HRCE: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 Years Old Today – 11 December

  • Human Rights Concern Eritrea publishes a letter on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to address the issues in Eritrea, particularly as the country will sit on the UN Human Rights Council as of January 2019.
  • HRCE notes the discrepancy between statements issued by the Eritrean government and reports from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights in Eritrea, who concluded that no human rights reforms have been implemented in Eritrea, despite claims from the regime it had done so at the Dialogue on Human Rights in Eritrea in October 2017 .
  • HRCE says that “nothing has changed in Eritrea’s human rights record” and concluded that the 70th anniversary “cannot be celebrated in Eritrea, because none of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration are respected or protected in that country.”

Shabait: STATEMENT BY MR.NEBIL SAID, COUNSELLOR, PERMANENT MISSION OF ERITREA TO THE UNITED NATIONS, AT THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE TO ADOPT THE GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SAFE, ORDERLY AND REGULAR MIGRATION MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 11 December

  • The Ministry of Information has published a transcript of remarks made by Nebil Said, of the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN, at the international conference on migration held in Morocco.
  • The conference was convened to agree a deal to better manage international migration. The compact signed lays out a set of objectives to open up legal migration and discourage illegal border crossings.
  • Said told delegates that Eritrea has a “proportionally large” diaspora and is ready to “expand regional and international partnerships” on migration.

Metro: As a refugee, my brother crossed a desert and almost died for a better life – 12 December

  • Metro publishes an opinion piece by Jaz O’Hara, founder of campaigning group The Worldwide Tribe. She tells the story of her foster brother, Mez, an Eritrean teenager who fled a life of military service in his country for a brighter future in Britain.
  • This year, Mez’s brother attempted to join him in Britain, but has not been able to leave Ethiopia since crossing the border and now lives in a refugee camp. “With no way for them to apply for family reunification, they are left with no choice but to pursue this perilous alternative”, writes Jaz.
  • She says that the UK is not doing enough to honour Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has “the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The current government’s rules have “forced apart parents from their children, sisters from brothers and left many elderly parents to fend for themselves in war-torn nations.”
  • Jaz calls upon Home Secretary Sajid Javid to implement a bill proposed earlier this year by SNP MP Angus MacNeil, to allow child refugees in the UK the right to sponsor their close family, in order to reunite more refugee families. An early stage of the bill was passed with a large majority.

Africanews.com: 2018 Review: Eritrea’s year of significant peace with neighbours – 12 December

  • AfricaNews includes a summary of developments in Eritrea as part of its 2018 Review.
  • The article focuses on the period following the signing of the peace agreement with Ethiopia in July, noting that Asmara “became a diplomatic hub” for regional leaders and diplomats visiting to hold various meetings, including two visits from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
  • AfricaNews predicts that the normalisation of ties with Djibouti is “only a matter of time”, while President Isaias is reportedly planning a trip to Nairobi soon.

Goxi: ERITREA MINING 2.0 – A film by Dawit Gebreyesus – 12 December

  • Goxi, an online forum on issues of governance in the extractive industries, advertises a London screening of ‘Eritrea Mining 2.0’, a documentary film directed by Dawit Gebreyesus.
  • The film was shot at the Bisha Mine in early 2017, and is advertised as documenting “the Bisha mining plant in Eritrea as a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders”.
  • The screening, on 13 December, will be followed by a Q&A with Gebreyesus and Nevsun VP for Corporate Social Responsibility, Todd Romaine. Nevsun operates the Bisha mine, and has been accused of human rights abuses against Eritrean workers.

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