Saturday 16 December 2017
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/13)
Australia-based South Boulder Mines has handed the reclusive state of Eritrea an increased stake in its Colluli potash mine under the terms of a new joint venture agreement, the miner said in a statement. South Boulder, which had held a 90 percent stake in the potash project, said it and the Eritrean Mining Corporation (ENAMCO) would now each hold a 50 percent stake of a newly formed company, Colluli Mining Share Company. South Boulder said last year the asset held 1.08 billion tonnes of 18 percent grade - or 194 million tonnes of contained potash. In a statement dated May 14, the miner called the agreement a "major milestone" which would help advance discussions with potential investors. No-one from the...
(The Economist 05/15/13)
ERITREANS are engaging in a popular new pastime on Friday nights. In arguably Africa's most paranoid police state, the quietly rebellious stay home and wait for the phone to ring. The draw is the faint possibility of a subversive voice on the other end of the line. The chosen few will hear a minute of recorded seditious suggestions such as: “Start asking questions”, or “Don't take this lying down”—stirring stuff in Africa's answer to North Korea. The calls are part of a campaign called “Freedom Friday”, which its organisers in the Eritrean diaspora hope will be a small step towards breaking the silence in their country. The effort began two years ago when a brave soul smuggled out a telephone...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Capital Eritrea 05/13/13)
In its May 2013 Regional Economic Outlook, Building Momentum in a Multi-Speed World, the IMF said that the near-term outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains broadly positive, with growth projected to accelerate modestly to around 5½ percent in 2013–14, following a year of strong growth in 2012. The favorable prospects partly reflect the gradually improving outlook for the global economy with investment in export-oriented sectors being the important driver of growth. “The positive outlook for the region is conditional on the implementation of sound macroeconomic policies, although the necessary policy mix differs across countries,” Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department, said. “Given the presence of risk, fast-growing countries with low policy buffers should give priority to rebuilding...
(Asmarino Independent 05/13/13)
The following is an excerpt of accumulated questions sent by interested Eritreans at various times to the editorial section of the America Team to be answered by Mr. John Stauffer, president of the America Team for Displaced Eritreans. Mr. John Stauffer, 70, is an American who since 2004 has been working continuously to help asylum-seeking Eritreans get refuge and assist them in living a stable life wherever they are relocated. Mr. Stauffer is a retiree after 38 years of honorable work in U.S. industry, and has after retirement dedicated all his time working day and night to help Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers with advocacy and covering pertinent expenses often with his own resources. No wonder, today, many Eritreans call...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Haaretz 05/08/13)
Nine Eritrean women and their 10 children were released on Monday from the Saharonim detention center in the south after being detained for between eight and 12 months under the Prevention of Infiltration Law; at least 14 children apparently still in custody. Israel's Interior Ministry on Monday released nine Eritrean women and 10 children, ranging from 18 months to 7-years-old, who had been held at Saharonim Detention Center in the south of the country for the last 8-12 months under the Prevention of Infiltration Law.The Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority approved the release after the Be’er Sheva District Court, sitting as the Administrative Affairs Court, ordered that another detained mother and her two daughters be freed. Be'er Sheva...
(AFP (eng) 05/07/13)
Galvanized by the Arab Spring, Eritreans in exile in Europe are mobilizing against the authoritarian regime of President Issaias Afeworki with a new tool — the humble telephone. Every week, members of the diaspora make hundreds or even thousands of automated calls to their compatriots in the eastern African nation, chosing their numbers at random and playing them one-minute recorded messages to spread dissent. “It is time to restore our liberty and dignity,” says one of the messages. In another, the mother of high-profile political prisoner Aster Yohannes recalls the fate of her daughter, who was arrested in 2003 and who has not been heard of since. Such political statements are rarely heard in Eritrea itself, where opposition parties are...
(NPR 05/03/13)
Tucked in the northeast corner of Africa, Eritrea is one of the most closed societies in the world, so much so that it's sometimes dubbed the "North Korea of Africa." President Isaias Afwerki does not tolerate any independent media. The Internet is restricted. Reporters without Borders recently named it 179th out of 179 countries for freedom of expression. It's illegal to criticize the government — which could mean something as simple as complaining about the city power outage. Even gatherings of more than seven people might get you hauled into a police station. "Even asking a question like, 'Where is my father?' if your father is in jail," says Isayas Sium, an Eritrean-American software engineer in San Jose, Calif., who...
(Allafrica 05/02/13)
Addis Ababa — The Ethiopian government on Monday has reiterated its readiness to hold peace talks with Eritrea to resolve their decades-long border dispute. During his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the Ethiopian Minister of foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom accused the Eritrean government of refusing to engage in peace talks. Adhanom said his country is ready to sit down for direct negotiations with Eritrea without any preconditions regarding to level, time or venue. But the Ethiopian top diplomat stressed "the belligerent party opposed to these talks has always been the Eritrean side". According to the ministry of foreign Affairs, Tedros expressed solidarity with the people of Eritrea whom he said are continuously suffering due...

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