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David Matas and the Case of Human Rights Hypocrisy

Local Eritreans calling on David Matas to stop speaking on their behalf
Local Eritreans calling on David Matas to stop speaking on their behalf.  At the risk of being falsely labelled as anti-Semitic, how can a dogmatic supporter for the State of Israel should be an advocate for Eritrean refugees?

By Henok Yihdego,

DAVID MATAS, a well-known international human rights lawyer and activist who regularly speaks to the press on behalf of Eritrean refugees in Canada is drawing criticism from people who say they are troubled by the Winnipeg-based lawyer’s militant public support for the state of Israel.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Eritreans residing in Israel today receive no social assistance and live under constant threat of arrest and deportation. Described as infiltrators by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they are not recognized as refugees and often live without any rights.  Continue reading David Matas and the Case of Human Rights Hypocrisy

The Pathological Anatomy of So Called Eritrean “Opposition” in Winnipeg

Shameful. After rejected by the majority of the Eritrean public, these individuals turned to Canadian media to amplify and lend credibility to their illicite vilification and defamation campaigns against the Eritrean Canadian community and its members.

By Awet H.,

IN a June 22nd 2014 CBC interview, a representative from Hidmona, a bandwagon Eritrean Human Rights activists registered in Manitoba, stated that the closure of the Eritrean Consulate in Toronto was way overdue. He, along with his coteries seize the opportunity to demand the government of Canada close the consulate altogether.  Continue reading The Pathological Anatomy of So Called Eritrean “Opposition” in Winnipeg

CECCO: A Call For Action to Eritrean Canadians

July 8 2014 is designated as Action Day

July 8, 2014 is designated as Action Day for Eritrean Canadians. Make your voice heard by signing this Petition

By CECCO,

FOR all Canadian-Eritreans in support of the continuation of consular services via the Eritrean Consulate in Toronto and keeping services available to the public.

The Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations (CECCO) is calling to action all member organizations and friends by petitioning in support of the continuation of consular services in Canada via our Eritrean Consulate in Toronto.  Continue reading CECCO: A Call For Action to Eritrean Canadians

Is Canada Looking for Excuses to Sever ties with Eritrea?

The absurdity of the complaints is simply ridiculous. The consulate is not contacting any of these individuals and soliciting funds for 2% or otherwise. If any individual voluntarily contacts the Consulate and inquires on his/her requirements for receiving benefits or services as an Eritrean citizen, the consulate has no choice but to inform them of the requirements and direct them on how they can fulfill these requirements. How in the world can this be considered ‘extortion’ and ‘intimidation’?

Under international law, it is permissible for a State to tax citizens residing abroad as long as the state doesn’t took action without the consent of the territory of another State to recover the fund. Eritrea has done nothing wrong in terms of such

By TesfaNews,

Diaspora Eritreans are expressing their outrage over Canada’s Conservative Government for its unethical, arbitrary and unfair handling of the Eritrean 2% Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (aka ‘Diaspora Tax’).

The coordinated campaigns and concerted media pressure against the voluntary tax are seen to be not only denying the right of Eritreans with dual citizenship in the promotion of development projects in their country of origin, but is also discriminator in practice. It appears the Government is seeking a ruse that would lead to severing the shaky diplomatic relations with Eritrea.  Continue reading Is Canada Looking for Excuses to Sever ties with Eritrea?

Canadian Lawmakers Dumbfounded About Reports on Eritrea During Committee Hearing

Mr. Lloyd Lipsett testifying his independent report on the alleged Human Rights and Social responsibilities in Bisha mine before the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights

By TesfaNews,

ON JUNE 6th, the Subcommittee on International Human rights invited Mr. Lloyd Lipsett, an expert and author of the Human Right Impact Assessment on Bisha Mine and Todd Romaine, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibilities for Nevsun Resources, to discuss the Human Rights situation in association with the Bisha mine on Eritrea.

After being given the chance to cross examine the presenters, the lawmakers acknowledged the discrepancy between the past reports on Eritrea and the ones being presented by the two presenters.

The Canadian lawmakers who participated at a televised study period on June 5th and 6th with the standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Subcommittee on International Human Rights (SDIR) were pleasantly surprised by the reports on Eritrea, which seemed to be in stark contrast to what the lawmakers had been told in the past.  Continue reading Canadian Lawmakers Dumbfounded About Reports on Eritrea During Committee Hearing

Testimony of the Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations before the Canadian Subcommittee on International Human Rights

Representatives of the majority of Canadian Eritrean Communities across Canada (CECCO) set the record straight once and for all before the subcommittee on International Human Rights at the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa

By CECCO,

THE Chairman of the Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations, Mr. Lambros Kyriakakos, appear yesterday before the subcommittee on International Human Rights at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa to discuss the human rights situation in Eritrea.

The following is the full text of the statement:  Continue reading Testimony of the Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations before the Canadian Subcommittee on International Human Rights