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Resolution L23 On Eritrea Adopted Without A Vote

Resolution L23 submitted by Somalia and Djibouti was passed today in Geneva by the Human Rights Council without a vote. Ambassador Mohammed Siad Douale of Djibouti introduced the resolution that was sponsored by sixteen additional countries. Speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU), Ambassador Raimonds Jansons of Latvia stated that the EU is “deeply…

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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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Sudan: Al Bashir Wins Election As Expected

On Monday, the election commission of Sudan announced the victory of Sudanese incumbent present Hassen Omer AlBashir and his National Congress Party (NCP). The victory of AlBashir was expected since  election started on April 13. In a press conference, Mukhtar Al-Assam, the chief of the election commission declared that AlBashir won 94.5% of the total…

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IS Entices AlShabab To Pledge Allegiance

In the early hours of Sunday, a gory 29-minute video showing the execution and slaughter of 28 people appeared on the Internet. By the afternoon, many websites removed the complete gory video and replaced it with shorter clips. The video production carried the signature of Al Furqan, the media and propaganda arm of IS. The…

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Commission of Inquiry On Eritrea: Press Conference

24 Jun 2015 Gedab News Comments (44)

On June 24, the UN mandated Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (CoIE) held a press conference. In his introductory statement, the…

Geneva: Commission Of Inquiry On Eritrea Threatened

23 Jun 2015 Gedab News Comments (75)

On June 23, 2015, the 23rd Meeting of the 29th Regular Session of Human Rights Council was held in Geneva,…

Forced Labour Pool: International Laws and UN CoI…

22 Jun 2015 Tesfabirhan Weldegabir Redie Comments (21)

Testimony: “...I did the same work for five years as a soldier in Sawa. They brought you to fields to…

Miriam Was Here In Tigrinya Coming Out In…

18 Jun 2015 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (13)

It's with great pleasure that I announce that the Tigrinya translation of my last book "Miriam Was Here" is now…

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