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UK: A Reaction To The ELL Move

London, April 20, 2014: In a statement issued today, thirty Eritrean issued a statement distancing themselves from a seminar that was held in London on March 29, 2014.

The seminar was held by a group identifying themselves as Eritrean Lowlanders League (ELL) that issued a lengthy document calling on Lowlanders to struggle to rectify what they considered regional Lowland issues.

In the statement written in Arabic that awate.com received today, the signatories explained the reason for their reaction: “since we live in the same country (UK) where the seminar was held, we had to say our word about the event so that our silence is not interpreted as if we are a party to the [seminar] or that we support the view [that the ELL] holds.”

The statement described the signatories as, “political activists and human rights activists residing in Britain.”

The signatories the reason for issuing the statement was, “out of loyalty to the martyrs of the [Eritrean] struggle for the freedom [for] democracy and equality, [and] proud of the history and legacy of our fathers who put the building blocks of [Eritrea], and who have made great sacrifices for … for the sake of the unity of our people and the stability of our country, and our firm belief in the ability of our people to defeat the dictatorship and establish a fair system that provides equality and rectify.”

The statement explained that the signatories are apprehensive that the organizers of the London seminar didn’t consult with concerned Eritreans, including those who reside in the UK. It stated the ELL move “negates their representation of the region they claim to represent” and rebuffed the organizers of the ELL for suggesting that they “represent the [Lowlands] while they are not delegated to represent the region.”

The signatories of the statement characterized the ELL move as “an escape from the real struggle for the interests and rights of the people of the lowlands and the rest of the components of the Eritrean people.”

They also emphasized their belief in a united Eritrean struggle for Justice in Eritrea “to overthrow the regime and build a fair system to ensure equal rights for all … where those responsible for the atrocities committed against the Eritrean people are tried fairly and those affected are compensated.”

The statement also emphasized that the inhabitants of the Lowlands have been “struggling for many years with other [Eritreans] within the frameworks of political organizations and civil society organizations [and have ]made great sacrifices for their rights.”

It further stated that, “national responsibility requires us to warn of such trends that may threaten the unity of the components of the Eritrean society and sow discord among the opposition forces instead of calling for unity.”

The statement concluded with a call on the national forces ” to bear its responsibility in achieving unity on a comprehensive program of change that ensures the establishment of a just and democratic system that guarantees the unity of our people and protect our country from the evils of fragmentation and collapse.”

The signatories of the statement are:

1 – Muhammad Ali Lbab
2 – Hamad Mohammed Said Kulu
3 – Fisseha Oqbamariam
4 – Amal Ali
5 – Abdullah Heji
6 – Yassin Mohammed Abdullah
7 – Abdul Rahman Sayed
8 – Hamid Drar
9 – Idris Humed Adam

10 – Salah Aboray
11 – Muhammad Ali Fayed
12 – Khalid Kejeray
13 – Ustaz Ahmed Idris
14 – Dr. Abdulkadir Dawood
15 – Khalid Ibrahim
16 – Muhammad Tahir Dbassay
17 – Mohammed Abdu Omar
18 – Abdul Rahman Gedem
19 – Mohamed Nur “Burkan”
20 – Yousif Suleiman
21 – Idris Adhana
22 – Ibrahim Omar
23 – AbdulHakim AbdelNour
24 – Omar Suleiman
25 – Nouri Mohammed AbduAllah
26 – Mustafa Kurdi
27 – Mansour Omar
28 – Jamal Said
29 – Abdel Fattah Khelifa
30 – Salah Mohammed Zein

 

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  • tes

    My support to this declaration is very clear and stand -fist.

    And I do support this because;

    1. The ELL initiative is regional and a repetion of past failed call.
    2. It is a possible sign for a divided Eritrean politics.
    3. It is based on some bunch individuals that they are losing hope in the future Eritrean politics.
    4. It is a possible sign of divide and rule kind of politics.
    5. It is totally based on FEAR of future scenarios.
    6. Its closed-loop start will end in that closed loop and will create politics of distrust and secretive.
    7. Their question is not the question of the entire people who live in the self demarcated geographical boundaries.
    8. the question of Eritrean identity and soveregnity is approached from bigoted opportunists.
    9. Their mistrust on people who belong to that region is a sign of a TOTALITARIAN principle based on Marxist philosophy of separatism and a machiavilian approach in its mode of organization.
    10. No solution can be attained by this kind of groups and are equaliy putting the future Eritrea like that of PFDJ.

    Reservation on the declaration;

    I am not sure, but I didn’t see people of the entire Eritrea who have equal responsibility in denouncing such inititiatives and hence it is also a sign of excluding others who might be part of the declaration. Unless we are going to wait more declarations by groups or individuals. But this might loosen the unity of Eritrean politics. A conference could be held by all concerned Eritreans to oppose such declaratios. But here, what I can read is, to tell the world that some of the same people are against it.

    But to name with with some nick-names (That I don’t want to write here as I it is not what this name belongs too) is entirely misleading and such names will only divert from the main topic of the declaration.

  • Haile Zeru

    4 – Amal Ali
    5 – Abdullah Heji
    Were these two employed by GOE?
    The odd thing that I see here is that these group is opposing the opposition. I think these G-30 is doing a service to the Governmnet of Eritrea. If this Government follows distructive policies the affected people oppose it in differnet forms and degrees that dipendent in so many variables. Why jump against them? What will tG-30 gain against the common enemy (GOE)? If they have policy differences with ELL they should say so without condemning. SGJ also wrote a lengthy critical essay on the matter and that is fine. But condemning them smells fishy. Maybe PFDJ is string some pots here.

    • Haile Zeru

      Please read “Maybe PFDJ is stirring some pots here” instead of “Maybe PFDJ is string some pots here.”

  • ahmed omer

    It funny to see someones in the least was calling us WOYANY when we were opposing the so called boarder war with Ethiopia .The people who attend or established an Eritrean lowlanders league to be honest nothing bad things done by them ,but everyone knows that the Highlanders or majority of them are on power in the Eritrea and they grabbed and continuing grabbing lands from other ETHNIC groups even in HIGHLANDS in addition in discriminating in other life fields so the person who signatured and named on the least why the don’t write against the land grabbers clearly I am not lowlander ,but if the lowlanders achieve their goals in getting their rights and this is going to be copy the the areas peoples in getting their rights the result of all this is the peaceful .Please do not around and around the pained area the better way is to treat pained or solve where the problem come from .

  • saay7

    Rodab:

    Sorry for this thread-jacking because this has nothing to do with the topic at hand. But Meb Keflezghi did it again: he won the Boston marathon

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/04/21/meb-keflezighi-boston-marathon-shalane-flanagan/7962779/

    Addressed to Rodab because you have given up on Zeresenay Tadesse and I believe he is going to make a come back too, just like Meb did: nobody was expecting him to win. The Kenyans own the Boston Marathon.

    In last year’s Boston Marathon, Meb didn’t participate; he was injured. This didn’t stop people from mobbing him; asking him to autograph his book…

    Life is a whole bunch of 2nd Chapters:)

    http://youtu.be/76EUPUvERqM

    saay

    • Hope

      The best spice and treat of the Month.

    • Jo

      Hello Saleh,

      “Life is a whole bunch of 2nd Chapters:)” could it be extended to the rumours hovering around? Hope could be a beautiful thing, as “man does not live by bread alone, but hope.”, albeit implicit.

      Or is it my insatiable desire to see the valves of confinement get loose playing tricks on me? Indeed, hope is a beautiful thing!!!

      • saay7

        Jo:

        “…for we walk by faith, not by sight…”

        saay

        • Jo

          Saleh,

          Briliant. Simply briliant.

          • Jo

            Ooooops!!!! please excuse the typo.

            Thanx!!!

  • Mohammed Ahmed

    Too much ado about nothing!

    The Americans say your right to stretch your clenched fist stops at the point where the other guy’s (your opponent’s) nose starts. To accord yourself the right to infringe on others’ rights is not only illegal under the statutes of any civilized society – but also reprehensibly immoral.

    All of the signatories of the above communiqué have every right as individuals or as representative s of their make-belief organizations to distance themselves from the ELL and what it stands for – but that is all there is to their disclaimer – not a grain more not a grain less. They have no right whatsoever to define the parameters of association for any group and particularly more so for a group that feels disenfranchised by design and as a direct result of a concerted chauvinist
    ethnic agenda.

    If the ELL has a problem – then it certainly is not a problem of legitimacy. Their issue might be that of biting more than they can chew. The Eritrean Lowlands represent over 80% of the entire Eritrean land mass and are home to the majority of the Eritrean population, half of whom are systematically and deliberately ostracized for the same reasons mentioned above. To galvanize such a wide and diverse cross-section of the Eritrean society into a fireball of action is a huge task which requires a full time commitment and a lot of resources.

    Ideally, it would have been better as Saleh Gadi suggested in his article for them to join or co-ordinate with the existing groups with similar objectives. Logistical procurement would have been much more feasible. But if they are willing to commit to such endeavour, then all the power to them. They can never succeed or fail until they try first.

    The idea that these ELL folks will divide Eritreans is laughable. Thanks to HGDEF’s chauvinist ethnic agenda, Eritrea is already shattered into smithereens. Only fools and those who always dwell on wishful thinking will fail to see the dangerous fault lines.

    • tafla

      Its funny to see people disagree on how to attack the Highlanders. Should they be encircled or appeased until a more opportune moment arrives? smh

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear AT,
    What is this news that says the Eritrean government has released a long-held political prisoners? Please let us know what you know,

    • Eyob

      Once again it proves the opposition has no tangible bearing on what PFDJ does. They will work on their timeline and all we do is talk, talk, talk. Nevertheless if true, a welcoming sign and great step to reconciliation and healing.

  • Kokhob Selam

    01.”The statement explained that the signatories are apprehensive that the organizers of the London seminar didn’t consult with concerned Eritreans, ..”

    To whom shall they cousult and in which type of meeting? Isn’t this first meeting and can’t they even call for more explanation and another meeting? Shall we continue rejecting every initiative group always? Shall we continue talking or taking action? Don’t those people see
    any type of realigion is better than following the devil. What did those people want? Aren’t they shame of living in UK? When are they to have country?

    02. “ The signatories of the statement characterized the ELL move as “an escape from the
    real struggle for the interests and rights of the people of the lowlands and the rest of the components of the Eritrean people.”

    By reading this statement, Someone who don’t know them will think they have organized practical group aginst PFDJ. It is good we are few people and we know each other. 1/3rd of the people signed this declaration were somehow tried to work with PFDJ but failed when we the people were suffering and as far as I know they don’t have problem to work with the devil. Reader, try to check what I am saying yourself.

    03. “national responsibility requires us to warn of such trends that may threaten the unity of the components of the Eritrean society and sow discord among the opposition forces
    instead of calling for unity.””

    This is the statement of the thief always. “we are one” No!!!! we are not and we have to stop this nonsense statement totally. I am not you and you are not me. We are different and we should say it loudly only then we are united. The lowlanders are not highlanders. But both are Eritreans. And we can be united at that level. Stop cheating using the word unity, but work for unity. The word unity is valid when you say it by accepting the differce.

    04. …The statement also emphasized that the inhabitants of the Lowlands have been “struggling for many years with other [Eritreans] within the frameworks of political organizations and civil society organizations [and have ]made great sacrifices for their rights.”” And why you have to say so if ELL say it. Aren’t just saying the same ? in fact that is the aim of the meeting. Telling the other side we have been together and we should continue
    together even more united.

    Let people organaze the way the want as far as they don’t go against our struggle. Even you, those who oppose are free to orgainze yourself but don’t ever try it just to oppose without reason.

    saying we are united is nonsesne and useless and that is why PFDJ sending you her servants right to your house and let you move using the hidden narrow tendencies you have when ever you create an organization. Better say the truth and say it openly.

    From my experience we are cheating each other and never say what our hearts want us to say. that is not good and we should be clear.

  • ZULA

    Was this reactionary approach necessary ?
    To please who ?

    You could have advised them and corrected them in a brotherly and sisterly way instead of publicly condemning them.

  • Rodab

    G-30 is a unique ‘G’ in that it’s initiative is to merely distance itself from another initiative (that of the G-7).
    These ‘G’s are getting more and more peculiar. Before G-7, the last one we had was G-22? whose initiative I can’t remember since it took no time to disappear like a morning dew in the face if sunrise. Wait, didn’t we have a G-3 in between? Oh sorry, that was Medrekh. Confusing times!