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Eritrea Stops Hauling Businesses Over Black Market Diesel

Last week, the government of Eritrea closed its main garage in Asmara and stopped all transport trucks that hauled ore from Bisha to Massawa. Bisha Mining is a company jointly owned by the Eritrean government and Nevsun Resources of Canada. The trucks were stopped pending what the government called “an investigation of diesel allocations for…

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How Eritrea Hopes To Get USA To Lift Sanctions

Eritrea sees a path to lifting sanctions and normalizing relationship with the United States by creating a wedge between the State Department and the White House, according to leaked memo from the Eritrean Chargé d’affaires to the United States. Dated January 23rd of this year, the four-page memo was published by US-based Eritrean website, asmarino.com,…

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Resolution L23 On Eritrea Adopted Without A Vote

Resolution L23, regarding human rights in Eritrea, which was submitted by Somalia and Djibouti was passed today in Geneva by the Human Rights Council (HRC).  It was passed without a vote, which is the conventional way the body passes resolutions unless a member state of the 47 nations which make up the HRC calls for…

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Eritrea: UN Extends Mandate of Two Human Rights Bodies

On its twenty-ninth session, the Human Rights Council (HRC) drafted a resolution to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur as well as the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (CoIE) for one year. On June 8, 2015, the CoIE made its 485-page report public and confirmed to the world community the sufferings…

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Commission of Inquiry On Eritrea: Press Conference

On June 24, the UN mandated Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (CoIE) held a press conference. In his introductory statement, the chairman of the CoIE, Mike Smith, refuted claims by the Government of Eritrea that the commission is politically motivated and has sinister goals. He said, “…we have nothing but admiration for the country of Eritrea…we…

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Geneva: Commission Of Inquiry On Eritrea Threatened

On June 23, 2015, the 23rd Meeting of the 29th Regular Session of Human Rights Council was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The interactive dialogue of the UN Human Rights Council on Eritrea was a meeting where the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (CoIE) was openly discussed by UN member states in the…

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Isaias’ State Visit To Sudan Without A Photographer

Almost ten days after Isaias Afwerki missed Omar AlBashir’s swearing-in ceremony, on June 11, the official Eritrean government website posted a 114 word report entitled, “President Isaias Leaves for Republic of Sudan on a working visit.” This is the first time that news about a president’s official visit is not reported alongside fresh pictures. It…

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Isaias Absent From Al Bashir’s Party

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, President Omar Hassen AlBashir was sworn in for a five-year term. In April, AlBashir won in an election that most opposition parties boycotted. AlBashir has been ruling Sudan since he came to power in a military coup in 1989. Almost all leaders of Sudan’s neighbors attended the ceremony when AlBashir…

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Isaias Of Eritrea Threatens Corrupt Government Functionaries

Pressure exerted by international governments and agencies to release prisoners of conscience, and the latest meeting where some of his select officials expressed the need for performance evaluation, has driven Isaias Afwerki to the edge. The president’s independence day speech of May 24 exacerbated the fear of the business community that their ranks will witness some arrests…

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Election Season: Ethiopia Hoy!

Probably the best thing that is happening in the 2015 Ethiopian election is the absence of European Union (EU) observers. The last time EU sent observers in 2005, “Anna Gomez the European parliamentarian seemed to be running for a seat in the Ethiopian parliament.” So far, the African Union (AU) has deployed almost sixty election…

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Daniel Teklehaimanot: King of the Mountains

10 Jul 2015 awatestaff Comments (36)

On July 9, Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot, was named "King of the Mountains" and awarded the polka dotted jersey, after…

The Geneva Aftershock Must Reverberate Unabated

10 Jul 2015 Beyan Negash Comments (83)

The demonstration of June 26 by Eritreans was an earthquake that shook the Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ)…

Eritrea Stops Hauling Businesses Over Black Market Diesel

07 Jul 2015 Gedab News Comments (30)

Last week, the government of Eritrea closed its main garage in Asmara and stopped all transport trucks that hauled ore…

In Search Of An Appropriate Politics For Eritreans…

06 Jul 2015 Chefena Hailemariam Comments (107)

After years of silence and indifference, it looks that some Eritrean academics and professionals in the Diaspora have started to…

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