It was last week that I saw the epic court case of Meseret Bahlbi vs Prof. Mirjam van Reisen. It was historic event for it is elevating the global struggle of Eritrean diaspora into a stage never before was imaginable. Its transformational virtue outweighs the immediate value of the verdict.
In light of this, I decided to put effort writing this article because, I, personally believe it requires a special attention not just to mention it as a new event in a long-standing history of diaspora struggle against defamation but for what it means in changing the course of the struggle.
A Court in Amsterdam struck down Meseret Bahlbi lawsuit against Mirjam van Reisen, Dutch professor and human rights advocate. The judge found that she was not guilty of libel and slander and that the youth party of the Eritrean government can be seen as a means of collecting intelligence abroad.
Habtom Yohannes, a well-known activist against Eritrean government who lives in Netherlands, was given a permission to attend the courtroom as a news reporter on the case of Meseret Bahlbi vs Mirjam Van Reisen. However, his coveras a reporter has failed miserably, and not for the first time.
No nation deserves a secondhand Love. In this case, Eritrea doesn’t need a secondhand love or emotion. No one loves his own mother with secondhand emotion. The same applies to your own country. Right or wrong the love and the support to your own country should be first above everything. Loving or supporting to your own country doesn’t make you a criminal or spy for that matter. Eritrea wants to be sure its defenses lying in our hands but not to rest in the palm of another “outsider”. Continue reading No Nation Deserves a Secondhand Love→
The court case of Meseret Bahlbi against Mirjam van Reisen, a Dutch University Professor, is a single significant moment for Eritreans Diaspora with the right to live without intimidation in Europe and elsewhere from influential individuals with clear political objectives.
The case was brought by Meseret Bahlbi, a young Dutch-Eritrean man who grew up in the Netherlands, after his name and that of his family’s was repeatedly besmirched in the media and his reputation was tarnished in his place of work by Mirjam van Reisen and her associates. Continue reading Meseret Bahlbi -The Antithesis of ‘Linchpin Spy’→
Through out the years, Eritrea has faced a sustained demonization campaign from the mainstream media, Non-Governmental Organizations and certain UN bodies. Journalists and so-called “experts” on Eritrea have been freely disseminating lies about this fiercely independent African nation, without being held accountable for the libelous false information they propagate. Well that’s all about to change.