Recently, American congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urging him to “ensure that any reset in relations between the United States and Eritrea, or any easing of sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the United Nations, be tied to concrete human rights objectives.” Continue reading Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results→
EU rapprochement with Eritrea continues as senior government and business delegations from Germany visited Asmara.
During their four-day visit to the country, the delegation conducts fruitful discussion with senior Eritrean government Ministers and other relevant bodies on the possible ways and means of resuming bilateral development cooperation. Continue reading Senior German Delegation Visited Eritrea→
“You must eat before you vote!” (Osinbajo and Ajayi 1994). With that bold declaration, Mahatir Mohamed, then the Prime Minister of Malaysia, strongly asserted one side of the development versus human rights debate. Essentially, the debate revolves around whether economic development can be effectively pursued while at the same time respecting the rights of citizens.
Mahatir, Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew, Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, South Koreas Park Chung-Hee and others – generally from the Global South – have suggest that certain rights, by and large falling within the United Nations (UN) 1966 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), may need to be curtailed since they may be inimical to generating economic development required to escape debilitating poverty and terrible deprivation. Only when poverty has been overcome, it is suggested, will human rights be effectively realized. Continue reading The Human Rights and Development Debate: An Overview→
AFTER 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires, diplomats say the latest peace proposal to end the war in South Sudan will, well, return to the status quo that precipitated the carnage in the first place, AFP reported.
INTERNATIONAL politics at the United Nations is a dirty rotten game played by the big powers that has been blatantly discriminatory to Eritrea over the last 65 years. These annual fabricated and bogus accusations against Eritrea at the kangaroo court known as the United Nations are meant to deny the right of Eritrea to exist as a sovereign state. Continue reading The UN’s Double Standards Against Eritrea→