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Swedish Policy On Eritrea: The Carrot Or The Stick?

Gedab News learned that last week a delegation of 11 Eritrean Government officials including the foreign minister, Osman Saleh, and the presidential adviser, Yemane Gebreab, cancelled their planned travel to Sweden in the last minute.

The delegation had planned to attend the Eritrean government organized festival in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden.

On July 30, stated that the Swedish Government informed the Eritrean Embassy in Stockholm, that members of the Eritrean government will not be allowed to enter Sweden.

On Friday, Gedab News called the foreign ministry affairs of Swedish to confirm the news but the speaker couldn’t confirm or deny the information and that all officials were already left for the weekend.*

Meanwhile, Eritrean Swedes held a three day demonstration to register their opposition to the festival that was held between Aug 1 – 3, 2014. It was the largest ever demonstration held by the opposition in Sweden.

The festival and the demonstration against it happened amid damaged diplomatic relations between Sweden and Eritrea, particularly over the fate of Dawit Issak, an Eritrean-Swede who has been in jail in Eritrea since 2001 without charge and without visitation rights.

An observer stated that, “The Swedish ruling center-right alliance seem to have given up after failing to secure the release of Dawit Isaak despite the massive Swedish public outcry for action and the government’s diplomacy to cajole the Eritrean government to release him.”

It’s not clear whether Sweden is now pursuing a tougher policy towards Eritrea, only a few months before the next parliamentary election, by denying entry to Eritrean officials.

Though Eritrean Swedes are relatively small and have no major impact on Swedish politics, the case of Dawit Isaak has gained popularity among minorities and progressive Swedes who might consider it in their voting decisions.

The Swedish parties are “sensitive in the upcoming election because they might lose even by a small margin.”


The Eritrean government is composed of members of the Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) that has been ruling Eritrea unelected since the country was liberated in May 24th. 1991. It has been accused of holding Diaspora Eritreans hostage, imposing taxes and fees on them. Several countries, particularly Canada has strictly curtailed the PFDJ’s ability to tax Eritrean Canadians. Australia and other countries have also expressed concern over the matter. The PFDJ’s activities abroad is carried out by satellite organizations under the leadership of Yemane Gebreab, the presidential adviser.

*Gedab News will attempt to contact Swedish officials for more information on the matter.

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  • Abraham Hanibal

    It is a very good news that the Swedish government denies officials of the PFDJ entry to Sweden, if it appears to be true. The repressive regime of Isayas should not be allowed to extend its human rights abuses to the diaspora Eritrean communities.
    And a legal action should be taken on those individuals who ‘re acting like an arm of extension of suppression of the PFDJ in the diaspora. Because by helping the criminal PFDJ, they are indirectly taking part in the human rights abuses of the regime.

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear NaCl,

    I think Amanuel Iyassu is in a kind of hijacking the opposition movement. Though I appreciated his commendable work in Bologna as I saw his dedication and many of his works, the behind curtail politics at Bologna was not good especially after the exclusion of Medrekite leader happened openly (I happen to learn this very late).

    Probably then he preferred not to cover the demonstration. I hope for what ever political differences it might exist should remain as a news out-late. At least analysis is expected if not a direct coverage news broadcasting.


  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear concerned Awatistas,

    Ethiopians in USA,

    Ethiopian protesters steal the show at U.S.-Africa Summit (ABC News)

    @T.Kifle, what is wrong?

  • Ermias

    Not so sure about how interesting this is but at least good to know info (from assenna). Now if this doesn’t give Salma Hassen enough reason to dissent and deny the brute IA the satisfaction that he craves, then I don’t what will. She served him for so many years. Now we need her to expose this animal.

    ሚኒስተር ዕዮን ሰብኣዊ ድሕነትን ዝነበረት፣ ሕጂ ደስኪላ ዘላ ወ/ሮ ሳልማ ሓሰን ኣብ ተሰነይ ዓዋተ ዝተባህለ ብኣቶ በሽር ዝውነን ሆቴል ኣብ ዝነበረትሉ ግዜ፣ እቲ ዝነበረትሉ ሆቴል ብሰራዊት ተኸቢቡ፣ ሳልማን ኣብቲ ቕንያት ዝተመርዓወ ወዱ ንዋና ሆቴልን፣ ኣውቲስታኣን ኣብ ቀይዲ ኣትዮም ከምዝነበሩ ተፈሊጡ።

    ሚኒስተር ነበር ሳልማ ዝተታሕዘትሉ ምኽንያት፣ ካብ ስልጣን ድሕሪ ምውራዳ ምንቅስቓሳ ተሓጺሩ ብምህላዉ፣ ብዘይፍቓድ ካብ ኣስመራ ናብ ተሰነይ ስለዝተንቀሳቐስት ምዃኑ ይጥቀስ።

    እቲ መርዓዊ ብኡ ንብኡ ክወጽእ ከሎ፣ ሚኒስተር ነበር ሳልማ ካብቲ ዝተኣስረትሉ ዕለት ንጽባሓይቱ ካብ ቤትማእሰርቲ ኣውጺኦም ብኻልእ ኣውቲስታ ናብ ኣስመራ መሊሶማ። እቲ ኣውቲስታ ድማ ጸኒሑ ተለቒቑ።

    ተሰነይ ብዙሕ ሰብ ናብ ስዳን መምሎቒ ዝጥቀመሉ ከተማ ብምዃኑ፣ ኣብታ ከተማ ዝርከቡ ወነንቲ ሆቴላት ብሰለይቲ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ኢሳይያስ ጽኑዕ ቍጽጽር ከምዝግበረሎም፣ ኣብ ቤቶም ናይ ዘዕረፉ ጸብጻብ መዓልታዊ ናብ ጸጥታ ናይቲ ስርዓት ከመሓላልፉ ከምዝግደዱ ይፍለጥ።

  • Ermias

    Sorry to put this sad report here from Assenna but he is not going anywhere. entay ziteregemet hager eya antum sebat ezi’a.

    ትማሊ ሰኑይ ካብ ዓዲ ዃላ ናብ ሳዋ ተማሃሮ ካልኣይ ደረጃን መበል 28 ዙርያ ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎትን ሒዛ ትጓዓዝ ዝነበረት ኣውቶቡስ ኣብ ከረን ሕልፍ ኢላ ኣብ ጸድፊ ጥንቁልሓስ ከቢድ ሓደጋ ኣጋጢሙዋ፣ 25 ቆልዑ ብኣሰቃቒ ኩነታት ከምዝተቐዝፉ ምንጭታት ካብ ኤርትራ ሓቢሮም።

    ብዙሓት ብኸቢድ ዝቖሰሉ ውን ስለዘለዉ ቁጽሪ ናይቶም ምዉታት ክውስኽ ከምዝኽእል እቶም ምንጭታት ብተወሳኺ ኣገንዚቦም። በቲ ሓደጋ ዘስካሕከሐ ህዝቢ ከረን፣ ብኽብደት ናይቲ ሓዘን ደንዚዙ ብኽያት ኣብዩዎ፣ ናብ ምህለላ ከምዝኣተወ እቶም ምንጭታት ብተወሳኺ ሓቢሮም።

    ኣብ ወርሒ ለካቲት ናይዚ ዓመት (2014) ሓንቲ ካብ ከረን ናብ ጋሽ ባርካ 53 ሰባት ጽዒና ትጓዓዝ ዝነበረት ኣውቶቡስ፣ ኣብ ጥንቁልሓስ ተመሳሳሊ ሓደጋ ኣጋጢሙዋ፣ 12 ሰባት ክሞቱ ከለዉ 26 ከምዝቖሰሉ ይዝከር።

    ምልካዊ ስርዓት ኢሳይያስ፣ ነቲ ምኽንያት ቅዝፈት ብዙሕ ህይወት ኤርትራውያን ኮይኑ ዘሎ ተደጋጋሚ ሓደጋታት ጥንቁልሓስ ሓንሳብ ኣብ እርጋን መኪና፣ ሓንሳብ ኣብ ጽርግያ ሓንሳብ ኣብ ኣውቲስታ እናጸግዐ ካብ ሓላፍነት ክሃድመሉ እምበር መስረታዊ ፍታሕ ክገብረሉ ዘይምፍታኑ ብህይወት ኤርትራውያን ከምዘይግደስ ዘመልክት እዩ።

  • Papillon


    Your nick is pretty curious. What is the reason if I may ask.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    This is a great news all round indeed.

    On the continuing diplomatic catastrophe of the HGDEF empire:

    We are actually looking at the final stages of the PFDJ being completely cornered in the diaspora. Canada, Bologna, Giessen, Germany and now Sweden have turned down the regime officials. IA is already badly bruised by being left to hang dry out of the US-Africa Submit. People like Samuel Mahferay and other regime scalawags (wink:) have been attempting to sway US decision on the matter of not inviting the rogue and criminal called IA to the White House. It didn’t work and no surprise the other scalawags like Sophia and Beidemariam (Amanuel lemanay:) are told to bark in the direction of the White House. diaspora PFDJ is effectively dead and their pouring of money on festival gadgets is a shameful wasting of badly needed national resource.

    On the trend being set by the opposition making a stand to oppose PFDJ every where:

    The obvious development is that the justice seekers (soon to be JF:) are finally being able to mobilize large numbers of youth protesters. The role being played by women has been a welcome face of the whole procession and it is indeed very important that this continues to be the case. PFDJ complain for not being left to hold their festivals, for the opposition also holds its own. Well, the opposition festival has a different purpose to that PFDJ and one of its roles is to stop such an immoral act of celebrating PFDJ and its crimes here in the diaspora and not allowing it to take place here.There has been report that Justice seekers were inside the compound of the festival. Is that true?


    • saay7

      Hailat the great:

      Funny stuff. Are you familiar with the “you had one job” meme. It’s when people have one and only one simple job and they manage to screw it up. Here are some examples:

      Why do I mention it? Well, the “Organization of Eritrean Americans” has one, and only one, simple job: to write press releases once every two years where it rails against the US administration on behalf of all Eritrean Americans. This means that this year it had one job: to rail against the Obama Adminstration for not including kbur ur president hagere Ertra to the US-Africa Summitt and they just blew it.

      They had one job…


      • haileTG

        Hey saay,

        True say and timely observation too. My take is that certain initiatives like that, their birth and death cycle, goes to show you that the regime does actually learn in isolated and localized situations. It is just it can’t grasp big pictures or overall trends. Take OEA, ESMART, COECC (Canadian) are some of the examples of ad hoc organizations that get hatched in the face of threat of placement in terror list, SEMG report or kicking out ambassador respectively. When the regime or its scalawags:) learn that they mean nothing and irrelevant and they won’t change a damn thing, they die unceremoniously. When was ESMART seen to respond to second and third round reporting by UN sanctions or HR review bodies? None. kartush wediOm, kuwah kuwah boom that is it…they never last (haha isn’t it nice when the table turns around:)

    • Papillon

      Dear Haile TG,

      I was precisely thinking the same thing. It feels like surreal or an out-of-body experience the very fact that we are witnessing Isaias’ empire crumbling right in front of our eyes. Isaias is absolutely cornered in real time and I just can’t imagine how his lackeys (read: Asmara Rose, Beidemariam-lemanay*) are feeling as the ground is being pulled right under their pathetic feet. I wonder if Isaias is going to pull some sort of a stunt as in releasing prisoners or some sort of life-saving showcase in an attempt to lift off the unbearable pressure that he is feeling practically in all N numbers of dimensions.

      *Lemanay is kind of funny.


  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatistas,

    I am wondering where about is Amanuel Eyassu (Founder of Asssena foundation) in this demo. He swept away. What happened to him?

    Was he not welcomed by deleyti Fithi (justice seekers) in Sweden? Or he boycotted the demo?

    And no single news is coming in his web-site? ab politika aytesemamiun diyom?

    I am wondering.


    • Rodab

      Hello Tes,
      The demo was on Assena radio news yesterday. In fact there was interview too, with one of the organizers. You must have missed it.
      Amanuel Eyasu can not be expected to participate at every demo. That would be unrealistic expectation.

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        Dear Rodab,

        Ok thank you, actually I read most of the time. I do not follow radio programs. But yet wondering why could not put a single line news about the demo?


  • Estifanos

    Dear Plagiarism check this out,

  • Estifanos

    Dear Plagiarism,
    Check this video it might help you ..

    • Hope

      That is why my name is Hope.
      Ewe kikhewin eyu Kemey zeikhewin.
      “Kindi adri etikhewin Emmet ente-aliyatikum,nezi gobo ” move” ghiber ente-tibliwo ki-ezezekum eyu/mi-te-azezelkum neru”.
      Courtesy of Jesus Christ

      • Tesfabirhan WR

        Dear Hope,

        Welcome back.


  • Ermias

    Okay, let’s assume they did plagiarize. Well, that means they learned a thing or two. Is there a thing or two we can learn from them too?

    • Nitricc

      I don’t know why you jump like you know what whenever the Tigryans are mentioned; I have a clue but that is a different story. if copying is learning then you have the weirdest learning style. Instead of jumping to defend the defenseless act of the Tigryans; why can’t you ask why are they copying everything Eritrean? What is the intention? What is behind it? What are they trying to accomplish? Can you ask those questions? and form hypothesis ? I ask you this because I have done mine. Think for a change otherwise, you will become just like the Tigryans; copy-cat.
      the truth is there is a reason they are copying everything.

    • Peace!

      Good Question, Ermias

      The answer is it depends, needless to say, as they have been good at arresting journalists and religious leaders, at disenfranchising Oromos, at keeping Ethiopia a country of one party EPRDF, at being a reliable puppet for US/Britain/AFRICOM, at dividing Ethiopia along ethnic lines..the list goes on. So given these are the major things a citizen should consider when it comes to checking the well-being of any country, ostensibly there is nothing significant for Eritreans to copy.


      • abinrt

        Yeraswa siarbat yesew tamasilalech. Since when you worry for oromos or ethiopians for that matter?what is it for you? Why don’t you just worry about your people who are suffering in and out side eritrea ? Instead, you and your likes went to dance in italy where your brothers and sisters perished. Shame on you. You talking about a govt arresting while your govt is selling its people. I don’t expect a demecratic Ethiopia in the near future I am the first one to admit . Not yet. However, we have hope and we are gojng in the right direction compared to from where we started.
        As I told you before if you don’t like ethiopia , you are always welcome to leave . Nobody notice you left. You are nobody.
        Yeqebero bahtawi….

  • Ermias

    This junta regime has yet again brought shame upon the Eritrean people because we do not have a government to be proud of. Even though they don’t truly represent the citizen needs of Eritreans in Sweden, this rejection has to be embarrassing to those Eritreans.

    Anyway, AT, please correct the festival dates to read Aug 1 – 3.

    I called a close relative there on Thursday and I asked him who their speaker will be. The poor guys lives and dies by DIA. He told me that they were keeping it a total secret because they wanted to have the opposition and demonstrators keep guessing. I guess PFDJ was keeping secret from their gullible supporters. Surprise!!!

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Another big kick to PFDJ wild adventure, much stronger of their political shrinkage in Europe. Well done GEDAB News.

  • Rodab

    ጽቡቕ ገበርዎም።
    መንግስቲ ክሰርሖም ዝግባእ ዕዮታት ገዲፎም ኣብ ውሽጢ ዓድን ወጻእን ፈቐዶ ፈስቲቫላት ክኹብሉሉ ሓግዮም ዝኸርሙስ እንታይ ይበሃል፧?
    ወይ ጋዶ!!
    ድሕሪ ሕጂስ መንግስቲ ፈስቲቫል ኢልናዶ ንጸዋዓዮም?