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Danish Doublespeak Report On Eritrea

The “Country of Origin Information unit of the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) sent a mission to both Eritrea and Ethiopia to gather information and make a report” for use in the asylum determination process of Eritrean asylum seekers.

What comes glaringly in the report is that the “information gatherers” presented the views of those who support the repressive regime and those who have been fighting for freedom and have been wailing to make humanity aware of the suffering of Eritreans were ignored. It seems the report was meant to be a duplicate representation of the debate that has been going on between the freedom camp and the repression camp for a long time. They could have easily prepared that report without leaving their desks, unless embarking on the excursion trip was due, and vacation was a must. They could have googled the views of supporters of the regime, Eritreans and foreigners alike, vultures who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, and the alternative voice of the voiceless Eritreans who cannot express themselves freely.

Commenting on the report, an Eritrea analyst wrote, “to prepare such a shameful narrative in order to justify their policy choice is indeed low.

True, Denmark could seal its borders with a Great Wall, it could deport asylum seekers, and if that is difficult, it could appoint its Neo-Nazis to run its immigration department. But it has no right to transgress on the rights of Eritreans by falsifying their sad situation with a botched up report, and make them sacrificial lambs to pass a xenophobic law.

Reporting on-the-one-hand-and-on-the-other-hand stories is a lazy work that doesn’t serve anyone because it evades the truth. A fact finding mission, by able researchers, known for their political neutrality, free from any racist undertones, is what was needed–if the tons of evidence by competent entities is deemed unreliable by the geniuses of Denmark.

All the officials from “Western” embassies, that the reporters assigned identifying alphabets to, are obviously motivated by the need to curtail the flow of refugees to “Fortress Europe.” Unfortunately for the suffering Eritreans, the reporters and their sources seem to be serving the same goal, thus politicizing the truth and doing a disservice to the plight of Eritreans.

One of the sources of information indicated that, “If the Western European countries do not halt their policies of granting asylum automatically to more or less all Eritrean asylum seekers, they will see a steady increase in the number of Eritreans coming to Europe.” A clear inhumane, scare-them, instill-fear-in them, type of message.

Unfortunately, that kind of fear is what the report aims to instill on policy makers who we hope are more humane than the reporters of the mission. We certainly hope they are not as insensitive, and as callous as the source from country B who is certainly a xenophobic person.

The fact that “in January 2013, there was an attempted coup in Asmara and that the armed vehicles that were used in the coup drove 120 km from Senafe to Asmara without being stopped or attacked” is a statement supposed to prove that Eritrea is a free country and anyone can move freely. If the source who made such a statement is a diplomat, it is a shame.

In militarized Eritrea, most of the vehicles on highways are either military or regime owned, even if they are buses. The sources should know that no one stops tanks in a highway for a search. In this case, even a layman would ask: why did the coup fail? Would it have failed if the security tentacles of the regime were as lax as the source makes it appear?

It’s a known fact that some Western countries have always been too selfish, and too self centered to genuinely sympathize with the plight of Eritreans. If they can stop the flow of refugees to their privileged countries, they do not mind fattening a repressive, monstrous regime to step on the people even more confidently–they would watch silently and wouldn’t wake up until they see more violence and more repression than what is prevalent now. But what would be worse than the current repression? Unfortunately, only “Western embassy” B, Y or Z, can answer that .

Eritreans do not wish to leave their country for no reason, even those who already left do not wish their compatriots to leave their country and risk their lives in perilous journeys in pursuit of freedom. And no one believes that Eritreans would leave their country in droves if their country was not made unlivable by the Isaias Afwerki regime.

Apparently, the report was gathered in Ethiopia and Eritrea, basically in Asmara and Addis Ababa, the capital cities, the only places that provide five-star hotels. And the Herculean task was accomplished within 7 days in Addis Ababa and 17 days in Asmara. Travel time, entertainment time at the known places, and other time-consuming necessities and annoyances of life included. In what was left of the 17 days, it was abracadabra, and the suffering of Eritreans for the last twenty years was ruled non-existent.

Reports that thousands of victims recounted and suffering of thousands of victims was belittled, and dismissed as irrelevant because it was “published by stakeholders with no or little direct access to Eritrea.” Doesn’t the lack of access in itself tell a profound story? But the report has the audacity to insult the intelligence of so many researchers, entities, and world organizations. It seems Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have failed to find out in years, what the small Danish team of fast-writers uncovered in a matter of days. In a way, they concluded that Eritrea is a bastion of freedom and liberty! Long live the repressive regime of Isaias Afwerki!

The report justifies its erroneous and vicious motives by discounting other reports as “hitherto available reporting on the conditions in Eritrea to a large extent seems to be based on information obtained from sources that were not present in Eritrea or on interviews with Eritrean refugees abroad.” Therefore, all Eritreans with psychological and emotional scars: your testimonies are proven to be lies. All raped women: it didn’t happen to you, you are just imagining it. All of you who sold your houses, depleted your life savings, and panhandled in places of worship to collect ransom money: you are swindlers. Ransom doesn’t cost as much as you claimed, but only a tiny fraction of that. Maybe “Western Embassy B” is running a sale on the price of trafficking people! The Royal Danish reporters wants it that way though they couldn’t state all of that without a tint of racism which can be detected in the report.

No one wishes to include the cruelty of the Danish “information gatherers” to be etched for posterity and embarrass future generations of Danes if what happened to a few unfortunate Jews in WW2 is repeated with Eritrean victims.

History tells us that “from 1935 Denmark rejected Jewish refugees at its borders, and that it expelled twenty-one Jewish refugees to Germany in 1940-1943 most of whom were eventually killed.” How many Eritreans do the information gatherers want to send to the gallows?

It would be understandable if the “information gatherers” sourced their information from the South African ambassador in Asmara–for all intents and purposes, he is a mouthpiece of the oppressive ruling party, and its loyal cadre. It will be understandable if the source is the Italian embassy whose government is playing the same pragmatism game it played when Eritreans were being bombed and burned by the Ethiopian military rulers who replaced the Ethiopian emperor. The Italian government let down Eritreans then, and it is letting them down now. Humane values should force them to acknowledge that the colonized of yesteryear deserve to live freely, like the Danes, like the Italians, like everybody else. Freedom doesn’t limit itself to geography, color or creed. It is a human right that Eritreans aspire to achieve.

Europe wants to limit the flow of refugees, and that is understandable. Any country does it. However, the policies that a few European countries are contemplating (promoting and sometimes implementing) is counterproductive. If the tyrannical rule in Eritrea continues, Europe should brace itself to receive rivers of refugees, much more than the numbers over which it is losing sleep. The best option would be for Europe (and the West in general) to close its funding channels that is feeding the tyrant and his regime. Similarly, it would be nice if the West fired all the sub-contractors that they fund because they are making matters worse. It is also important to deal with the Eritrean crisis based on respect for the people, based on universally accepted criteria of human rights and governance, not based on a false hope for stability. Appeasement never helped a beleaguered people that would one day snap, nor did it solve a problem.

European cajoling, funding, and stealth support has fattened the Eritrean tyrant. And such politicized report on human right issues, a report that whitewashes the blatant aggression of the regime on Eritreans, is despicable because it boosts the tyranny at the expense of the people.

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  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatistas,

    “Unlucky report”

    The good thing about the Danish Report is, it is able to expose the confused state of PFDJ exiled free media outlates and the bad thing is Danish reporters did a historical mistake by following a wrong scientific principles in order to give an scapegoating covered support for denying rights of Eritreans to be protected.

    Though shikorina Sophia Tesfamariam tweeted the Danish report as fair and reasonable findings, this report is of its unique kind even to let PFDJ juntas to review it in self contracdictory way.

    And now, the PFDJ “economic affair” (2% collector) in the scandinivian countries self contradicted his own words. He totally forgot that written and oral statements are the same.

    TN (Turning News, a synonym for Tesfanews) has self betrayed her own news outlate. TN, the Turner News agency of PFDJ media in exile wrote, “If you cannot convince them, confuse them” and for sure only PFDJ exiled news media outlates are the confused medias. Very true TN for self-confession.

    This is why I love No distortions and committed to its report.

    Thank you AT for being the voice of the voiceless!


  • Abraham Hanibal

    Sad News right now:
    Arhe Hamedneca’s sosial democrats have lost a vote on their budget, and Sweden is going to hold new elections on march 22 next year.((

  • Rodab

    The fallout of the infamous Danish research paper continues…

    ” Politiken asked the country’s representative in the Nordic countries, Yonas Manna Bairu, about the likely fate of those returning. He explained that Eritreans are only permitted to leave the country by official channels and that “sneaking out” was a crime. “It’s not a grave offence to leave the country illegally but it is a criminal offence,” he said.”

    “The quotation attributed to the Eritrean Embassy Charge d’affaires,
    Mr. Yonas Manna Bairu, in a Danish Newspaper ‘Politiken’ report is
    grossly misleading.”

  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas:

    Here’s a good rebut all by Habtom Yohannes to the Danes “flimsy report.” Well done wedi boy Hannes.


  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatawyan,

    PFDJ government is trying to learn half-baked statement made document release. How shame it is to post a said foreign minister’s statement file without any heading or signature? Isn’t it supposed to be for further referencing and documentation? How shameful Junta’s Foreign Minister is Osman Saleh. Oh yah, may be he was sleeping during the conference.


    • Rodab

      Tes Arkey,
      Could you elaborate? I am not getting it.

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        Selam Rodab,

        May be is not opening. Here is the source:

        When you open the pdf file, there is nothing indicated. Normally, the foreign office has heading, date, etc. But what they uploaded is just a normal pdf file that can neither be referenced by anyone nore be documented by interested party,

        For the content, I didn’t talk about it as it is meaningless and usually a trashy one.

        Hope it is clear now.


        • Rodab

          Thanx Tes.
          You are right, it looks more like a note written on a napkin. Contentwise? I actually thought it was a more positive tone than the usual lash-out statements. The problem is, however, the statement appears to assert that the solution to immigration and trafficking is found in Europe, totally ignoring internal driving forces.

          • Hope

            Eng Rodab,
            Come on buddy,stick to your principle.
            Irrespective of its substance and practicality,the Statement is but to the point.
            I am afraid that the EU might take that Statement it at face value and might even Fund the anti -Migration Policy of Eritrea-and the EU might even follow suit the Danish “Racists” and impose a worse Dublin Declarartion…hope for GOOD though..and ….hoping to be coupled with some pressure on the GoE or the PFDJ–to improve the Human Rights issues in Eritrea,which most likely,PIA,might be pressured in doing something to that effect as the major purpose of the Human Rights Inquiry is to bring the PFDJ and his head to the ICC ,with even an ARREST Warranty…
            Our effort and peaceful struggle,if any ,should be, to fight for a Real Change in Eritrea while fighting for the right of our poor immigrants ,where ever they might be.
            To my knowledge,as of yet,there is NO Petition started against the Dansih decision.
            Let us be positive.

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatistas,

    Denish news media out lets speaking about the fabricated conclusion

    I have translated the document using bing. It can help us to understand the main message though.

    ***reading might be be boring as it is a direct translation and no editing but be patient to finish


    Message that wounds serious doubts about the foundations of a controversial report on Eritrea sent Friday morning to the three civil servants in Foreigners 6.30 Agency.

    The sender is Professor Gaim Kibreab from South Bank University in London London South. As one of the world’s
    leading connoisseurs of this small country on the Horn of Africa, acting as sole Kibreab named source in the new report on Eritrea from the Danish Immigration Service, which paints a surprisingly bright picture of the situation in the country. A picture the Professor does not recognize:

    » Simple, I follow my abused and betrayed. It is sad, because it destroys the possibility of future cooperation between the academic world and the authorities, “writes Professor in the mail, which he at the same time, announces that he will resign from the report and its conclusions.

    Berlingske can today reveal the professor’s dramatic rejection of the report, which has become after a dramatic increase in the number of asylum-seekers from Eritrea. Alone in the year’s first 10 months came more than 2,200 refugees from Eritrea to Denmark. Military service on an indefinite period of time and the fear of arbitrary arrests and assault are the main reason for their escape.

    But the Danish authorities is now planning up to change the processing of asylum cases from Eritrea, since the
    Danish immigration service on the basis of the report considers ‘ that conditions in Eritrea relating to national service and illegal exit does not in itself constitute persecution or gives the relevant requirements of protection.’

    Gaim Kibreab seems especially that aliens’s descriptions of the possibility of being exempted from the so-called
    national service or military service, which can last for years, is a misnomer. He points to the fact that only war veterans or disabled people can be exempted.

    “They have distorted the information, so that makes it appear as though it is possible to avoid national service, ‘ says Gaim Kiberab in an interview with the Berlingske.

    “In Eritrea, there is no functioning rule of law, and as a result is the authorities ‘ arbitrary and unpredictable behavior. The majority of decisions on particular national service are arbitrary, ‘ he adds.

    Gaim Kibreab, who lives in London today, but which have Eritrean background, cant even longer trip to the African
    country. In common with other scholars who have dealt with that country and in line with the UN Special Envoy for Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, there will be b. denied access to the country by the authorities.

    “Eritrea is a big prison, where there is no fair trial, there is no freedom to move where you want, or say what you want. Many detainees never get a trial, and there are over 10,000 prisoners, according to Amnesty International. I know for many people with children who have been in the national service for more than 10 years. This report paints a far too neat image of the country, which is at odds with most other research on Eritrea, “says Gaim Kibreab.

    David Bozzini, guest researcher at the City University of New York, and recognized international Eritrea-expert, also read the report. He declares himself “shocked” over the report’s


    ‘ I’ve never seen anything like it. The usual research and quality standards for such a report, there is just no. It seems to be much colors and biased. Already in the title, you can seen the idea: Maybe there have been tough in Eritrea even, but it is no more. It looks very selective out. An awful lot has been written about Eritrea and violations of human rights, but this report does not recognize the knowledge, “says David Bozzini.

    “The Danish immigration authorities would very much like to promote that refugees from Eritrea are migrants and
    economic migrants rather than people who are fleeing the country because of persecution, instability, lack of individual freedom and arbitrary assault, ‘ he adds.

    David Bozzini spent two whole years in Eritrea from 2005 to 2006, where he was doing research. He is currently with own words “persona non grata” in Eritrea. He emphasizes that he seems, for example, that the report is misleading about the situation of prisoners in prisons in Eritrea.

    People will be thrown into prison without trial. They do not know for how long or why they are in prison. It is very misleading to highlight that a detention is perhaps okay compared to other African countries. It is not the case, first of all, and secondly, it is crucial that people end up in prison without a chance to defend himself. ‘

    David Bozzini wonders also at the fact that the Danish Immigration Service report said, among other things, writes that the Danish delegation in Eritrea’s capital Asmara observed people at cafes and restaurants.

    » It’s here a travelogue or a serious investigation of violations of human rights, ‘ asks David Bozzini.



  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas:

    One of the things the Danish report did was to quote an embassy official in Eritrea expressing skepticism that there 10,000 political prisoners in Eritrea. He made the argument on the basis that the State doesn’t have the capacity to support that many prisoners.

    When the 10,000 prisoners was first report by Amnesty International and some people expressed skepticism about the number, I made the point that we don’t have to guess; there is a scientific way to count. Here’s the comment first posted here at awate on 9/27/13 without modification:

    1. Assume the population of Eritrea is 5,000,000 and this is 1,000,000 households. (Typical family of 5), so Eritrea’s population is 1,000,000 households.
    2. Assume you want a 95% confidence level. That is: you want to be 95% sure that the answer you get from a small sample size will be identical from what you will get by asking the entire population.
    3. Assume you want a 5 confidence interval, or margin of error. That is, you want to have no more than + 5 or -5 difference in the answers you would get from asking a small sample and your much larger population.
    4. Plug this in your calculator or your formula and you get your minimum sample size: 384. Let’s call it 400 even.

    All you have to do is ask 400 Eritreans this question: “do you know a family member or a friend who is in prison for political reasons?” Get the name, eliminate the duplicates (you and I may have the same friend) and, voila, you can predict with nearly perfect accuracy the total number of political prisoners in Eritrea. Now, where do we get the 400 Eritreans who are a representative sample? Well, since the Eritrean government does not discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, age, (as you supporters always tell us) it doesn’t even have to be representative: just ask a sample of 400 Eritreans; they just can’t be from the same family household. Where do you find 400 Eritreans? I suggest at the next YPFDJ meeting:)

    Then you will find that the 10,000 is most likely an understatement. Because, to translate that to the sample of 400, only 4 would have to answer, “yes.” (4/400 is the same as 10,000/1,000,000). But you and I know, it would be more than 4. Maybe 6, 7 or 8.


    I think somebody (majoring in political science, criminology, law) should take on this task.


    • Rodab

      Selam Sal,
      I myself was skeptical of the 10K figure regarding prisoners until I heard Dr Daniel Rezene interview on Radio Erena. And he should know, having served there as a Judge. He said in the late 1990’s the OFFICIAL count of prisoners that were not charged with any crime was nearly 9000 (I forgot but he provided exact figure of 8 thousand and something). He said the arrests increased in big numbers after the end of the war in 2000. So he thinks the 10K is a higly conservative number.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear awatistas the greatistas

    Before I hit the bed here is a gift for you. The following is an interview of Medreck With Saleh Gadi ( now they are not kremtawi maetot/project)

    I jotted the summary on WP while listening, it’s not a translation, just summary remarks. This is part one, I hope to get the 2nd part summarized in the week end.

    Hwar almuntada

    Intro by journalist Amal about
    his activities, books articles.

    The conversation begins with
    current Eritrean political discourse. Saleh says that certain factors determine
    the discourse. Life and political experience, Eritreans living in different
    quarters of the world will normally have different or slightly differing

    On Confusion between
    journalistic works and activism, he says he is not a journalist but he sees
    journalism as a means of spearheading the struggle

    *on writings which could affect
    the struggle negatively (narrow-agenda focused activities)

    Saleh says no one owns the right
    of defining priorities, different segments place priorities differently. For
    example, Eritrean refugees in Sudan have different priority than those place
    their priority on democracy. Saleh says he understands that there are diverse
    views of what the change could mean to diverse segments of our people. He
    states that he likes to focus on issues which concerns the common citizen; he adds
    that he usually avoids big and flashy concepts like democracy; he wants to be
    the voice of the voiceless although he doesn’t downplay the necessity of encouraging
    free expression. He expressed his views regarding different hot issues,
    including the need of focusing on issues the common person concern and
    principles which Eritreans fought for and died for.

    Amal got in to the hot topic
    concerning his latest article. He gave a brief answer consistent with his
    replies on Awatista Forum. But she pressed him on whether he sees faults
    between our social segments or if he thought there is a hegemony of one segment
    over others…he said he did not believe that, adding that our people lived among
    each other and got along well. But he said that when dealing political issues,
    every social segment has its socio-economic peculiarities. He said if particular
    grievance concerning a region is raised it doesn’t mean we are talking in terms
    of religion or region (eg. Kunam, they have Muslims and Christians); when such
    topics are raised some people get offended. “Why? Can’t you see that as
    concerning an Eritrean, regardless of his region or religion?” he says. For
    instance when one says Eritreans refugees in Sudan, why can’t we take it as
    Eritreans instead of Muslims or Christians? He continues, “To me, their issues
    are Eritrean, not Muslims’” He goes on to say, raising these issues in
    different ways doesn’t raise concern, “because Eritrea is not an egg we should
    be afraid of cracking it.” Amal pushes further by asking if raising concerns of
    these types of specific-topic based writings could hurt the overall struggle to
    unite efforts. Saleh replies that it could serve the opposite. He presented
    examples representing different segments of socio-economic groups, and says
    that when all issues are seen as Eritrean, it could lead us to a unifying
    solution. He gave the analogy of one person complaining of head ache another of
    foot ache, but at the end it’s the body that aches. (Well he is a writer). Amal
    is a very tough and professional journalist. She grinded him time and again on
    his latest article and did not hide her feeling that such writings could hinder
    the struggle. Saleh, of course, stayed on topic.

    His Readings On today’s
    Opposition (2nd part, will try to summarize it inshaallah).

  • Well motivated article, with honour depicting Eritrean situations which other interests falsify to fit their mission. Rejoice my heart to see our sharp intellectuals revealling the true life of the questioned subjects. I congratulate these briliant minds who devoted to protect the right of their people while exposing the false reporters underlying purpose. I really wish to have more ot the similar calibre.
    Thanks again

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas,
    Below is a link, Dr. Gaim refuting to the baseless Danish Report. The group disregard to his edited report he gave them. Read for yourself to have a good understanding about their report.

    Amanuel Hidrat

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    The Danish report finding has now become FULLY sourced by unknown entities after the following news:

    Key Aca­d­e­mic source denounces and dis­so­ci­ate him­self from a Dan­ish Report on Eritrea


    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear haile TG,

      This is a big move and very immediate and ontime response. Thank you for sharing.


    • dawit

      Too late Professor, the report has been disiminated floating, throughout the cyber space, accepted and actions have been intiated. What were you thinking? when you open you mouth to a report that affects thousands Eritrean refugees? Did you thought you were talking to Mrs. Shela’s group? ‘Jib khede wusha chohe’. No need to cry on spilt milk! Next time think first before you open your mouth.

  • Hope

    Thx Uncle Kim Hana.
    Welcome back.
    Hope to see you in Addis,Bahirdar or Mekele sometime soon.

  • dawit

    Selamat Awatist;

    This a Tigrigna translation of a Speech deliver by His Holiness Pope Francis with minor edit by dawit. The Pope’s is deliver in Rome at International gathering to find the problem of Refugees and Migration. Please comment on the content while debating the Danish Report.

    ግድል ፍልሰትን ዘላቒ ፍታሑን

    ንሃገራት ኣፍሪቃን ኤውሮጳን ዓቢ ብድሆ ኮይኑወን ዘሎ ፍልሰትን ንግዲ ዘይሕጋዊ ምስግጋር ሰባትን ዝግትኣሉ መገዲ ኣመልኪቱ ዝዝቲ፡ ሚኒስተራት ሃገራት ኣፍሪቃን ኤውሮጳዊ ሕብረትን ዝሳተፍዎ ዋዕላ፡ ሎሚ 28 ሕዳር 2014 ኣብ ርእሰ ከተማ ኢጣልያ፡ ሮማ ክካየድ እዩ። ከምዝፍለጥ፡ ፍልሰት ኣህዛብ (Migration) ይኹን ንግዲ ዘይሕጋዊ ምስግጋር ሰባት (Human
    traffiking) ሕብረ-ብዙሕ ደራኺ ጠንቅታት ዘለዎ፡ ዝተሓላለኸ ኣህጉራዊን ዓለማዊን ተርእዮ እዩ። ብደረጃ ዓለም፡ ዓመታዊ ሚልዮናት ሰባት “ዝሓሸ ህይወት” ንምንዳይ ብዝብል ሓሳብ፡ ንሓደጋ ብዘቃልዕ ዘይውሑስ ኣገባብ ናብቲ “ምድረ-ገነት” ተባሂሉ ዝሕለሞ ከባቢታት ዓለምና ክግዕዙ ይርኣዩ። ኣብዚ ዓመት’ዚ ጥራይ ኣስታት 17 ሚልዮን ሰባት ንስደት ከምዘምርሑ ጸብጻብ ሕ.ሃ. የመልክት። ኣብዚ ዘይሕጋዊን ሓደገኛን ጉዕዞ’ዚ፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ ደቂ-ኣዳም፡ ብዝያዳ ድማ፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ መንእሰያት ዘጋጥም መከራ፡ ጭንቅን መቕዘፍቲን ጸዊኻ ኣይውዳእን። እዚ ኩነት’ዚ፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ ዜጋታት ኣፍሪቃ ብሓፈሻ፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ ዜጋታት ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃ ድማ ብፍላይ ዘውርዶ ዘሎ ሃስያ ብቐሊል ዝግመት ኣይኮነን።

    ቀዳማይን መሰረታዊን ጠንቂ ፍልሰት፡ ድኽነት ምዃኑ ዘካትዕ ኣይኮነን። ታሪኻዊ ድሕረ-ባይታ ድኽነትን ድሕረትን ከኣ፡ ቅድምን ድሕርን መግዛእቲ ኣብ ዓለምና ሰፊኑ ዝጸንሐ መዝማዚን ገባቲን ቁጠባዊ ፖሊሲታት እምበር፡ ድኻምን ስንፍናን ናይዞም ግዳይ ኮይኖም ዝርከቡ ኣህዛብ ኣይኮነን። ጠንቂ ፍልሰት፡ ብቐንዱ እዚ ዝተጠቕሰ ረቛሒ ይኹን’ምበር፡ ነዚ ኩነት’ዚ ብምምዝማዝ ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ከባቢታት ዝተዘርግሐ መርበባት ንግዲ ዘይሕጋዊ ምስግጋር ሰባት (Human trafficking) እውን ተወሳኺ መጋደዲ ረቛሒ ኮይኑ ይርከብ። ኣብ ርእሲ’ዚ፡ ንፖለቲካዊ ዕላማታት ተባሂሉ፡ ንኣዝየን ውሱናት ሃገራት ዒላማ ብምግባር፡ ብገለ ሃገራትን ተሓባበርቲ ትካላትን ዝፍጸም ኣእምሮን ጉልበትን ናይ ምምጻይን ምምካንን ሽርሒታት እውን ናቱ ዘይንዓቕ ኣበርክቶ ኣለዎ።

    ቅድም ቀዳድም እዚ ተርእዮ’ዚ፡ ብዝተወሃሃደ መገዲ፡ ህጹጽ ፍታሕ ክርከበሉ ዘለዎ፡ ሓደ ካብ ዓበይቲ ዓለማዊ ግድላት ምዃኑ ክእመነሉ የድሊ። ካብቲ ብህጹጽ ክውሰድ ዘለዎ ስጉምቲታት ሓደ፡ ኣብ ንግዲ ምስግጋር ሰባት ዝተዋፈሩ ገበነኛታት ተኸታቲልካ፡ ኣብ ሕጊ ከምዝቐርቡ ብምግባር፡ እዚ ገበናዊ ንጥፈት’ዚ ብቕልጡፍ ዝግትኣሉ መገዲ ምፍጣር እዩ። ኤርትራ ብዓቕማ፡ ኣብ ከምዚ ዓይነት ንጥፈት ንዝተዋፈሩ ገበነኛታት ብጽኑዕ እናተኸታተለት፡ ቀጻዒ ስጉምቲ ክትወስድ ጸኒሓ ኣላ። መዳውብቲ ሃገራት ዝገብርኦ ክትትልን ዝወስድኦ ስጉምቲን ምስዝወሃሃድ ድማ፡ ዝያዳ ኣድማዒ ክኸውን ይኽእል። እቲ ካልኣይ ክውሰድ ዝግባእ ኣገዳሲ ስጉምቲ፡ ነቶም ድሮ ሃገሮም ገዲፎም ዝተሰዱ ሰባት፡ ናይ ምንባርን ምስራሕን መሰል ብምርግጋጽ፡ ሞያን ፍልጠትን ቀሲሞም፡ ናብ ዓዶም ተመሊሶም ዝነብርሉ ኩነታት ምምችቻእ እዩ። እቲ ሳልሳይን መሰረታዊን ፍታሕ ግን፡ ኣብተን ግዳይ ናይዚ ሽግር’ዚ ዝኾና ሃገራት፡ ምዕሩይን ፍትሓዊን ዕብየት ዘረጋግጽ መደባት ልምዓትን ቁጠባዊ ዕብየትን ምትግባር እዩ። እዚ፡ ብቐንዱ ሓላፍነት ናይተን ሃገራት እኳ እንተኾነ፡ ሃገራት ኤውሮጳ ኮነ ማሕበረሰብ ዓለም፡ እንተድኣ ሓቀኛን ዘላቒን ፍታሕ ዝደልዩ ኮይኖም፡ ሚዛን ብዘለዎ ጭቡጥ ደገፋት፡ መደባት ልምዓት ናይዘን ሃገራት ንክዕወት ብምትሕብባር፡ ሰባት ብዕዮኦምን ጻዕሮምን ሃገራቶም ኣማዕቢሎም፡ ኣብ መረበቶም ዝነብርሉ ኩነታት ኣብ ምፍጣር እወታዊ ተራ ክጻወቱ


    • haileTG

      haha..Pope IA zegerm eyu anta dawit, ezom kulom qolawE nab bedewi sheytu keyAkl si, kemzi dma ydegmena’lo? Gudam eyu ezi 🙂

      • Hope

        Why are you saying that?
        Is there any problem with the Speech other than being “Accurate,balanced and to the point”.
        Might NOT be very realistic and practical STAT.

        • haileTG

          Hope, this is taken from hadas ertra Editorial. So, the regime is playing practical joke of denying rights and opportunities and blaming the world that is doing what it can to asist its victims. dawit didn’t translate it, he is wed keren xaeda like you, he doesn’t have the highland Tigrinya to right like that☺

          • dawit

            Yes it is taken from Hadas Eritrea which is “Accurate, balanced and to the point”. How about the lowland Tigrinya from the source Anseba!

          • Hope

            But still I will follow SAAY’s principle,i.e,irrespective of the Author,if there is Truth in it,I will support it.

          • haileTG


            Your logic is like saying you’d marry anything so long as it is wearing a skirt. Good for ya buddy 🙂

          • Hope

            And we call that a “super-fallacious Logic”….
            You seem to be against Truth…..Shirmutina ghin aybahleyin and is NOT in my dictionary…

          • haileTG

            Hope, no one is talking that low, get your mind outta the gutter:-) You’ve heard Seytan n’amelu mexhaf yTeqE….there are somethings called “manipulations” that people wake up to and realize when they grow up 🙂

          • Hope

            I take it back and my apology but you have to be cautious how you say things…Semina werki–ayasfelighim here.but shooting stuff straight to the poiint

      • dawit

        Haile, how do you give IA the title of a Pope, a man that died and rose from the dead. I thought yo know better. I think you should apologize for the desrispect of Masiah IA. Seriously why don’t you comment on the content of the Pope Francis speech. That is relevant to the today’s topic.

        • haileTG

          Hey dawit,

          Here is a real relevant topic that happened in Rome today:)

          • dawit

            Hey, Haile, do you think this street ugly dramas will convince the immigation officer in Europe. Will this street show convince the officials who traveled to Eritrea to see for themselves in Eritrea and wrote the report to change their report? In what way this drama help for those who are stuck in their application in Belgium and Denmark? In the past It didn’t work in Israel, and why would it work in Europe? Why so many Eritreans landed in a concentration camps in Israel inspite of several demonstration!
            I wish those Eritrean youth spend their time building dams, roads, schools in their country instead of crowling in the dirty street of Rome. I could not tell which one of the masked fellows you were? Please identify your self Haile GT!

          • haileTG

            hi dawit,

            The idea is to humiliate and demonstrate the evil of the dictator. It is about shaping public opinion and degrading hgdef’s capability to make a false claim. Imagine how the European attendants of the meeting would feel towards the dictator’s foot soldier in the meeting. They would despise him, look him down and distance him. Didn’t you see the out pouring of popular condemnation of PFDJ in Bologna. From mayor, councilor to every official firmly told them to go to hell. Literally apologizing to Eritreans and Italians for permitting a monster into their city? Did you see how the same happened in Germany’s PFDj Women’s organization? The Mayor declining PFDJ invite and attending justice seekers protest? How do you think such realization was powerfully made? By subscribing to ERiTV? No, it is the hard work of dedicated activists, who have now cornered the regime in every part of the globe. Those youth probably all have jobs, papers and what have you just like every one of us. Except that they are action oriented and can do people. And Kudos to them.

            Which one is me?…Lol…I was behind the camera man:-)

          • dawit

            Waw! Hailat GT,

            Did you wrote that “Those youth probably all have jobs, papers and what have you”?
            If those kids have true honest jobs, they would not crewel on the sreets of Rome. They would have been on their job collecting money to pay their bills or go to schools. They have burned so much of their families assets, just to sleep on streets and parks all over Israel and Europe. Sad but that is the reality. What about Bologna? Bologna festival celebration went as planned in spite of few hooligans making noises and trying to disrupt it. Please Eritreans are hurting throughout Europe, stop the comedy and think how they could get help. You are measuring your progress by the amount of shaming Eritrea and its leaders. Anarchism is not a way for a society’s development.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan Mahmoud, impressive defense of your views. But I hope you will agree with me that in the absence of transparency, and secretive nature of the regime, and its character… all of that serving as a background, the only way to determine what the regime is doing is by collecting a lot of testimonies and circumstantial evidence. Even if you discount the SMEG and other reports. I would err on the side of “the PFDJ regime is a criminal entity” If you follow that, it would all be clear. I am just trying but do not intend to convince 🙂

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ustaz Saleh
            I know, recently I’ve become annoying with Gedab news. It’s simply my expectation is a bit higher when it comes to “Gedab news.” I followed it for years, and it has been a place I come to check for any biela bielow. I hope we all agree what the intention of my original comment was. Articles have different measuring standards and they will be published bearing the names of their writers, I am just happen to be sensitive with news. All is intended for making the brand “Gadab news” stand out. I do have a distant journalism background, if we are to call it that way.

          • Hope

            Irrespective of the presence or absence of Djbouti POW in Eritrea,your analysis is second to NONE….better/well done more than any Journalist,the Ghedeb News Analysis included,and yet, in the simplest but in the most comprehensive way–with no comnplications.
            I would NOT be surprised if you have had a Journalism back ground any way as an EPLF FreedomFighter,you were trained to :
            -handle an AK -47,Doshk,Machine Guns,BM24,122 mm Gun,an RPG,B-10,Zoo 23 Ant-Air Craft,Tankista
            -be a bare-foot Doctor
            -a Radio-Operator,a Mechanic
            -a Teacher,a cadre
            -A Farmer-A Musician,Singer/Guitarist,Saxfonist
            -,etc—and all at the same time!!!
            -Plus,the issue should NOT be about the presence or absence of few POW,which is expected;rather,the issue should be addressed in the way you did it eloquently,as that is the core issue that matters a lot(for) us Eritreans as a people and Eritrea as a Nation,i.e,the motivation,the rationale,the set up,the collateral damages of the consipracies,etc–and as such,we should focus on those critical issues so as to defend Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a people!.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Hope
            Did you say musician too? just a Moqshesh for you; don’t tell saay, I will play you your favorite song on my dust gathering strat; that’s if I could upload it on youtube or something else; may be my kids can help me out.
            Thank you.

          • Hope

            Here we go my own Mahmouday,I told you–so..
            Looking forward to it.
            I asked SAAY about his Major/profession but he declined as he might have had difficulty to tell me which one as he seems to be an Akhbar EPLFite like you—as he knows almost every thing—and a quality one,btw, in all aspects.
            It is so SAD for Eritrea NOT to utilize such a magnificent brain of the brains such as yours and that of SAAY–SGJ et al included.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      ኣንታ ዳዊት ዝብሉኻ ሰብ ቁሩብ ኣይትሓፍርን? ንርእሰ ዓንቀጽ ጋዜጣ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ቆራሪጽካ ኣልሒምካ ( copy, paste) )ኣምጺእካ ከም ቃል ናይ ጳጳስ ፍራንሲስ ኣምሲልካ ከተቕርብ?
      ወይ ጉድ! ኣብ ዘበን ህግደፍ ዘይተሰምዐ ‘ምበር ዘይተገብረ የለን!
      የቐንየልና ሓውና ሃይለ ተገ፣ ስለ ንሓሰውቲ ምግላጽካ:))

      • Hope

        Come on Abreham…this is sarcasm and an FYI thing so as to have your “serious” and undivided attention and he succeeded.

  • Hope

    Deribew and Abreham said it well but it is disappointing to blame the people ,who are going through what you went through if you are an Eri -Dutch/ Refugee.
    But I also agree with your concern about name-calling of the EU,which has been trying to accomodtae the uncontrollable refugee influx with some reservation about the incidents,which happened in the Miditeranean Sea including the Lampadusa Incident,which could have been prevented had not been the deliberate negligence by the Guards of the Sea Coast per the Eye Account witnesses,not to mention the victims of(300-400 refugees),who were the victims of, apparently a NATO Missile,which has remained classified thus far for obvious reasons.

    • Abinet

      Tell me more about this NATO missile you are talking about .

      • Hope

        Welcome back Cousin,
        Aleh endie be’agheru?
        Refer to Haile TG and he will tell you the details if he is honest,if not,Fr Mussie of the “Habeshia” will elaborate things partially as he is NOT allowed to say things.
        It happened, I think in 2011 or so,and it was confirmed that the boat carrying about 300-400 Refugees(mostly Eritreans) was hit by a Missile and was burnt into pieces.
        Further investigation was halted by NATO itself and the EU.
        Activists Elsa Chyrum and Meron attempted… to say and do something but—were—
        I assure you that this was a true incident/tragedy though.

        • Hope

          I am stating/speculating what some media sources stated/speculated as I do NOT have the “Evidence” to point the finger at NATO…but NATO declined to comment on it or to pursue it.and that says a lot!

  • haileTG

    selamat Awatista,

    An Italian photographer Francesco Zizola, has taken photographs of the ill-fated Lampedusa bound boat of Otober 3, 2013. The boat is lying 164ft deep resting on the sea bed. Here 11 unique images taken under incredibly difficult photographic manouvering, using a Nikon D810 camera, with an underwater housing for still images.


  • alexander the great

    What the matter awete?
    Don’t want the truth to be told, that the situation in Eritrea is no different than all african countries, especially your master and financier ethiopia. Do you think europeans should accept your lies even when their national interest is threatn by the the flooding of economic refugees, whom they claimed to be political refugees, but returns to visit their families after a year or so working in europe. Don’t u think europeans intelligencies and imigrations officials can put the puzzles together, just like norway did. Enough lies,

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Readers,

    Here is a great message to EU in general and now more relevant to Danish government. Pope Francis is quoted saying,

    “We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery,” the pope said Tuesday. “The boats landing daily on the shores of Europe are filled with men and women who need acceptance and assistance.”

    He added that the European Union’s failure to find a common response to the flow of desperate migrants had led individual countries to adopt their own measures, “which fail to take into account the human dignity of immigrants and thus contribute to slave labor and continuing social tensions.”

    For more, read:


  • Abraham Hanibal

    After reading your lengthy comment, what I can see is that instead of focusing on the trustworthiness of the report, you’ve chosen to speak about side issues. The main issue here should be whether one can conclude the procedure of working out the report was fair or not? In my opinion, the report is designed to influence the Danish asylum system in disfavor of Eritrean asylum claims. And the purpose is to present a precedent to the Danish immigration authorities so that they could practice their strict asylum policies with ease towards Eritreans.
    The report is not trustworthy because it is not based on free and fair consultations with those that are concerned-the Eritrean people.

  • haileTG

    Abraha, that is simply false. Please show us pictures, video, audio…to make your case. It is for all to see that PFDJ mekhete and seminars are populated by elderly people who have been supporting EPLF from decades ago. Check Bologna festival for example, all oldies were inside the PFDJ camp and all the youth and refugees were outside with justice seekers. Many are of course missing in action and not interested or joined religious sects as their main congregation center. But your assertion that PFDJ is supported by the new arrivals is false. In the Lampedusa memorial service, PFDJ only gathered few old ladies of hafash wudubat era and ALL of the new arrivals were either with Dr Alganesh in Italy or Meron Estifanos in Sweden. Your point is false.


    It is not always black and white
    Eritreans are living between the jaws of an oppressive regime from one side, and irresponsible fragmented oppositionfrom the other. Their choice is betweenstability and chaos and between a secular state and “Islamist”/

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Well Matewosh,

    First, everyone wishes this exodus to end except PFDJ. Therefore, the world community should force PFDJ to stop his push factor.

    Second, is there any bigger politics than “NO Peace-No war Situation”? Both PFDJ Eritrea and Ethiopia are playig this political game. PFDJ Eritrea on its hand is expanding its political game to its own citizens by keeping them as a hostage. By default, all citizens between 17-60 are forced to be the sacrifiec for this game, gambling by the lifes of innocent people. Hence, citizens are victims of political game.

    Third: Even when serving, they have second restriction, not to speak and worship or oppose. Those who did and were caught handedly, became prisoners (we have more than 10,000). And thos who could escape, they became refugees. From this we can understand that there are two layers of political oppression. ONE: global political game of the NO Peace No war dichotomy which is affecting everybody and second more complicated layer is oppression of freedom.

    Fourth: Economy is a by product of the reason said above. When the able citizens are kept as hostages and there is no means to provide what they need then surely there will be economic problem.

    From third and fourth, we can deduce that, the No war No Peace political game of PFDJ and its double layer political complexity added with paralysed ability of citizens to stand economically is the main push factor.

    5th: The push factor described above is forcing those people to flee and hence the “Exodus”

    6th: Once they left Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia are the main recipents. Have you ever visited those camps? Life in those camps is not better than life in Eritrea. No family, no work, no future, no freedom of movement, no education. Think for the 100s of thousands. Soon, they become traumatized and search for alteratives. Hence they risk their life to cross all the sahara and the sea.

    7th: Once they reach the supposed destiny, they are confronted with another challenge, life challenge in Italy. And there is no means that force them to stay there and hence they continue their journey where ever they think is safe. Let’s not forget that these youths do not have necessary skills that let them compete in the European job market. For this, they search a country that can accomodate them well. In Europe for example, Norway, Sweden and Swithzerland are the best preferred places. Denmark is also chosen for the same reason above.

    Solution: If Denmark doesn’t want any more asylum seekers from Eritrea let’s seal its border as SGJ pointed it out by auoting from the article. If there is an Nationality identification problem, Eritreans know themselves and a strong technical group can be established to scrutinize that. If Danish government wants case by case of the push factor, it is quite easy. What ever reason is given by every individual, the main reason can be categorised in the said above reasoning.

    In my classification, there are five layers of political reasoning.

    a. Being Slaves because of the global reasoning where every Eritrean now adays is not free of this.
    b. Slaves and oppressed to exercise religious practices and likes (double oppression)
    c. Slaves and threatened on unfounded politcal allegations (double oppression)
    d. Those who became direct victims of the oppressive policies of PFDJ (societies in general, like women and children in particular)
    e. Those who were working directly with the regime but abandoned for good. (those who were part of the oppressing power elites but exiled for different reasons)

    Asylum seekers case (a) are safe to return back home at any time as far as they pay another forced 2% tax. Again, they are becoming hostages but with a little freedom as they are no more direct slaves.

    Asylum seekers (b) and (c) can not by all measures fill a regret form and go back home.
    Asylum seekers (d) might have similar character with that of case (a) and can visit home after paying their 2%.

    Asylum seekers case (e) are highly at risk and even when they are living in their hosting country.

    All the first four cases are direct victims of the current ruling system while the later is as a result of the fight within the ruling elites. while the former four are having the same push factor, the later is a common phenomenon in the political world.

    In conclusion, all asylum seekers need first a proetction.

    • Deogane

      Ato Tesfabirhan,
      you really make sense. Matewos should cut on his arrogance. These people don’t need such depressing words right now, they need comfort.
      Yea, to label those countries racist is not right. There are racist people every where. Racist parties too.
      But one has to concentrate to alleviate the suffering of the refuges. That is the most important thing right now.


    Dear guest,
    I’ve been asking myself this question over and over again.

    • Hope

      Come on Saeed,
      This is a common sense question and act/measure.
      They want to go back home and visit their dear families.
      They want to build Villas back home.
      Plus,they still love their beloved home sweet/Country.
      I think most Eris do that for the same reason.
      Let me ask you:
      Why are the Forum members using nick names here?

      • SAEED T

        Hope, I hate to admit it but you totally right, makes perfect sense

  • Saleh Johar

    Hi MatewosH

    Maybe you missed this:

    “True, Denmark could seal its borders with a Great Wall, it could deport asylum seekers, and if that is difficult, it could appoint its Neo-Nazis to run its immigration department. But it has no right to transgress on the rights of Eritreans by falsifying their sad situation with a botched up report, and make them sacrificial lambs to pass a xenophobic law.”

    • Hope

      Here is my final opinion and suggestion:
      Let us challenge the Report from A to Z
      -Then,if we conclude that the report is grossly false,lie and contradictory, let us petition the Danish Immigration Services OFFICIALLY,the sooner the BETTER as their Immigration can pass the Law soon,which in return will affect the th EU Countires and the EU might pass a Worse Dublin Declaration against Eritrean Refugees.
      Gossiping and counter-arguing,name calling(Nazis?),etc is NOT going to sove it but will aggravate it.
      Let walk the talk…

  • haileTG

    Selamat AT (please note a small typo in “concert/concrete” above:)

    Thankyou for capturing the mood. I think the Denmark govt. should be taken to task for such a unscrupulous and repulsive work by its immigration authority. Denmark has the right to turn back all refugees and have a neo-Nazis patrol its borders. However, it has NO right to interfere in the ongoing political struggle in Eritrea. What those immigration personnel did was real dirty and despicable. It should be criticized by all of those working in this area (rights organizations and opposition groups) in the strongest possible terms. It is funny how hgdefites and the closet hgdefites are finding such a racist and debased treatment of Eritrea a good thing. Buy hey, we know why pigs scavenge on trash.


    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat,

      Who are these Western diplomats designated by A, B, C,…..Y, Z etc. This is a sham or fabricated report whoever did it. I have never seen a so called “researched report” without any transparency. All the names of the organizations and embassy staffs who are referred by A, B, C,…etc can not be reach out to be cross questioned for their baseless report. There is nothing to be worried about this Danish fabricated report. I don’t know why it was linked in this website such unsubstantiated report. As they saying goes, this is “Garbage in Garbage out” or “GIGO”. Anyway those of us who are living in the USA Happy Thanksgiving.
      Amanuel H.

      • ghezaehagos

        Hello brothers,

        Awate Team has compiled good report in such a short period of time. As some incisive comments. Alas! all within our ‘little circles.’ Now, the next step is where we always don’t rise up to or are completely absent. SOMEBODY has to bring our outrage effectively to its destined targets: Denmark government, opposition parties, the Denmark and Scandinavian MEDIAS, NGOS, the EU, UNHCR, HRW, Amnesty Int’l and others. My concern is we won’t effectively make the pitch. Despite our engagement in this ‘struggle’, my experience and understanding is we are still failures at such kind of activism, bringing our attention to those who matter and DOING THE FOLLOW-UP diligently. One of our national treasures, Arhe Hamednaka saw this recurring problem as no one else can see it; from both sides, as a member or Eritrean opposition and Swedish parliamentarian, has repeatedly advised us on this very topic. Yet, we are still missing in action of activism…
        With respect,
        Ghezae Hagos

        • Hope

          Ahhh,Mr Attorney,
          Read the Report closely and and pls tell us what is missing.
          I could not understand your English well and,pls,speak in plain English so as to understand you better and respond to you accordingly. But if your judgement is against the Danish Report,well,it looks like you are afraid of,that the Canadian Immigration might follow suit though less likley as they have an agenda of destroying Eritrea by draining the Youth out of Eritrea so that Eritrea will not take over thier Potash Business.–and try to seced/separate The Red Afars from Eritrea so as to monoploize the Dankalia Potash…..
          It looks like you are concerned about your Human Rights Business if Canad blocks the Eri Refugee Influx.

      • dawit

        Dears Amanuel, and Hailat

        This is not the first and only “GIGO” report on Eritrea. There have been several similar reports that did not represent the reality in Eritrea. I am glad you both discovered this Danish fabricated report, keep digging and you will discover several “GIOG”s depending on the Sales Person and what garbage they want to sell you. Remember the word Caveat emptor ‘Buyers Be Wear’.

        Happy Thanksgiving to you too.


        • Amanuel Hidrat


          There is always a difference between “transparent report” that could give you room to check out the claims and those which are “not transparent report” like that of the Danish one, collected from hidden names of Embassy and organization. These report is a case study for purposes of denying Eritrean immigrants in Denmark. So you can’t compare this report with the immaculate report of some international organization based on the standardized research etiquette. Of course there is not “Caveat emptor” at the receiving end of this report. But however such kind of report will not find buying subjects for something the source of collection of the report is hidden behind A, B, C,…..& Y, Z.

          Amanuel Hidrat

          • guest

            forget the A,B,C western diplomat and you can ask the UNHCR IN addis, shira, the UN in addis and the temeret guy to discredit the report if it is not true.

          • dawit

            Pleas Aman, there is no difference between a report citing anonymous source report quoting a refugee here and there and an expert A and B to Sanction a nation and this report aimed to deny asylum to a refugee, whether he or she is political or economic refugee. Anyway this report is not going to stop the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe. Even if the Denmark want to deport Eritreans, they don’t have any means of segregating who is Eritrean, Somali, Sudanese or Ghanaians, because they are all now Eritreans. Eritrea is not accepting forced deportation of all those from different nationalities in Africa or Asia., This is now European problem because they opened their doors for cheap propaganda against Eritrea. .

          • saay7


            I am afraid you are missing the point. Every report written on Eritrea by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, by the Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia, by the International Crisis Group (ICG), by Gedab News, or by any organization that provides “country reports” relies on anonymous sources. The issue with the Danish report is NOT that it is using anonymous sources (A, B, C, etc) and, in fact, when you downplay a report’s credibility by its lack of transparent sources, you are, whether you know it or not, echoing the PFDJ’s dismissal of every report by the UN Monitoring Groups.

            The Danish report is lacking credibility because it is failing to address many issues (the enormity of the number of Eritreans migrating for one; all the push factors), it was very selective on who it interviewed: of the hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, it interviewed only two: an Eritrean intellectual in London and one in Eritrea; it didn’t ask (or if it was denied, it didn’t disclose it) to interview Eritreans in the streets of Asmara or in its prisons; it didn’t interview UNHCR in Sudan; it didn’t interview opposition members. This leads one to suspect that it already had reached a conclusion (Eritreans had no legitimate case of fear of persecution) and it decided to create the supporting arguments for it.


          • haileTG

            Hello saay ዳዊት ተጋግዩ፡ የጋግየኩም ኣሎ:-)

            I agree on the specific points you raised to dismiss the Danish “Finding”, but think that your comparing and therefore, drawing an implication with the the outstanding “allegations” are logically untenable. The Danish report is meant to convey a “finding”, in which case, the logical question is if the finding is “right” or “wrong”. The other reports you cited are meant to convey an allegation, in which case, the logical question is if the allegation is “true” or “false”. In other words, the “reports” as they are called, are neither equivalent not comparable to each other.

            The Danish “finding” is now a basis for an “action” which would result in targeting refugees for stripping them off their rights to protection in that country (at least increase the possibility there of). Whereas, the allegations made by all the human rights groups are not pending actionable policy but conclusive investigations by carrying out field visit to Eritrea by team of UN experts.

            If the allegations are proven, then action will be taken. If not, no action will be taken. We can even recall what the UK ambassador to the UN said, where his country would be the first to call for lifting of the arms embargo, should the SEMG finds that the allegations are not true.

            Now, you may ask then, why did they impose arms embargo, based on allegations then. Good point. If a man working for a local nursery school is accused of molesting a child, the allegations would be handled with due diligence, but the subject of the alleged crime would be suspended from duty pending investigation findings. Eritrea is alleged to have supported terrorists (more in the past) and running a racket to prop up rebel groups to destabilize the region. Hence, its right to purchase arms is rightly suspended pending the results of investigation. If the investigation reveals that the allegations were true, it can expect to pay a heavy price as a result of it (including an armed attack to overthrow the regime if deemed a threat to peace), if it is proven false however, even the UK has promised and normally be expected that the arms embargo will be lifted.

            So, the Danish report is one of a “finding” and is supposed to be an actionable information to refuse accepting of refugees. Where as the intl. allegations via SEMG, COI, rapporteur… are awaiting to be verified. One can’t say “an allegation is right/wrong”, it would be logically nonsensical. All you could say is “an allegation is true/false” . For example, the current rape allegations of Bill Cosby are seeing him being removed from a lot of his advisory positions in many trusts and foundations. Some are even suspending receiving donations from him and others have decided a wait-and-see for the outcome of the investigation. So, when a state actor is alleged to be involved in facilitating terrorism, criminal money laundering and collaboration with non state armed groups, it is logical to suspend it from access to armaments that could be exacerbating the problem if the allegations were to be true.

            So, dawit was trying to disingenuously link two separate issues, i.e a “finding” and an unresolved “allegations”. The allegations in this case is corroborated by identified and non identified actors, but it still needs resolution, i.e. access to the country. The “finding” however was merely based on comments of unidentified individuals, for which the methodology was fudged to only claim that “they were in a position to know” and didn’t elaborate how they arrived at that and many other stupidity as you listed. As a finding, and a basis for action, it was in deed an unscrupulous taking advantage of a desperate regime that is cornered and would see being “used” as a God sent propaganda windfall to to wash off the s#@$t it is immersed in:-)

          • dawit

            Dear Haile TG,
            I was not mistaken in comparing SMEG and Danish reports. They are both riddled with anonymous witnesses. Now your ‘toilet paper’ length analysis ‘findings’ and ‘allegation’ something to mislead the reader. Your favorite SMEG group invented “2000 heavily armed Eritrean fighters in Somalia” since 2006, they could not prove it but graduated themselves to “Eritrea Arming Al-Shabab” to Sanction Eritrea Economically and Militarily. And to this second they are having difficulty to prove it. So my friend Haile, you can sing and dance what ever it pleases you, but dawit is not mistaken in his analysis of the reports and did not try to mislead anyone.

          • haileTG

            Selam dawit,

            You really are making a misleading comparison. To “allege” is the prerogative of the one making the allegation. But it has to be proven. To claim to have done an investigation and proved it one way or the other is a different matter. You are telling me allegation and conviction mean exactly the same thing. No they don’t. The first is subject to credible investigation and the second is an end of the process. If the SEMG, UN COI, UNSC Rapporteur are not granted access, the investigation will continue. But the Danish have finished the investigation (however fraudulently) and taken the decision to lower the level of protection they are asked to give. No comparison there dawit. Com’on the toilet roll design was intentional not accidental. You can’t go wrong with a toilet roll, can you 🙂

          • guest

            first why don’t you show your old ID or passport or anything to prove you are Eritrean and 2nd you need to prove if you are for the betterment of eritrea and it’s people other then PIA must go for the sake of wayene.

          • haileTG


          • Hope

            —ahhh,may be you missed something unintentionally:
            We cannot convict by mere allegation then simply coz we do not have an access to the “Evidence”.
            Based on what you have claimed,Aman’s stand included ,all the decisions made against the State of Eritrea ,apparently and mostly made based on allegations,should be dismissed.
            Dawit’s points are crystal clear and there is no need of twisiting them.

          • haileTG


            So, who is going to do the dismissing?? The Danes are are still going to refuse refugee claimes based on their findings and the UN is still going to insist that it gets to be allowed to access the country (eritrea) to discharge its duty. Us, poor Eritrea and Eritreans will bleed heavely, lose at every turn, pay what we don’t have and live in a perpetual life of disasters and death. Or the big muscle guys at the mekete might just pull it and bring the whole world to shame and make our problems a thing of the past. And life will be happy ever after.

          • Hope

            Am not sure what you have tired to imply.
            We have to work hard for Justice by all means possible.
            Hisotry is repeating itself here.We bled to near death for over 50yrs but we survived.—and the same Parties and muscular guys have done it to the maximum but still we hace succeeded and survivng.
            If your notion or fear is that we should give up and bow to their preconditions and terms–incluidng the 5-point plan,Giving up Aseb,etc—well,time will tell.
            Let the muscular guys attempt their job and the unkown will take them to the unknown destination..
            Let me repeat this:
            ” Those who attempted to kill Eritrea -be the “Muscular”guys or the Super-Powers,they are already DEAD-for GOOD and those ,who are still dreaming and attemptig to kill Eritrtea,will die,as that is hwat history has confirmed to us thus far.
            Our job is “me’anta Shett abilka zehaska hizka,bitsay,nikidmit seghum..” eyu.
            That should be our home work… mobilize our people here and at home,unify the Opposition,the Activists,the Media,the Youth,the Intellectuals,etc–for ONE GOAL–and we do NOT do that and just keep barking,we will remain as “Nai Tarikh Hatela”.
            Are we doing that?
            I am afraid that the answer might be a big NO,as hwhat I sense here is just gossiping,insulting,belittling each other,divisive Ethno-Region-Religion based Politics.
            Rest assured though,that Eritrtea and Eritreans, will prevail; and Justice and Truth will follow suit.

          • Hope

            Pls read as:Am not sure what you have TRIED to imply.

          • saay7

            Kbur Field Marshall Haile:

            Antum sebay, why are you complicating things:)

            What I was trying to say is this: any fact-finding excursion has to follow what is called by the legal types “rules of evidence”: what are the rules one must follow to introduce evidence. I won’t borrrow those who have read/watched a lot of legal thrillers but it includes witnesses, physical evidence, expert testimony, etc. And all I was trying to say (because I hear it a lot when the PFDJ is dismissing evidence against it) is that a witness does not have to agree to disclose his/her identity to be considered credible, particularly is there is a preponderance of people (even if all choose to remain anonymous) who are saying the same thing. An investigator will often say something like “three people who don’t know each other all describe the same set of facts: who, what, where, when, how, why….”

            In 14 years of reporting, I think Gedab News has quoted a sum total of 0.0 people ON THE RECORD (each one requested to be anonymous or, when they were willing to disclose their name, we chose not to disclose their name.)

            Where was I? Yes. The Danish fact-finders use of anonymous sources is a non-issue. It’s the conclusions they reached–based on a determined decision to stack their jury–that’s the problem.


          • haileTG

            Antum sebay, why are you fatally simplifying things:) haha

            saay, I am totally with you on what is needed to make a “fact finding” mission credible? Can we set the same bar of expectation to make an allegation?

            My reason to responding to dawit (indirectly) was however, to do with his unusual position. We expect a PFDJista to be happy and jump up and down with the news (as many of its mouth pieces are doing). I was suspicious of dawit taking a different route, i.e. he said “yes this report is rubbish (surprise:), which goes to show you all other reports are rubbish too (haha..if only I wasn’t to be chuw zbele wedi shuq:-)

            So, to allege that the regime is violating human rights shouldn’t really need that level of regior, tha is all. So, dawit’s quid pro quo wasn’t valid.


          • saay7


            Hahaha, ወይ ኣነ ፋራ ቐደሙ ግዳ ምስ ደቂ ሹቕ…!

            The arguments:

            1. All reports compiled using anonymous sources are unreliable, whether it is HRC, SEMG, or this Danish report (Dawit)

            2. In some cases, use of anonymous sources is justified and in others it isn’t (Haile TG)

            3. Whether an investigator uses anonymous sources or on-the-record sources is entirely irrelevant, what matters is if the report used acceptable rules of evidence-gathering (SAAY)

            4. The Danish report should be dismissed because it is using anonymous sources (Amanuel)

            You were replying to Dawit and I was replying to Amanuel. Maybe we need ኣዋሃሃዲት ሽማግለ? 🙂


          • haileTG

            haha …well played:) saay!

          • saay7

            DeHan natus anta Wedi Shuq:

            This is from our friends in Denmark:

            “Reasons for leaving Eritrea
            Basically, the vast majority of the people who leave Eritrea do so for two reasons. The first reason is that the poor economic situation in Eritrea has led many to look to Europe for a better life. The second reason is the National Service program in Eritrea. The uncertainty concerning the duration of the service together with the low salary make many young people look for alternatives to spending several years working for a meager pay. Hardly anyone leaves Eritrea for political reasons.”

            Ane fara meskinay aytereda’anin. Please, chiw zbele wedi shuq, please translate what deqi shuq Copenhagen are saying:)


          • haileTG

            Haha…saay aqli tray; shuq ewn zeybtsah aykonen 🙂

            Here, what a fino wedi shuq would tell you is “nqwanqwa ewn eko qwanqwa alewo”:-)

            “the poor economic situation in Eritrea”, “Uncertainty concerning the duration”, “low salary”,

            could have easily been stated as

            “the Eritean regime’s removal of economic rights from the population”, “the decades long national service with no certainty of ever being released”, “lack of salaried employment and instead the wide spread use of forced labor and conscription”

            So, the Deqi mall of Denmark (shuq is copy righted to enda klte afu:) are really only talking slick language that would prejudice the public opinion against inherent sense of sympathy towards a people undergoing a major national tragedy.

            Again, remember, this is being passed as an authoritative finding of a duly entrusted team of investigators. ahhh, gdef eba merzen aytemxaley:-) This is sick to see a millioner playing games on a beggar than just say yirdaEkum (they are setting a bad precedent!)

            Politically, from wedi shuq’s prespective, the PFDJ is a loser here by appearing to support it. Almost every Eritrean household is now touched by the mass outpouring of the people. Some hove immediate families involved, others have members of extended family involved. So, the PFDj by appearing to support this, which is not truly (deep down) favored by the people, it is helping the fast depletion of its confused supporters. If it was clever, it would have kept silent, but madote/ and tesfa are the new generation Mai nefhi type movers and shakers 🙁


          • saay7

            Selamat Hailat:

            I don’t know if this is part of the aging process. But to me now, whenever I read any report about Eritrea, positive or negative, pro-regime or pro-opposition, the first and only thing I want to know is a bio on the author(s). And if the author is under 30, they better blow me away with their credentials because they just don’t have enough life-experience to report on what they are reporting.


          • Hope

            SAAY “fara”?hahaha—Abzi zelenayo alemin ghizien,Tihtina ayedilin….eyu Professor SAAY–neta haki midirguah eya besides being guerah/shrewed/smart plus being: ” Kunu yewehane keme rigb we-tebibane kem arwie midir”.
            Here is my take:
            By common sense and per Logic 101:1, 2, and 3 are acceptable but 4 is challengeable.
            Here is why:
            1)Dawit used the term ” Unreliable” correctly and appropriately coz they cannot be absolutely but they could be, depending on the rationale behind being anonymous.
            2)Haile TG used the phrase “In some cases” smartly(a Lawyer?) and can go with #1(dawit).The term ” in some cases” is acceptable provided those “some cases” are verifiable and evidence based and that seems to be Haile’s rationale/arguement..
            3)SAAY covers all:As long as the Report is “Evidence Based”,”Scientific”, and justifiable,who cares about who said what?BTW,that was my initial stand about the Danish Report believing it was ” Evidence Based and Scientific”,which now seems to be more biased than I thought after reading the old new Danish History.But still I belive,at least partially,it does have some Truth irrespective of its motivation.
            4)Aman’s pick could be challenged per the above statements.
            If that would be the case,then Aman should dismiss all the UN/SEMG Reports coz they all used anonymous “witnesses” and sources.Plus,all those anonymous Awatista Contirbutors and their contribution-using nicks,will be dismissed–by a simple analogy 101.

      • Saleh Johar

        Dear Amanuel,
        It’s not an insignificant report. Right now, about a thousand people are stranded in Denmark and their fate will be decided by this garbage report. That is why it is on this website.

        • SAEED T

          I agree ustaz Selih, we should not underestimate its impact on the refugee claimants

    • saay7


      The Danes and nutrition (whether it is political, social, economic, health) just don’t get along. Consider the Danish (pastry) and its nutritional facts:

      Serving size 142 g

      Calories: 527
      Calories from fat: 231
      Total fat: 40%
      Saturated fat: 35%
      Cholestrol 162 mg or 54%
      Sodium: 503 mg


      • haileTG

        hi saay,

        haha, except our eater here (regime) tends to not be facy about nutrition guide label. If it smells good, they would gobble it up before you blink and heard burping around rudely:-)

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    This is a great service Awate Team.

    How dare the Denmark government is unshame to repeat the same mistake again.

    This is remarkable historical proofs and it exposes the brutality of Denmark against oppressed people.

    “from 1935 Denmark rejected Jewish refugees at its borders, and that it expelled twenty-one Jewish refugees to Germany in 1940-1943 most of whom were eventually killed.” How many Eritreans do the information gatherers want to send to the gallows?

    For the later question: 1500 or more Eritreans waiting to be send to the gallows.

    Indeed this is an insult to the whole Eritrean population and to the International world community for allowing history to be repeated today. Denmark has a black history on people who are in need of help and so is now for Eritreans.

    Eritreans, a message to you.

    “1. All Eritreans with psychological and emotional scars: your testimonies are proven to be lies.

    2. All raped women: it didn’t happen to you, you are just imagining it.

    3. All of you who sold your houses, depleted your life savings, and panhandled in places of worship to collect ransom money: you are swindlers.

    And this is a message that came from Denmark fact findings mission to Eritrea, a country that never hesitated to deport Jews to the hand of Hitler, the Nazi. And now, it is preparing to repeat the same history to send you to Neo-Nazi regime of Asmara. Can you read this message which is putting you as swindlers and liers? “

    Wake-up and air your voice to the world community. tell the world that Denmark is not shame to repeat its own history.

    While demonstratng against PFDJ puppets, we shoudl also extend our voice to remind the world what Denmark is doing.

    Let’s come out and remind Denmark their own history.

    Thank you

    • Hope

      The report does not deny the painful collateral damages of the Exodus.
      The Purpose of the Report is clearly deliniated/clarified
      The report is analysing the possible causes of the exodus and it did a good job eventhough not to your satisfaction.
      After all,they have the Right to kick out or block any one with out any preconditons or justifications like this Report that you claim that they did it for their “Justification”.
      The point should be:
      -To debate on their Report–about its deficiency,etc—
      -To debate on the solutions based on their report.
      The Spirit of the Letter of the Catholic Bishops is similar as both have attempted to identify the problems thereby treat the cause of the disease,not just the symproms of the disease.

  • Michael

    I take it you’re not happy with the truth. Amnesty International and HRW have never been to Eritrea but yet you find them more credible. These people have and have seen and reported the facts on the ground. The opposition is sadly in a tail spi and have no way to spin this. Sorry but the jig is up.

    • haileTG


      The opposition have been to Eritrea, have families in Eritrea. have lived under repression in Eritrea and can tell who represents their stories better.