THE Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations (CECCO) would like to express its support and solidarity with European-Eritreans and the Cycling Tour event for Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea.
It has now been 13 years since the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its verdict in favour of Eritrea; The Ethiopian government however continues to violate both its treaty obligation and the final and binding verdict of the EEBC in direct and categorical violation of international law by continuing to illegally occupy territory awarded to Eritrea.
On the eve of the anniversary, 25 European-Eritreans will start a 1700 Kilometre tour starting from Gothenburg, Sweden on March 31, 2015 and ending in Geneva, Switzerland on April 13, 2015 to raise awareness and talk to media.
We call on all Canadian-Eritreans to support this just cause by making donations to support the cyclists. Contributions can be made by visiting the E-SMART website.
We also call on Canadian-Eritreans to raise awareness to other Eritreans and friends of Eritrea by following the cyclists at E-SMART and sharing your support on social media through Facebook and twitter.
Finally, we call on the Canadian government and the international community to compel Ethiopia to abide by the final and binding verdict of the EEBC and the Algiers Agreement; so that the occupation of Eritrean territory can come to an end and so that both countries can resume peaceful coexistence as neighbours.
Solving the on-going border occupation by Ethiopia is one of the keys to the enhancement of human rights in the Horn of Africa. By remaining unresolved, it sets a very dangerous precedent and remains a constant threat to Eritrea’s independence, freedom and human rights.