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Another False Accusation Against Eritrea

Alleged Axum massacre is part of Amnesty's decade old subversive regime change agenda against Eritrea
Attempts by Amnesty International to deflect attention from high crimes perpetrated by the TPLF through scapegoating Eritrea of crimes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia was nothing but part of its decade-old subversive “regime change” agenda. (AP Photo)

BY SARA ISAIAS

You know that there is going to be a review of the mandate of the UN’s Special Rapporteur when the internet is flooded with a plethora of hastily put together, regurgitated, debunked claims against Eritrea. Continue reading Another False Accusation Against Eritrea

Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of the few African female Permanent Representatives at the United Nations. (UN Photo/Loey Felipe)

BY ZIPPORAH MUSAU | AFRICA RENEWAL

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of only a handful of African female Permanent Representatives of their countries to the UN in New York. In Africa Renewal’s series profiling the African women representing their countries at UN Headquarters, she spoke with Zipporah Musau about her priorities, the challenges so far and why she is keen on bringing a fresh narrative of her country to the world. Here are excerpts: Continue reading Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Eritrea Urges OHCHR Not to Make Hasty Decisions Based on Unverified Allegations

The response of the Eritrean Delegation to the Oral Report of the High Commissioner of the OHCHR on Eritrea

Attempts to deflect attention from the high crimes perpetrated by the TPLF clique and downplaying its culpability will not, indeed, serve the cause of regional peace and stability.

BY AMB. TESFAMICHAEL GERAHTU

Madam President,

The oral report of the High Commissioner on Eritrea presented to the 46th HRC Session attempts to portray a dark picture and essentially repeat fallacious narratives advanced by the EU and certain countries.

In a way, this is not new. Indeed, a core group of western countries have unfortunately made it a habit to sully the image and coerce Eritrea for reasons known to them.

The crisis in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia is being used conveniently at this point in time as one element in the continuum of unrelenting smear campaigns of Eritrea.

Eritrea has earnestly worked to partner with the OHCHR, and to this effect, four OHCHR technical missions were conducted so far. Furthermore, Eritrea identified its own priorities for technical assistance (relating to administration of justice, the right of persons with disabilities, and the right to water).

On the other hand, to expand the scope of cooperation and the benefits that accrue from the technical assistance offered by OHCHR, Eritrea decided, as a first step, to invite certain thematic mandates and treaty bodies. But these earnest requests fell on deaf ears.



Furthermore, the technical missions and the attendant reports of the OHCHR have never reflected the efforts and the outcomes gleaned in an adequate and balanced manner. In substance and intent, they seemed to blindly endorse or recycle the lopsided approaches and templates of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

This is another indication that the OHCHR is not prepared to work as a partner to enhance ongoing technical capacities for the promotion and protection of human rights in Eritrea.

Madam President

The allegations levelled by the EU and the OHCHR oral report of sexual violence, looting, and other “crimes by Eritrea’s armed forces” are utterly baseless. These are alien and an affront to the history and culture of Eritrea and its military establishments.

In the smear campaigns focussed on Eritrea, the grave situation that unfolded in Ethiopia in early November by the massive, pre-emptive attack by the TPLF clique on the largest contingent of the Ethiopian army continues to be routinely downplayed or totally ignored.

One wonders whether Eritrea is being deliberately targeted as a scapegoat to deflect attention from the gravity of what was in store and potential regional conflagration that would have ensued had these reckless attacks succeeded.

We have not also seen sincere attempts to re-examine the prudence of the unbridled financial and military assistance – to the tune of 40 billion US dollars – that were given to the TPLF regime in spite of policies of ethnic exclusivity and repression in Ethiopia and continued aggression and occupation of sovereign Eritrean lands in flagrant violation of international law.



Madam President

These days, disinformation in the cyber domain remains the dangerous weapon left in the hands of the defunct TPLF clique. This is pursued, on a daily basis, through a frantic fabrication and recycling of fake news and photo-shopped images of events and narratives that never occurred. Certain media outlets – most of them hired by the TPLF clique in the past years – continue to be fully engaged in these unconscionable acts.

In the event, we request the OHCHR to refrain from making hasty decisions based on unaccounted and unverified allegations. Attempts to deflect attention from the high crimes perpetrated by the TPLF clique and downplaying its culpability will not, indeed, serve the cause of regional peace and stability.

I thank you!
Geneva, 25 February 2021

Eritrea Encourages Sudan, Ethiopia Overcome Differences Patiently

BY SHABAIT

Eritrea’s delegation composed of Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab met today in Khartoum President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, General Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and delivered a message from President Isaias Afwerki regarding relations between Sudan and Ethiopia. Continue reading Eritrea Encourages Sudan, Ethiopia Overcome Differences Patiently

The Associated Press (AP): The Perjurer of Truth

When it comes to Eritrea, the mainstream media has a wicked sense of humour.

The mainstream media narratives on Eritrea, particularly the Associated Press, are deliberately misguided, often with minimal or no fact-checking.

BY ZERAI SOLOMON

When it comes to Africa, the role of the western media is to ensure that the continent is gripped in a never-ending cycle of violence by supporting minority groups intent on causing chaos and bloodshed, rather than report factual news. Continue reading The Associated Press (AP): The Perjurer of Truth

Is the EU Working to Create Yet Another Berlin Wall in the Horn of Africa?

The European Union is at a critical juncture in the Horn of Africa.

The EU should refrain from hasty decisions that have long-term consequences based entirely on unverified allegations. Engage in good faith. Stop scapegoating Eritrea.

BY HIZBAWI MENGHISTEAB

As recently as February 8, 2021, in a Joint-Statement by High-Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, the European Union (EU) expressed its concern on the on-going Law and Order Enforcement Operation in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Continue reading Is the EU Working to Create Yet Another Berlin Wall in the Horn of Africa?