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Egypt Arrests Nearly 100 Eritrean, Ethiopian Refugees

Close to one hundred Eritreans and Ethiopians were arrested in the last two days in Egypt. Also arrested were about four people of other nationalities. The official Egyptian television, which has yet to provide uncensored coverage of the unrest roiling Egypt, brought the news from Sinai as it showed a …

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Eritrean Islamic Congress Clarifies Position

The Eritrean Islamic Congress (EIC) which is led by Hassen Salman, did not attend the recent meeting of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), the umbrella group for several exiled opposition groups. Since the most prominent item on the agenda of the EDA leadership was the fate of the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) …

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EPDP (EPDP Wing?) Withdraws Its EDA Membership

EPDP Wing Withdraws Its Membership From The EDA. The Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) is an umbrella association of 10 Eritrean opposition groups.  On Saturday, January 22, 2011, the EDA commenced its “Central Committee” meeting in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.  An agenda on its meeting was the fate of a member organization, …

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The Next EDA-EPDP Confrontation

In its January 20, 2011 Central Committee meeting, the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), an umbrella group of exiled Eritrean opposition organizations, will decide on the status of  the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), one of its member groups, vis-à-vis the latter’s  October 31, 2010 decision to expel a number of its members, …

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Eritrea: Musicians Denied Entry Visa to Australia

In an attempt to maintain the support of Diaspora Eritreans, the Eritrean regime holds yearly festivals in different parts of the world. The festivals are held under the pretext of “national defense” and development campaigns. Usually, Diaspora Eritreans who have affairs and need to travel to Eritrea are blackmailed to …

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Eritrean Refugees: Kidnapped, Tortured In Egyptian Sinai

In this regard, the Eritrean Ambassador confirmed that any person who is a fugitive from his country does not enjoy any rights. He pointed out that this is not only in Egypt but also in any country in the world in order to protect its borders. He added: “We understand very well that the Sinai border area is sensitive for Egypt, given the existence of Israel.”

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Djibouti Protests Yemen Media’s Gulf Cup Politics

This year, the Gulf Cup is being hosted by Yemen and the games are played in Aden. Given the political relationship of Yemen to the Gulf nations, no head of state was willing to attend the opening ceremony.  To avoid this public embarrassment, Yemeni president Ali Abdella Saleh went calling on …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 3

Four years ago, the United States imposed travel restrictions on Eritrean diplomats and consular staff in retaliation for the Eritrean government’s restriction on the movement of American consulate staff in Eritrea, and the opening and inspection of diplomatic pouches.  The Eritrean embassy staff were restricted to remain within a 25 …

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Formal Split: EPDP Wing Reorganizes Itself

 November 23, 2010: In a meeting held today, an Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) wing reorganized itself and elected an eleven-members executive body. Dr. Tesfai Sebhatu was elected as chairman and Haj Abdenur as vice chairman. The Eritrean People’s Movement (EPM), the Eritrean People’s Party (EPP) and the Eritrean Democratic Party (EDP)  had formed …

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Turmoil In EPDP

Less than a year after it was formed, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), which was formed on January 1, 2010 by the merger of three political groups, has expelled the members of one of the parties and is undergoing an organizational crisis. The move was triggered by a fissure …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 2

Over fifty ambassadors, consuls and embassy workers are roaming the streets of Eritrea, frozen—a term used to describe party members who receive pay but have no responsibilities. The Eritrean regime prefers to have the families of diplomats appointed abroad to stay inside Eritrea as a collateral against diplomats abandoning their …

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Was An “Extraordinary Threat” To US National Security Visiting DC?

Unconfirmed reports (now confirmed, minutes after this news was published) indicate that on September 25th, Yemane Gebreab, special advisor to Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki, held a meeting at the Eritrean Cultural and Community Center (ECCC) in Washington, DC. Along with 10 individuals, Yemane Gebreab was described as an “extraordinary threat” …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies

Question by Swedish Journalist, Donald Boström:  Given what you said, have you thought about closing your embassy in Sweden and leave Sweden? Answer by Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki: I care more about our Eritrean group in Sweden, which is large and active, than on our embassy. Why do we need …

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Naud: The Living Legend Passes Away

On September 16, 2010, the legendary leader Mohammed Said Naud passed away in Asmara Eritrea where he has been living since he returned to Eritrea in 1991 just after the Ethiopian forces were pushed out of Eritrea. He was seventy four years old. The Eritrean ruling party’s website annopunced his death in two-sentences only: “Veteran …

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Eritrea: A Long Way From Getting Sanctions Lifted

On December 23, 2009, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution (S/RES/1907) to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea for two reasons: (a) its refusal to comply with prior UNSC resolution (S/RES/1862 of January14, 2009) mandating it to engage in dialogue with Djibouti to resolve …

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Eritrea, NCDC & The Sana’a Forum

Following the recently concluded national conference of Eritreans, the government of Eritrea has lodged a complaint with Sudan and Yemen for sending their representatives to attend the event which was hosted by Ethiopia at its capital. Sudan and Yemen are members of the Sana’a Forum for Cooperation whose charter includes …

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National Conference Elects A 53-Member Commission

Commission To Organize A Conference And Draft Transitional Constitution Towards A National Assembly Gedab News: (August 9, 2010) The National Conference for Democratic Change  (NCDC) concluded   its  session today, August 9, 2010, by electing a 53-member Commission for Democratic Change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference began on July …

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Preparation for the National Conference Finalized

Gedab News, (Addis Ababa, July 21, 2010): The long-awaited Eritrean national congress, dubbed as the National Conference for Democratic Change (NCDC), is scheduled to convene on July 30, 2010 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.  About three hundred and fifty representatives, the most diverse gathering of Eritreans ever convened in decades, are expected …

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EDA: Glitches & Deadlock Resurface

Gedab News (June 21, 2010): Almost a week after the mediation talks between the designated representatives of the opposition umbrella group of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) and one of its member organizations, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) ended, neither the EDA nor the EPDP has issued a statement declaring …

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