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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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Eritrean Security Arrests Hundreds Of Citizens

In late May and early June, security officials of the Eritrean regime rounded hundreds of Eritreans in Asmara and the southern Red Sea provinces of Eritrea. Among those confirmed to have been arrested in Asmara are: Abdu Abduselam (well-known football player), Abdurahman Huruy, Abdurehim Abdulwasie, Hussein Said, Selahadin Abdulhay, Suraj …

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Qatari Forces Deployed On The Eritrean-Djibouti Border

Gedab News,(June 2, 2010): Qatari mediators brokered an agreement between the Djiboutian and the Eritrean governments after months of shuttle diplomacy. Qatar has deployed its forces on the border between the two countries starting late Tuesday night; and by Wednesday morning, the forces had been deployed on the entire disputed …

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Eight EDA Member Organization Agree To Unite Their Military Wings

Gedab News,(May 9, 2010): On May 4, 2010, eight member organizations of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), an umbrella organization of Eritrean opposition forces, signed a memorandum of understanding to unify their military wings under one command. . The eight signatories are:   (1) Eritrean Federal Democratic Movement (EFDM); (2) …

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Ambassador Yamamoto Heading To Eritrea

Gedab News has learned that Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary to the US Secretary of State, will fly to Asmara next week to meet with Eritrean authorities. If accurate, this would be a turning point in the relationship between the governments of Eritrea and the United States which has been …

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Eritrea Annuls All Passports; Issues New Ones

Gedab News (April 18, 2010): Cash strapped and facing sanctions and asset-freezes, the Government of Eritrea has issued an order to its embassies to annul all Eritrean Passports and to require Eritrean passport-holders to apply for new ones by paying USD $200 (for expatriates) and Nakfa 3000 for Eritrean residents. …

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EDA, Civil Society Set Date For National Conference

On February 23rd, a preparatory committee composed of representatives of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) and representatives of Eritrean civil society groups concluded a week long session in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, and set July 30, 2010 as the National Conference date. EDA is an umbrella group of 13 Eritrean opposition …

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General Sebhat Ephrem’s Schedule Fuels Speculation In Asmara

On November 12, General Sebhat Efrem, Eritrea’s minister of defense, left Eritrea accompanying a military team that included a cartographer, communication officer (code operator) and an intelligence officer. The destination or the purpose of the visit is unknown: it was not announced in the state-owned media and even senior military officers …

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Eritreans Attending UPR Session In Geneva

Between November 30 and December 11, 2009, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, will conduct the 6th session of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). As with all other countries, the UPR will review human right reports submitted by the government of Eritrea and other stakeholders, including Awate. …

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Engagement and Exclusion: US, EU & Eritrea

For several years now, the United States and the European Union have been using divergent approaches to coax the regime of their once-staunch ally, Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki, to come to the fold.  For the most part, Europe was offering the carrot of unconditional development aid and the United States was …

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Saleh Meki Dies Of A Heart Attack

Mr. Saleh Meki, Eritrea’s Minister of Fisheries, died on Saturday morning (October 3) local time of heart failure.  He was 62.  Saleh was in his office in the port city of Massawa when he started experiencing chest pains.  His colleagues called an ambulance to drive him to Asmara.  He passed away …

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An Upheaval In The Mountains Of Akele Guzai

An upheaval that traces its origins to mid-April of 2009 when a captain challenged his commander’s use of a female recruit as his concubine has expanded to a military skirmish between a rebellious group of 70 gunmen and the army, requiring the intervention of President Isaias Afwerki. The clash is …

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Eritrea: PFDJ Loses Another Senior Cadre

Mr. Kibrom Dafla   , the former manager of Himbol and the Inland Revenue, has failed to return from Italy where his wife resides.  Kibrom was a facilitator for the Red Sea Trading Corporation (“09”), the financial arm of the People’s Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ), the ruling and …

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