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WHEN Isaias Afewerki, Eritrea’s president, introduced compulsory military service in 1995, he said it would be good for the emerging nation. Conscription was supposed to create a disciplined, hard-working generation, strengthen the army and instill national pride. Nearly 20 years on, new research rev...
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Mar 20th, 2014
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Salih O. Nur / Eritrea – Since the last decade, Eritrea has been unpleasantly dubbed as Africa’s North Korea. Many disagree, but the analogy was made for the right reasons, notably the regime’s rogue behavior and its flagrant violation of human rights and basic freedoms. Isaias’s regime is no less br...
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Oct 6th, 2013
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Reporters Without Borders A major street protest took place in Addis Ababa on 29 September in response to a call from Unity for Democracy and Justice, an opposition political party headed by the previous president, Dr. Negasso Gidada. The demonstrators protested against the arbitrary detention of jou...
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Jun 19th, 2013
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) today adopted a resolution on Eritrea, increasing the scope of the mandate for the UN Special Rapporteur, who will now also present her groundbreaking report on the human rights situation in Eritrea to the UN General Assembly in New York. The tough new re...
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Jun 11th, 2013
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Selam Kidane   To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter Euripides Of all the things Eritrean that happened at the UN Human Rights Council last week young Abbie Seyoum’s unremitting quest for the whereabouts of her father whom she lost to the cruel dungeons in Eritrea was perhaps...
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May 7th, 2013
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Source: Human Rights Watch Free Jailed Journalists, Allow Media Freedom (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government should mark World Press Freedom Day, on May 3, 2013, by immediately releasing all journalists jailed under the country’s deeply flawed anti-terrorism law. On May 2, 2013, the Supreme Court uph...
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Mar 21st, 2013
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(AFP) GENEVA — The United Nations will appoint an independent expert to investigate and help improve the human rights situation in war-torn Mali, the UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday. The 47 members of the UN’s top human rights body approved the resolution presented by Gabon on behalf o...
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Mar 5th, 2013
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ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia has unveiled its first Human Rights Action Plan, with the goal of ensuring human rights in the East African country. Activists have long complained about the Ethiopian government’s record of quashing political dissent and freedom of expression. The Ethiopian government pr...
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Feb 27th, 2013
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The UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, says Sri Lanka has broken its promise to improve human rights in the island nation. Pillay said the Rajapaksa regime had failed to investigate atrocities, as it promised the UN a year ago, and that opposition leaders were still being killed or abduc...
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Feb 7th, 2013
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 Human rights abuses documented The Ethiopian government has committed egregious human rights abuses to make way for agricultural land investments, in direct violation of international law, said the Oakland Institute in a new briefing paper released in New Delhi this week. The report, entitled “...