Tag Archives: HRW

Purveying Disinformation: What is Really Going On?

Shooting itself in the foot
Shooting itself in the foot

By Ray Ja Fraser,

Another day has brought about yet more far-fetched rumors and outlandish claims regarding Eritrea. This time, it was alleged that the Eritrean government plagiarized parts of its statement in response to the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report, essentially copying a statement from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea DPRK. Continue reading Purveying Disinformation: What is Really Going On?

Ethiopia Decimating Free Press Ahead of Elections

Ever since the ruling EPRDF won 99.6 percent of parliamentary seats in the 2010 elections, the Ethiopian government has escaleted its repression of the independent media by muzzling independent voices through trumped-up criminal charges and harassment to earn itself the title as world’s #1 jailer of journalists.

By OPride,

ETHIOPIA’s systematic repression and harassment of independent journalists has created a bleak media landscape ahead of the May 2015 elections, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.

“Muzzling independent voices through trumped-up criminal charges and harassment is making Ethiopia one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at the HRW. Continue reading Ethiopia Decimating Free Press Ahead of Elections

CPJ Press Freedom ‘Hero’ Says Right Groups are Tools for Western Hegemony

“CPJ is a tool for western hegemonic ambition” – Journalist Dawit Kebede, 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Hero

By Tamiru Ayele,

ETHIOPIAN journalist and former CPJ “press freedom hero” have accused the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as being one of the tools for imposing “Western hegemonic ambition”.

Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, who was one of the four recipients of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2010, launched the scathing attack against CPJ and leading international human rights groups in a recent interview with ETV, the state-run television.

He claimed that organizations such as CPJ, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Oakland Institute and the International Crisis Group are tools of advancing Western hegemony.

“These organizations are part of an overall allegiance to control the world under one single ideology,” he said. Continue reading CPJ Press Freedom ‘Hero’ Says Right Groups are Tools for Western Hegemony

CECCO’s Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations ( CECCO) sent a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Hon. Stephen Harper

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

1) We are writing on behalf of the 30,000 Canadians of Eritrean descent to urge your government to take immediate action in lifting the Regulations implementing the UNSC Resolution 1907, and ease restrictions on the people of Eritrea and its Diaspora.

We are deeply concerned that government policy towards Eritrea since 2010 has not changed despite an October 2014 UN report that found no evidence linking Eritrea to the instability in Somalia. As community leaders we believe that sanctions encroach more upon the freedoms of civilian populations and particularly in our case Canadians of Eritrean origin. Continue reading CECCO’s Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

J’Accuse Human Rights Watch

An Open Letter to Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of HRW

By Daniel WediKorbaria,

Dear Mr. Roth,

Reading your latest annual report on Eritrea (2014), at first, I strongly doubted it was even my country. But, unfortunately, it was my homeland you were writing about.

I would be really pleased if you could help me understand a few passages.

First, I was wondering whether by putting the logo of Bisha’s gold mine at the centre of Eritrea’s map corresponded with an in-explicit message to point out the country‟s natural resources or just to make the report more appealing to the reader?  Continue reading J’Accuse Human Rights Watch

Eritrean Ambassador Acknowledges Return of Eritrean Immigrants from Israel

Frustrated by the only choice of either leaving Israel or facing indefinite detention in a remote desert facility with no work, economic migrants from Eritrea have started to return home in droves.

By TesfaNews,

AS Israel has come under fierce criticism from rights groups over ‘unlawful coercion’ of Sudanese and Eritrean immigrants into returning to their home countries, Eritrean envoy to Tel Aviv, Ambassador Tesfamariam Tekest acknowledges that despite the lack of direct flights from Israel, dozens of immigrants have started to voluntarily return to Eritrea every week.

Israel regards the immigrants less as asylum seekers than economic opportunists and routinely refers them as ‘infiltrators’.  Continue reading Eritrean Ambassador Acknowledges Return of Eritrean Immigrants from Israel