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Resolution L23 On Eritrea Adopted Without A Vote

Resolution L23, regarding human rights in Eritrea, which was submitted by Somalia and Djibouti was passed today in Geneva by the Human Rights Council (HRC).  It was passed without a vote, which is the conventional way the body passes resolutions unless a member state of the 47 nations which make up the HRC calls for roll call.

Ambassador Mohammed Siad Douale of Djibouti introduced the resolution that was sponsored by sixteen additional countries.

Speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU), Ambassador Raimonds Jansons of Latvia stated that the EU is “deeply concerned by the grave human rights situation in Eritrea.” He added, the EU “fully support this African initiative as well as continuous efforts by our African partners to maintain this issue on the council’s agenda.”

Ambassador Raimonds further stated that the EU is “disturbed by reports of intimidation and harassment of the members of the commission, including during their stay in Geneva last week.” He expressed his hope that the issue will be fully investigated.

Ambassador  Keith M. Harper of the USA said, “We thank our African partners for this important initiative.” He also thanked the delegation of Djibouti and  lauded the way it “operated in an open and transparent manner.”

 Ambassador Wu Hailong of China said that human rights should be addressed through “full consultation with the country concerned and on the basis of its consent to provide it with technical assistance and capacity building support.” He concluded by stating that “China will disassociate itself from the consensus on draft resolution L23.”

China’s statement implied that human rights violations in Eritrea are caused by “economic and management difficulties” that government faces.

Commenting on China’s statement, an Eritrean activist stated, “the notion of justice has nothing to do with the economy or management skills. It’s a natural right of any citizen to be governed justly.”

Russia holds similar views to China. Ambassador Roman Kashaev of Russia expressed a view that the resolution doesn’t help the human rights situation. He suggested interactive dialogue with the Eritrean Government and said, “the best means of doing this is to provide technical assistance and consultative service. In light of this, we are obliged to disassociate ourselves from consensus on this resolution.”

The Russian ambassador ignores the fact that the Eritrean government shuns all dialogues, including with Eritrean dissenters.

Ambassador Tesfamichael Gerahtu of Eritrea characterized the resolution as “a continuation of the protracted confrontation against Eritrea, another draft resolution is again tabled by the usual bidders on behalf of the known architects.”

He emphasized, “in a sense, the architects and messengers of the draft resolution dream to perpetuate the already failed hostilities aimed to thwart Eritrea’s nation building aspirations..”

The Eritrean government believes anything against it is architected by the USA and implemented by Ethiopia. In this case, “the messengers” are Djibouti and Somalia, whose governments have close relations with the Ethiopian government.

Ambassador Tesfamichael aired his grievance regarding a document submitted by Eritrea and appeared on the UN website with a paragraph from a North Korean document and appeared as a plagiarized document.

Though the UN has acknowledged it was an error committed by the secretaries in formatting the documents for publication, Ambassador Tesfamichael said he “does not consider it a technical error.”

Many Eritrean activists opposed to the Eritrean government expressed similar views and were frustrated by what has been considered an “error.” Commenting about that, an Eritrean activist said, “we have a just cause and such forgeries damage our just struggle.” He added, “I don’t believe it was an innocent forgery and I hope the UN investigates it.”

Ambassador Tesfamichael also expressed the usual bravado, “neither will Eritrea surrender its sovereign rights nor will it abandon its independent political stands, under any name, including under the pretence of human rights.” In what seemed to be an assurance, he added, “Eritrea is, however, earnestly redoubling its development efforts to achieve a qualitative leap in the next three to four years.”

However, Eritrea stakeholders immediately reject that promise; the Eritrean president has repeatedly made similar, three and four year promises, in his yearly independence day speeches for more than two-decades.

Update and related links:
As Gedab News expected, the Human Rights Council draft resolution to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur as well as the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea for one year, is now adopted as Resolution L23.

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  • Nitricc

    “Man is …. essentially a story telling animal. That means I can only answer the question ‘what I am to do?’ I can answer the prior question of ‘what story or stories do I find myself a part” I am never able to seek for the good or exercise the virtues only qua individual… we all approach our own circumstances as bearers of a particular social identity. I am some once son or daughter, a citizen of this or that cit. I belong to this clan, that tribe, this nation”
    “Hence, what is good for me has to be the good for someone who inhabits those roles. I inherit from the past of my family, my city, my tribe, my nation a variety of debts, inheritances, expectations and obligations”
    “These constitutes the given of my life, my moral starting point. This is, in part what gives my life its moral particularity”
    “The contrast with the narrative view of the self is clear. For the story of my life is always embedded in the story of those communities from which I derive my identity”
    “I am born with a past, and to try to cut my self off from that past is to deform my presence”

    I can not help but to check my Moral reflection and I can not help it but to notice people on this forum supporting and drooling with what the UN is doing to the nation of Eritrea. I am amazed how bright people of this forum all of sudden are suffering from collective amnesia and a complete moral abdication. To all of you who are supporting the criminal UN; you are forfeiting your and devoid of the universal principal of justice. I am not going to tell you what the UN did to your people and country; as much as I disagree with everything you stand on this matter but I will never insult you. But let me ask you this; Did you enjoy when the UN cut and paste an article to blame Eritrea? Did you enjoy when the Somalia and Djibouti recommended on behave of Ethiopia and adapted with out a vote? How come you never say something about it? You see; you never stood for justice or fairness; you are driven with grudges and powered by revenge.

  • Zamboza

    Not true. This is the first time the president ever made promises. He has time and time again repeatedly stated that he doesn’t promise. But now he did.

    WeWe one of the fewest countries in Africa that is about to achieving a balanced budget. We will reach surplus in 2017. Our electricity problems are disappearing with the help of solar power.y

    But he’s still a dictator. And we hate him. Because of the fact that people are fleeing. People don’t get paid enough. Sawa is horrible.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Hey abi
    Ante hodama, I saved some sambussa for you. I hope you kept your mom’s mkr regarding the explicit part of the story.

  • tes

    Dear Awatawyan,

    If there is good news that I have from France, starting from tomorrow, le 04.07.2015, we will host two Eritean cyclists: Daniel and Mehawi. I well come them and wish themm all the best success.

    On 11th July, they will cross the city where I live and I will be there to give them encouragement.

    Viva Daniel, Viva Mehawi! Viva MTN-Quebeka

    Bon Courage!


    • Mizaan1

      Good plan Tes. Here is what I read on the toure de france website. It is also incredible to note that Merhawi was born in 1994, only 20 years old.

      “MTN-Qhubeka is therefore the first genuinely African team invited to participate in the Tour de France. Rooted in South Africa since its creation in 1997 by Douglas Ryder, a professional cyclist until 2002 and still the manager of a team sponsored since 2007 by the telecoms operator present throughout the African continent, Qhubeka (a word that means “advance” in the Xhosa language) is a foundation that provides bicycles as a means of transport to underprivileged populations. It is a team with a strong identity and humanitarian calling that is set to write a fine page in the grand international history of the Tour de France. In its ranks, it boasts Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot, the best climber on this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, and his countryman Merhawi Kudus, who completed the Vuelta at the age of 20 years. The toughest runners on the planet come from this part of the world. Now it is cycling’s turn to be enhanced by these exceptional athletes.”

    • Pass the salt

      Tes and Mizzan,
      Dani didn’t make it to the top spots on the 1st round, nevertheless he made history for being the first black rider at the tour de France. Also fair to say he had his biggest audience so far in his carrier.
      Great day for Dani and our country.

  • tes

    Dear Awatistas,

    Geneva is not our destination but a convergence of justice seekers. We landed Geneva not empty our energy but to boost. Therefore dear my beloved Eritreans, lets magnify our energy so that PFDJ will ever be weeded out and his blind supporters be shamed of themselves.

    As I can follow the news and analysis pattern of our political landscape, I am reading a kind of peaks. My people, the peak has not reached yet; We have very long journey to finish. After Lampedusa, Eritreans were awake from their blind submission to the circumtances. After, NO. They are awake. As I read from FB, “PFDJ has awakened a sleeping lion.”

    If you were reading my counter reaction to Amanauel Hidrat’s Never Land Politics, my internal hope was telling me that still my people are not fully awake but on their way to make it; That is why I reacted and called brother Amanuel H. To leave his Never Land politics.

    Now, we need to digest strategies that outcast PFDJ policies and liberate Eritrea 100%. For this I believe is one of the leading website that can bring ideas and diffuse them to the public. As usual debate will be intense and bitter but the positive resumtant is keeping us move forward. Lets do therefore take the lead.

    Finally, I have a call to Eritrean elites to write articles and post them where ever possible. Articles, discussions, debates, agreements and strategy outlines are highly needed.

    PFDJ is a rotten tomato. What we should only take care of is not to be contaminated with spoilage and pathogenic bacteria that might demand us lots of effort to get rid of them. PFDJ’s virus status has now ended. He has no more energy to be a killer as he is already killed.

    Wake-up therefore my beloved Eritreans!



  • saay7

    Selamat Awatistas: has published a leaked memo from Berhane Gebrehiwet, Eritrea’s charge d’affairs to the US sent to his bosses in Asmara. Dated January 23, 2015, the memo is a report of his meeting with Herman Cohen (former US State Department officials, undersecretary for African Affairs, last seen writing an op-ed about “bringing Eritrea in from the cold.) Despite all the chest-beating and demonization of the US, Isaias Afwerki and his inner-circle know that he is not likely to get out of sanctions unless the US wills it. Now, rather than doing the right thing–free political prisoners, introduce rule of law, introduce political pluralism–Isaias Afwerki’s strategy is to change US policy by bypassing the White House, particularly Susan Rice. To do this, he proposes a symposium that will include reporters, government officials, members of congress and research centers/think tanks who will help formulate the one message that Eritrea (under Isaias Afwerki) is indispensable to the United States.

    This makes you wonder how people like @Browynbruton (Africa Center at Atlantic Council) emerged out of nowhere this year to become “Eritrea experts” and are now completely indistinguishable from Thomas Mountain, Sophia and Ghidewon.

    You can read the entire 4-page article here:

    My guess is that over the July 4th weekend, either or will translate the paper to English. But here’s a taste:

    “Moreover, to help overcome the obstacles, to help dissemination of truthful information and raise awareness—not just to improve Eritrea’s relations but to clarify America’s national interest—it’s important that a symposium be organized that reaches out to various interested reporters, government officials, members of congress and research centers. Although the firm he leads, Cohen & Woods International, is a lobby firm and can’t do this, I asked him if he could co-operate, use his influence to research if there are think tanks and institutions of higher learning willing to do it.”. – Berhane Gebrehiwet, Eritrea’s charge d’affairs to the United States, reports of his January 21, 2015 meeting with Herman Cohen. January 23, 2015. (letter in Tigrinya published by Eritrean website,


    • Pass the salt

      Dear SAAY,
      It is kind of puzzling with regards to relation with the US.
      The fact sheet published by the State Dept in March says Eritrea failed to accept proposed US Ambassador. It was around the same time then. I wonder what’s happening behind the closed door.

      • saay7

        Selamat Pass the Salt:

        The leaked document @ asmarino shows that Herman Cohen suggests that Eritrea take some “gestures” to show goodwill to the US including embassy exchanges and releasing of the two Eritrean employees of the US embassy in Eritrea, arrested since September 2001. (Ali Alamin and Kiflom Gebremichael*)

        The Eritrean diplomat tells Cohen that rather than focusing on minor symptoms (!) the two should focus on the root causes.

        With respect to normalizing relationship with Ethiopia, the Eritrean diplomat says that although most in the EPRDF are for normalization “a few but influential” members of EPRDF do not want to invest any political energy in normalization because they have concluded the regime is about to collapse anyway.

        Herman Cohen tells the Eritrean charge d’affairs that in his conversations with his French and British connections (including the French ambassador to the US), they all understand that the conditions that resulted in Eritrea being sanctioned are moot. (Now we know the source for the 2014 rumor about “the sanctions are about to be lifted!” rumors circulating in pro-dictatorship Eritrean websites.) Cohen concludes that all this is because Susan Rice is not diplomat but a person driven by personal vendetta.

        So their idea is to make the Obama White House (and specially Susan Rice) irrelevant by fostering relationships with American academia, think tanks, legislators, government officials. All this so the United States could abstain on the security resolution vote to lift sanctions.

        More in Gedab News and awate front pages.


        * In addition to the two mentioned above, in 2005 the Isaias regime arrested two more in 2005 for “human trafficking.”

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan SAAY

          Good summary. In addition, you forgot to mention: the White House is البيت الابيض(albeit alabyed), in Arabic; why not TsaEda gheza (ጻዕዳ ገዛ), in Tigrigna?
          This is my first time to see it, anyway. That’s apart from the other TsaEda, TsaEda Harmaz.
          Just a thing or two until FaTara, I mean what time is it? alHamdulellah.

          • saay7

            Hala Mahmuday:

            When u are really hungry and you say “what time is it?”, you get a couple of demerit points, according to my Imam:)

            Yeah, the literal translation of “White House” to Tigrinya follows the Arabic…but have you noticed that some words they just don’t even try to translate because they don’t exist. Like “lobbyist.” If they knew how the word “lobbyist” originated in English (I think it was when some lobbyist were trying to lobby a U.S. President in the lobby–because that’s where he went to smoke his cigars), do u think they could come up with a Tigrinya word for it? “meqromromi”, perhaps?


          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hala Ya ustazna

            The imam is right (اللهم تقبل صيامي),where is sheiK Daiphi?
            OK, so if tsaEda gheza is in Tigrigna, what is its equivalent in Amharic? ነጭ ቤቱ? I know abi is going to go puking. I mean isn’t it a proper name? Why don’t they just leave it at ዋይት ሃውስ, like in Amharic reportings? So, Abdallah will translate into Ghebrezgabhier? Meanwhile, in Tigrayet, I will call it ቤት ጻዕዳ because the adjective follows the name (Arabic structure?).
            The Lobbyist translation has already been copyrighted by SaleH Johar: delala/delalo.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Saay,

            “Miqremram” means to lament. It is not even close to “lobbying”. Lobbyist is “delali” and lobbying will be “midelal”

            Amarnuel Hidrat

          • saay7

            Selamat Emma:

            Have you even seen lobbyist in action? All they do is “miqremram:

            A a particular lawis destroying lives and livestock
            B. a particular law is destroying jobs
            C. a particularly law is bankrupting companies
            D. a particularly law is unfair and discriminatory.

            If the law doesn’t exist they lament about the dangers of a proposed law. It’s not always accurate to call them delala because some lobbyist (not the professional ones) actually are lobbying for their own company/business or country.


          • Abi

            Hi Saay
            I don’t think Ato Amanuel watched Casino Jack.
            You know the most notorious countries in human right issues or child labor or the environment etc etc hire the highly payed lobbyists in Washington ?
            China, India, Ethiopia are some of them.
            These lobbying firms act as firefighters at capital hill on behalf of these countries.

          • Pass the salt

            Dear Amanuel,
            It’s been long time and you forgot about it but in Gedli, you lobbied in villages on behalf of ELF. Mahmud did the same for EPLF. There different types but the one I am talking about is I think in Tigrigna it’s called ‘quadere’ quadero or something like that. Tegadelties are sent to villages to fundraise food and drink. That’s a different type of lobbying though where the lobbied is not really lobbied but commanded.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi PTS,
            I think you have forgotten what quadere is:-)

            Quadere is the logistics manager of a village. And it is a position withing the ancient village administration structure. In times of war, the king or the feudal lords approach the Quadere if they want manpower, food, lodging, etc. Any power that needs to deal with a village has to deal through Quadere, otherwise, it will be considered a violation of the norms.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear pass the salt
            In addition to SGJ’s reply, I think the quadere in the villages didn’t have power to lobby, or to do arm twisting or undertake behind the door dealings, including bribing and buying officials; they were executors of orders coming to them from high above, be it from ghedli or government.
            Modern lobbyists are armed with money and blackmailing tools, even in countries with stricter law enforcement capacities. SAAY, needs to settle with delalay/delala/delalo for now.

          • Saleh Johar


            If we look hard enough we might find out lobby was a corruption of our le’ba, we can call them lebotat, or leyabat. to lobby becomes Ml’yab 🙂

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar*

            I disagree with your translation respectfully. Lobbying is a profession. If we translate it as “Ml’yab” it becomes a crime. Ok, you might say, lobbying is a crime too but it is a means to achieve by seduction. For this we have a word in Tigrigna, “ምስዳዕ” -Msda’E which is Lobbying and those work for it are “ኣስዳዕቲ” – Asda’Eti.


            *don’t tell me Tigrigna is your mother language simply because I know.

          • Saleh Johar


            You don’t have to disagree. It was just an attempt at a joke. Besides, the last lobbyist for the PFDJ was found to be le’ba by a USA court and he is serving time. Google Abrhamov who was deeply involved in crimes. I have him in mind when I thought of le’ba. It is a joke anyway.

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar,

            One of my greatest weakness is that I am too serious. I have been like that since I remember and now it has quadrabled. If you have some drops of advice, an advice that can help me to see the other dimension, you are welcome brother.

            on a serious talk again: The era and politics of PFDJ, everything is full of crimes: Crime against humanity, crimes against thoughts, crimes against profession, crimes against jokes, crimes against, against, agai… everything. Therefore I will not wonder if lobbyists like Google Abrhamov were on the same truck. Who else can make a deal with PFDJ other than a criminal?


          • Abi

            Prof Tes
            you said ” Therefore I will not wonder if lobbyists like Google Abrhamov were….”
            Now that is a joke.
            You transformed yourself from being too serious to telling jokes in one comment.
            I love weekends !

          • teweldino

            Hi Mahmud,

            Hold it there! Don’t settle for the translation of “lobbyists” as you might miss other good contenders. Here’s my attempt. I think መማለድቲ (memaledti) which literally means someone (Mr A) who speaks to somebody with some sort of authority (Mr B) with a view to influence his decision / opinion in relation to somebody else (Mr C). I think that word describes lobbyists better that ደላላይ delalay (agent) which is more to do with helping buyers and sellers meet and the delalay usually gets a cut from both the seller and buyer.

            Most of the Christian saints such as Mariam, Kudus Michael, Kidane MiHret etc are believed to beg / pray to God on our behalf and they are called መማለድቲ in Tigrigna. Sal, the profession is as old as human history 😉

            Those who are trying to highlight the criminal element of the profession have another good reason to like this choice of word. Bribe is called መማለዲ memaledi in Tigrigna. As Jay Z would say: What more can I say?

            Hi Abi,

            Amalaj ኣማላጅ is the equivalent Amharic word to our መማለድቲ (memaledti) መማለዲ means ማማለጃ

            ይገርማል፣ ስትሄድ ስከተላት በጎን እያየችኝ፣
            ኣማላጅ ብልክም ፤ ጨክና እምቢ ኣለችኝ
            Tilahun Gessesse

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hello teweldino
            መማለዲ? What’s the root word/or may the noun of the verb ? ምምላድ? I suspect it’s an amche(ised) word because I know ኣማላጅ is a well used Amharic word. Hey teweldino, take it easy, after all Tigrigna is a late-comer to me. Therefore, your honor, SGJ delalay/delelti/delalo/delala still holds water.
            You said it’s in the bible? If it’s in the Geez or Tigrigna version, I may leave it for the linguists. But still, it doesn’t quite describe lobbying. Now, if we settle on the fact that both memaledi and (delalo/delelti/delalai) don’t quite fit the word lobbyist, however, on comparison the word delalay/delalo makes stronger affinity to the word “lobbyist”. Plus, you have the noun/root of delalay/delalo, as ምድላል, a perfect tgrigna.

          • haileTG

            Hi Mahmuday and Tewldino

            Have you considered ውፍራ? In Tigrigna a lobby is called ገበላ and ኣብ ናይ ባይቶ ገበላ ኮይንካ ጉዳይካ ንምውጻእ ምጽዓት/ምንቅስቃስ ውፍራ ይበሃል። So a lobbyist someone who conducts ዉፍራ for a payment. Lobbyists would be called [IMO] ሰብ ውፍራ። 🙂

          • saay7

            Hailat, and all:

            I would like you to re-consider. The etymology (at least my favorite version) of the word “lobbying” itself is from the word lobby:

            “One story held that the term originated at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where it was supposedly used by President Ulysses S. Grant to describe the political advocates who frequented the hotel’s lobby to access Grant—who was often there in the evenings to enjoy a cigar and brandy—and would then try to buy the president drinks in an attempt to influence his political decisions”

            So, since lobby = ገበላ then lobbying should be = ምግባል, although that has a completely different meaning but I can live with it.

            In any event, I am for all suggestions proposed so far and those that will be proposed by iSem whenever he comes out of Tim Horton. All except for the one pushed hard by Mahmuday, ደላል or any of it conjugations, since that implies a third party is involved when lobbying is often just two parties involved.


          • haileTG

            Hi Saay,

            So, how about ገብላሊ/ት or ገበላታይ/ት (gender included)? This is Tigrigna at it its finest… 🙂

          • saay7


            Sold! You have successfully lobbied for the right translation and no delal was involved. By the way, some of my favorite people are delal, an honorable profession, and I strongly protest to SGJs derogatory use of the word:))) it is agenda 27 in the next Awate Team meeting


          • Saleh Johar

            In that case I would propose “mengogey”, always hanging around in the lobby. Also, Keren do not use “Beranda” we call it “daaret”. Daarotay will be lobbysist, and Daret will be lobby, I am not sure what lobbying would be. But why can’t we just call if Lobby and put it to rest? If Mahmuday is reading, we pained the house, now it is “semayawi geza” 🙂

          • saay7

            So SGJ:

            The name for lobby in Keren is the same as the name of one you rocky mountains that suffocate your town, DaArit? 🙂

            Daarotay is good for lobbyist: it’s very assertive.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan SGJ

            So, mengogey would mean someone who moves around aimlessly, a wanderer without a purpose. But we know lobbyists are purposeful and shrewd. What do you say Saleh? So, as of now we have:

            1. delalay/delalit/delalo
            2. gebali/lit /gebalo
            3. A sword dance ceremony will be held in daEarit undera DaErotet tree in the ravine of daErotaywhere SAAY is expected to pick the winner.

            Wo mebrook on the change of the colot to samayawi geza/samayawi lemlem.

          • saay7


            Let’s not celebrate too early. My bad iCousin iSem will come and just upset everything and then tell us a Khartoum story and how Khartoum’s mud-dung-baked lobbies are the best in the world.

            That sword dance… I am going to take you to Medieval Times in Southern Cali. If those guys have replace sword fights with wooden swords, I think you can do it for your dangerous dances… particularly that multiple-swords-balanced-on-my-teeth-as-I-fall-back-and-make everyone-wince look. Or is it just me?


          • Mahmud Saleh

            MerHaba SAAY
            Now, here is the real deal, not a good quality but strong enough to have you have an adrenaline rush.

            PS: Semere is on one of his long sabbaticals, (O Canada…).

          • Saleh Johar

            Degushtetka! I don’t like anything that veers too far away from the original. If that is the case, they should call it, Parade, or something, ceryainly not traditional dance. I have seen hundreds of goyla, no one stands in line as if you are preparing to get into class, or a military parade, so much efforts to perfect it. Traditional dance if perfect in its chaos. Four boys and four girls, standing in perfect line, and dancing in a chereaographed manner. Ufff, not moving at all. Switch the video off and listen to the music only. Who would want to see as they mutilate Kinama dances! Oh what they do to that culture!

            Wo Krbaj ttlewale,
            Wo Krbaj ttlewale.

            Now you are enjoying music.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ya Mahmuday,
            Our job is to paint them with what we feel, we are not perfecting a dictionary but creating an appropriate term that will reflect what we feel. How about “Adem Das” who would jump into any crisis with the idea of making money, regardless of the damage his efforts would inflict on someone. I would sympathize with someone who will be principled enough not to take anti-human cases, but someone who would lobby war on behalf of arms dealers should not get our sympathy. See, the perspective is the problem but finding a local name for them will not be difficult once we look at it from an perspective of our cause. Ya rajil, mengogey is too much for them, ddouE will even be more fitting 🙂

          • Mahmud Saleh

            marHab SGJ
            Now, I get your perspective. You are looking for a disparaging term. OK, I think I like dedouE. I spent about 4 years in Kagnew camp, and you can’t believe the swarms of DeDuE that we had to deal with. Just like lobbyists, you would find them negotiating the living quarter with the legitimate residents. They had no feeling of shame. Just like lobbyists, they would suck life out of you. Still, though, number one is delalo.
            1. delalo
            2. gebal/lit/ti
            3. dedouE (ouch!!) CROACHES!

          • Saleh Johar

            Ya Mahmuday

            I have used delalo, in fact overused it. But my delalo are not lobbyists. They solicit opposition allegiance to vested interests and make a cut for themselves in the deal. Loobyists are not even ashamed, just like those engaged in the oldest business in history. The Amhara call them “ayn awTa” 🙂

          • saay7


            Really, Mahmuday, really? Of course you didn’t remotely mean it that way but that word, since Rwanda, is banned from human application dictionary even in the most innocent way.

            Now, just so you guys give lobbyist a break, for 5 years, part of my job was lobbying congress. We called it “Storming The Hill.” It is a thankless job. We went there with our talking points to meet the congressmen/congresswomen and I was always relieved when they were not available and I had to talk to their 26 year-old legislative aide who was always much, much, much smarter and informed than the congressperson. And I wasn’t lobbying on behalf of anyone but my business. I did a modest amount of that in 1998-2000: on behalf of our thanksless country:)

            In those five years I mentioned, I got to meet many professional lobbyist and they were some of the hardest working people I know: they took the constitution’s language on the right of citizens to petition their government VERY seriously.

            So, no delala, no DedoE no GaE:) I say we build on what Hailat is perfecting. Where is iSem The Terrible?


          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear SAAY7
            Yeah, the word is Corrected, anyway, I’m crossing into Semere’s land today. I will see what it’s called over there.

          • haileTG

            oh disqus is hanging on to my comment:-(

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan HaileTG

            I see disqus is holding onto your reply, I got it through @mail. I like the word ውፍራ and you said it’s a word used to describe a person who solicits/coordinates the villages affairs. So, let it be registered as a contender.
            My question is: is ውፍራ the noun of the verb, like in ምውፋር, or it’s the name attributed to the person doing the act of ምውፋር/ወፍሪ? If not then a lobbyist would be ወፋራይ?

          • haileTG

            Hey Mahmuday,

            መቸም ነዛ ትግርኛ ንመታሕት ምስ ወስድኩማ፡ ከም ስረ ከይተስታርርዋ’የ ዝፈርሕ ኣነ…haha

            ዉፍራ is unique and old word that refers to the act of soliciting the village Bayto to look into one’s own concern/affairs that for one reason or another the Village Bayto is not giving audience to. Now, in the proper Tigrigna grammar, any word starting with the ወ family of sounds is prefixed with መ in order to refer to the doer. Examples are: ወግኤ —> መውግኢ፡ ወሰደ —> መውሰዲ፡ ወለደ —> መውለዲ: ውሳነ —-> መወሰኒ …. ውፍራ —-> መውፍራ (you take a very short breath after the መው and then moderately stress the ፍራ part). The ም prefix is actually not grammatically correct for describing the ‘doer’. It rather says what is being done (such as lobbying rather than lobbyist). Again, the words ውፍራ and ወፍሪ are distinctive in meaning (at least in this context).

            Hope this sounds reasonable, else let the search continue onward and forward 🙂

          • Abi

            Let’s forget syntax and semantics for a second. Is there any lobbying firm hired by the opposition in Washington or somewhere else? A well connected lobbyist can reach many influential ears than a protest at the white house or foggy bottom or Capitol hill .
            What do you think?

          • haileTG

            Hey Abi,

            That is true indeed. Unfortunately, we have two problem:

            1) We can’t agree on what to lobby for;

            2) We can’t afford to foot the hefty bill once we do agree.

            I guess Down Down Dictator is something we all agree and can afford easily at the moment 🙂

          • tes

            Dear haile TG,

            Are you serious? Well, if we can’t agree on what to lobby, then what are we really advocating for? Don’t you think the recent acheivement of COI by the human rights activist is a kind of lobbying despite a counter argument of PFDJites as a malaise step?

            Rethink about your drops here please.


          • Abi

            Prof Tes
            What Haile TG saying is when you approach DLA Piper or any lobbying firm with a sack full of money, you have to have an agreement on which things you want them to lobby for you. These firms are very expensive. Even the retainer fee can be in millions. You have to be focused not to throw good money after bad. This is what I understood from Haile.
            Now, if you have time, I want you to watch ” Casino Jack” while Haile TG rethink his drops.

          • tes

            Dear Abi,

            on the financial demand, I can imagine how big chunk of money is needed though I don’t have detailed information about lobbying. HoweverI am not talking on this aspect. haile TG has put a line that I never expected from him. Therefore I am coming with my Newtonian law. His lines are talking a lot and I want them to be exploded so that I may not read such lines from him again.


          • Abi

            Hi prof Tes
            The lobbying world is brutal. It is dog eating dog world. It involves a huge amount of money to influence policy makers.
            I suggested a good movie to show you as to how it works. The movie is based on a true story. You will love it while you see how lobbying works.
            BTW, not all lobbying is bad .
            I hope Haile TG got your message.

          • saay7


            We will! As soon as we find a lobbying firm called “Self & Reliance, LLC”

            Then, because we are Eritreans, we will ask them to pay us to teach them how to lobby correctly.

            Then we will fire them over an invoicing dispute.

            We just don’t have that thing you have where year after year since Haile Selasse you abstain from voting on anything that has to do with Israel and Palestine. You did it again at the HRC vote on Gaza. Now that’s some discipline. Or something.


          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan wo sahlan Ustaz HTG
            That sounds logical. And you are right on the influence that language experiences when dealt with by a non natives.
            Thanks for the grammar. Let the word stand alongside delalay/delalo until farther notice from the tsaEda gheza (SGJ).

          • teweldino

            Hi Mahmud,

            Mimlad ምምላድ is actually one of the very popular Tigrigna words in Orthodox and Catholic churches as both churches have a lot of saints / ቅዱሳት who are believed to intercede for the average followers. Here is a definition for mimilad ምምላድ on the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church website: “ምምላድ ማለት ሓደ ስለካልእ ዝገብሮ ልመናን ጸሎትን እዩ። ዝማለድ (ዝልመን) እግዚኣብሔር ክኸውን ከሎ ዘማልዱ ከኣ ቅዱሳን እዩም።”

            Haile’s choice is also a good word. It would be nice to know if the term was used when Eritreans had representative MPs during Federation Era.

          • Abi

            Hi Teweldino
            I agree . Amalaj is perfect.
            Amalaj sayqeregn meliktegna lakugn
            ATchew bichenqegn enew rase hedkugn
            Endet yizeleqal hule esun abablo
            Eyulign sikora tewededkugn blo.
            ( aster aweke)

          • tes

            Dear Mahmuday,

            ጻዕዳ ገዛ is not 100% tigrigna too. ገዛ is originally an Italian word “Casa” pronounced as “ካዛ”. White House could be be translated as: “ጻዕዳ ህንጻ ” ወይ ድማ “ጻዕዳ ቤት”.

            As “White” is an adjective here we can’t interchange the words too as their meaning is different. If we interchange, it becomes “ህንጻ ጻዕዳ” ወይ ድማ “ቤት ጻዕዳ”.The meaning changes into a possession rather than a descriptive adjective.

            Regarding “ቤት” it is arabic, Tigre, and Amharic word. And since all belong to Semetici language, I can’t say, the origin of the word ቤት is Arabic or Tigre.

            Therefore, White House = “ጻዕዳ ህንጻ ” ወይ ድማ “ጻዕዳ ቤት”

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hello tes
            Well, it’s weekend, so let’s go lingual.
            hntsa would mean any building. I like tsaeda biet. Gheza is also tigrignized. You will find borrowed words/Terms and expressions in any language.
            The second point: that was strictly for Tgre/Tigrayet langua5, not Tigrigna.
            So, in Tigrayt, you say jena fedaab. The adjective fedaab follows the noun “jena”; same with biet tsaeda.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mahmuday,

            I some time I become sick due to old edge , Lol what do you call that kind of sickness? my heart and mind are asking my body to keep going. the mind and heart that reads your posts is not agreeing of death. “No way” , said both mind and heart. it is like Alamin Mohammed Said of PFDJ Lol —ቴስዓ ኣርዋሕ..

            today I was reading about your “tsaeda Gheza” thing. If there is tsaeda Gheza in this world there must be Tselim Gheza, don’t you think Mahmuday, .
            read this….

          • Belay

            Dear Tes,
            You said,
            “Regarding “ቤት” it is arabic, Tigre, Tigrigna and Amharic word. And since all belong to Semetici language, I can’t say, the origin of the word ቤት is Arabic or Tigre.”

            You are a man truth and self respect to all of us, including to the Arabs of course.
            Any ward which sounds Arabic can be Tigrigna 1st , Tiger or Amharic then taken by our Arabic brothers.or a vise versa of course.
            Thank you for your courage to tell the truth, at least which makes sense and respecting for all.

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Saay,
      The level to which IA goes roguish is so amazing. The drama part of it is fantastic. It is like you Saay pay me to say things but act in public quite to the contrary.

      In February 2014, Poulos asked the President specifically about Cohen’s article. The word Isaias used to belittle Cohen’s wording and view was so strong. These were IA’s exact words on the point, translation by me, “He [Cohen] said that it was time to bring in Eritrea from the cold. What cold! Is it the cold in your mind? What does it even mean? Are we in a cold?! What do you mean “from the cold”? [chuckle] Do you feel any cold here. What really is it? The language itself is bizarre…”

      On the one hand, he is asking and paying Cohen to write and say things for him, on the other hand, he comes back genuinley puzzled and and acts disgusted by the very products he sponsored and paid for. start at 32:38

      • haileTG

        Dear Hayat,

        That is an excellent cross reference source! One way to explain it is by looking at the meaning of random vs chaos. Random, in theory, is unpredictable and uncontrolled. Chaos on the other hand is controlled and can be predicted, yet it appears random. It needs behave that way in order to serve the system/s supported by chaos. Hence, there is a whole branch of expertise in Chaos Analysis. In IA’s system, chaos is employed to keep his supporters blinded to the real pattern of his unlawful and disastrous adventure. This may explain partly that apparent contradiction you pin pointed so precisely.


  • Mahmud Saleh

    Salamat Bayan, HTG and zKeberkmn zKeberknn awatistatat

    Haile TG and SAAY, in my opinion, are unparalleled at crunching numbers and information into meaningful patterns and easily digestible chunks (see HTG interpretation of the UNHR relevance and Bayan reply). They make a meaning out of huge and often convoluted and delicately interwoven issues. That’s my way of thanking these guys.

    Bayan, You are right when you say “…what’s left to do is to find a way to transform the success of Diaspora narrative into Eritrea proper.”

    My crude/elementary pitch is this:

    Knowing that the political leadership is missing; and aware that what have so far been leading this mission are individual activists, civil societies, and independent opposition media outlets:

    a/ encourage the independent media outlets, and known public figures to consolidate their efforts

    b/ connecting the efforts of human right activists, media campaigns, and other scattered resources with the goal of forming a united voice. I think the unity of civic works could be materialized before the unity of political organizations. And until such time a political opposition vanguard is created this united civic umbrella could serve representing Eritrea’s interests.

    c/ It is hoped that such initiatives and active engagement among these entities will yield a political leadership, or will pressure existing ones into reacting positively thereby creating an atmosphere of serious dialogue among themselves.

    At the end, whatever international support our cause may get, it’s us who will have to design the best possible way of using the UNHR forum. When Eritreans become visible in the process, the process itself could be more of an Eritrean people’s case against the tyrant, rather than a UN vis-à-vis Eritrea.

    The people, in diaspora or inside the country, are ready. They are excited. Just talk to well informed folks inside the country, and you will know this time PFDJ has emptied its excuses and mudslinging inventories. What’s missing is leadership. We are at a crucial joint and if our opposition leaders could not read this, then they have to let others do the job.

    Here IS the good news though. We have seen leaders in Geneva. All it takes is for those folks to be serious and take their role a bit further and think nationally. I see leaders in those brave young men and women who battled HGDF in the streets of Geneva…DC…Addis…Israel. They need to establish connections and think of themselves seriously. No political organization has mobilized this magnitude of a movement so far. Therefore, all those who participated in the successful conclusion of COI, and those who organized the demonstrations in its support are the leaders we should pay attention to. If this happens, THEN the concern that PFDJ might exploit on the aggressiveness of UN and on the weakness of the countries which circulated the resolution (Djibouti and Somalia, both no better in terms of human rights issues, and the fact that they both have conflict of interests with any resolution concerning Eritrea) might be mitigated. When Eritreans take the lead and when we have a parallel organized political representation and anti-PFDJ united narration, PFDJ’s attempts to exploit this crack could be foiled.

    • Bayan Nagash

      Selamat Haw Mahmoud,

      Amen! And, courtesy of SGJ who used “Arabic dialect of Sudan Tsebab, from the outskirt of Keren” to say this: “mn khesmek le bab as’sema.” Thank you it makes a great deal of sense what you articulated above.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Mahmood,

      I agree to most of what you said, and I agree that we need to owners of the issue. But a bit of understanding of the process is important. Djibouti and Somalia are the sponsors, so we should be greatful to them. Someone has, a member state has to do it. We need to work with and show appericiation for their efforts.

      At the same time, I think you need to revise your thinking when you said “Djibouti and Somalia, both no better in terms of human rights issues, and the fact that they both have conflict of interests with any resolution concerning Eritrea)”.

      There is absolutely nothing to compare with Eritrea, specially Djibouti. Let’s cleanse ourselves from the thinking and acting of PFDJ gangs who have their own illusion full of lies.

      • saay7

        Selamat Berhe Y:

        I agree with your larger point that we need to understand the process. I think a couple of generations of Eritreans spent 5 decades cursing the UN and its institutions and we find ourselves ill prepared. Having said that, Somalia and Djibouti are not members of HRC. Of the 47 members of HRC, 7 are African states. The crucial ones for CoI as it goes to the General Assembly are Algeria and Ethiopia. (Hint: this is why Cameroon withdrew its sponsorship…more on this in an article I hope to write on CoI Geneva and how Eritrea’s civil society did an end run around Eritrean oppo orgs)


        • Berhe Y

          Thank you Saay,

          We can count on you to correct and guide us, I really admire your patience. You always have a way to get the best of people, a lot to learn from:).

          I was actually to look up the members of the council and one of the task that I was going to suggest inline with Beyan thinking is, if we can do start lobbying those member states, with those who were doing it (like Selam Kidane, Noel Petros and others).

          As to referring to Djibouti and Somalia I didn’t know they were members of the HRC or not. I was talking in general terms, that a member state (member of the UN) needs to sponsor the issue (as the case of Djibouti), which I believe Somalia was when the special rapporteur was established.

          So I think the first order of business would be, as organized Eritreans we should write them letter of appreciation for their efforts and continue to stand with the Eritrean people in their hard times and establish good working relation ship and mechanisms.

          It will be much easier to access the other member countries through them (since they are already inside) rather than trying / knocking from outside, off course the big elephant in the room is Ethiopia.


          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            It is actually Noel Medhane Joseph (Yosief). Mr Petros Solomon is a close relative, not his father. Ato Medhanie Joseph (Noel’s father) was an elegant and intelligent Asmarino, long serving lecturer of Accounting at the UoA.


          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Haile.

            Like we say “Kab egris af yEnqwf”, in my case eid. I did mean Noel Yosief.

            Thank you for the update and thank you for your relentless efforts.

            If you have a way to contact them, i think inviting them to AT and if they can give us guidance in what should be done next would be great.


      • Mahmud Saleh

        Haw Berhe Y

        These are the current African member states of UNHR.

        Algeria (2016)
        Botswana (2017)
        Congo (2017)
        Côte d’Ivoire (2015)
        Ethiopia (2015)
        Gabon (2015)
        Ghana (2017)
        Kenya (2015)
        Morocco (2016)
        Namibia (2016)
        Nigeria (2017)
        Sierra Leone (2015)
        South Africa (2016)

        I would wish you read and took my comment in its entirety. I don’t think you miss the point. Although raising the humanitarian issue by any member state is positive, some states are better situated in presenting a clean message to Eritreans and to the world. I don’t have to go further to elaborate the opportunity that Djibouti and Somalia create for PFDJ to jumble and confuse a clear human-right violation agenda with international relations issue that entangle the three nations.
        Understanding this fact is crucial. My comment was meant to highlight the need of a political leadership so that the negative effect such a situation creates is lessened. My visual field is intact. And I can tell you, I am taking extra showers to “..cleanse [myself] from the thinking and acting of PFDJ gangs who have their own illusion full of lies.”

        • Berhe Y

          Thank you Mahmud,

          I did read and understood the context. It just didn’t go well with me when you compared the human rights of Eritrea and Djibouti and put it in the same. As far as I know Djibiuti is taking all measures available to safe guard a few POW where as the Eritrean government denies an entire ship of dead Eritreans. I just did not see the parallel, and I expect this kind of jab from the likes of Ghirma Asmerom but not from someone who understands the suffering of our people.

          I was thinking, cleansing from Isayas thinking (we are better than everyone else but nothing to show for).


          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Berhe Y

            I understand your point. It is easier for folks who appreciate the situation in its complexity to separate the wheat from the chaff. For instance, in this case, you and I can take the positive aspect of the resolution and think on how it could affect the specific goal of disarming PFDJ from inflicting Eritreans with farther harms (also read Haile TG reply). As you said, I welcome anybody or nation that exerts pressure on PFDJ. Remember, I welcome Ethiopian documentary highlighting Eritrean plight. Unfortunately, what many Eritreans emphasize is the motives of those individual countries, their individual relation with Eritrea, and their collective relation with Ethiopia. So, brother, it was not meant to oppose it, but to state that a political leadership is crucially in need in order to offset any negative effect which may be exploited by PFDJ to confuse some Eritreans and UN member states.
            PFDJ is repeating “…draft resolution is again tabled by the usual bidders Djibouti and Somalia on behalf of the main known architects.” I’m confident you know who they are targeting.
            So, my comment is mainly to highlight the need to owning this resolution and making it “Eritrean people versus PFDJ”. Let’s leave the comparison with Djibouti and Somalia aside. Their citizens describe them. Again, as HTG said above, and SAAY is coming with a follow up article, let’s build on the momentum.

          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Mahmud, I agree. Have a good weekend.

    • haileTG

      Thanks Mahmuday and Bayan,

      In a nutshell, pre- UN HRC res. the status quo for the regime in Eritrea was that it can violate fundamental rights of the Eritrean people at no cost to itself. The new post UN HRC res. status quo is such that the regime can maintain its past excesses and commit new once at a serious cost to itself. Such reversal of fortunes for the regime is of a substantial importance to the people of Eritrea. Now, if my house is on fire, the obvious controversy is on who helps me to put out the fire or who doesn’t. I don’t narrow that down to a controversy that only involves those who helped and questions their standing (I know that is not what you meant Mahmuday, I am just clarifying the issue).

      Bayan’s question is the natural next step. How do we transfer all that to Eritrea proper. In fact, the problem can be reduced to one single challenge: how do we inform Eritreans in Eritrea that the status quo has changed in their favor? If we can manage that and they realize the regime (their oppressor) has guns pointed at its head from all directions, they would be relatively emboldened against it. Mahmuday said something about the media, and that is one powerful too that can be deployed to communicate the message in a simplistic, clear and crisp manner. The objective being that the people in Eritrea know clearly that the regime has now been stripped off of its clout to administer violence at will. It is checkmated, i.e. it can neither accept nor reject the new status quo in reality. Either way it will prove fatal. Hence, the people at home also need to understand that the regime would incur them greater loss now that it knows it has little practical room to maneuver. It would be even less risk averse and damage the country even more on the way out. So, the way the people need to be aware in my view is that:

      1 – The status quo has changed

      2 – The urgency is greater.


      • Mahmud Saleh

        salam Haylat Hayal
        Thanks, and

      • Bayan Nagash

        merHaba Mahmouday & HTG,

        Let me confine the issue to (1) media campaign and (2) the Cohen related document.

        (1) In my estimate, media will be one of the crucially important components in informing Eritreans in Eritrea in the language that they understand best – various radio outlets that transmit their news and reports via the means of satellite can be our effective tool to transmit the CoIE reports as you precisely said, HTG, in the simplest possible language that leaves no room for ambiguity. This, HTG, you are right to point out is going to be the way the word will spread as you put it to let them know that the “status quo” has shifted “in their favor”, thus emboldening them to act.

        The other component that’s sorely missing is coordination amongst the myriad media outlets in Diaspora. For example, when Sal Y. informed Awate readers about the leaked document written in Tigrinya stated that someone over the July 4th
        holiday will translate into English language. In the aftermath of the Geneva success and the CoiE report,we must find a way of coordinating our efforts to streamline output. For example, Sal didn’t have to wonder who might translate the document; we should have capable individuals at hand who would translate from Tigrinya, Tigre, Arabic to English and vice versa at moment’s notice. The modus operandi of those who are on the side of seeking to change srAt PFDJ must come to a realization that mobilizing demands disciplining ourselves, organizing ourselves, and be ready to act on our respective duties willingly and ably.

        (2) What is the likelihood that the document related to Cohen could’ve been concocted to divert the successive bruising news that has been coming out by way of the UN? I am hearing from reliable source that that is entirely plausible that srAt PFDJ would do something like this in that the opposition camp being voluntary in nature, giving us this kind of bait will preoccupy us, which can run the gamut; from discussing it, translating it, which would’ve shifted the conversation toward something other than the CoIE. I am of the opinion that even if the veracity of the document is authenticated, we should focus like laser beam on what we are discussing, which is streamlining our efforts, avoiding replication and duplication and doggedly focusing like laser beam on the issues that matter that Geneva demonstration and CoIE had given us all the ammunition we need. All in all, this document might seem salaciously sexy to talk about, if you will, but let us not deviate from the task at hand: lubricating our organizational skills like a well-oiled machination is where the focus should be.

        Sal & Mahmouday, looking forward to reading your articles. HTG, please don’t stop your powerful ideas, analysis, and synthesis.

        • saay7

          Selamat Bayan:

          I appreciate the vigilance but the likelihood that the PFDJ leaked the document to asmarino to change the subject from CoIE is 0.00% 🙂 Without going into the details of the vetting process…because, as our Egyptian friends say “kheliha mastura”:)

          In any event, I believe that the document helps explain how the “useful idiots” spring out of nowhere and it actually explains the desperation Isaias and Isaiasists are in. It’s not that there is something substantially wrong with their plan, it’s that (a) they don’t know enough about themselves or their boss that even if that re engagement process was underway Isaias Afwerki and his incessant need to come across as the contrarian and smartest kid in the class will find a way to sabotage it; (b) they don’t know the counter-moves of their opponents and always underestimate us. They are still dismissing the Geneva demonstration–they were few, they are sell-outs, they are Ethiopians, they are doing it to get their asylum paperwork.

          Their undoing will come from their creed of underestimating their opponents.


        • haileTG

          Merhaba Bayan and saay,

          It goes without saying that HGDEF is between a rock and a hard shoulder vis-a-vis the demands made by CoIE, HRC and the Eritrean diaspora activists/opposition/masses. A headline grabber mischief here or there can’t possibly yield much in this case to the regime. What transpired in the month of June that culminated in the July 2nd resolution L23 is a major breach in the regime’s defenses of its position (therefore its power). A headline grabber mischief is best suited to utilize against another unfavorable headline, to prevent it from building momentum and allow it to die out and be forgotten. So, headlines like Lampedusa and such like, can be slowed down and made to dissipate by diversionary headline. CoIE is a disastrous breach, it is neither responsive to headlines nor amenable to diplomatic maneuvers to wiggle out. It is one giant rock ripping right through the ERiTV lie manufacturing screen.

          Actually, on June 26, Hadas Ertra had a page 3 story titled “Emen aytEmen”. I wonder if you gentlemen had read it and have an opinion on that? I thought that could potentially be a material for such types of disruptive activity from the regime. The religion card would eventually be played by the regime as it gets more desperate, hence a counter narrative may be warranted in that regard.


  • haileTG

    Dear Awatista,

    The one single most important value of the UN HRC resolution is in being a step closer to ending impunity in Eritrea. If you go to Eritrea and you find yourself disappeared by the regime, then your family can bring your case before COI for investigation and punitive measures against those who did that to you. If the regime jails people and throws away the key as it usually does, it can now expect to be held accountable for it. If the regime wishes to shoot at Eritreans crossing the border, subject them to work against their wish and forces slave like conditions on its conscripts, it will now be held answerable to international censure. If the regime refuses to include the Eritrean people as part of the political decision process of their country, full and active beneficiaries of their economic endowments and be left in peace to run their own social and cultural affairs, the regime will be held to be accounted for its transgressions. Only Eritreans can decide the fate of the regime in power, but the era of impunity and taking Eritrean lives (even a single life) for granted is effectively checked. That is the kernel of the overwhelming victory achieved against the Eritrean regime at the UN HRC.


    • Bayan Nagash

      selamat HTG,

      kemzi gerka Kteshrifo KelleKas ayewwe kndyke TeEm eyu wedday eti zerebaKa. I mean, sometimes, one needs to hear it contextualized the way you just did to wrap one’s head around it the extent to which Eritreans have been successful in bringing their plight to the world stage. Of course, this is not to suggest for Eritreans to pack their luggage and go home, we are not there yet, but we are well on our way.

      The point that bears repeating is this. Now, we have the world community behind us, what’s left to do is to find a way to transform the success of Diaspora narrative into Eritrea proper. This is the one million dollar burning question to which we must find an answer to, the answer best come fast, like right now! Let us please entertain this question and come up with multiple solid leads, where one of which will invariably find resonance with Eritreans inside Eritrea. And, when that happens, you can comfortably pack up and leave for home.

  • Pass the salt

    So the June 22 demonstration was in vain.

  • Tewolde


    Definitely the end of the investigation is indictment of Isaias and a dozen Higdef and government officials by the ICC. But what does that mean? It means Isaias is going to change a foreign minister and some PFDJ officials who are needed to travel to foreign countries. Moreover he will not go to countries that are signatories of the ICC. Most probably he will not go beyond Sudan. On the down side Higdef will be in power for ever. Until all those people who are going to be indicted by the ICC die the power will be in their hands. For the rest investors will have difficult time investing in Eritrea and refugees will continue to flow to Europe and other countries. More or less that is the impact of ICC indictment of Higdef. It is going to be more of bad news to Eritrean people.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Isayas the great, the man who makes easy things hard by using pollution of language; yes the man who silenced the entire African leaders finds himself, this week, deafened by an Ethiopian and American song sung by the Djiboutian and Somali representatives.

    Their justification is, as long as you maliciously meddle with every African leader’s personal life, we’ll in yours. Set them free, so we will.

    Their second justification is, as long as you keep molding Eritreans into automatons driven by battery (your one heart, one tongue, and one eye) fixating their attention on bads of the world and repeating your pollution of language against every free person, we will not leave you alone until you are unseated.

    The good thing is that Resolution L23 seeks to compel Isayas to immediately stop molding Eritreans into automatons and to start treating them like humans.

  • Wedi berhe

    it is simple and clear. The Americans and Ethiopians are craving to see PIA is indicted by the ICC. However, in my view, this initiative is going to bring Eritrean more closer, Except few as usual. Athe the End of the day, the Eritrean dream of self sufficiency would continue unabated. As for the Image of the country, nothing is much left for them, it doesn’t matter if they defficate next door . The neighbors are just worth defficating on them. As, I am talking, we are considering a fund raising of Hundreds of Millions dollars. We are the people and we are the nation. Wettrru Awet Nhaffash

    • Danny

      Ato Bere,
      Be honest to yourself; you don’t really give a hoot’s ass regarding the Eritrean people. You are a worshiper of one evil man and you see yourself in him. That is just it, right? Otherwise, how do you reconcile the worsening economic, political, human rights and social ills in the damned country with your claim of Eritrean dream. Oh, I get it, your dream is a nightmare to humanity. What a sadist you are.

  • Tes


    For how long you think your friends are going to occupy Eritrea territory can you please explain that thank you.

  • Hayat Adem

    Gedab News,
    What is L23 about? What content does it carry? You told us about the sponsors, secondors and abstainers without disclosing its content, very unbecoming style of reporting.

    • Saleh Johar

      Dear Hayat,
      I think the provided link to the background news, as well as the embedded video should explain what L23 is.