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Human Rights Council Advances Eritrea Case To Security Council

In its June 8 report, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Human Rights in Eritrea had made recommendations to eight parties: (1) the State of Eritrea; (2) the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC); (3) the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights; (4) the UN’s General Assembly; (5) the UN’s Security Council, (6) the African Union; (7) Member States; and (8) Transnational corporations. Today,  the UN’s HRC, a trigger to all the other recommendations,  accepted by consensus all of the Commission’s recommendations, including the transmission of its report to the General Assembly, the Secretary General and the Security Council for “follow-up on its recommendations.”

The Human Rights Council is made of 47 member states, serving a three-year term.  Five of the 47 are African states.

The resolution was drafted by neighboring Djibouti and Somalia and, over the last week, there had been claims that the language was “watered down” and the resolution would die at the Human Rights Council.

The “water down” refers to changes in the language of the preamble, routine for a body that likes to decide by consensus or without a vote.

The government of Eritrea, which had characterized the report of the Commission of Inquiry as the opinion of three individuals, conducted an intensive effort to defeat the resolution and tabled its own resolution which mostly commends it for progress it has made.

Nonetheless, the Human Rights Council has resolved to accept the CoI’s recommendation to refer the report to all relevant bodies which certainly includes the General Assembly, the Secretary-General and the Security Council.

As of today, the report can no longer be dismissed as that of a “three-person panel.”

Because Eritrea is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) can only happen if the UN keeps Eritrean human rights issue on its agenda, and the Security Council makes the referral.

The Security Council can expedite the issue by referring the case to the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bentouda, who is well regarded and, because she is a Gambian, able to counter claims that the ICC targets only Africans.

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  • Solomon Haile

    Selamat Awatistas,

    semaEka — Tim
    RiAika — Tim
    Tim Tim Tim…

    So Abi, Yoty, HA are applying the tSeQti…
    They do say’ Pressured pipes burst…

    Well folks… Gambia is it or Togo… Next thing you hear will be the Tour de AfriQue smugglers of the finest popy through the North Pole all the way from Afghanistan and Cazakistan. You have got to give it to our “cosa nostra” under bosses including those in charge of the infrastructure reconstruction efforts for the war devastated newly member nation state of the UN…. Eritrea Eritrea Eritrea..An Alem….
    Blood in Blood out!
    Happy 4th.
    tSAtSE

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Wolde Abi,

    Okay that is fine. It is their choice. No single person can decide for them. there is nothing to be mad about it. as far as I know even now they didn’t finalize it and people have presented a group to work on the subject. But what should all hope is things will go for the advantage this wonderful nation. We all want to see Ethiopia progressing united.

  • Abi

    Hi Guest
    First, I like great leaders visiting my country. Some countries host terrorists , while Ethiopia is hosting great leaders like Obama and BB. I see it as a sign of greatness.
    Besides, I don’t need to explain why I’m happy. I have never asked why you are always miserable?

  • Berhe Y

    Dear AT and all,

    Does anyone know what’s next for these? What happens next? I am not clear based on gedeb news that’s exactly what’s happening with the report? Reading some news item quoting the US diplomat indicate that, this is not going to the SC but instead the HR body wants it taken by AU. But AU does not have a court or persecutor? There was a mention that this may follow path of Hussien Abre?

    If this is the case, I can say that this will not be likely to happen anytime soon and it will require a lot of wrangling before this will bear some fruit.

    I hope if someone can explain what all this means?

    thank you
    Berhe

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Berhe,

      My understanding is, HRC has sent to ACJHR, UNSC, and State of Eritrea. AU has a court of justice known as “African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) that was adopted in 2003, and enforced in 2009. The UNSC will either sent it to ACJHR or ICC. Which ever route decided by UNSC, it will be a “lot of wrangling” unless we collaborate with political hit by the opposition camp to change the momentum of influence in the international community. HR alone will not bring in to a fruitful completion. Our HR activists have done a phenomenon job to bring the case to this stage. They should be praised for the job well done. What is left is the political side of the equation to compliment the struggle by the opposition camp. Hopefully, the success of the HR activists will be emulated by the political leaders in the opposition camp.

      Regards
      Amanuerl Hidrat

      • iSem

        Hi Emma and BY:
        The PFDJ supporters are celebrating victory, but PFDJ’s press release in response to the decision sounded that they were chilled. Russia and China strongly objected, so most likely the fear is they will veto it in SC, but they may abstain, lots of things can change between now and then. The USA guy said, “this report does not have the sophistication of the NK report”, that is the more disturbing than the objection of Russia and China, I guess the USA ambassador in Asmara is doing a good job in canonizing PFDJ with his jellabiya and coffee and sword dance, how fool he would look when we replay that again and again in the future. The amended report, the supporters are saying, I do not understand that, how can the HRC amend a report that is validated, it cannot amend it as the PFDJ are telling us, they are actually amending the recommendations.
        AU took up the case of a former Chadian president and if they take up Eritrea’s case seriously then that looks good for Africa as it slowly transforms to a civilized continent where rule of law is supreme, with a few trials under its belt the AU can cross chasm and become a bastion of emerging rule of law and they can stop their bitching about how ICC was created to target African, hello? many dictators hail from Africa so it is related, also white people like the Serbians and Bosnian killers were taken there. The world is becoming inhabitable for dictators and Africa is behind
        I heard Sal’s interview and he said it best, the fact that the ICC did not get its acts together with the Kenyan does not mean that it is useless, I paraphrase of course The worst enemy of Africa is Africa. The Mo Ibrahim prize half of the time does not find worthy winners, Africa has a long way to go and first order of business in that long journey is to weed out dictators like IA, Al-Bashir, etc. that have littered these beautiful continent for a long time. That is how simple is for the continent to transform itself from the rule of the jungle to the rule of humans.
        About 600 years ago, Europe was in dark ages and when the plague wiped out half of the population, the kings, the witchcrafts could not do anything, Renaissance was born and from there the sky has become the limit as Europe led almost every break through in science that humanity is till refining and building on, in the 21 first century the the Rwanda, Darfur genocide and all the killing and hunger that go under reported in Africa is its plague and the continent’s is Renaissance is way over due, some African enthusiast can tell you that Renaissance has dawned, no yet and some who brag about this continent and how the white man made it so, I tell them, first get rid of the tyrant. The AU has that opportunity instead of protecting each other, it is time to abandon the dictators and have a baseline for a minimum standers of a government.

        BY: If AU cannot get its act together to transform the continent, I think the time has come to hire retired presidents and prime minsters from the western word to run African countries as CEO with consultations from elders. Do not ask how the implementation of it, just enjoy it original concept:-)

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Sem,

          Well said. Of course, there is no any kind of mandate of any organization to amend the report of COI. It is in a book, history book as is. The only thing they can do is either to extend the COI mandate, in case the regime is pressured to allow them to go inside Eritrea to evaluate the degree of crimes with the real victims, or could take the right recourse to the court of law. My guess is the former, one more attempt to close the book.

          regards
          Amanuel Hidrat

      • Berhe Y

        Dear AH,

        Here I just read this news, which is what I was looking for. So it seems the mandate of the SR has been extended and also the Commission welcomes / supports the resolution.

        This is great news, no wonder the PFDJ are going in circle and blaming the CIA/Ethiopia and others…if you think they have “Won”.

        Berhe

        UN inquiry panel welcomes strong resolution on human rights in Eritrea
        http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54395#.V3qXRfkXDIU

        “The Commission welcomes this resolution which fully endorses the work we have done over the past two years,” said Commission Chairperson Mike Smith. “We hope that justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years has now taken a step closer to being realised.”

        The Commission strongly endorsed the decision to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a further year. The Special Rapporteur is a position appointed by the HRC to examine a specific human rights theme or a country situation.

    • T..T.

      Hi Berhe, Amanuel H., Sem, and all,

      Prior to entering Eritrea of Isayas, the investigative body has to put to test the vertical and horizontal openness to its crime investigation. Under the current system, crime investigation is not possible. Because the effect of the crime investigation in Eritrea depends on the feasibility of the investigation, without putting the tyrant and his generals behind bars the job cannot be done. At least a free public participation is needed for crimes to be investigated. I don’t know what mechanisms the African Union is going to use to investigate crimes while the criminals are in office. That’s why regime change is now eminent.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam T.T,

        You are right, the only reason they are extending the mandate is, in order the SR to get access to Eritrea to close the excuses of the regime once more. If they allow unfettered access inside Eritrea it will only enhance the report. if they do not, the current report took hold its legitimacy enough to indict the criminals to ICC after a year, when the SR comes with its report. In my opinion whether they give unfettered access to SR inside Eritrea or not, it doesn’t change the merits of the current report. They want to disprove the “bias accusation” by the regime. BTW if they give access to SR, then the SR has the lists of areas to visit and the list of imprisoned Eritrean citizens and families of the victims to interview, including the enablers and handlers of the crime. I do not think they will allow them, but if they allow the report will get a closure.

        regards
        Amanuel Hidrat

        • Berhe Y

          Dear AH,

          This is what I was going, and as long as SR has the mandate then justice will be delayed but it sure will not be forgotten.

          So we will have to keep pressing the regime and others who support it, like Britain and the US, Norway to justify their support and help pressure the regime to allow the SR to visit the country and even suggest to open office inside the country.

          As to the opposition, I think they should just join the advocates and support them to the full extent.

          Berhe

          • Kokhob Selam

            Yes Sir,
            In fact they should also allow Eritreans (who are from opposition) to be part of the office that will work for such. Ha ha ha ! really this is the time to take step with full knowledge of the world and let PFDJ exposed totally. I will be the first to accept if requested – please help me to be part on this one.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear KS,

            This is what they say “Damn if you do, and Damn if you don’t”. The PFDJ really put themselves in the corner and they have no where to get out.

            If they allow SR, the report will be damming and they will not be able to produce the political prisoners…and if they don’t allow them, the report will be even more damming because they are not allowing the SR and following the UN recommendations.

            That’s the beauty of justice, isn’t it. finally it will catch up.

            Berhe

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Berhe Y,

            in both cases PFDJ will have not way of successes. for PFDJ it is better to reject and continue blaming than allowing so it seems the regime has started fully rejecting and refusing as per yesterdays editorial in Tv Ere “serving the truth”, so now it is like “do what ever you want” massage. I have good solution for them ,, make excuse that “the world is against us : so handover the power with guarantee that they will be forgiven and start transferring power to Geneva 23 participants new chosen committee. This will be the best solution that will close the chapter without blood,

        • T..T.

          Hi Amanuel Hidrat and all,

          If there is no fast way to bring to criminal court trials those who are accused of crimes and atrocities in Eritrea, easier ways to get and punish them must be found. So long the USA is more bitterly against the ICC than the African Union, the USA cannot be expected to help. But other countries can be asked to play roles. Secondly, the role players will be less enthusiastic if they believe the arrest of the tyrant and his generals could spark chaos in Eritrea.

          Therefore, the Eritrean opposition should rush to form and declare a government in exile in order for the world, UNSC and the AU, be convinced to pursue criminal trials, be it in Africa or the ICC. Also, the Eritrean government in exile will have tracking and monitoring rights into all wealth and monies siphoned from Eritrea and deposited with foreign banks, thus denying the tyrant to threat with wars and chaos in the event of his arrest.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam T.T,

            First, I wish the decision of HRC and UNSC was to refer the despot and his lackeys to ICC. But they push it for another year by extending the mandate. Not in our control. Second it is impossible to form “government in exile” with nature of relationship among the political organizations. The political organizations are way-way-behind the HR-activists. They can not even put in order their political houses, let alone to form a responsible alternative government – a government in exile.

            regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

  • Hayat Adem

    Hope,
    Please don’t say things for the sake of it. Make your point if you have one. Otherwise, wait until you get one. For example, I’ve never heard of a logic of stealing for service; or stealing diamond for a price of few lives.
    The other thing is, you are bringing Afghan here. First, you know nothing about the country, its poppy vis-a-vis the west. You are bringing it here because you thought it is a remote subject and geography you can go away saying whatever you want. Bad news, you better leave it there. There is bizarre logic is, you are trying to promote theft-by-example: if other countries are stealing, why not Eritrea? If Mobutu embezzle his country, PFDJ too has the right to steal from Congo. Does Joseph Kabila has the right to steal from Eritrea because PFDJ is doing that?
    And why are you suffocating us with irrelevant events, actors, characters, factors etc? PFDJ was the subject here: then you brought West, TPLF, CIA, Mobuutu… etc..

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Merhaba Peace,

    This is half truth as there are wolkaits both sides of the river tekeze talking their native language tigrigna. But aside of that, I love people airing their grievances whatever that might be. I wish that liberty was in our own country. I have no doubt the 1940 map you have promised to link will address my argument. This is the same argument made by our people with the redistricting Eritrea from the old provinces to the current regions by the Eritrean regime without consulting the Eritrean people. Governments must listen the grievances of their people, if the aggrieved people follow the due process of the law of their states. I hope the grievances of wolkaitis is not politically motivated to destabilize their country. I do not understand why it took them to raise this grievances of redistricting since it become constitutionalized in1995 and ratified by the parliament of the Ethiopian people. However, grievances must be addressed by the government in whatever shape or form the grievances came forward. That is how I see grievances and how they should be addressed. Enough on external issue, and let us not entangle our issue with their issues.

    Regards

    • Peace!

      Selam Emma,

      ኣንታ ኢማ ሓወይ እዚኣ ዳኣ ወላ ትንፈር ጤል እያ እንዶ ኾይና! ይኹነልካ በል። But the main point here is that although I couldnt care less about the subject, if this is the way we argue, which seems pretty much denying reasonable voices presented to us, I am afraid we will continue to blame PFDJ for the rest of our life.

      Happy 4th
      Peace!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Peace,

        Please listen to the click video linked by Rahwa. The man is of welkait origin spoke about their language and their history eloquently. ይኹነልካ ዘይኮነስ: ታሪኻዊ ሰረት ዘለዎ መጎተ ሒዘእኮ እየ : የግብእ ዝብለካ ዘለኹ:: አማኑኤል አብ ባይታ ዘየብሉ ክትዕ ከስፍል ሕልንኡ ብፍጽም አየፍቅደሉን እዩ ሰላም ሐወይ:: ሕጂእካ ክትዕና መዕርፎ ረኺቡ በሃላይ እየ::

        ሰናይ ምሸት
        ሐውኻ አማኑኤል ሕድራት

        • Peace!

          Hi Emma,

          Really! You believe Rahwa, the TPLF mouth piece, more than the Welkaitans themselves. Well, ኩቡር ኢማ please do not get irritated when people describe you as a Greater Tigray sympathizer. You keep proving yourself time and time again.

          Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Peace,

            Isn ‘t the man in the clip of the video indeed a wolqayetay person telling you their language and history? Do not be stupid ዘይተገርዘ መልሐሱ:: And remember, it is only thugish PFDJ like you could blackmail me with tigray tigrigni. You could not even have liquid of courage “Hamot” to come out from the curtains of pennames. Do not worry we will find out your hiding place when you come out in the shopping place running after your kids.

          • Peace!

            Selam Emma,

            ዘይተገርዘ መልሓሱ?! ትግራይ ትግርኜ ነውሪ ድዩ? Nothing wrong with that except Eritrea is too small and too diversified to go that way, by the way even PFDJ supporters entertain that dream too just in case you think I am a PFDJ thug. Frankly, I read all YG’s articles and listened to all his interviews, the guy is brave and articulate, I just don’t agree with him. The rest is yawning! Come to the mall:)

            Peace!

  • tes

    Dear George,

    On USA, we are talking being in a different wagon. Justice is so misleading term when it comes from PFDJ and its adherents.

    On progressing Eritrra:
    Man if death is progress, in deed it is when we look into it biologically, yes Eritrea is progressing so fast. But this is towards failed state.

    On mining: when a state fails to generate income the best alternative is to exploit its natural resource. If mining were good for economy, countries like Russia, Congo, North Korea and likes could be the leading countries in terms of economy but they are not.

    As PFDJ officials call it themselves, “mineral resource can be a curse if managed inappropriately”. So is in Eritrea.

    tes

  • Hayat Adem

    Hope,
    1) You know that stealing from other nations is a crime, don’t you? That is the point I was raising above. What do you teach your kids about stealing?
    2) Afghanistan? You are funny…

  • sara

    Dear awatians– Eid Mubarak,
    I have news for you on — the Zionist prime minister Nataneyaho is heading to Ethiopia, and he will be the first Zionist prime minister to visit Africa since the establishment of the Jewish state. what is interesting or
    shall i call it embarrassing is such a racist, fascistic , person will address a parliament of an African state.
    imagine, a state which occupies land forcefully evicts people ,subjugates,kills,maims with impunity and steals land and occupy and build houses for those who come from Russia or america and else where.
    ” He will make an historic speech in the Ethiopian parliament” is how the Jewish media tries to impress upon Africans.

    • Abi

      Hi Sara
      I’m happy BB The Great is visiting Ethiopia.
      Long live The Jewish State!!!!!!!!!

      • Guest

        Dear abi
        Abi xxxx why is that you r happy b/c of bb vist to ethjopia? Is that b/c of Israel love for ethiopia and africa? Or b/c of mo anbassa negda yahuda? Or b/c of Israel treatment of ethiopia Israeli? Or you Grow up thinking isreal is every thing good? Pls tell us way you are so confused and happy about bb vist?

        • Abi

          Hi Guest
          I said I’m happy. Where did you read that I’m confused.
          Don’t read what is not written unless you are confused.

          YeEngda neger derso tegderdari
          Gira yetegaba yewushet meskari.

          You are lucky I didn’t see the deleted part.

          • Kokhob Selam

            ምን ምን ኣብየ .

            የኛ ነገር ደርሶ ተግደርዳሪ :-
            ግራ የተጋባ የውሸት መስካሪ ::
            ha ha ha!

    • iSem

      Sara:
      Eid Mubarak to you too sister
      here is one more bad news for your. Israel is the solution the middle east, like it or not. And It needs to defend itself, I can appreciate that they are aggressive against ISIS and Hamas because they do not want to go to the gas chambers again, ever, that was their promise and they are keeping it. The Arab goons get more justice in Israel courts than in their own court, the Arab court is a place where pedophiles and murders go free because they can recite some obscure Koranic verses, in Israel the is a court of law, the Arabs need to do what Israel did for itself
      In the minds of most Eritreans and all PFDJ supporters the facts are hazy in their minds when it comes to Israel, the complicated creation of the state of Israel after the Jews were exterminated in Europe was one of the best things that happened to humanity, to have a democratic oasis in the midest of oil barons who torture and enslave and murder. Thanks God for Israel!!
      Those who destroy their own in the name of Islam like ISIS and Hamas and all the extremist, Israel is not only defending its people but by extension defending humanity.
      I say it again, Israel is primarily tasked to do what is best for its interest and the Arabs must do the same and bring some civility instead of leading their poor people to extinction and by the way they are going they will be riding their camels to the stone age and if that is the case, I will be sad for the innocent and good people but humanity will be served better
      before bashing Israel, you need to ask why they are doing good for their own people

      • sara

        Dear sir
        congra that you have many up voting you for your sympathetic view of the Zionist state, the worst is thy claim o be Eritreans. you also stated the Zionists are doing good to their people, well didn’t the Nazis and Hitler said they were doing it for the good of their people.
        “doing good for their own people”—– interesting times!

        • iSem

          Sara:
          I do not know about the Nazis, but I did not say the Israels SAID are doing it for their people, whatever the doing u are talking about. I said, the Israelsa re DOING good for their people, their security, their future, their wellbeing and their writes, you can see if you open your eyes,

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi iSem,

            I am almost sure you do not subscribe to morale relativism. I would also say you do not condone the idea of the end justifies the means. I also tend to believe you are guided by principles—the reason for my shock on this topic. I though wrong is WRONG and right is RIGHT and as two parallel lines will never meet, unless God wills it 🙂

            Was this a purposely formulated position to provoke debate ?

          • iSem

            Abu Saleh:-)
            Everything in you said is right here including the last sentence:-)
            But no one is taking the bate including you:-)
            I would have liked it more if you have changed the “tend to” to I am almost sure:-)

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear iSem,

        every leadership says ” we are doing this and that for good of our people” . questions over questions come to mind Where are Felashas? how were they treated so far? how are our Eritrean refuges treated?

        but above all why are they killing Palestine children? you are supporting such type of nation and you want to see extremists free world – how will it work? in fact the worst extreme force yet to come against Israel – see and remember my words.. so you better watch deep the case.

      • Nitricc

        Semere; now you know why people never taken you as a person of substance. Personally, I have known you from day one for the person you are but this time around you gave for everyone to see the cold blooded and stupid you are. With the stupid statement you have stated; you are equally guilty for the death of Palestinian’s children who are wiped out by white phosphorus at the hands of your evil Israeli.At least, no one will believe whenever you scream about justice and human dignity. What you revile on this stupid take is that your hate to Muslims and exposed for religious thug you are. I hope you stick to your obsession of rape and avoid making such dumb statement.

      • Peace!

        Hi iSem,

        Please stop puking all over your body and do some soul searching. I usually don’t read your comments although you seem to getting a lot better than when you first came in: do you remember the strange weird sexual disrespectful tone you were using to get your message across? The last time I read your piece is the farewell for SAAY from awate editorial, and even for that you just proved you did not deserve such honor. I do not know what was going through SAAY’s mind!

        Peace!

        • iSem

          Hi Peace:
          My comments are articles are not written for your. It is an HONOUR not be read by you.
          Now do you have any tangible issues to discuss about the comments above
          And what disrespectful tone are you yapping about?
          I searched my soul that is why I am in the right side of history, have you done soul searching?

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Guest,

    you can say things in better way. ask me if those last 5 years this gentle man has clear stand about our independent nation, united Eritrea, peaceful horn Africa. And yes not only his principal stand even his clear view on how we can achieve all that. Go and read Tebeges in the same awate. unless you will purposely oppose you will find him to be the best thinker among us. We Eritreans are lucky to have such men with wide knowledge and kind heart. recently we have lost elders with such category without exploiting the advantage we could get from them. Amanuel and the few like him are now our elders even few years ahead.

    come and tell me after reading his articles please. If you are not willing to read all it will be my duty to give you brief of what his stand is.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Someone (I think it was Nitricc) called to tell me that there were a lot of similarities between the USA and Eritrea of Isayas. He paused, and then broke his silence with a surprising explanation that they were the only two countries where the word ዓሪፋ or ዓሪፉ is used when one dies/passes away. In Eritrea, ዓሪፋ/ዓሪፉ from slavery, the master’s barking of orders at the deceased, intimidation, blackmailing, harassment, etc. And in the USA, ዓሪፋ/ዓሪፉ from beltway, bills, taxes, etc.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Guest,
    Do you know the saying “ክበልዕዎ ዝደለዩ ኣብ ጉንባሕ ሲ… ” you are here know us guest and you are labeling the guy with his personal picture and the real name who fought for Eritrean freedom,,how can that work? in fact Amanuel was there when TPLF was fighting in side Eritrea against his front. it is not logical nor historically supported.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear guest,

    Are you kidding? Which line of thinking gave you this kind of preception on me? If that is your evaluation, you failed miserably, even on the basics of politics and the norm of engagement. But even if there opinions of that thinking from both sides, they do not know the reality on the ground. ስለዚ ቱፍ በሎደአ ዝሐወይ::

  • said

    Greetings,

    As reported history today , Historically the concept nation-states, goes back to the Treaty of Westphalia signed in 1648 ending both the Thirty-Years’ War within the Holy Roman Empire and the Eighty-Years War between Spain and the Dutch Republic. The negotiations took place between representatives of 109 different governments.
    The Peace of Westphalia came to mean that individual nation-states had borders, were ruled by some sort of government, and made their own laws that were supposed to be respected by other nation states. Aggressive warfare was illegal and military response was appropriate only when attacked. It more or less worked for the next three hundred years. Europe changed from a continent faced with constant warfare to an economic powerhouse with the most freedom in history. The Treaty didn’t end conflicts; however, through use of a balance of power.
    In Eritrean case .The concept of new nation-state of Eritrea was born with great hope and aspiration and many lives scarified . fact on the ground You can’t un ring bell.it is dream accomplished. But in no time from nationhood concept hope and aspiration and slowly changed to the worst type of nation state that is dictatorship state . IA holding power without any accountability and trashing all civil liberties and ignoring civil protections ,resulting in a failed state and utterly dysfunctional nation-state within short period of time of independence with no peace dividend realized . Eritrean briefly enjoyed honeymoon period of time and briefly blossomed . The expectation of the New state was very high and Eritrea will avoid all kind of mistakes other nation made after their independence. The hope was Eritrea New state will be democratic and dynamic and will provide the population with a reasonably decent standard of health, education ,services and better living was a dream in pipe .The hope was states in which a significant part of the population is offered jobs in the public sector and in private sector and Eritrea will flourish with out interference from deep state . But realty sank so deeply and Millions of Eritrean depressed and disappointed did not share in the prosperity hoped nor achieved peace .

    Add to this Eritrea is no longer as powerful as it once was after independence. A demoralized nation and militarized nation .The one thing the state it knows best is to create conflict and war . State of Eritrea incredibly declared stupid war after another with neighbouring countries rightly or wrongly is not the issue . No one has ever been held accountable for war ,IA the warmonger and his debacle was catastrophe and costly that was totally avoidable and an needed and stupid war and has been in a state of war since 2000 . These war with number of neighbouring countries and mainly Ethiopia is extraordinarily destructive and no end in sight and have taken its tools .And seem never to produce definitive winners or losers. The next war no will Die for IA ? Never! At a time when significant parts of Eritrea had been devastated and hundred of thousands have left the country and add insult to injury Eritrean refugees of 60th and recent still in refuge comp in neighbouring countries that we went to war with are welcoming our people ?. They are desperate refugees who have crossed international borders and seas and desperate and displaced and many thousand who have yet to leave Eritrea that have treat them as homeless. The country has an out of control military size that drain human resources and military force .

    the number of people who have fled Eritrea to escape next phase of warfare or deadly political of IA and persecution. With no rights Any Eritrean opposition groups or domestic dissent remotely suspected and presumed to be, are prisoned and savagely persecuted and merciless, is sign of weakness In a country of IA where there is neither democratic accountability nor the rule of law. The writing was on wall long time ago ,we choose to close our eyes and mind. after all is his our hero’s and one of us .
    The result is simple one man show IA which was never going to tolerate democratic Eritrea or given anything remotely to any rights .
    The question for our time. Is the Eritrea nation-states peaceful, prosperous and safe with it self ? resampling a normal state I don’t believe so and No one will think so. over the last quarter century half only exacerbated war and violence and accelerated the state failure of Eritrea.

    Dictatorship IA ruled by brute forces and authoritarian leader is battling for his final hour and survival in the face of mounting external pressures and soon internal pressures will be mounted . This is hardly the way the Eritrea as nation-states is expected to flourish and develop. IA repeatedly promised to achieve national self-determination by creating independent states through the concentration of whatever means available ,Eritrean human resources, Eritrean diaspora with how and capital with political will and economic resources were at hand. Instead, over the two and half decades wasted. The regime transmuted into dictatorship and police states controlled by tiny number of privileged group .The Nation-states of Eritrea lack of justice , rules and accountability is obvious. called what you want

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Said,

      Nice and clear picture of the situation on the ground and prediction ! but where are you man, please come always.

      • said

        Thank you for your comment, what you do mean where I am from ,I don’t want ignore your question and sounding like ‘aporia’ .
        Socrates Quotation .Admitting your own ignorance was at the heart of Socrates’ method. Through a process of repeatedly questioning, he would always attempt to tease the truth out of the people he was conversing with.
        Asked about whether an action was just or not, he would never simply say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Instead Socrates would ask the questioner what he actually meant when he used the word ‘justice’ and then invite him to explain how different understandings of justice might lead to different conclusions. Frequently, this process would come to no real conclusion and hit a frustrating dead end, called ‘aporia’ by the Greeks. Nevertheless to Socrates such conversations were still valuable, because only when someone admitted that he didn’t know could he hope to learn anything at all.
        Some people have jokingly said that Socrates learnt his unique questioning method by arguing with his nagging wife, Xanthippe. If he did, she had good reason to be angry with him. Never at home or at work, Socrates spent his time either arguing in the marketplace or accepting numerous invitations to dinner parties. Meanwhile, like most respectable Greek wives, Xanthippe was stuck at home with the children, and only allowed out in public on special occasions!

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Said,
          well, you got me wrong. what I mean was where are you for such long time,, I ask the question because I didn’t see your posts for long time now. read it again I only said ../ but where are you man, please come always./ do you note it?

          anyhow thank you Sir,

          • said

            you are right, admitting my own ignorance. I believe you commented to my last posting. for the most I totally agree with you ,i might respond to your comment.

    • Tewelde gebremariam

      Hi said,
      You stated wrong Cause for Eritrean current crisis. Your observation is very shallow at best and malicious at worst. Eritrean people are gallant warriors indeed as evidenced by their victory on Ethiopian colonialism and it’s serial super powers surrogates.—- USA and it’s NATO, the defunct Soviet Union and its communist country satellites—– but Eritreans have never been aggressors against their neighbours. You are simply defiling them to suit your ulterior agenda but let me assure you Eritreans will never fall apart and they will disappoint you as they did to so many others before you because they do not kneel down, come what may!

      The current crisis is a post colonial syndrome . Masqueraded as genuine Eritreans, impostors like isaias afewerk had usurped the Eritrean State Apparatus to nip in the bud our hard won Sovereignty but have failed miserably , of which the massive anger expressed by genuine Eritreans in their world wide demonstrations is the beginning of their end.. Eritreans by nature are just and magnanimous; malicious crooks may be tempted to take advantage of, as tried by Haile Selase and the impostor isaias afewerk but of course to regret it later. Haile Selase was buried in a toilet room; impostor isaias will follows suit. Mark my Words!!

      • said

        HI T G
        Thank for your comments . I will refrain from going your kind condescending attitude,your observation of my comment above ( is very shallow at best and malicious at worst) well done observation . it does not serve the answer nor serve the purpose . you can be sure I am old enough to know my country history well and the period of struggle as well as most Eritrean do,they lived it . at your point well taken on your second part We are on the same page .i mentioned Eritreans scarified preciouses lives to gain its independence. I am talking clearly post independence state of Eritrea of IA of which most of my comment directed .

  • T..T.

    Hello Awate-com webmaster, management, staff, and members

    Here’s a request to Awate-com management to issue a statement of commendation to the members of the COIE. The Awate-com management will issue the statement on behalf of itself and its members. The Awate-com statement will be made in the capacity and in line with advancing its fearless services of informing, inspiring and emboldening the Eritrean people in their fight for justice and freedom.

    Indeed, the members of the Commission deserve such a statement for their courage in carrying their mission omni-competently, giving equal access and equal weight to testimonies given by the regime’s supporters and the regime’s victims of gross and systematic human rights violations.

    To ensure complete success on the side of serving justice and to reinforce the achievement of the Commission’s mission, the Statement of Commendation should incorporate: The UNSC and the African Union henceforth are duty bound to follow up the redressing process of the victims, forcing the supporting and funding countries of the regime (say: Qatar and the Sudan) to adequately compensate the victims for damages suffered as a result of the torture and other inflicted harms.

  • Abi

    Hope Jigna
    Whoever wants regime change in Eritrea is out of his mind. We need to keep His Excellency Tinbite Isayas for eternity until you learn some humility. He is the ONLY ONE can keep you tamed.
    Long live Isayas Afeworqi! No for regime change!!!
    You see, you found a partner in Ras Abi.

  • Abi

    Hi Nefse
    There is nothing that Ras Abi could not answer.
    Now, let’s talk serious stuff for a change.
    TPLF has always been the best Friend for Eritrea before , during or after the so called independence where you liberated the camels and introduced slavery for those supposed to be liberated, the people.
    Without TPLF you would be still baking yourself under the Sahel unforgiving sun.
    Learn to say ” yeqenyeley”.

    • Hayat Adem

      Abi,
      [Learn to say ” yeqenyeley”.]
      How? It is not always easy for everyone.
      Did you hear Ambassador Resom Beyene accusing Ethiopia for helping Eritrea during its fight with Yemen over Hanish Islands? I mean, I am not sure if it was right for Ethiopia to help one side while mediating, or not sure if his claim that Ethiopian help was there but for him to openly accuse a country that helped him just because he thought he was exposing Ethiopia at the debate was so revealing about the character of these people. He is the guy who had his wife and his son-in-law vegetating in unknown prisons and still serving a government that did that to his family in the cheapest-propaganda-for-value manner. Ugh!

      • Abi

        Hi Qonjit
        Ugh! Tirayilki?
        I heard prostitutes trust their pimps more than anybody else.

        • Abi

          Hi Qonjit
          Since the wardiya did not like my use of the word ” pimp” and ” prostitute” , I like to use an appropriate language that fits the posting guidelines.

          Some people trust their abusers better than anybody else.
          Now that is better.
          Why disturb the wardiya from his sleep?

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Abi,
            tSibuq geberukha! You need to be sensitive, Abisha. I thought gender was closer to Gondar.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Abi,

      I am sorry to say that the present of EPLF in first place has delayed the independent day and the friend ship of TPLF and EPLF was also the main cause of our problems today. imagine if only EPLF leadership was not there we Eritrean people could have completely finish the case in early 70’s. you can also ask how many Eritreans and Tigrians were dead when they fought against ELF. Then 40 thousand Eritrean heroes has left the nation. the remaining force joined EPLF giving priority national freedom cheated by EPLF leadership. Haile Deru’e was one of the leaders who swallowed those fighters and today he is in containers PFDJ.

      Don’t ever tell me that we could have been in Sahel if it was not TPLF. both fronts ELF and EPLF has supported TPLF to survive and start their struggle – which I was totally opposing. TPLF got people full of wisdom like Meles and joined other parties of Ethiopia, Meles was cleaver to read EPLF leadership and change his way and work for bigger goal.

  • Yoty Topy

    Hi PTS,
    They both belong to Ethiopia 🙂

  • PTS

    Ethio Awatistas,
    Do the Welqayits belong to Tigrigna or Amhara?

    • Dear PTS,
      Why do you ask? Is there any news coming out of the region?
      I think that some sort of solution should be found before things get out of control. May be some sort referendum could be carried out so that the inhabitants could decide for themselves where they belong, provided the demography has not been changed purposely recently by settling new comers, and there is at least a two-third majority for the one or the other side. What would you do if it comes out to be similar to the British referendum, around 50%? I have no idea.
      Looking at historic facts by independent groups is very important.
      Just my opinion.

      • Peace!

        Hi Horuzon,

        I am sure if the question were about Assab, your answer would be totally different, not just an opinion. Few days ago, you tried with great confidence to lecture us about how Assab is a contested port and perhaps belongs to Ethiopa. And now here you are shaking to answer a simple question that almost every Ethiopian can answer it confidently. It is a historical fact the welqayits belong to Amhara that those people are victims of TPLF’s mass displacement and implanting settlers for expansion purpose.

        Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hey Peace,

          Let me ask you one question: What is the native language or clan language of the wolqayet people? The welqayet that I know speak tigrigna, unless the wolqayet people was split in the two provinces during the old administrative units. Could it be similar to the two tigrigna speaking people ( tigrayan and Eritrean) whatever history imposed upon them to exist they way the exist? I want real answer free of political adventurism.

          regards
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Peace!

            Merhaba Emma,

            I was just responding to Horizon that’s all. Well, to answer your question it is much easier to undress the issue using historical maps, and this is wha my the experts are saying:

            1- Pre-1940 Administrative maps of Ethiopia/Abyssinia

            Map 1: It’s a map drawn by the Italians in 1936 when they surveyed their new occupied country and drew administrative provinces not just for Ethiopia but the whole of East Africa. Notice how the lands to the west of the River Tekeze is part of the Itaian Amhara province.

            2 “Map 2: This is another Italian map drawn in 1911. This is an important map because, it not only shows the provincial boundaries of the whole country, it also tells us who was ruling which province. Once again, a map drawn before the claimed “theft” took place, shows that the land to the west of River Tekeze was part of Begemedir province, ruled by Ras Wolde-Giyorgis.”

            Will s post the link for the maps very soon….

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            You did not answer my question. You are only talking about how colonizers partitioned the region. I am still waiting to answer my question. But in your comment (map-2 which I am still waiting for the link), somehow indicate that there were welqeyet in begemider as well as in tigray east of river tekeze which I know them. If that is the case why do not argue along the Ethiopians who want to reinstate the old provinces of Ethiopia? rather than claiming the welqeyet tribe was only existing in Begemider, which is not true.

            regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            I just share with you facts from experts on the issue. If you do not agree with that, I am sorry I can’t argue better than that. Speaking of language, of course ethnic Tigriyans speak Tigrina and claim themselves as welkaitans.

            Sorry for the short answer; I am chasing my kids at shopping center.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Peace,

            Are you saying all the welqayet tribes live in begemider only? I just want to know if that is your claim. If that is, you are wrong. If it is not why don ‘t argue for reinstatement the old admnistrative units like the gunbot-7, rather than this obscured argument difficult to identify your position. I hope nitric is following our exchange to take note on it. Like many other tribes, the wolqayets were divided in different administrative units during the Haileslassie regime. Anyway let us leave the Ethiopian issue for Ethiopians and deal with our own issue.

            Regards

        • Peace,
          Your friend listed the thousand sins of TPLF. If you have read Abi’s response you would have learnt that Sahel would still have been your home, if it were not for TPLF. Wolkayit is an Ethiopian internal problem, the result of ethnic federalism, and it will be solved amicably by Ethiopians, Amharas and Tigrayans, both children of Ethiopia. Unlike the problem you have with TPLF, mine is completely different. It is better you understand that. It is you and not me who is losing his sleep over TPLF.

          • Peace!

            Dearest Horizon,

            I am at Eritrean website and only interested to discuss Eritrean issues, no reason to lose sleep for nothing; otherwise, I would go to one of those TPLF sponsored websites and wast my precious time:)

            Peace!

          • Peace!

            Thank you moderator for editing that out: obviously that was not my intention, it can’t be whatsoever!

            Peace!

      • PTS

        Horizon,
        It was on VoA-Tigrigna Friday news. Not in detail though. And it caught my attention because I had assumed the Welqayits to be Tigrayans, just like the rest of the folks in Tigray.
        So how did previous regimes address it? What about the people themselves, are they equally divided or is there majority that have opinion one way or the other? Thanks.

        • Dear PTS,
          There is not much I know about the region, really. I have read that it is contested by both sides; and both people live in the area, although it was in Begemder administration from what I remember. Ethnic federalism has created internal borders, which created problems in many areas. That is why I did not try to give a clear cut opinion on the subject. Those who wish Amharas and Tigrayans to go to war over it are the enemies of Ethiopia.

          • Wolde An

            Dear Horizon,
            Stop being so wishy washy and answer the dude.
            The people who have lived in Welkaite Tegede have never said they are Tigrians. They have ALWAYS been Amaras and they still insist they are Amaras.The new comers that the ruling junta has brought and resettled from Tigrai are indeed Tigrians.
            This is the detail in a nutshell.

            Wolde Ab

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Wolde An,
            you don’t have to start by jumping in such way. what you should do is come with real historical facts if any. After all that is all Ethiopia. see the bigger picture and think the best solution. Now Ethiopians are discussing and finding the best way and be part of that if you are an Ethiopian.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Horizon,
            When I was around and near by areas like Bahirdar and Gonder I use to see welgait as part of Begemder – I use to see people in Gonder city welgaits and they talk Amharic and Tigrnya both while they have their own accent and style when they talk each other, During struggle we have seen people who supported and participated with EPRP strongly facing TPLF while there were also people who were members of TPLF armed struggle. I still feel the land and people of Welgait are from Amhara but again I believe Ethiopia has a constitution and system that will allow people to chose to where to belong.

            At the end of the day it is all Ethiopia and as far as it is part of the large nation that will not make big different. Welgait people are nice understanding and innocent with great long history connected with both Amhara and Tigray. that should even give more unity for both Ethiopian people, I feel Welgait is historical connecting bridge of both people and that is advantage that should be exploited positively. The case should be handled by nice hand who always see the positive side for common good.

    • Nitricc

      Hi PTS, first of all why are you bringing unrelated topic away from the current one? Don’t look at that what i was told by the moda. anyway, Welqait was and is Amhara. They were forced to join Tigray. as soon as the TPLF thugs came to power, they made sure, Humera and part of Wollo to be incorporated in Tigray map, doing so they had to convert the population who lived in that area to a Tigryan citizenship, so, what the Tigryans did was effectively plant a timing bomb and now the bomb has come the time to go-off and it will. That is the exact thing the TPLF tried to do with Eritrea, but Eritreans left them with a bloody nose.

  • Hope,
    May be you are not aware of the strict warning given to the UAE by PMHMD, that any foul play she might have in mind, will be met decisively by Ethiopia.
    Of course, it is none of Ethiopia’s business to depose the regime in Asmara, although if she wants to she can do it easily. Why should she, when the regime is committing suicide. It is a matter time.
    The whole world knows who the pyromaniac of the horn is. Who else but your dear leader could have this prestigious title?
    The juicy part is when you said that you need only the money and the logistic and not the membership of the Arab League, as if everything is under your control.
    “Eritrea is entitled to defend itself by any means possible and at any cost.”. Wow, these are the words of a patriot, even if it is said from a safe distance, thousands of miles away.
    Hope, if you really hope for anything, hope for peace, reconciliation & cooperation. Otherwise, what you are saying is empty bravado, signifying nothing.

    • Hope

      Horizon:

      Please debate and think the way you should.

      Do not cry crocodile tears.

      So,you believe that Ethiopia should be the only one, which should shop around and bring in any mercenary when it needs them and others are not entitled to defend themselves.??

      That has been the case any way…so that Eritrea will end up being defenseless so as to give up easily…

      Well, bottom line is that, if you leave us alone and mind your business,we would not be in the situation we are in.

      Our leader or Eritrea for that matter, has done what he/it has done just for Self-Defense….

      If we have to be honest and accept the facts, he was the one,who remained patient until the last minute despite repeated provocations…..and he is the one, who “betrayed” us for trusting the ones that should not have been trusted.

      You claimed:

      “Of course, it is none of Ethiopia’s business to depose the regime in Asmara, although if she wants to she can do it easily. Why should she, when the regime is committing suicide. It is a matter time”.

      Well, if that is the case then, why provoke and harass us and are sleepless about our internal business?

      .

      “….although if she wants to she can do it easily”.
      Isn’t that what your TPLF Junta has been bluffing about for 15 years now?.
      You think Eritrea is Somalia?

  • george

    Dear Tes,

    I was going to be mean to you, but I realized i might need your skill in the near future. I am planning to start a small business in Eritrea in the near future. Now going back to your reply to my post, all i can say is, WHAT? I see you are not a fun of EPLF, that is fine. My post is directed at those forces who are against Eritrea, the nation. My post is to remind people that UN is a historical enemy of the Eritrean people. My post is about how we Eritreans, defeated our enemies and moving on. My post is about the glaringly obvious attempt to destroy Eritrea under the guise of Human Rights when in fact those who are accusing Eritrea are have destroyed and are distorying countries who are charting their own path. My post is about the evil agenda of tplf, who is creating havoc in the horn of africa. You have to look at the whole thing from all angle. You might be angry at GOE. That is fine, you have your reasons. But you should not be so narrow minded as to forget that US/TPLF have an agenda, which is to if they can to reverse our independence, make Eritrea so weak as to make it a puppet state for the global banking elite. You can not ignore or become dismissive that there are forces who wish to destroy Eritrea. Do you think you will have Peace under the tplf, the most backward, shortsighted organization? Do you think you will get Justice from the american Empire rule?

    • tes

      Dear George,

      Well, my field of specialization is on small* scale business in the sector of food industry. I am ready to give you professional advice. I think the Ministry of Agriculure has already taken my advice on “honey production”.

      Coming back on the enemy: Eritrean people is unlucky to count all these enemies for the last 500 or more years. I heard the cruility of Turkish rule, Italians, Ethiopians. Nevertheless I thought the term enemy will be kept in the shelf once we got an independent Eritrea. I was wrong. PFDJ is now the worst enemy Eritrea has hosted since history can remember.

      USA, because of its interest they betrayed the peace and justice loving Eritreans in the 1952. And as COIE final phase is showing it is standing against JUSTICE.

      As history tells USA never aligned with Justice but with oppression. If at the 11th hour there seems some diplomatic tights with the oppressive regime, that is what USA does. At the end no one is able to stand against Justice no matter what is tried.

      On TPLF, I don’t know if it exists yet as Ethiopian political landscape is changing so fast that TPLF’s name is almost gone from the cyber of political games.

      tes

      *small does not mean growing maize in a quarter hectare of land and talk about it for weeks in ERI TV.

    • Samuel Yohannes

      Dear George
      I am not too sure if you are accepting the stats quo of Eritrean misery out of fear of uncertain change or you are ok with the way GOE is running the nation. Either way the stats quo is ugly, awful and unacceptable. We don’t have to argue about this, you can just see how much attitude of Eritreans has changed towards their government. The will of the people matters at the end. Justice seeker Eritreans didn’t just wake up to take their fight in to a level where you are crying about TPLF and western threat but every other attempt of reform and change didn’t go anywhere. GOE juntas have clearly spoken, they couldn’t care less anything but their power and control. Now, I am not believer of outsourced justice and no one but resistance from with in the nation can bring about change we all long for. Meanwhile, anything (including this diplomatic fight of human right abuses) that weakens IA regime and give a chance for internal forces to bring about just change is most welcome

  • joe

    Ahalan!
    Shalom!
    Merhaba!
    Bonjour!
    Hello!
    Jambo!
    I just want make a deposit of some salutations in case I forget next time.

  • tes

    Dear Hope,

    Indeed there was war but not against Eritrea and Eritrean people. It was solely against the aggressive PFDJ regime. And everything that happened was because of it.

    We Eritreans are victims. As far as Eritrea, it is a sovereign country hence no one is against.

    I am saying this because PFDJ, Eritrea and Eritreans are different things. In the book of noble and good people, the people of Eritrea comes first. These people can do whatever they want to their country. PFDJ is not Eritrean. How can a criminal junta be?

    tes

  • Kokhob Selam

    . . .ህጻን ገሪምዎ . . . . . .

    ህጻን እዩ ህጻን መዓንጣ ዘይቛጸረ :
    ኣፉ ዘየጽረየ ገና ዘይተረረ :-
    “ ባባ መን እዮም እዞም ዝድብሉ :
    . . . .ዝስዕስዑ ዝደ ርፉ ዝዘሉ ? :”
    ኢሉ ይሓተኒ ጽግዕ ኢሉ :
    ገሪሙኒ – ኤርትራውያን ኢለ መለስኩሉ ::
    “እዋእ! እዚኦም ከ እዞም ዝነብዑ :-
    . . . . .. .ዘእውዩ ዝለው ዝጣርዑ ?”
    ኢሉ ይሓተኒ ዳግማይ ተጸጊዑ :
    ኤርትራውያን ምስ በልኩዎ ተቆጢዑ ::
    ኢሂ ዝወደይ ንምንታይ ትስንብድ :-
    ኢለ ይሓቶ – ከፊኡኒ ክኣባብድ ::
    ሻቡ :-
    “ደቂ ሓንቲ ሃገር:-
    ሓደ ዘልል ይሰክር :-
    እቲ ሓደ ይቁዝም ይቀብር :-
    እንታይ ድኣ እዩ እቲ ነገር ?”
    ምስ በለ እንቀዓ ሃረመት ልበይ :-
    . . .ዕጽፍ ዝርግሕ ሳንቡኣይ :-
    . . . . .ጽብብ ጽብብ ዓቅለይ :-
    ከም’ዛ ዘይተራኻይ :-
    ከም’ዛ ዘይተንታነይ :-
    ተዓነድኩ ጠፊኡ ቃላተይ ::
    “እሂ ባባ እንታይ ተረኽበ :-
    ገጽካ ዝቐይረ ዓቅልኻ ዘጽበበ :”
    ናይ ኣቦሓጉኻ ከይኣልክል ናይ ኣቦኻ :-
    ናይ ሓትነኻ ከይኣክል ናይ ኣዴኻ :-
    ወረ ናይ እቲ ዓቢ ሓውካ ናይ ሓብትኻ :-
    ኣርኪቡ ዶ ዘመን ሕጂ ኸ ናባኻ :-
    ጉድ እዩ ቲ ዛንታና ዛንታ ናይ ዓድኻ ::
    ዛንታ ‘ዛ ሃገር ምስ ኣዘንተኹዎ :
    ህጻን ገሪምዎ እምእዛ ኣስደሚምዎ : :

    ኮኾብ ሰላም

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Kokhobay,

      Epic!! A poetry that explains the “tragedy” that transcend generation to generation. It excels all the poems I have read so far.

      regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

  • Kokhob Selam

    excellent tes well said.

  • iSem

    Hope:
    now you are plural not a singular, “Post-Doctoral candidates”?
    I think there is a noble price in medicine to be had by who ever studies what thinks vacillating Hope.
    Make a deliberate mistake, then apologize when caught, then make it again, apologizing and the vicious cycle continues unimpeded, unphased and unchilled by the suffering of multitude of your brethren

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Michael Solomon,
    .
    “…..EPLF are bigger than life and they defeated your mama Ethiopia…”
    .
    Michael, you are so modest, it is unbecoming. It is a historical fact and you should say it as it really is. I guarantee you it will bring you more support from all sorts of corners you didn’t even expect.
    .
    Therefore, say it as it really is, at least very similar to what PIA have said. That is history, isn’t it?
    .
    ….. EPLF is bigger than life, they defeated the largest well equipped army in black Africa, together with the Soviet Union and the United States of America combined….
    President IA said it early in his career and he is saying it now. Notice how any border dispute even today is between him and the U.S.A, the sole super power of the world. O.K. U.S and tools of U.S.
    .
    At the moment he is shooting for the world and you are still applauding.
    At least stop the applause. You can be proud of the accomplishment without going overboard. Red alert: the man at the top is not sane.
    .
    Mr. K.H

  • george

    Hello again

    Correcton. What matters is what we eritreans do on the ground.

  • george

    Hello Readers

    GOE which is the people will as always will be winners. History is on our side. The american empire have been against Eritreans since the 50s. What we are witnessing right now is the same old trick with, using the demonic UN to legitimize the undoing of Eritrean sovereignty. Here are some historical fact to remember.

    1. 60 years ago when the shortsighted ethiopia annexed Eritrea, it united eritreans to fight and win back our country. In the process we learn to be united and self sufficient.

    2. When again the shortsighted tplf try to invade Eritrea on behalf of its master and its deluded plan, Eritreans got united and defeated there evil agenda which is reverse our independence, change the government, take our port. That failed.

    3. True to there nature, tplf when back to his master, USA, for new plan…which is no peace no war… thinking Eritrea will be isolated and crumble. Well it did not work. Passed sanction on a false story. That FAILED. Then instigated war with the puppet state Djibouti that failed too. whew!

    4. Hoping to crush eritrea the US tried to block investment that did not work. As a matter of fact eritrea came out wining. Meaning even when under pressure eritrea was able to feed its people while the so called lion of africa had to resort to

    BEGGING FOR FOOD! 15 MILLION people on the brink of starvation. Gee you would think they have learned to prepare. Not this dimwits. NOPE. Had to go to peddling globally for food. So much for double digit growth. Which by the way is 65% funded by US and UK alone…the rest is eu….welfare state.

    Here is what matters he who can win war on the ground and hold it to the last man. It does not matter what UN or US says or do it matters what we Eritreans do. That is why Every eritreans should learn from history.

    Thank you,,,happy Ramadan to all Eritreans i mean all..

    Hade libe hada hzbi

    • T..T.

      Hi george,

      The BBC reports that Eritrea of Isayas is labelled as: “The North Korea of Africa”, “A giant slave camp”, “Africa’s fastest emptying country”, “The cursed land”, “Africa’s most secretive and repressive state.” And you are saying, “GOE which is the people will as always will be winners.” I am confused. Can you explain?

  • Saba

    Hello readers of my post.
    I guess there is no clear winner between the dictator and the opportunists. Clearly Eritreans are the losers, unfortunately, for a long time to come.

    • T..T.

      Hi Saba,

      Are you sure, no winner?

      The world is speaking about those criminals in their castles to be put behind bars and those innocents currently behind bars to be freed and sent back to their warm houses and families.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Tesfu,
    Abye is reading,

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi PFDJ supporters,
    I am at loss to see any reason for you to be celebrating. Well, you can celebrate for staying loyal to PFDJ up to this point defying all worldly logics. Other than that, there is nothing to celebrate. A day of accountability is zeroing in around the neck of PFDJ. And kindly please follow me to walk you through the downhill journey of your party. You will sew where your beginnings were and where are today. Lookback as there seems to be a deadend ti lookahead from here. Compare 1991 to 2016. Make your sober reflection. Ans then come back to tell us if there is anything for you to be happy.
    *1991- EPLF was one of the high-regarded forces of movement. Right or wrong, it was a highly celebrated movement by Eritreans at alrge.
    *1995- IA was described as one of the new African breeds by world prominent personalities. The worlds view seemed to confirm to the views of most Eritreans.
    * 1997- PFDJ shelved a parliament ratified constitution. In 2015 IA declared the constitution was not shelved but murdered and he announced the start of a newly initiated process of writing a new one. In 2016, he never mentioned anything about it.
    1998- IA and PFDJ started war again unsuspecting Ethiopia. The war was not only unnecessary and unprovoked but a grave miscalculation.
    *IA refused mediation and peace proposals as he was confident to lead hs war to a crushing victory over Weyane.
    * 2000, Eritrea was humulated and defeated and Ethiopian forces penetrated deep inside. By some account, a 3rd of Eritrea was taken over.
    * 2000 APA was signed. IA who refused a repeated appeal to get out of Badime now forced to leave all disputed areas for Ethiopia and more 25KM inwards for UNMEE.
    * 2001, IA turned his furious face against his comrades and journalists. Locked them incommunicado todate.
    * 2003, IA came up with an Eritrean youth mass enslavement plan and called it WarsayYika’alo National Program.
    * 2006-2009, IA aided UIC and Shebab
    * 2009, 2011, Eritrwa was hit by sanction and isolation.
    * 2010, Eritrea went into clash with Djibouti but denied the incidence, later accepted Qatari mediation, and released POWs this year
    * 2012, Ethiopia entered Eritrea destroyed training camps and EDF units and boldly announced it herself to the world that action was taken to punish Eritrea fir its destablizing roles.
    *2009-2016, Youth exodus, On-route tragedies and perishments, Cuop attempts etc
    2012, a special rapporteur was assigned by UNHRC and then the SR started monitoring and reporting on Eritrean situation. The reports grew gloomier every year.
    * 2014, the SR was expanded to become COIE.
    * 2015, COIE compiled a devastating report on the human rigjt situation of Eritrea. COIE was given more mandate to determine if the GoE, commited crimes againt humanity.
    * 2016, COIE said YES ceime against humanity was committes by the GoE.
    * Now, they are considering the better options as to how to make the crime-doers answer to their acts.
    ——–
    What you see in the above inventory of events is PFDJ-IA in accelerated non-stop continous chains of fall off grace. If it was to be put in xy graph, it depicts a sheer drop of a heavy weight that is about to crush land.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Hayat, I was really trying to write similar challenging post to PFDJ who are trying to tell us they won but I couldn’t put it the way you do.

      just some personal question please.

      01. what is your education level?
      02. what is your interesting subject in academy ?
      03. what type of books do you like to read?
      04.Have you been in Gedli ( ELF or EPLF or any other party),,can you give me brief experience if any?

      I admire you and I want you to answer for me only some more questions in the future.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Abdelaziz; aren’t you tired of kissing TPLF behind? Your credibility is in intensive care. you can kiss up all you want but the tied are changing. in 1998, the Oromo, the Amhara and all the grudge driven Ethiopians were behind your worthless TPLF, this time around, not so, my friend.
        and let me let you answer your question to the dedebit grad.
        1– graduated from the university of dedebit in spinalogy; spin everything against Eritrea.
        2—- blame and defame everything against Eritrea.
        3—-Oromay by BaAlu Girma. I just hate how Eritrea defeated Ethiopia.
        4—-Yes, i was with TPLF and witnessed the Evil EPLF blocking aid to my Tigray people and as a result 100000 Tigryans died.
        5—- bonus, because you kiss up to me and i am obligated to throw you a bone and i was dating Kiross Alemayo he is my love of my life. as you know, i am a Muslim lady but i was dating kiross Alemayo.
        6—- i really like you so, here is another one. just for you, i am paid agent for TPLF.
        now please don’t ask me any more question please!!!!
        if you do, my answer will be to tell you to go jump in the lake! sorry, you are putting me on the spot.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Hi,
          Nitriccay, why do you use my original name ? do you still think it is my name? Ha ha ha, it seems you are burning. no one in the world have replied personal questions of someone else. and I have got even 2 more reply as bonus – something I didn’t ask. Lol. going crazy? I will ask you some personal question.

          01. what will be your reaction if your government ask you to go back and serve them in Eritrea?
          02. what will be your reaction if African union ask the country you are living in to bring you back to Africa for justice -( you know by now you are black listed) .

          • T..T.

            Hi Kokhob Selam,

            Criminals must be made to walk on foot, not airlifted to serve their prison terms.

            Our people trusted the masters of Nitricc and gave them unlimited freedom that led to total disappearance of all rights in Eritrea. So, it is time to take back what was lost to the thieves group, the masters of Nitricc.

            Enough is enough to the onslaught of the human dignity in Eritrea, where the tyrant and his generals’ incite their agents to send to disappearances or murder the Eritrean kids, mothers, youth and the elderly. The tyrant’s nation reconstruction bluffing programs are found to be revival of African slavery in Eritrea. Indeed, the tyrant and his generals are criminals in disguise and those serving them are volunteer criminals who use crude fraud to trap innocent Eritrean in troubles forcing them to jump into frying pans. Let all criminals get what they deserve, ICC.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear T.T,
            Thank you, I appreciate. you put it when I need to read it from someone here and now really.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hir dearest friend
        I feel honored for getting personal attention from you. Like you said they are personal questions and maybe better send my answers to your personal account. Email or fb wiĺl do. Thanks.

    • ruta

      This how Weyane wish to write history! The fact is 1998 Weyane openly declared war on Eritrea indeed war on Eritrea. and tried everything to control Eritrea by using human wave by getting blessing, political, satellite, economical and propoganda help from USA. and only the war stopped after Ethipia losing 180.000 solders. again Weyane lost legally. The problem is weyane and USA lost the war so they need to sanction or use everything to kneel down eritrea in ordered to cover their humiliation. The resilience of Eritrea people is amazing 5 million vs 100 million, they sanction, the try to demonize in the name of fabricated human right crime name it but Eritrea is still strong! watch now if Eritrea start to attack weyane will not stay 2 month. Eritrea a nation of can do people.

      • tes

        Dear ruta,

        I don’t know who lost the war but I can assure you there was no winner. And in the long run Eritrea became the worst loser. I think PMMZ strategy worked well against PFDJ.

        tes

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi Hayat,
      You have pretty much chronicled the story of a movement that has squandered its hard fought and earned mandate on useless foreign adventures. I would add to that list the less advertised but deep involvement in the Congo wars. It is in light of these compulsive intransigences that the world is willing to turn a blind eye to Ethiopia’s refusal to pull its troops from the contested town in spite of the ruling.

      • Hayat Adem

        Yes YT,
        And did you know at the early days we had assigned one same ambassador to both Brussels and Kinshasa? Mind you, Eritrea was being represented in two world apart countries- one in the middle of Africa, the other in the middle of Europe by just a single embassy. There was a good reason why that happened to be so though.
        The armed intelligence units that went to Congo with Laurent Kabila were there not just to help him but to control the mining fields and steal the diamond. And Ambassador Andebirhan would frequently fly from Brussels to Kinshasa to carry the stolen stashes of gold and diamond in his protected diplomatic pouch and fly back to Europe.
        We have mafia rulers that go to any length to steal. Eritrea will suffer from all the bad images she inherited from this group for long even after they are put out of the picture.

        • Abi

          Hi Qonjit
          Is this Ambassador Andebrhan the same guy who was a bank robber changed to a bank governor?
          And now you are telling me he was a smuggler?
          I am dying to know what he is up to these days?
          There was an Eritrean Ambassador in Addis who excelled in money laundering. Haile Menkorios converted his embassy to a place where black market considered legal.
          What a diplomatic culture!!!

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes Abi,
            That is him. Look below (from the dates) how DRC and the great Lakes were a subset portfolio to his European portfolio one within the other.
            -1997 – ’99 Ambassador to the Dem. Rep. of Congo and Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region.
            -1995 – ’99 Ambassador to the EU, Benelux, France, Portugal, Spain, the UK and Permanent Representative to UNESCO and IMO.
            These are weird guys. What is the distance between EU and the Lakes? Diamond, of course.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            Do you know this as a matter of fact or you are speculating based on the roles he had?

            I am not fun of Amb. Andebrihan because of his support of IA from the time he was a student in USA and how he had a role in dismantling the UoA. But as far as his diplomatic skills and his qualifications, I think he may be well suited to be special advisory / ambassador in what ever capacity he was assigned to. If you want to see his credentials and his academic excellence , you need to look at his transcript during his time at AA University. (Now I know, Abi is going to rub it on me, that he should be thank ful for Ethiopia etc.)

            Having said that, why can’t be Eritrea be involved in the meditation in Congo or anywhere else? Is diamond the main reason why Ethiopia send peace keeping forces in the Congo starting Haile Selassie or Korea in the far east?

            The point I want to make is, I don’t think you and Abi are being reasonable to accept that Eritrea is a sovereign country and it does not need anyone approval (except it’s parliament / representatives) to get engaged in any diplomatic venture that it wants, least of all Ethiopia.

            Berhe

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Berhe,
            Few clarifications with regard to my comment. I’ve no reason to single out Amb. Andebirhan from the PFDJ junta to discuss his backgrounds here. The fact is, I don’t even see him as the worst among cohorts in the PFDJ.
            And it is NOT now that I know about his overlapping assignment places. But it is very recently I came to know about what he was doing by connecting the two places while he was representing Eritrea in both EU and the Lakes. And i shared it with you when YT brought the issue of Congo and what PFDJ was ding there.
            BTW, this has nothing to do with competence of the diplomat we are talking about. It is not relevant to the point we are discussing but I also acknowledge his capabilities. But when you are capable and serving an evil man, it only makes you more dangerous.
            I’m so happy, Amb Andeberhan eventually left IA and and to see him contributing to the struggle for justice..

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            The thought of him using his diplomatic pouch to transfer diamond out of Africa/Congo to Brussels seems really far fetched and really underestimating the security apparatus of EU and other countries.

            Sure they have diplomatic immunity and all that, but mostly the diplomatic pouches for the transfer of documents (mostly top secret) but my guess is they are still go through the security checks / x-ray like anybody else. Again, I don’t know the exact nature of diplomatic immunity but this sounds to me really going over board.

            I don’t know about Andebrihan, but there are some really talented people who can do a lot of things at the same time. Check out Carlos Ghosn, he heads three companies out of three countries. For example, I think you would be such capable person.

            Berhe

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Berhe Y,
            I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to smuggle them to Europe .That is indeed if they were in possession of them and desired to do so. Mind you , this was prior to the curfews on ‘blood diamonds’ and post 911 security apparatus.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear YT,

            I know the PFDJ are capable of a lot EVIL things but they are NOT in control of the world. If you tell me that PFDJ colonel is invoved in shaddy business in Africa between one corrupt country to another, it’s more believable.

            But world class diplomat and expert to get involved in such petty operation, I find it a little be hard to believe. Reason is very simple, it’s not possible to hide such activity from the public for a long time. Since he has left the PFDJ he was posted at many organization and working for different positions. Let alone such positions, any position one applies today go through lots of security checks and clearance that it would escape those very capable security experts in the world today.

            This is really why I doubt his direct involvement (as seems HA) to suggest, if it’s a fact and true that’s what I am asking. In my opinion, I don’t the conduct and operations of TPLF and EPLF was different during those honeymoon days.

            In any event, it’s not worth to spend much time but I think we should be mindful of the things that we say about others.

            Berhe

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Berhe Y,

            Fair to say that PFDJ doesn’t have monopoly of international crime syndicate. Where there is gain to be made , nothing is left to the imagination to exploit opprtunities. We are discussing on a mere conjecture and as you said it doesn’t warrant any additional ‘space tab’ worth attention.But just out of curiosity I looked into international scandals using the ‘diplomatic bag,’ and I found theses incidents from Wikipedia which I though would serve good diversion from Hope’s chicken little stories of about Abay Tigray and what not:)

            In the 1984 Dikko Affair, a former Nigerian government minister, Umaru Dikko, was kidnapped and placed in a shipping crate in an attempt to transport him from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria for trial.[4] However, it was not marked as a diplomatic bag, which allowed British customs to open it.[4]

            In 1984, the Sterling submachine gun used to shoot dead WPC Yvonne Fletcher from inside the Libyan Embassy in London was smuggled out of the UK in one of 21 diplomatic bags.[6]

            In March 2000 Zimbabwe was the object of political interest internationally when it opened a British diplomatic shipment.[2]

            In May 2008, a replacement pump for the toilet on the International Space Station was sent in a diplomatic pouch from Russia to the United States in order to arrive before liftoff of the next shuttle mission.[7]

            In 2012, a 16 kg shipment of cocaine was sent to the United Nations in New York in a bag masquerading as a diplomatic pouch.[8]

            In January 2012, Italy detected 40 kilograms of cocaine smuggled in a diplomatic pouch from Ecuador, arresting five. Ecuador insisted it had inspected the shipment for drugs at the foreign ministry before it was sent to Milan.[9]

            In November 2013, the UK government alleged that a British diplomatic bag had been opened by the Guardia Civil at the Gibraltar-Spanish border, sparking a formal diplomatic protest.[10] The Spanish government responded that the bag, being transported from the Governor of Gibraltar by a courier company within a mailbag containing other packages, did not meet the criteria of being in transit between a diplomatic mission and a home government.[11][12]

          • PTS

            Yoty,
            If you, in general terms, say the PFDJ committed crime, you will be correct, for there are many documented evidences to support that. But to say a specific Ambassador committed a specific crime through a specific way, yeah we are going to need a specific evidence for that. At the very least, a source of that information need to be provided.

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi PTS,

            No doubt. As I noted , this was rather a vaguely guarded conjecture. A mad man dispatches soldiers to a foreign land on a whim and his trusted ambassador is asked to pick up a double shift in a country awashed hydrocarbons. Suffice to say one thing lead to another and here we are 🙂

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear PTS,
            This is not about the possibilitie that can be done with that diplomaticly immune bag. We all can imagine what the game looks like in the intellegence community. But this is not about imagination at all. Do you think it dawned on me now about what EPLF, PFDJ could do just today?
            No, what I shared with you is what I am informed to amvrecently informed it happened. You need evidence on this? What kind of evidence? Yes, of course, I have evidence.
            It seems, you will not buy it until I send you a scanned doc? And I say that is reasonable. I would feel the same if you were to tell me the same thing. But I am sure any rational person would also beleive it if s/he hears it from the kind of person I heard it and with those kind of details I heard it, and if you know PFDJ and what kind of mafia group it is the way I did, and If you have the same attitude and view towards PFDJ like I do.
            Thanks

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            Without really dowling too much on the specific subject I don’t think you are correct in labelling the Eritrean government if it is involved

          • iSem

            Hi BY: No one questioning Andebrhan’s credentials but what HA is saying is that he was involved in illegal activities, I can believe it. First he is a bully, a good candidate to be in that business and second remember when our friend from Asmara university told us when we drove to Cornwall that Andbrhan after heated debate with a faculty member almost run him over when he saw him in the street later in the day.
            PFDJ has been involved in illegal things for a long time.
            In the Sudan they had monopolized the liquor black market where Eritreans made lucrative living smuggling beer, “areqi” from Eritrea. They would confiscate it, arrest the merchant and sell it with their agents to the Sudanese, at one point you could not do it independently without giving a cut to them, if your supplies evade them during the trip, or they would bribe their friends in the government and arrest you, disappear you
            And Oh the human trafficking, I will have told you this before, they did not start it in 2002, I hope Wedi Saleh is sleeping.
            Diamonds in diplomatic bag? I would not bet against it, Eritrea blood was spilled for profits in Congo and as Amde once wrote a chilling and disturbing comment: “Do not think PFDJ will not end when they are removed from power in Eritrea” He is talking about with all the money they have their tentacles and network will operate underground in the region, a legacy of PFDJ will be crimes, kiddanpings and human trafficking in our country for decades
            I am convinced that the human and organ trafficking is a systematic and IA knows about it, they make money out of it.They are in a lots of illegal activitis with the Rashaida, Sudanse security agents, human trafficking, border crossing. IA gets a cut and it pays the for the pensnsions and bribes for his protectors
            When you think about crimes and PFDJ, thinks something that the Eritrean sensibility does not allow then, then think what any normal human who is involved in crimes would allow, that is what PFDJ is capable doing

            have you ever heard of sewrawi sirqi, it was allowed, you still, you bring money from any illegal or illiciit or unethical courses and you donate it to the ghedli, it was sewrawi srqi. I am not exaggerating

          • Berhe Y

            Dear iSem,

            I wrote a reply to Hayat but I pressed something and I couldn’t get back. Sorry Hayat for the incomplete response.

            I am not saying that “the PFDJ is not involved in criminal activities”. I was asking Hayat if she knows for a fact that the ambassador was involved in such activities, to me it looks like putting one plus one there you have it. (he was ambassador to EU and at the same time he was ambassador or special advisor to the Congo, there for he was involved in smuggling the blood diamonds). She said she has proof so I am not disputing her proof but if it’s actual fact or not hard to establish.

            The reason for my skepticism really comes for the following reason. The proof may come out from two sources
            1) The Eritrean government
            2) The Ethiopian government.

            If one of these parties have the proof, I am sure lots of people in the western world also know this fact, they will defiantly be willing to share with Interpol and other functions of the intelligence world
            WHY?

            The Eritrean government, i am sure it does not mind to see he gets in trouble. The Ethiopian government probably have the same agenda (of his role with the crisis group and how they blamed Ethiopia for the statement of the boarder demarcation).

            Leaving Andebrehan personalities aside, do you actually believe that if he was involved in diamond smuggling that, his employers (at many international organization since he left his post from the Ambassador) would NOT know about this?

            Berhe

          • Hayat Adem

            Thanks BY,
            That is the biggest complement I’ve ever heard about myself. Thanks for that extreme elevation. Well, Dr. Andebirhan is a sophisticated person. But the thing I said is not from a deductive reasoning because he was there covering two distant places at the time Congo was a no-man’s place. Not just from the general character of the PFDJ tending to dark dealings exploiting a situation. It is just an information that came my way. Do I believe it? Yes. Was I surprised by the info? No. Did I bring it here because I thought it is a great info? No. It was a passing mention.

          • Abi

            Hi Berhe
            Every Eritrean dead or alive should be grateful to Ethiopia.
            Genzebka.

  • AMAN

    Greetings
    Awates & All
    >
    Then ,
    Is that the reason why the UN put Ethiopia at the non permanent SC
    last week ?
    Just to refer and lead Eritrea’s case there and make it opposed by
    Ethiopia ?
    >

    • T..T.

      Hi Aman,

      Firstly, the COIE’s case is against Isayas and not the state of Eritrea. Secondly, the COIE trap is already finalized, there is no need for involvement of Ethiopia or the USA. Even there is no need to appoint a new committee. Ross Perot is quoted as saying, “If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snake.” Yes, the horrible tragedy of Lampedusa and others that followed are witnesses for indicting the capo tyrant and his generals.

  • iSem

    Hope:
    Well, the security apparatus are also cousins and brother and sons of some.
    Also, please do not try to look like as if your care about Eritrean lives, you do not!
    Do you believe the testimonies of rape and torture by Eritreas or not?. You have not even graduated from that and not answered the q

    • Hope

      ISem:
      Actually ,FYI,I am on a Post-Doctoral Program!
      The language matters.
      While the COIE is its job,there is NO need of killing a single life.
      Am concerned about your obsession with the term Rape”!
      Those War-Mongers like you and Tes are the only ones,who might have never been in a war zone or a battle field to advocate for War.

      • iSem

        Hope:
        where is my obsession with rape, I thought in post doctoral program they teach u to back up ur claims, I said, the 800 Eritreans are rape and torture victims, u want to me to omit what they said?
        Also,are u on a post doctoral program in denial defending the actions of PFDJ?
        War mongering? Well, I am not for the second check, people need to defend their kids and dignity that PFDJ is abusing, is that mongering?

  • sara

    Dear–wo weled keren xaeda (c’e’yet)
    with my compatriots we say “shema shamatena” when i read things like this , what do you say in English? do you know?
    help me with this as i am in a middle of a discussion with my British friend ( follows AWATE) as he is a bit confused with what he has read(comments) this few days.

    • T..T.

      Dear innocent sara,

      Well, even though not word-for-word translation of the short phrase you stated, it implies that with the African Union (AU) based in Addis Abeba of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian government represented in the UNSC as well as the African countries as bitter enemies of Isayas, the referral of the COIE identified and confirmed heinous crimes committed by the tyrant and his generals to AU would mean Isayas and his generals are for sure to meet worse than the Hissene Habre fate. Their expected fate is not only for the current crimes committed against humanity but for all crimes committed since 1991 including the 1998-2000 border war with Ethiopia as well as with Djibouti and other neighboring countries all of which ignited by Isayas and in which thousands of innocent lives perished.

  • Desata Tella

    ሰላም፦

    ኣስተውዕል

    ትፈልጡዶ!

    ህግደፍ ኣብ ኣልጀርስን ጀነቫን ሓደ ዓይነት ገበን ከምዝፈጸመ!

    ናይ ው.ሕ.ሃ “ቀያዲ ውዕል ዶብ ባድመ” ኣብ ኣልጀርስን መስርሕ ዓለምለኻዊ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት COI ጀነቫን ሓደ ዓይነት ዕንቅፋት ከምዘጋጠሞ፤
    ወከልቲ ጉጅለ ው.ሕ.ሃ ኣብ ኤርትራ ኣትዮም ስርሖም ከየሳልጡ ብመንግስቲ ህግደፍ ተኣጊዶም!

    እዛ ተግባር እዚኣ እታ [እንኮ] “ጠንቂ (ገበን)” ዶብ ዘይምሕንጻጽን ኣብ ኤርትራ ብህግደፍ ንዝካየድ ዘሎ ዕንወት ንኽይጻረ ዝዓገተት መሳርሒ ህግደፍ እያ።

    1. ኣብ ናይ ው.ሕ.ሃ “ቀያዲ ውዕል ዶብ ባድመ” ንዝተፈጸመ ገበን ተሓታቲ ህግደፍ ኮይኑ [ብገበን ምፍራስ ቀያዲ ውዕል ኮንትራት ተሓታቲ ይኸዉን]።
    2. ኣብ ው.ሕ.ሃ መስርሕ ዓለምለኻዊ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት COI ንዝተፈጸመ ገበን ተሓታቲ ህግደፍ ኮይኑ [ብገበን መስርሕ ዓለምለኻዊ ሕጊ ሰብ ኣዊ መሰላት ተሓታቲ ይኸዉን]።

  • Peace!

    Dear All,

    I think one thing worth of paying attention is that the sudden change of attitude by the US that left the sponsors of the resolution confused and embarrassed. The US dispatched its deputy to Asmara on the eve of vote that perhaps forced PFDJ to make some concessions. Make no mistake PFDJ will continue to do anything to stay on power that further external pressure will only give more leverage for more concessions.

    Peace!

    • Kokhob Selam

      ክቡር peace,

      ኣሜሪካውያን ክልተ ዓበይቲ ኣመቃሪሖም ዘካይድዎም ጉዳያት ኣለው ፩፡ ኣንጻር ማዕበል ዘይምኻድ ፪ -ጥቅሞም ምሕላው:: ኣገዳሲ ኣብ ዝኾነሉ ሰዓት ውሳኔታቶም ምሕረት ዝህብ ኣይኮነን ግዳ ኸኣ ብዝተኻእለ መጠን ግዜ ‘ውን እንተወሰደ ነዚ ክልተ ጉዳያት እናመዘኑ እዮም ዝኸዱ :: እቲ ኣረጊት መሪሕነት ህግሓኤ ‘ውን ዋዛ ኣይነበረን ኣብቲ ዘመነ ገድሊ ‘ውን እንተኾነ ምስ ኣሜሪካውያን ዝዛተየሉ ቛንቛ ነይርዎ እዮ :: ኣብ ግዜ ፈተነ ዕልዋ መንግስቱ ንሃገርነት ኤርትራ ካልኣይ ቦታ ዝ ሃበ ተሳትፎን ኢድን ህግሓኤ ነይርዎ እዩ :: እቲ ሽዑ ብአሜርካውያን ዝተጠጀአ ስራሕ እዩ ዝነበረ :: ቆንጮ መሪሕነት ህግሓኤ እሙን ኣገልጋሊ ሃጸይነት ዘይኮነሉ ቀንዲ ምኽንያት ድማ ምግዛእ መላእ ኢትዮጵያን ኤርትራን ዝብል ሕልሙ ብሰናይ ምሕደራ መለስ ዘይናዊ ስለ ዝተሃርመ እዩ :: ነዚ ጉዳይ ኣሜሪካውያን ክፈትሕዎስ ይትረፍ ክድግፍዎ ርኢና ኢና :: ሕልሚ ዳግማይ ሃፄ ዮሃንስ ድማ በርዒኑ እዩ ::

      ኣሜሪካውያን እምበር መልእኽቶም “ማይ ዶ ጻባ ” “ሕጂ ኸ ገለ ጽገናታት ጌርኩም ዶ ብዝበልናኩም ትኸዱ ” ዝዓይነቱ እዩ – እቲ መልሲ ኣብ ቅድሚና ክንሪኦ ኢና :: ግን ኣንጻር ማዕብለ ምኻድ ስለ ዘይዋጽኦም እቲ ወሳኒ ቀጻሊ ትንፋስ ዘይህብ ቃልሲ ኣንጻር ገባቲ ሕገ ኣልቦ ስርዓት እዩ :: “እኛም ኣውቀናል ጉድጓድ ምሰናል ” ድዮም ዝብሉ ኣምሓሩ ክምስሉ : እቲ ወሳንን ልዕሊ ኩሉን ነዚ ብዓለም ለኽ ዝተወሰነ ውሳነ ደጊፍካ ናብ ጠርዙ እንዳ ኣብጻሕካ : – ኣብ ባይታ ድማ ሰራዊት ሕድሪ ዓኺኹን ዕጥቃዊ ቃልሱ ብዝለዓለ ደረጃ ኣደልዲሉን ንስርዓት ህግደፍ ምህራም እዩ :: ኣብ’ ዚ ኢምዳዳዊ ( logistical) ሓገዝ ኢትዮጵያውያን ምርካብ ተመራጺ እዩ :: ህግደፍ ብፍጹም ብሓይሊ ተሃሪሙ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሃገርና ፍርዲ ክረክብ ኣለዎ :: ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ነቲ ሰላማውን ዕጥቃውን ቅዲ ቅልስ እናሓናፈጽና ክንቃለስ ኣለና::

      • Peace!

        Ahlen Habibna,
        እቲ ኩቡርሲ ትሕሽዎዳኣ,

        ሮመዳን ዘሕመቐትካ ኣይትመስልን ኢኻ ماشاءالله الله يحفظك thank you for sharing. My stand is clear and solid that I strongly believe Eritreans do need outside help to take PFDJ thugs down to toilet. As the saying goes ኣድጊስ ካብ ሙማታስ ሙግታታ we should be worried and gravely concerned that regrettably we do no look ready for the task.

        Peace!

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Peace,

          ويحفظك الباري وجعلنا من عتقائه في هذا الشهر الفضيل وممن تقبل قيامهم وطاعاتهم وممن نالوا أجر ليلة القدر
          آمين يارب العالمين

          If you notice, I have come with a lot of poems informing change and everything starts within. I even came with animated poem that shows how the egg gave life when freely develop within while it goes dead when the development comes without.

          But hey, that doesn’t mean the outside circumstance don’t have role at all. The egg needs proper climate from outside for example to give you offspring . Some time and in case of societies the internal uncomfortable situation requests to adjust from within to without. This is in fact the power we are given from almighty. if you deeply watch the massages sent to us from God, in all religions it tells that we have a will that allows us modify from within to without. Here is the game of life. As far as you are ready to modify the outside development and as far as you are ready and sure that the job to create or win it can be considered within job not without. so it is not what you face from outside it is how you face it from inside farther more you can create a space that you want from inside out.

          Those who organized Eritrean congress in Ethiopian and even who created the umbrella were from Eritrean not from Ethiopia – they were creating comfortable circumstance for change being part of within for those inside the nation. it is unfortunate PFDJ play it right using those unconscious personalities to make things slow and even killed it. But then again and again the heroes continue to work hard and we have seen what 23 has done. This time PFDJ’s spy was almost paralyzed so PFDJ worked face to face using die hard supporters which were few and useless personalities additional to Gnbot7. Yet PFDJ is trying to let you believe this type of movements don’t represent the mass and yes from old experience PFDJ brings some prof — what if I bring you the once who surrender to the king were parents of PFDJ group ? Lol.

          I believe all type of struggle should be used , movements from outside exposing PFDJ to our people and the world + even though difficult creating movement in side the nation + well organized armed struggle + and peaceful way of informing the government ( that will only attract those inside PFDJ not the system)

          We can’t leave Eritrea in this situation to future generation, it is just a duty like that we can’t escape. Eritrea has to be totally free of PFDJ and similar parties once and forever.

          • Peace!

            يهلا كوكوبي

            Can’t agree more, thank you. Obviously we are on the same page, except the degree of concern after the dictator falls. I have to be honest that after all this years of countless meetings and conventions, regrettably no compelling vision has emerged except DIA is brutal, sick, which are obvious facts. This is not something that can be done with fingers crossing.

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,
            actually there are people who are working day and night and we should join them and pas through all difficulties on the ground practically. we can’t stop our struggle giving reasons while we are sleeping (I don’t mean you). there is always room to work – search it and be part if you are not. there are already people ready for future Eritrea and the first step is removing and installing transnational committee who will fully work as slave of people to make sure we have secured democratic nation in the future.

  • T..T.

    Hi Addis, Horizon, and all,

    Because the African countries blame the ICC for indicting only Africans, the UNSC doesn’t want the ICC to hand down its verdict for the 29th time on any additional African. If anymore, it should be done with the approval of the African Union. Say it again, who? The UNSC is telling us the African Union, the worst enemies of Isayas, are wanted to be involved in the referral decision….

    Well, referring Isayas to the ICC through African Union meets the analogy that so long one intends to touch the earlobe, it could be touch with right hand or left hand, even with a semi-circular move to touch the earlobe on the opposite side of the face. Like Isayas says “ኩሉ ብዘንጋ”.

  • አዲስ

    Hi All,

    Two questions if anybody can help me understand:

    1. Is there any precedent to what is stated on #18 (requesting AU to investigate and bring to justice those responsible…) other than AU’s involvement ( not quite sure how much AU is involved) in the case of Hissene Habre?

    2 What does “bring to justice” looks like on a sitting president and officials if AU find them to commit crime against humanity?

    Thanks,
    Addis

    • Hope

      Addis:
      I know where you are coming from and where you are intending to go.
      That clause might have been added by the TPLF to make the PFDJ case/fate like that of Hussein Habre of Chad.
      But if the AU has to investigate the GoE,it should equally do so against the TPLF.
      Then EQUAL Justice will be served.
      More over the AU has the obligation to live up with its obligation to tell the TPLF to get out of the Eri Sovereign Land.
      You cannot put the cart before the Horse.

      • አዲስ

        Hi Hope,

        I don’t think you know where I am coming from. My question is clear. I don’t get why you want to talk about TPLF. If you have something to contribute to the question, please do. Otherwise trying to find a partner in me to your cause is a fool’s errand.

        Thanks,
        Addis

        • Hope

          Addis:
          I am not looking for a partner, specially from Ethiopia.
          I wonder why you care less about the killers of your own people.
          “naten ghedifensi nai enda hamten”..
          As an Eritrean, I have an “equal right” and I should be concerned equally about the TPLF and its negative role on Eritrea and Eritreans, as much as you seem to be concerned about the PFDJ.
          If the Head of State of Eritrea is to be investigated and to be brought to “Justice” by the AU, which is full of Criminal Heads of States and Dictators, then the AU should start investigating things and itself from within and bring those Criminals to Justice so that Equal Justice should be served.
          After all, the same AU as a Guarantor of the Algiers Agreement, has an OBLIGATION, even way more Moral and Legal obligation to investigate the Root Causes of the Ethio-Eritrean War and the subsequent sufferings of the Eritrean people.
          “No War and NO Peace Policy”, Threats of Invasion and Regime Change and continuous economic Sabotage against Eritrea and Eritreans is way beyond Crimes against Humanity and as such, it should be investigated and those culprits should be brought to justice as well either by the same AU and/or the UNHRC.so that Justice shall be served for all and equally.
          It will be beyond Hypocrisy and even beyond Bigotry, to selectively and discriminately investigate and Charge PIA exclusively, without due consideration of the surrounding circumstances and factors.

          If Field Marshal Al Bashir massacred more than 300,000 Darfurians and contributed to the death of more than 1.5 Million S Sudanese, for God’s sake, why shouldn’t the same AU prosecute that CRIMINAL?
          If the TPLF Gove massacred more than a 1000 Oromos over the last few years or so and more than that of the Ogadenians and Gambellas as well as Amharas,why in the HELL shouldn’t your same corrupted AU investigate and prosecute the TPLF Criminals?
          This is NOT to mention as to why the same corrupted UNHRC and the ICC should not investigate and prosecute the criminals George W. Bush and Tony Blare, who killed more than 1.2 Million Iraqis.
          And the lives of the Libyans and Syrians, the Afghans–and the destruction of their nations into ashes is not worth of investigating and prosecuting the same Western criminals.
          We know that your answer is going to be coz they are Immune Super Powers and since Ethiopia is the Horn’s Super Power, they should NOT be prosecuted and investigated .
          But since Eritrea is a TINY and “Zerray Alba ” and weak Nation,it should be demonized, investigated and prosecuted.
          My point is that,not that the criminals should be brought to justice but Justices should be served for all and equally and in a JUST way..
          But of utmost importance, constructive Engagement and Diplomatic Approaches should be given a chance rather than threats, bullying, isolation and containment, as all these lead to the worsening of the bad situation and the Human Rights Abuses one way or another..

          • Abi

            Hi Hope
            Gize siTle sigelebiT
            LemelalaT siferageT
            Tesfa bisu tesfa siqorT
            Yenaqewun siqolamiT
            Techenanqo bekifu miT
            Fesun siyazreTeriT
            Anabistu meslo ayiT
            Semahut siqebaTir, ayehut yegoriT .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo, ya ya ya ! but here is for justice leaders.

            በዚህ መሃል ግን ኣንበሶቹ –
            ኣቤት ሲያምሩ እንድያው ሲመቹ –
            ቤት ለንቦሳ ለጀግኖቹ –
            ሞት ላልፈሩት ታጋዮቹ ::

            ወይ ውይ ውይ ሲምያሩ :-
            ሰላምን ብለው ሲዘምሩ :-
            በጦር ሜዳው ሲማተሩ :-
            ኣየናቸው ታሪክ ሰሩ ::

            ድል በትግል ነው በመዋድቅ:-
            ማጭበርበሩ ኣይጠቅም ኣያጸድቅ :-
            ብንለው ያልሰማን ቦዘኔ :-
            ኣፍሮ ቀረ ተመልከት ወገኔ ::

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Tagayochu yemotut
            Yalmotewun qeberut
            Jegna Tefto beAgeru
            Beqeyew bemenderu
            Hizb meru beTilacha yesekeru
            Bel aleqaqs abet! abet!
            Tesasito wunbdina kejegninet
            Awaqi Tefto yemimekir
            YemiqoTa yemizekir
            Gimel meraw wede bahir.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abye,

            ይመስለዋል ለማያውቀው –
            ለዘመናት የታገልነው –
            ለኣምባገነን ኣይደልም ለህዝብ ነው –
            ተቃርብዋል ቀኑ ተመልከተው –
            የካሃዲው መንደር መፍረሱ ነው –
            ———— እምቢ ብለናል ድል የኛ ነው ::

            ቢፈራገጥ ኣለሁኝ ብሎ :-
            መውደቁ ኣይቀር ተንከባሎ ::

            እና ማ !

            ኣንተ ጓደኛየ ይህን ኣትበዝብዝ :-
            መስሎህ እንደሆን የምል ፍዝዝ
            ይቅርብህ ወንድም ሰፍርክን ያዝ :-
            ተዋደን እንኑር ተጋግዘን :-
            ድህነትን እናጥፋ ተባብረን ::

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Dihinet lemaTfat egna teTefafan
            Minigna mognoch nen?
            Lezemenat yetagelkew
            Barinet lemanges new?
            Yemahiber ebdet medhanit yelewum
            Mechereshaw kifu Abi yelebetim.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abi shikor,

            ሞኝነቱ ማ ለግርማዊነትዎ
            የሌላውን መሬት የኛ ነው ማለትዎ –

            በዛ የጀመረው ቀጣዩ ቂልነት
            መርገፉን ቀጠለው ህዝባችን በሞሞት-

            ዛሬም ገና ኣልገባህም እንጂ –
            መስማማት ይሻላል መዋጋትም ኣይበጂ-

            ኣንተም ገራገሩ ቂል ሆነሃል ጓዴ-
            ምክንያት ነበረው መጮሄ ማበዴ;

            ኣሁንም ቢሆን የህግደፍ ስብስብ –
            ኣይተሀዋል ዛሬ በዓለም ሲደብደብ-
            ይቀረዋል ገና ብእሳት መለብለብ –
            ባርነት ያበቃል ይታያል ሲገደብ::

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Kokhob Selam,
            .
            I am glad you two found each other. It is a treat to read your Shakespearean conversations for those of us who could read and understand.
            It is a pity not to have shared it all with a much wider audience.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Thank you KH,
            It seems your are reading the poem deeply ..Abo is strong in understanding each words meaning including the hidden once. I love Abi he is pawlos Negno the 2nd.

          • አዲስ

            Hope,

            Again you’re barking on the wrong tree. I don’t have a problem if justice is served equally to all. My question remains: is there any precedent to what #18 in the resolution is asking for and what that looks like in practical terms?

            What you said about my level of concern to my people is just silly. I will take it as something you said while emotions are high 🙂

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Hope

            Selamat Addis:
            Short and sweet answer:

            NO,it will not be practical unless the TPLF completely controls and convinces the AU .

            If the AU attempts to do so,Eritrea might withdraw its membership from the AU and join the Arab League and the fight will be between the AU and the Arab League along with the GCC.
            Then we will see if the TPLF can face the Egyptian Mighty Army along with the GCC’s well equipped Forces along with the Best Trained and well equipped half a Million Strong ERITREAN Army!

            If the Arab League and the GCC do not do that,they will lose the most strategic spot and ally under the Sun.
            This is in the worst case scenario situation and as the last resort if Eritrea is to be dragged into it.
            In the event,to avoid all these mess,the best peaceful and the INKO Solution would be:

            -Constructive engagement
            -Resoect of International Laws and Norms

          • Hope,
            Do you really believe what you are saying? The Arab League was formed as an Arab front against Israel, and it has succeeded nothing. Up to now it has proved ineffective to tackle simple problems among its member states, let alone intervene on the Eritrean side against Ethiopia.
            Egypt has her hands full of problems. She is plagued with terrorism and her economy is in a dire situation, and it depends on the KSA and Gulf States for economic support. That is why El Sisi tried to bribe the Saudis with two small islands in the Red Sea, which was overturned by the Egyptian court..
            As much as the GCC and UAE are concerned, it took only the death of about eighty soldiers and the loss of two aircrafts for the UAE to withdraw from the coalition against Yemen.
            I am sure that they have no appetite to be part of the Eritrean problem, if you leave the AU and join the Arab League. In addition, when you speak of the Red Sea Waterways, try to understand that the stakeholders are not only the countries of the region, but all those countries and powers that use it.
            As much as you are concerned, you are not going to rest until you get what you want, and you are ready to put the whole region on fire for a barren piece of land the world does not know where it is or cares to know. Over 15 yrs, you have failed to see the profit/loss ratio of living for the sake of Badme. Have pity on your people who are suffering due to the catastrophic policy of the regime you support. Is it so difficult to unlearn your mistakes?

          • Abi

            Hi Hope
            When are you going to stand by yourself? You are running to hide under the Arab skirt.
            I think they are done with you.

            “Yayesh ayalfshim, yeqemesesh aydegmshim” yilal yagere chole.

    • Dear Addis,
      May be the complaint African leaders have towards the ICC is one of the reasons; that it is biased against Africans and it mainly targets African leaders. African heads of states are not going to implement the decisions of the court anyway. Case in point, Al-Bashir, who roams African countries and the Middle East without any problem. The same thing would have happen in the case of DIA.
      By leaving the decision to the AU and Africans leaders to investigate the crimes by themselves, they think that they will be forced to implement their own decision. They will face a dilemma. If they absolve him, they would be accused of complicity, and if they condemn him, they have to show it in practice by arresting him if he falls in to their hands.
      Finally, if he is going to be judged by an Eritrean court or AU court (to be formed) or the ICC, I am not sure.

      • አዲስ

        Horizon,

        Do you actually see them arresting him though? Isn’t that effectively changing a regime? I am afraid the other dictators in the continent wouldn’t let that come to light for fear of their own a**

        Thanks,
        Addis

        • Dear Addis,
          It is true that African heads of state are against the ICC mainly to save their own skin. In this case, the ICC would be forced to wash its hands of any responsibility for crimes committed against humanity in the African Continent. It will be sad to leave Africans without any form of protection from their nemesis, which is nobody else but their own leaders.
          The death of a head of state is not equivalent to changing a regime. In the same way, if a leader is removed, it does not mean that a government necessarily changes.

          • አዲስ

            Horizon,

            Yeah but we’re talking about IA here. I believe arresting him will create a regime change in the country and I don’t believe they (AU) are ready to face that if it results in chaos. Besides I just don’t believe in their ability to follow through with no precedent and institution in place. Remember how they backtracked in the case of Burundi? Also what country will arrest IA other than Ethiopia or Djibouti may be, and he won’t be traveling there any time soon 🙂

            Thanks,
            Addis

      • Peace!

        Hi Horizon,

        I think the ongoing enormous pressure might force PFDJ to form the same type of TPLF crafted courts that legitimizes mass killings and still rewarded with more aids. And it would also leave some people confused and diverts their eyes to somewhere else.
        Peace!

  • Erta

    AU must take a position on CIO’s report before any investigations AU takes on. If AU finds the CIO’s report irrelevant then AU has to do whatever investigations it has to do against the Eritrean regime. UN body authorized AU to do its investigations because the organizations has been complaining about UN targeted African leaders on human right issues while rich countries like Saudi Arabia committing human right violations on broad day light.UN human right council did not say crime against humanity did not happen but it just refereed the issue to AU if AU can agree with UN findings so that AU’s clam of UN targeting African leaders can be put aside to make a final conclusion in the matter.

  • Hope

    Hello All:

    I re-read the resolution after I rested for 8hrs post-duty and I noted this:

    So,relax and chillax.as there is a long way to go.
    The USA,in fact, watered it down even more and literally “rejected” it as being “Not sophisticated and Precise”.

  • tes

    Dear Awate Family

    Now that we have come at a bench mark, our motion should be accelerated by keeping the momentum of ongoing massive public mobilization to weed out PFDJ. Our human rights activists have done a commendable job but political forces are not. The time for these forces has come. For this unity of purpose is highly demanded.

    HR-forces should not let their gears step down no matter what the challenge is.

    The vacuum now seems on resources. However this limitation will soon erode as capable forces are coming in the forefront to drive the wheel of change.

    Dear Gedab News providers, you never stopped giving those in need of voice the voice of the voiceless. Now that you reached to a stage where you can report about the verdict of these criminals, I would like to CONGRATULATE you on your noble work.

    Now go on searching news about United forces under the BLUE FLAG. I know it was bitter to fight against these criminals but your flag never let you down.

    The Blue Flag Revolution is all for Justice and it will always be pPEACE centered.

    I thank all those who work relentlessly to expose these criminals and to install Justice in eritrea.

    Yah I have to mention names:

    Saleh Johar
    Sales Younis
    Amanuel Hidrat
    Semere Andom
    Kokhob Selam and others among those those who never quitted their voices for the voiceless

    Ethiopian Awatistas of good hearts like Fanti Ghana

    Let’s unite under the BLUE FLAG. This flag was the source our freedom aspiration before from Ethiopian occupation so is now from the criminal PFDJ regime.

    tes

    • Ismail AA

      Hellow Tes,
      I support you for your sense of sending credit where it is due. The brothers you mentioned deserve our gratitude and commendation. They have been consistent and relentless in their effort and sacrificed time for sure at the expense of other personal and family interests. We all do what we could in doing our modest bit for promoting the cause of justice and freedom of our people. But conditions impose on us limitations and remain guest contributors. We seem to have come a long way, and the countdown of the regime’s fortunes has been set on track.
      Regard,
      Ismail AA

      • Hope

        Ismail:
        His list is partial and discriminatory!
        How about :
        The Ismails,the Mahmuday’s,the Haile TGs,the OSmans,the Attorney Ghezaes,the Akhlilus…etc…
        I know that the Salihs are directly involved on providing with some crucial info and on even drafting the COIE… but it was not a diplomatic list.

        • iSem

          Hope:
          You said:
          “I know that the Salihs are directly involved on providing with some crucial info and on even drafting the COIE… but it was not a diplomatic list”
          Are you saying that the two Salehs had a hand in the report, can u give us ur sources or is this revealed to u in ur deep prayes when god visited you and head his voice?
          Sir, the report was authored by 800 Eritreans
          the commission was created by UN to investigate crimes

        • Ismail AA

          Ahlen Hope,
          I think you read too much in to the issue. It was not an attempt to approve the list or not. It was a passing comment to second tes’ initiative and never to exclude others who also play commendable role, and they count perhaps in hundreds.
          Ismail AA

  • Peace!

    Dear all,

    There is no doubt PFDJ thugs have committed the most henios crime, but shockingly the rage is too weak and the self interest is too dubious that we have failed miserably to take PFDJ thugs where they belong, HELL, by ourselves. But would it be wise to use the ICC path for justice? May be yes, but as proved the cost will be enormous. With that in mind, today’s decision marks both the pro and against are the sole losers that the country is now officially at the mercy of foreigners. SAD!

    Peace!

    Moderator: could you please enable the “edit” feature? Thank you! Still Half-Blocked:)

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Peace,

      Aren’t you from those who advocate to remove the “PFDJ thugs” by peaceful means? Isn’t “peaceful” or “nonviolence movement” means to bring fundamental change through all possible tools of nonviolence including using international pressure? So far the dominant view within the Eritrean people in the diaspora still remains to be nonviolence. In my book, and as attested by plenty historical events, a dictator can not be removed by nonviolence struggle. A violent regime can only be removed by violent force. Close to home,the Ethiopian&Eritrean struggle did it against Mengstu Hailemariam. So brother, there is no success whatsoever (political) or any kind of engagement against the nature of regime we have other than decisive force of violence. Our nation will go through self-inflicted death, as far as we are not ready to fight with the right tools and means of struggle against the brute regime of Asmara. Now my question yo you is, what does it mean nonviolence to you, other than the things we are doing so far which is “nonviolence activism”? I am not clear where your stand is. Could you tell us your solution to the intractable problem the we are in? Where should we take the “PFDJ thugs”? Where do they belong? and how could we do ourselves? Aren’t we (Eritreans) by ourselves trying to bring them to the court of justice through the international law? Why are freaking to the process if you are for nonviolence?

      regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Peace!

        Merhaba Emma,

        My stand is clear and consistent: Sustainable change will only come from within, not from New York or Geneva. Period. By the way when did I say I am for nonviolent? ናዓባ በጃኻ! I am jut not for outsourcing.

        The potential for change is there; it just needs a vision and accountable leaders. This is not an easy walk it requires bravery and sacrifice, not just writing.

        Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Peace,

          There are no signs of resistance whatsoever from inside; neither signs of mass movement nor signs of the conventional of military coup. Our young who should be the driving force inside Eritrea are leaving the nation in droves taking all kind of risks. The military of Eritrea especially the officers are embedded in the PFDJ akin to the North Korean army or Egyptian army to protect their interest. In such circumstances the common concept that the driving force for change is impractical. I foresee roll reversal in our reality that the driving force should be the diaspora, the only section of our society that are in real in confrontation with dictator. More to this on my coming piece.

          One thing you are right though, that we can not remove the despot by sheer writing only, but also by full commitment and sacrifice. But do not forget, that wring is an indespensable tool mobilising tool for awareness and uplifting the moral and consciousness of the public to engage in the struggle. So do not under estimate the value o f writing.

          Regards,
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Amanuel
            You are outsourcing the struggle to the diaspora Eritreans. I think this is exactly what His Excellency PIA needs. The more people leave the country the less confrontation he faces. Amde the genius calls it release value.
            I’m waiting to read the upcoming piece. I’m kind of lost here.
            Yeqenyeley.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hello Abi ,

            I think if I am not mistaken, Amde said “release valve”. it is a valve used to decrease the internal pressure to protect from explosion, a term transcribed from thermodynamics. However, when the internal pressure decreases, the external pressure will increase to effect an inversely proportional pressure to overtake the circumstances – is indeed my assessment so to speak.

            Regards

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Emma
        “So brother, there is no success whatsoever (political) or any kind of engagement against the nature of regime we have other than decisive force of violence.” Emma.
        Actually more changes have occurred in history by nonviolence than by violence (war). Some recent ist:
        1. The famous Indian resistance against British occupation
        2. South Africa
        3. Iranian Revolution of 1979
        4. Deposition of dictator Marcos of the Philippines in the mid eighties
        5. Many South American countries
        7. Poland and Czechoslovakia, in the late eighties
        8. Serbia deposing Milosevic
        9. Tunisia and Egypt during the Arab Spring
        10. Soharto of Indonesia
        11. Hileselassie of Ethiopia, although later hijacked by the military. It was brought down by mass demonstrations. Eritrean wore definitely played a role but it was Ethiopia’s mass that brought him down. The military take over was a last straw.
        Many more examples could be brought as an example of a peaceful resistance. But I think what peace is saying is that the COI report, regardless of what path it takes, it will most probably take the AU path, it will be effective in accelerating change only if Eritreans see it as a tool in their struggle for creating a peaceful, just and democratic country worth of its sacrifices. If it is seen as a ploy for ulterior motive of foreign forces, it will remain to be a complicating matter decelerating that struggle which should culminate in deposing criminals off their power, capturing them and bringing them to an Eritrean tribunal or an international one. In short, I agree with you that it should be taken as a tool out of many peaceful tools. A change that comes through peaceful means is possible, and it will be a change that Eritreans control, and a change in which the people can claim having invested in it, contrary to a change that comes by an armed group, a coup, or foreign intervention. The idea of removing PFDJ from power through violence has been there for decades. It is not new. What you need to tell us is why it’s not gathering speed. Isn’t it because it’s been rejected so far. We don’t know what brings tomorrow, but the pressure THAT pains PFDJ has been made through peaceful means.
        Regards.

        • iSem

          Hi MS:
          Peaceful means of attaining change are not always possible, but they have been done as in some of the list you provided.
          South Africa: the white regime actually was sane regime, they had institution and rule of law albeit only for their own people, whites voted, criticized, wrote anti government, they had independent court, which once dismissed the charges against Mandela for lack of evidence by the state. They did not disappear Mandela to the thin air. He wrote letters to his wife, she visited him, he wrote his bar from prison. So definitely apples and oranges. The SA regime was racist but had democracy for whites, so although they repressed the blacks and they were racist, they did not repress their own, they had due process even Mandela was tried, he was not snatched in the dead of night from his home and disappeared. There were blacks who were killed and disappeared but the regime took care in handling the leaders because they knew they will need them some time and that vision helped SA to survive after apartheid was defeated. In Eritrea PFDJ does even think that they may one need the G-15, this is dangerous and that is an indication of how they will deal with any peaceful resistance from within
          Indian vs Great Britain: same, you had a empire that had inst and it cared about is reputation and its posterity
          the means of struggle is must be determined by the enemy, in the same manner Eritreans fought HS and MH due their nature, we have seen how it is impossible to fight PFDJ peacefully and that delusion is paramount in the survival of PFDJ. Grave mistakes were committed by G-15, by Wedi Ali, the 1993 tegadelti, the Menka , and the Yemin. The next change seekers are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the mentioned.
          I said it before and I repeat it again when Eritreas try peaceful demonstration one of these days in Godena Harent it will be blood bath like Shieb, Onna, Weki Dubba and Ad-Ibrahim.
          If you are saying in the dying days of regime if people get emboldened and dare the regime that is different story, people did it with MH, a priest sarcastically insulted Mengistu, and the dictator was docile, he had no teeth, MH was not defeated by peaceful means and the scenario of Poland and the east block is the same, but to wage sustained peaceful means like that of Ghandi and Mandela in Eri is a suicide mission and it is actually irresponsible for us to tell people to do so from inside the country
          If the G-15 learned their lessons, and using their military power organized and faced off IA to comply with the transition and accountability Eritrea and them will be in a better position now
          The USA civil right movements were also peaceful but USA is not PFDJ, even the eradication of slavery was peaceful but even then USA was not repressive regime, it was racist, people like F, Douglass roamed the USA to speak against slavery and Lincoln worked with congress to make slavery illegal.
          We can bring many events when peaceful resistances was successful, but one should not follow peaceful resistance for its own sake, but the enemy should be a factor in deciding.
          You said the change PFDJ by force has not gathered steam, this is not necessarity because it has been rejected by the people, or it is not the right one, the change PFDJ by peaceful means had not gathered steam either, my own belief is that this is “structural” problem in the society and not right or wrong.
          I think uniting the hodgepodge armed groups, stengtheinging the pressures from outside to suffocate the regime is the right method, no one mode is enough, even the armed struggle had a peaceful wing as well so to speak.
          by peaceful means, we mean that the regime will mend ways by some deliberate4 let up to slowly signal change before the regime signals, any attempt for so called peaceful change is futile for the diaspora and out right dangerous from inside to try peaceful means without a stick to lord over
          The best and quickest way is a coup from inside by the “gentlemen” of Sahel, if there still gentlemen around that is. The Suwar Aldahab in Sudan in 1986/1987 is good precedent , within a year, the parties got their acts together, news papers exploded, free expression went viral. No blood was spilled,. Bu then 2 years later a despot took power

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Semere
            It’s not in my hand to decide which SHOULD BE USED. It’s in the hands of people who want TO DO. I brought it to remind Emma that indeed there are many instances of peaceful means through which was achieved, some peaceful momentum came unexpected, like the one that deposed the brutal Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. Peaceful means does not exclude some sort of violence, it’s just an emphasis. Regarding the armed groups you are referring to watch out for the “so far”. Because it has not been effective SO FAR doesnot mean it will not be. I’m also noting that no body knows what bears tomorrow. So all the possibilities are there. When I repeat for unity, or a united force/front, I mean it, my friend. That could shorten the time and sacrifice needed to do the job, builds consensus among Eritreans; it becomes an alternative–in-wait, etc. Ultimately, it’s the government that’s pushing citizens to resort to violence. As far as which means is better at a given period of time, it’s only those who are in the frontline of the confrontation who will decide it. You and me, could entertain different ideas. The fact is peaceful resistance should also be accompanied by real or implied show of force which could be expressed in different forms. Therefore, it’s not an either or not issue, I brought that as a reminder that peaceful resistance also accomplished many of the changes. Regarding your comparison, it’s suffice to say that what worked in South Africa is not going to work in Eritrea. Each country has its own unique challenges, and one could not dismiss the possibility that Eritreans could not devise an effective peaceful means that fits Eritrean objective situation. What’s been scored so far has been primarily through peaceful means.
            The bottom line is that those who are in the lead will determine what method to adopt. I’m just reiterating a fact that peaceful means could also be as effective.

          • tes

            Dear iSem,

            My take on this issue is as follows:

            1. Turning into ashes all PFDJ owned enterprises as they the main centers of exploitation

            2. Surgical clearance of all officials

            3. Clandestine democratic forces both inside and outside the country

            4, fighting through international apparatus like that of Human Rights groub and Amnesty International (COIE is one outcome)

            4. Building alternative funding sources that give complete freedom from PFDJ established institution

            5. Continuing to fight along the border, skirmish wars

            6. Building strong mass media, TV, that broadcasts the voice of all democratic forces without discrimination.

            The list is tentative. I may develop it later.

            In general I am on the side of “All means possible”, both violent and non-violent.

            tes

          • Nitricc

            Hi Tes, what about you give up the life of slave that you are living in France and give up your self in to brining the freedom and serenity you are drooling others to do it for yourself? I hate to tell you this but militarily; Eritrea is more stronger than your TPLF army, so your dream TPLF to do your job long gone. you see, last war Eritrea fought with entire Ethiopia, this time around, Tigryans will fight against Eritrea and the entire Ethiopia. the tides are change my corrupted friend. you are corrupted to the core.

  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista,

    As the wisdom goes, the journey is more important than the destination. The Eritrean regime supporters are celebrating a small glimmer of hope they feel today’s resolution represents in delaying or all together clearing the ICC threat. Justice seekers are also celebrating a resounding victory over the regime in maintaining the overall tone and content of the resolution, i.e. regardless of where it would go from here.

    The struggle for human rights is a war of attrition against the opposite values and ideals. This struggle can serve as a keel to support even playing field for all stripes of competing political and social ideals.It is not a political struggle per se, and nor should all hopes be pinned upon it. The UNHCR has added its voice in support of possible investigation of persons accused of crimes against humanity in Eritrea. The ball has been passed to the AU to try and set up some kind of persecutions mechanism. This is indeed protracted, but can be done.

    The journey, however, has revealed the magnitude of opposition to the Eritrean regime and that the balance had long been tipped in favor of justice and democratization in Eritrea. That is indeed a cause worthy of celebration!

    cheers

  • Desata Tella

    ሰላም!!!

    ዮሃና ህዝቢ ኤርታራ

    እንኳዕ የሕጎሰና!

    ኢሳያስ ዝመርሖም ኮራኹር ህግደፍ ኣእዳዎም ብናይ ንጹሃን ደም ከምዝጨቀየን
    ገበኖብ ናብ ዓለምለኻዊ ገበነኛታት ዝብየነሉ ቤት ፍርዲ ንኸሓልፍ ሃገራት ዓለምና
    ብሙሉእ ድምጺ ኣጽዲቐንኦ ኣለዋ!

    መርዛም! ጥጅእ ሕግደፍ

    ቀንዲ ዕላማ ህግደፍ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንምብርካኽን ንምጽናትን
    ኣብ ሳሕል ንዝጠጀኦ “መርዛም” ዝኾነ ጥጅእ [ብሕግን ፍትሕን]
    ከምኡዉን ብሓያል ብልሒ ኤርትራዊያን ኣብ ሃገረ ጀነቫ*
    ብዕሊ ተፈርሽሑ ኣሎ!

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    According to Waqwaq phone conversation intercepting agency, Yemane G/ab is reported to have phone-discussed with the hired lawyer about the news that Eritrea might escape censure and sought legal explanations. Although the agency did not disclose the contents of their discussion, it reported that the lawyer ended the phone conversation with words “will soon see you at the court (ICC).”

    • Ahmed Idris

      Hhhhhhhhha”will soon see you at the court (ICC)”
      HHHHHHHHHA…bad luck for Isaias Afeweki. …
      Congratulations the Eritrean people. .

      • sara

        Dear Hmed
        with all my respect to you— do you know what they say in Egypt in such instances…muut ya humar,,,,,,,

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam sara,
          .
          I am wondering what this Egyptian saying is saying. “…muut ya humar”
          .
          Probably it expresses the sentiment of what a large portion of Eritreans feel deep inside, that of being happy and unhappy at the same time.
          .
          Is that close enough?
          .
          Mr. K.H

        • T..T.

          Dear sara,

          It is time for you to show some feelings for the victims of the tyrant. The COIE’s decision is the beginning of the healing process of which the complete healing will occur when the criminals stand for trial at ICC. The good hearts of those who care for Eritrea and the Eritreans never abandoned the family members of the victims. You, too, for sure have some courage to condemn all crimes committed against the innocent Eritrean kids, mothers, youth and the elderly and you should also have some feelings for those who lost their life to the deserts, organ harvesters, the high seas and crimes at the hands of the tyrant and his generals. Whether we like it or not, it is time for the family members of the victims to get the needed closure they have always wanted, and that’s why the hired lawyer ended the phone conversation with Yemane saying, “will soon see you at the court (ICC)” – no other alternative.

        • sara

          Dear Sir
          edition of my comment is noted and accepted.

  • TGIF

    Dear Webmaster:

    Tom Miles from Reuters is reporting that there is no referral to Security Council and ICC. Surprisingly, United States rejected the referral saying the report doesn’t have the same rigor as that of the one on North Korea.

    Consequently, you should change the title of this article to something else because there is no referral to Sec Council and ICC. Only referral is to appropriate UN organs as per the watered-down resolution.

    • Ahmed Idris

      I think you need to read the official statement of Eritrean regime. .
      You will unmistakenlying will find out how the regime in disappointed by the UN. .

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam TGIF,

      You have said ” only referral is to appropriate UN organs…”. Doesn’t “appropriate organs” means UN Security council? If the referral by HRC is done, it will only be to UN Security Council as Eritrea is not one of the Rome signatory countries. So Gedeb News is right on as to where the case goes from HRC.

  • sara

    Dear awate
    thank you for keeping us abreast with information about what is going on here and there against eritrea,
    if they don’t heed eritrean peoples call for fair and just process to expose the grand lie perpetuated by xxxx
    and its puppets in the region…. we say khaleyom yeshrebu mnel bahr come what ever.

  • iSem

    Hi freedom seekers

    Today is Canada Day and as we celebrate our citizenship here, we mourn the slavery of our brothers and sisters in Eritrea

    The news from the HRC is one step closer the goons to be referred to the ICC

    and as we used to say, the goons “nai reesi gerom”, so much so that they made this blunder in their press release

    “Today in this Human Rights Council, a grave injustice, yet another in a long train of injustices, is being committed against the human rights of the people of Eritrea”
    Yea you read it right they said”…. against the human rights of the people of Eritrea”

    • Nitricc

      Semere;

      Congratulations for Eritrea being referred to UNSC lol, what a bunch of you know what. while you are celebrating your pseudo Canadian-nness; do you know why Canadians suffer from inferior complexity? I let you watch the video but for god sake, why destroy the most cutting age tech of time because the USA told you so. Why not save it in a museum? Why not preserve the technology? I know, you should know anything about inferior complexity in first hand,hint, hint but there is nothing special about being Canadian, let alone a black Canadian. lol

      If you don’t have time; watch this short clip and learn about your welfare country why it suffers from inferior complexity

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDvZu50HvLs

      if you have time watch and learn; the full video
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sFRiacvNYo

      • iSem

        Nitricc:
        congrats, your writing has gotten better, were you in intensive crush course?
        About Canada, well, what to tell u, open ur eyes, it will own the next century do some research before you make fool of urself
        And about ur inferiority complex, what can I say, you are self loathing and one day, I am sure, just matter of time just like the Orlando shooter you will use your access and shoot someone and then when the info comes out, I will be called an expert to connect your s.media, awate comments and your message to tie it to you, You will shoot in self loathing
        Having said that, u still have, like any human being to make us proud, to make your parents proud and make both nitricc and nitric proud by doing the right thing and for ur the right thing is even to oppose PFDJ, for your the right thing to do is to simply THINK, it is in your to THINK, just like blood is in your tot giv, THINK, try, then it will be second nature. I am so gracious because I just received my welfare check double the reg amount so I can celeberate Canada day

        • Nitricc

          Semere; your problem is your inability to distinguish between a nation and a government. to you everything goes as long as the government is dislodged from the power. only people with low IQ and stupid people think as such. Does Not bother you the way this nation is picked apart unjustly by the corrupted world? what is unjust is, what is unjust. you can’t rationalized justice and pick and choose what justice is. if you stand against the government because abuses its citizens unjustly; you should stand up when the government is abused unjustly. that is what people who stands for justice do; stand for what is just and fight anything unjust. i know your kind can’t be justice lovers. you are no different than a pig in a Zimmermann farm.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Moda, i know you are going to tell me “don’t engage the moda” but you are the one stooping your nose where it doesn’t concern you; besides when was the last time this forum followed to the relevant to the given topic? I know your firing fingers didn’t allowed it but what i have said was very relevant to what is being said. again this is one more than for me. anyway good luck with micro managing an open forum. take it easy.

  • Thomas D

    Dear Awatista,
    The lawless regime will now come to understand that there is law out there which is stop them from murdering their own nationals. They thought they could silence the international community as they have systematically tried to silence us, the Eritrean. Let’s keep the pressure and crush them over until they feel the paid as they did to us.