeks later when he had to pay. "You have to go to the consulate and they arrange how you have to pay the money. They want two per cent … they don't give you a reason. You have...
(News24 05/22/13)
Nairobi - While 20 years ago Eritreans danced to celebrate their newly gained independence, on May 24 this year few have much to smile about other than fond memories of happier times. "There is so much to be proud about as a nation," said Emmanuel Tesfai, a former fighter who battled during the 30-year war to win his country's freedom from Ethiopia. "But there is no space for political freedom in the country today," he said, speaking from exile in Kenya. Criticism is high of Eritrea's human rights situation because of the absence of freedom of speech and the repression of religious minorities. Many Eritreans flee first across the dangerous border into Sudan, and end up either in refugee camps...
(Shabait 05/22/13)
Barentu — The 22nd Independence anniversary Day was celebrated in Gash Barka region on May 20 at a regional level. During the occasion in which Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed-Seid, Secrtary of the PFDJ, Ministers, Army Commanders, heads of national associations as well as thousands of Nationals took part, Mr. Mohammed Hamid, Administrator of the region, said that regardless of the external conspiracies to deter the country's economic development the people and Government of Eritrea are registering significant achievements without being hostage to such conspiracies. He further out lined the development programs implemented during the past years of independence and that expansion of educational and health services, judicious use of land and water, increased agricultural produce, improved administrative mechanism, ensuring safety and...
(Shabait 05/21/13)
Barentu — Reports indicated that programs in connection with Independence Day observance are continuing with patriotic fervor in all sub-zones of Gash-Barka region. Accordingly, an exhibition has been opened in Barentu city by the Administrator of the region, Mr. Mohammed Hamd, highlighting the region's cultural diversity vis-à-vis the accomplished development activities, while cycling tournaments were conducted among the 8 sub-zones. Mr. Rezene Abraha, chairman of the region's holidays coordinating committee, disclosed that the celebrations at regional level would continue for 2 days adequately depicting the current theme: "Eritrea - Shield of Resilience and Nobility of Work." Among the participants, Ms. Halima Mohammed-Seid, Mr. Mohammed-Osman Ahmed and Mr. Hamd Osman asserted that such colorful celebrations attest to the way nationals deeply...
(Shabait 05/17/13)
Asmara — The 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Eritrea and the People's Republic of China (PRC) was commemorated yesterday at the Chinese Embassy in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, senior Eritrean government and PFDJ officials, as well as invited guests. Speaking on the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador to Eritrea, Mr. Niu Qing, said that the similarity of both countries in terms of culture and historical background has enabled them to foster diplomatic ties based on mutual respect and partnership. He further pointed out that the development programs jointly accomplished in Eritrea over the past 20 years in the domains of infrastructure, education, health, mining and others attest to this. Also speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador...
(Sudan Tribune 05/17/13)
ADDIS ABABA) - The United Nations special rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, said the human rights situation in the reclusive Red Sea nation remained “unacceptable”, calling for the country to be closely monitored. Keetharuth made the comments following a visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti as part of her mission to assess the human rights situation in Eritrea. Keetharuth was forced to carry out her mission by talking to Eritrean refugees being sheltered in neighbouring countries, after authorities in Asmara refused her entry into the country. During a 10-day visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti, Keetharuth collected first-hand information directly from Eritrean refugees, with the UN human rights expert stressing the need to improve the human rights situation in the East...
(Shabait 05/17/13)
In its meeting today, the Cabinet of Ministers held discussion regarding the all-round preparations underway for this year’s rainy season vis-à-vis weather forecast and the necessary resources thereof. In opening remarks, President Isaias Afwerki underscored the imperative of not resorting to undue reliance on rain-fed farming, and thus lay emphasis on lasting solution through expanding irrigation farming and addressing prevailing challenges. Moreover, he emphasized the significance of voluntary settlement in irrigation sites and reinforcement of productivity in other sectors to this end, besides the vitality of exerting integrated endeavors on the part of Administrations and pertinent bodies. Noting the need for resorting to irrigation farming at the earliest time possible while at the same time making optimum use of rain...
(Shabait 05/16/13)
Asmara — Institutions in the Central region which would take part on Independence Day observances have reportedly made ample preparations for carnival shows, due to be staged on the 21st and 22nd this month along the streets of Asmara. Mr. Abel Ainalem and Mr. Petros Berhe from Segen Construction Company and Asmara Flowers respectively noted the vitality of such shows in depicting the nation's progress over the past 2 decades, and thereby promoting the right image of the country. Likewise, Mr. Zerabrukh, Artist, and Mr. Yasin Mohammed, owner of Semhar Tannery, said that an event of this type is good opportunity for the promotion of products, besides the fact that it adds color to the celebrations. Ms. Tekh'a Tesfamichael, chairman...

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