Tag Archives: Human Right

Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission urges Washington lifting of sanctions be tied to human rights
If You Want ‘Different Result’, You Have to Try ‘Different Approach’. Previous international approaches to Eritrea was a failure because it was focused on confrontation, isolation, pressure, and coercion.

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.)

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

How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

H.Res. 128 was a David vs. Goliath match-up between small grassroots army of committed Ethiopian human rights advocates and big money lobbying. But as the old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “if spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.”

BY ALEMAYEHU MARIAM | THE HILL

An old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “If spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.” In other words, many weak and powerless people could band together and defeat a mighty adversary. Continue reading How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

Senior German Delegation Visited Eritrea

EU rapprochement with Eritrea continues as senior government and business delegations from Germany visited Asmara. Photo: The Eritrea – EU Article 8 Political Dialogue Meeting in Asmara.

By TesfaNews,

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

The Human Rights and Development Debate: An Overview

Generally speaking, both human rights and economic development are viewed as goods. However, are they mutually reinforcing or conflicting goods? What is the interrelationship of human rights and general development? How do they potentially reinforce each other and where are areas they might conflict? Such questions are key topics within the human rights and development discourse. The following essay offers an introductory overview of the debate.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

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

Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. After 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires that cost $22 million, the two warring parties sign another Agreement on the Establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity with Salva Kiir as president and Machar as vice president. They are not serious, do they?

By Charles Onyango-Obbo,

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.

The latest peace proposal drafted in Addis Ababa by regional bloc Intergovernmental  Authority on Development (IGAD) leaves the reputedly whisky-loving Salva Kiir as president and re-installs flamboyant and fickle rebel leader Riek Machar as his deputy. Continue reading Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan

The UN’s Double Standards Against Eritrea

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) voted a resolution sponsored by worst Human Right violator Somalia to set up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea. Since they perfectly aware that HRC cannot order sanctions or maintain existing ones nor refer to the ICC, their ultimate goal was to achieve their Wikileaks era dream of seeing “revolution” inside Eritrea. According to BBC, each time such a commission does its year long research and announce its findings, it normally followed by a coordinated public “naming and shaming” campaigns that normally take governments down or spur towards change. We will see about that!

By Bereket Kidane,

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