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UN Sanctions On Eritrea Will Continue Indefinitely

On May 23, 2014 Gedab News predicted that UN Sanctions against Eritrea will stay in limbo, today it has been confirmed that the Sanctions will continue indefinitely.

Last year Eritrea complained that it didn’t have a chance to review or comment on the report of the United Nations Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) though it refused to allow the SEMG to visit Eritrea and carry its investigation. Compliance with UNSEC resolution required Eritrea to cooperate with SEMG, and allow it entry to Eritrea.

Failing to be able to travel to Eritrea, SEMG agreed to meet with Eritrean officials in third countries; they have met in both Cairo, Egypt, and in Paris, France. Yesterday SEMG met with the permanent representative of Eritrea to the UN to provide Eritrea a chance to further review its annual report, which will be presented to the UNSC this afternoon, Friday October 10, 2014.

Eritrea has already commented on the report and gave its replies to it and it continues to deny UN allegation of being involved in destabilizing the region by supporting armed groups in Somalia, Ethiopia, and now in South Sudan.

This year also, among other allegations, the report which will be publicly disclosed in two weeks, accuses Eritrea of providing military and logistic support to three armed rebel groups in South Sudan and that it supports Ethiopian armed groups.

In responding to the SMEG report, for the first time ever the Eritrean government disclosed its revenue in relation to the 2% income tax imposed on Eritreans living abroad and it claimed that the, “aggregate RRT collected in the past four years did not exceed 73 million US dollars.”

The mentioned revenue is not substantiated or supported by audited records.

On the requirement for disclosing payments over $10,000 in cash or equivalent, made by Nevsun to any party, the Eritrean government basically claims it has nothing to do with Nevsun, though it is a 60% stake owner of BISHA mine. But according to one of the many lawsuit handlers against Nevsun, the company has refused to disclose such information based on Eritrea’s instructions.

The financial expert of SEMG, Dinesh Mahtani, has resigned from his position following a technical violation for using UN letterhead in writing an asylum support letter for Eritrea’s ex-minister of information Ali Abdu, who has asked asylum in Australia in 2012.

Eritrea attempted to make an issue of the letter, which was written by Mahtani in the previous mandate, but it has been discounted by the Sanction Committee as Eritrea has been waging smear campaign for the last four year against some members of the SEMG to discredit its findings. Moreover, Mahtani has been working on the Somali side in the current mandate.

According to a UN observer, there is no end in sight for the UN sanction to be lifted in the near future. The sanction has been an albatross on Eritrea’s neck for the last four year resulting in political and diplomatic isolation of the Asmara regime.

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  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista,

    The SEMG report on Eritrea has been made public. until the AT dissection machine serves you up with the main course, here is a one appetizer 🙂 Read Full Report

    97. The Monitoring Group obtained specific information about a business entity controlled by senior PFDJ officials called “H.T. Trust Limited”, which is registered in the Republic of Cyprus (Registration Number: 127139). The Monitoring Group received credible information that Mr. Hagos Gebrethiwet, still currently the Director of the PFDJ Economic Affairs Department, is listed as an owner, and the entity is serving as a vehicle to procure arms in contravention of resolution 1907
    (2009).

    98. “H.T. Trust Limited” was incorporated in 2002 and the Monitoring Group confirmed that Mr. Hagos Gebrethiwet is listed as a Director and as the ultimate beneficial owner of the company (see annex 8.1 for the company’s incorporation documents). The main business activities of “H.T. Trust Limited” are listed in the articles of incorporation as “trading clothes and shoes”. The anticipated credit turnover connected to all of its accounts was listed at $ 50 million per year.

    99. The Monitoring Group carefully examined hundreds of transactional records of “HT Trust Limited” since the company’s incorporation in 2002. The Monitoring Group noted wire transfers dated 2003 and 2005 from “HT Trust Limited” to “Deliza Limited”, an alleged arms company based in Ukraine. 113 According to a former senior PFDJ official who is listed as a director of the company and was present during its incorporation, these transfers were made with the intention of procuring weapons and ammunition prior to the adoption of resolution 1907 (2009)(see annex 8.2 for evidence of wire transfers).

    100. The Monitoring Group did not find any obviously suspicious transactions or violations dated after the adoption of resolution 1907 (2009). The Group also assessed that the company has not reached nor performed its anticipated annual credit turnover amount as listed in the company’s incorporation documents following a diligent examination of the company’s historical transactional records. The Monitoring Group did not find a single transaction related to the company’s
    stated purpose to trade clothes and shoes or any relevant counter-parties within the “clothing and shoes” industry that conducted business with “HT Trust Limited”.

    101. “H.T Trust’s” corporate history and transactional record appear to fit into the overall pattern of PFDJ officials incorporating a single offshore business entity in a manner that reduces the transparency of actual ownership, control, and stated purpose.111 The Monitoring Group has therefore concluded that the business activity and transactions of “H.T. Trust Limited” do not accurately reflect the stated purpose of trading shoes and clothes as stated in the certificate of incorporation, and may therefore constitute a cover for activities that the Government of Eritrea wishes to conceal.

    • Hope

      Haile TG:
      What a “GREAT JOB”!
      So what ? That is typical EPLF or PFDJ Style of doing business.Nothing new.
      The good news is that the PFDJ–did nothing wrong against the Sanction as the activity is dated back in 2002-2003 but the Sanction is since 2009.
      You missed this:”:The SEMG did not find any evidence of supporting al Shebaba–since its current mandate.”
      The SEMG also dropped its allegation that Eritrea has been supporting the S Sudan Rebel Groups due to lack of Evidence.
      It also reported that Eritrea has been helping the ONLF and DEMHIT but kep quite about the destabilizing role of the TPLF Gov in the Region including S Sudan,which officially acused Ethiopia and requested the venue of Peace-talks to be in Nairobi besides threatening to support the Ethiopian rebels and allowing Egypt to open a Military Office or Attache,if you may call it.
      Let us NOT depend on external factors/Actors and interferences to remove the PFDJ but depend on our own effort and resources and work hard to mobilize our people to be united so as to do the Job right!.

      • haileTG

        Hi hope

        This harassing of PFDJ criminal activities doesn’t stop you to interact with the regime in what ever way you wish. For, against, in between, pro mining, anti slavery, together, alone, temporary or long term, whichever way you want to ask for your rights; nothing in SEMG activity or the resulting slapping down of PFDJ right in the head with sanctions, would stop you.

        When you say they found no evidence for that or not much for this…you really are underestimating other’s concern when the issue is their safety. Please, close your eyes and pretend you’re not Eritrean, then think about all these. There you would find what is making these parties EXTREMELY serious and determined to chase PFDJ to the last inch of its shadows. For us Eritreans it is a blessing PFDJ is being encircled from all angles: Security (SEMG), human rights (Rapporteur), criminal prosecution (Commission of inquiry). I hope the Sudan blocks it off from the east and we find it dropping dead right away.

        • Hope

          Let us pray day and night.

          • Hope

            But wait a minute.
            The N Sudan will be broken into pieces then like E Sudan and West Sudan or Darfur…. the Yemeni Fate!

        • Hope

          I would join the Human Rights and the Commission of Inquiry.
          Those should have been initiated in 2001 latest.
          But you see the evil intention of the game players?
          As I told you before,on these issues,I will join SAAY .

  • Haile WM

    speaking of head department…
    what does even your comment mean ? i suppose, in your logic, if there are armed bullies in your child school you arm him with a tank and anti-aircraft missile ?
    really brilliant !!

  • Hope

    Haile TG and Lucas,
    You seem to be very knwoledgeable about the “modus operandus” of the PFDJ .
    But tell us about the Military Sanction on Eritrea as well.
    We are conveniently avoiding that serious issue,for some unkown reason or agenda/conspiracy,if I may call it.

  • Hope

    Lucas,
    Thanks for the details that I missed.
    Your inqury about the role of PIA in Eritrean matters prob is more intricate more than most o us believe.
    Did you read Dr Ande’s book?
    Did you the read the data collected by a certain Negash,and his Holland -based Org?
    Did you read Prof Tesfatsion Medhanie’s(?vice-versa)discussion paper?
    Couldn’t you read the recent history–since 1991?
    From demotion of Vet Romedan Mohamed Nur–to–the latest arrest of Yemane Tesfay,what can you read?
    The Demhit saga?–TheTigray-Tigrgna Project and story endorsed by some Senior EPLF Officials?
    The set up of the Youth Exodus?
    The assignment of TPLF Agents and Tigreyans in the Major Security Institutions since 1991
    My own Senior EPLF Aunt advised me to leave Eritrea in Oct 1992 explaining to me about the long-term agenda of the Leadership.
    Did I give enough hints?
    Why would you even ask that question ,BTW,when you know the answer well?
    the ONLY answer is : do NOTask further questions but ACT now by any menas possible as Haile TG said?
    Am I inconsisitent?
    I am only inconsistent when it comes to the Sanction issue for obvious reasons.

  • Abraham Hanibal

    In one of his interviews I heard dictator Isayas talking about the necessity of keeping an airport in Asmara. He was trying to find a justification to the inability of his regime to establish and maintain a national carrier. You remember what he said in that interview; it is technically costly to fly to Asmara due to its topography! I don’t know the relationship between fuel consumption at higher altitudes relative to lower altitudes. But I guess this was just one of his lame excuses, and his nature of never admitting failure.

  • Hope

    Since we are talking about the Sanctions,enjoy:
    Susan Rice: Mother of Disasters http://www.weirdrepublic.com/e

  • Hope

    Thanks Lucas.
    I agree with you.I was the one who referred peopel to listen to Kibrom Dafla about the mismanagement of the Airlines.
    The Captain,now in Seattle?, could have told us even more but he remained silent–for some reason.
    There is ONE Fact you missed.
    The USA was directly involved in interfering in the business based on a testimony by the Pakistani Manager.
    My point:
    The issue is multifactorial and it is unfair to squarely and conveniently point the finger at one party only while knowing the other facts.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Mr. Hope,
      I’ve a problem to understand as to where you stand in your stance regarding the sanctions and the PFDJ-system. At times you argue passionatly against the sanctions, claiming they are economically hurting the people. And at other times you express your agreement to the views of commentators like Lukas who is claiming the sanctions, in fact, are not affecting the Eritrean economy significantly. Lukas is putting the blame regarding the economic problems of Eritrea on the mismanagement and unlawfulness of the PFDJ-a group you are willing to strengthen by transfering money to it.

      • Hope

        Abreham,
        My message and stand is clear:
        Based on history and facts on the ground,Sanctions are Sanctions and their motivation and Agenda are clear but with codes.
        It is naive to believe that Sanctions on the PFDJ are limited to or specifically targeted at the PFDJ .
        Be it ” Economic Military”, the purpose and message is beyond the wording and history has confirmed it.
        Do U China deserves Sanctions?
        Do U think Russia should be Sanctioned consider the open @ Containment ” and deliberate set up of the Russians?

        • Abraham Hanibal

          If these sanctions can ultimately lead to the downfall of the Isayas regime, then they are more than welcome. Nothing worse can happen to the Eritrean people than oppression under the Isayas tyranny.

          ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ታሪኹ ካብዚ ሕጂ ዘለዎ ሓሳረ መከራ ዝኸፍእ ርእዩ ኣይፈልጥን። እቲ ዝኸፍአ ድማ እዚ ውርደትን መዓትን በቶም ካብ ድሕረት ምዕባለ፡ ካብ ባርነት ሓርነት፡ ካብ ውርደት ናብ ክብረት፡ ካብ ውልቀ መላኽነት ናብ ዲሞክራሲ፡ ካብ ሕጊ ኣልቦነት ናብ ግዝኣተ ሕጊ፡ ካብ ምግሃስ መሰላት ናብ ምኽባር መሰላት፡ ካብ ጭቆና ናብ ማዕርነት ሓራ ከውጽኦ፡ ንሳላሳ ዓመታት ዝተቓለሰን ዘቃለሰን ሓይሊ ይመጽእ ምህላዉ ኢዩ።

          • Hope

            Dear Abraham,
            You have never,as of yet,answered my question to you.
            Pls,do a quick search about Sanctions and the victims of Sanctions and enlighten us.
            Tell me what the collateral damages of the Military Sanctions to Eritrea are and will be .
            If you do NOT answer this question,then,,as my own George said it,I will only deal with Eritreans.
            Hint:
            Refer to what our own, Dr Sara Ogbay,just lamented in her recent thread.
            “Dihri moteysi,sa’ari ayibkola meriet”- entekhoinu eti agenda—menghedi cherki yigberelka

          • Abraham Hanibal

            I told you many times the sanctions are not directed to the Eritrean people. The sanctions include arms embargo, travel ban on some PFDJ individulas, and assets freeze of these individuals. Why should I reasearch on impact of sanctions on other countries? It is not my business, and I’m not willing to give my precious time on researching about sanctions elsewhere in the world. I know exactly who the sanctions on the PFDJ-regime are directed to; and if you wish to have a better understanding of those sanctions, you can find them on the websites of the UN. I know the Eritrean people are already victims, not because of these sanctions, but because of the repressive policies of the PFDJ. If you ask me who the enemy #1 of the Eritrean people is , I would tell you without doubt, it is the PFDJ and its supporters. This means that any UN actions that weaken the PFDJ is to the benefit of the Eritrean people.

            As to the effects of the arms embargo, on the Eritrean military; of course, it is negative. But you should remember that the Eritrean military is already weakened, and demoralized by the repressive policies of the PFDJ. Policies that have caused members of the army to ababdon it in their thausands. At last, you need to know that it is neither you nor your friend who give or take my Eritrean citizenship. This is just the kind of thinking of your PFDJ-masters who defame their political opponents as Woyane, CIA or whatever

          • Hope

            Thank you for your response,Mr Abraham,
            Let us be realistic and practical.
            And again,as of yet,you did NOTanswer my question about researching on the Historical Facts and Practical Consequences of Sanctions of any form—be targeted,blanketed,Military or Economic.
            The Effect:
            Destruction,devastation,destitution,abuse,misery,etc—and by default,if you endorse Sanctions on Eritrea,you are ill-wishing all these nasty things to Eritrea and Eritreans and ,hence,you revoke, by default, your “Eritreanism”..
            N.B.
            For he last 4 yrs ,since the imposition of Sanction on the PFDJ,nothing serious happened to the PFDJ but Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a People have suffered a lot.
            Iraq was sanctioned–for “Fake Weapons of Mass Destruction” and Saddam Hussein and his Cronies were targeted but about a million Iraqis died out of which 350,000 were kids,who died of lack of basic Nutrition and Health—–and knowing these ,you are wishing death to the Kids of Eritrea.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            I told you that I’m not willing to spend a second researching on impacts of sanctions on other countries. You can research it, if you wish so. I only care about the tragic situation that the Eritrean people finds itself in under the PFDJ rule. I know why the sanctions on the PFDJ regime were imposed, and who the victim is. The victim is those corrupt PFDJ officials who’ re violating the basic human rights of the Eritrean people, and who’re engaged in disturbing the peace and security of our region. The sufferings that you’ve listed like destruction, devastation, destitution, abuse, misery, and I can add my own to your list: torture, imprisonment wothout due process of law, rape, mass exodus, poverty, corruption, indefinite servitude, etc are all caused by the PFDJ.
            You write “For he last 4 yrs ,since the imposition of Sanction on the PFDJ,nothing serious happened to the PFDJ but Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a People have suffered a lot.” There are indeed indications of the fact that the PFDJ gangs are starting to feel the pressure of the sanctions, by disclosing some information regarding their illicit money collection from the diaspora Eritreans. As far as the people is concerned, they’ve not only been suffering since the last four years, but they’ve been victims of PFDJ since the inception of the criminal gangs, two decades ago. And the suffering would continue as long as the Isayas-led criminals are in power.
            At last if I’m going to think the way you do, then I may claim you’re revoking your Eritrean citizenship, because you are helping the PFDJ-dictatorship to last longer by supporting it economically. But I’m living in the civilised world, under rule of law, and I know that I don’t have the right to judge your citizenship based on your political views.

          • Hope

            Mr Abraham,
            My stand is firm and I will be judged based on my intention and good gesture for my own poor people that I witnessed suffering and poor kids dying.
            As I advised Kokhob Selam,by imposing the Sanctions,we are aggravating the already sanctioned nation and people.—aggravated the destruction,destitution,misery–you repeated.
            Since I clarified my self and stand in a crystal clear way and since you declined to do so,I rest my case on this issue.
            The Citizenship issue is just for the sake of —-but my apology for taking it personal and for undertsanding it,the way you did.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Mr. Hope,
            First I accept your apology; it is important that we don’t repeat the tactics of defamation of the PFDJ. Because those tactics are not helpful for the kind of tolerance and democratic way of thinking that we dream to establish in our country.
            My question to you is do you believe that the PFDJ is responsible for the sufferings you’ve seen of the Eritrean People? I hope you do believe; if so, why oppose the sanctions that are directed against the oppressive PFDJ leaders?

          • Hope

            Mr Abraham,
            —-Coz they are politically motivated against the Sate of Eritrea and her people.
            You are twisting things albeit deliberately to cover up your hidden agenda.
            Next question:
            -Do you know who has been behind those Sanctions?
            -Do you know who has been behind the ” No War,No Peace Status” Policy and as to why?
            -Don’t you know that it has been an Open Policy of the TPLF Gov to tighten and craete new ones so as to destroy Eritrea?
            For sure you know beyond doubt and if so,why are you supporting the same bloody enemy behind those evil Policies?
            We exhausted those questions with Haile TG,who advised me “NOT to Weyanize the Eritrean Politics”.
            If you are going to repeat to me Haile TG litany,noneed of wasting your time and my time and I wil rest the case again .

            NO to SANCTIONS!Yes to Regional Reconciliation and Economic Integration!
            NO to External Interference to Eritrean Affairs!
            Yes to :” Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems by Eritreans!

          • haileTG

            Hi hope,

            Since you are making statements that appear you know more than those who participated first hand, let me call my witness testimonies for you. The Witnesses are:

            Isaias Afewerki – the head of the regime

            In his infamous interview with Al jazeera, where he said “we are #1 in Africa”, he also admitted sending his military officers and Gen. Sebhat Efrem to to alshabab to help the release of French hostages.

            Tewelde Tesfamariam aka wedi Vacaro – a multimillion dollar businessman and close confidante of IA

            He claimed the main reason he distanced himself from IA was when the latter asked him to take part in a meeting with criminal gangs that were smuggling arms and speedboats to Somali Pirates and terror groups.

            Ali Abdu – Minister, member of cabinet and senior PFDJ

            Confirmed that despite his opposition, IA decided to extend military support (through military commanders) to Somali factions and Al Shabab terror groups

            Dahir Aweys – UN/US wanted terrorist resided in Eritrea for 4 years

            He was later to return to Somalia, where his unification attempt with Al Shabab failed and was gunned down to death.

            The Eritrean regime, to this day has refused to be investigated (why?). It has also been adamantly refusing to recognize TFG and severe links with Al Shabab, but instead was saying Al shaba was not terrorist and only trying to unite Somalis along common religion. Today, Alshaba is murdering civilians, women and children in malls and other public places of neighboring countries.

            So, you are telling us TPLF this TPLF that but you can’t possibly know more than Ali Abdu who was close to all the activities of he regime and its dictator. Would the world or us, trust you who have never set foot in Eritrea for over two decades or Ali Abdu who was right in the middle of everything and telling us yes IA did work with Al Shebab as hand and glove?

            Regards

          • Hope

            Hailat,
            oohh,I missed all of the above.
            Thanks for the Info!
            BTW,I was at home 3 yrs ago. and I was “detained” for 24hrs for “Supporting the PFDJ”.
            The definition of Terrorism is subjective.
            Not sure about Tahir Aweys and his role other than being a Liberator but I denounce Al Shebab Activity.
            I cannot comment on Ali Abdu and Wedi Vacarro.—-dihri may nab be’ati…
            Where were they for 15yrs?
            But,btw,why had they been confusing us and standing for the survivial of the Regime then if they knew all these serious and deadly policies that contributed to the devastation of the Nation?
            Hypocrisy?Opportunism?
            Wedi Vaccaro has been free for decades and Minsiter Ali Abdui has had ample opportunities to leave the Regime on time and save the nation by testifying those “Facts” before the Nation went “Banana” and the Youth has become the victims of all the atrocities under the Sun????
            But —you conveniently are avoiding the other side of the Truth so as to avoid the “Weyanization ” of the Eri politics.
            -The role of the Eritrea’s enemies that pushed PFDJ to do weird things-self -defense!
            -That the PFDJ contribution to the Al shebab was minimal and insignificant based on the Facts even per SEMG’s report.
            -That the Terrorists that Ethiopia is harboring against Eritrea are well documented as such by the same Prosecutor and the Judge–and the World Police.
            But you know all these and you told me that it does NOT matter when it comes to Eritrea as it is pre-destined NOT to exist let alone to develop and prosper.

          • haileTG

            Hi Hope,

            The last time we did the same hoopla to argue for PFDJ, the nation lost thousands and thousands at war, the nation lost its dreams and became a death trap to its people, the nation lost all touch with common sense and is avoided by the world over.

            The regime isn’t helping al shabab today, doesn’t absolve it for what it did yesterday. The world will not blink an eye even if the last man in Eritrea jumps to the shallow end of the pacific ocean. The world is at logger heads with IA for his past alshabab involvement and its current clandestine activities. The cost will get higher and the nation will pay the maximum possible price for it.

            You have a choice to hold IA accountable and save Eritreans or take the nation to the worst possible level of chaos and civil war. The UN move is well calculated and will teach IA unforgettable lesson with paid with his life. In the process, you can think how to rescue Eritreans or argue for IA’s version despite his own highest ranking ex-minister and others are submitting a thick dossier.

            May be this time around it is wise to take Eritrea’s side and challenge the regime to grant unfettered access if it has nothing to hide. History of Ethio-Eritrea war was meant to have taught us some lessons. Sadly, you are still asking Eritreans to pay what they don’t have to defend the world’s sadistic and brutal dictator. Time will remember, but I can assure you the Eritrean people will not stay victims for too long and all the facts would then be read out to you through ERiTV along the live coverage of the hanging of the mad man.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hailat,

            The word “woyane” is stained in his mind. Whatever facts you show him, it won’t do anything. Sometimes you have to read minds and don’t go to the extend of exhaustion of your energy. The above list of your facts preempted any argument from the opposite side. Well done.

            regards,

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  • Abraham Hanibal

    Well, thank you; and I would claim that those PFDJ leaders and their sympathizers like you who are destroying the country are the enemies nr.1 of Eritreans. However, I would not fall into the cheap level of your’s and your likes of denying or giving Eritrean citizenship to people based on their political standpoints.

  • haile

    An Ethiopian poet, Bewketu Siyoum, in three lines put unspeakable crimes of the communists. Sanction against them is nothing, they should be brought to justice for human life is precious. history shows communists never repent instead they add sins to the end of their life. Sanction against the mad man in Asmara should not be lifted rather they should be
    enhanced. It is a good lesson for his comrades in other part of the world too.

    • Admas

      I get your point but people always forget that comparing Mengistu Haile Mariam with Isais Afwerqe does not serve justice..Mengistu Hailemariam as some one who suddenly came to power by hijacking a genuine student movement had no promise to brake nor did he have a single year of peace time to uphold promises that wasn’t there in the first place..while on the other hand your bigot in Asmara had consumed almost every precious life and resource the land could produce all in the name of “natsnet” yet produced nothing but misery that is worse than war-time Mengistu…so I’m just concerned that by comparing Isais Afwerqe to Mengitu Hailemariam, some of you may be sugar-coating “your” devil just because he is “your own” devil..

      • Admas

        sorry I meant “had no promise to “break”………oh, plus Mengistu Haile mariam had to deal with a war-torn country of 70 million people, while your “liberator” can not even handle 5 million people in relative peace….

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Here is the fate of PFDJ leaders and cadres under the rule of Isayas. What is incomprehensible is how dumb these cadres are that they can’t see they are only disposables in the eyes of dictator Isayas. They don’t know the fact that the moment they stop echoing the dictators lies, and serving him, and try to come to their senses it is too late. This clip below shows how Mustafa Nurhusein tried to defend the arrest of people who’ve devoted their lifetime for the independence of Eritrea both during the liberation struggle and the border war with Ethiopia.
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/DKdi1JLHNCY/default.jpg

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatistas,

    I want to know about the ERITREAN LAW SOCIETY. I got their internet address at http://www.eritreanlawsociety.org/index.html and it looks very interesting to have such society. Could someone enlighten me on this professional society? @Gezae Hagos, you might be well informed about this society?

    My curiousity in search of Law of professionals. Eritrea needs them more than anytime for all spheres.

    Hawkum
    tes

  • Kokhob Selam

    everywhere people make rules. you can imagine what the world will look without rule and system. even with all those regulations signed by the concerned still there are violations every time recorded. UN sanction first serves the world. being inside the world we the people of Eritrea benefit first as everyone in the world. hence this sanction was not done because we are suffering and because the UN cares about us more. Yet, as I always say it every invent (bad or good) is a chance to use it. letting the world learn more about our nation’s problem can be explained using this chance to others and our people. but we must know change is always successful first when you work within.

  • haileTG

    Awatistas,

    All these talk of I am for or I am against is really neither here nor there. The issue at hand isn’t related to domestic issues but external confrontation. One can right a letter to the UN telling it that the regime is on the right or it is on the wrong, it would make jack all of a difference. The regime had bowed down partially by submitting its 2% income and annual mining revenue. That is a far cry from its initial defiance that it wouldn’t recognize the sanctions committee and wouldn’t cooperate. As it learns the other side is just as determined it would open for investigation (already partially opened up by holding meetings and getting quizzed outside the country). So, let’s chill out and discuss what concerns us, i.e the call for sanctions by the Human Rights rapporteur and the setting up of Inquiry Commission to officially lay down charges for persecution of the regime leaders and associated. When you see the regime getting blows from the this SEMG angle, just ignore it, its part of the wushima problems PFDJ is carrying around. Your mother is Shila K, this one is a nasty wushima:-)

    • Abraham Hanibal

      I hope that the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses in Eritrea would soon gather ample evidence to charge the PFDJ leaders headed by dictator Isayas and bring them in front of the International Criminal Court.

      • haileTG

        Hey Abraham

        Here is the regime back in the days, denying the existence of border issue with Djibouti, vowing never to recognize Somalia’s TFG, threatening that its slapping with sanction would “bodes” bad omen to world security….

        http://shabait.com/editorial/press-release/728-press-release-

        Fast forward 2014, the world seems to be just the same, it accepted every single one of the above and is sitting with SEMG to share its budgeting allocations of mining and 2% that it doesn’t respect to tell its mouthpieces here (whom it should inform) and crying leave me alone please ouch.. it hurts.

        I wonder what would happen when it accepts UN investigations team!

        • Abraham Hanibal

          I think it would not take so long now before the regime understands the dire consequences of its violations of peace and security in the Horn of Africa region and its unheard of human rights violations on the people of Eritrea.
          Fortunately to the Eritrean people, the net seems to be fast closing in around the neck of the PFDJ gangs with the ongoing UN inquiry. It seems evident the ultimate result of this inquiry would be the indictment of the criminal PFDJ leadership.

          • Hope

            Now things can make sense and this Human Rights Violation can easily work for better and I can even volunteer to testify on this and join SAAY .
            Let us put the controversial sanction issue that can affect the poor Eritreans and chase the PFDJ on the Human Rights case,which is NOT controversial at all.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Which parts of the sanctions are you exactly refering to as those that affect the Eritrean people adversely? Can you clarify your case? To my knowledge, the sanctions are about restrictions of travel on some political and military elements, arms embargo, and assets freeze of those individuals. Now how can these sanctions affect the poor Eritrean people you claim to champion adversely?

  • haileTG

    you really are smart. No wonder you can write:-(

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear Awatistas;

    Below follows Q&A between Mahmuday and Semere Andom (a virtual one ሓደ ልቢ እንዲና…ዝበዝሕ ግዜ ንሰማማዕ ኢና (ይግበረልና)።
    ሰመረ፡ ስለምንታይ እገዳ
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ መሸከልና ጸሊኦም። ጠባይ ኣቕጢንና።
    ሰመረ፡ እሞ ፍትሓዊ ኣይኮነን?
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ መን ፍትሓዊ ኸ ኢልዎ።
    ሰመረ፡ እቶም ኣማርካን ወያነን ከ ደኣ
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ ቀጻዓይ ደኣ ኩሉ ግዜ ፍትሓዊ እየ ዝብል።
    ሰመረ፡ እሞ እቲ እገዳ ክለዓል እንታይ ንግበር?
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ ኣብ ፖርት ሱዳን ነታ ቝልዓ ምስ ረበሽካ (ተራ…ራ,,ራ,,,በዓል
    ሻም…ተራ..ራ..ራ..ሙዚቃ..ትርን..ርን) መምህርካ እንታይ ገይሩ?

    ሰመረ።ቀጺዑኒ።
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ ድሕርኡ ምሽ ረቢሽካያ። ንካልኦት እውን ምርባሽ
    ቀጺልካ?
    ሰመረ፡ እወ
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ እሞ መምህርካ እንታይ ገይሩ?
    ሰመረ፡ መቕጻዕቱ ቀጺሉን ኣትሪሩን።
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ መዓስ ደኣ እቲ መቕጻዕቲ ደው ኢሉ?
    ሰመረ፡ እታ ቆልዓ ንሜዳ ምስ ከደት እቲ ምርባሽ ኣቛሪጸዮ።
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ እቲ ጠባይ ደው ኢሉ ማለት እዩ። ንሱ እዩ ዝድለ
    ዘሎ። እተን ሃገራት ንሜዳ ክኸዳ ኣይክእላን እየን። ንሕና ኢና ነቶም መማህራን ክንሰምዕ ዝግበኣና። ምስቲ ሓድሽ ሕግታት ናይቲ
    ቤት ትምህርቲ ክንላለ ናትና ሓላፍነት እዩ።
    ሰመረ፡ እህም….እሞ ቀሊል እዩ ማለት እዩ።
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ በቃ ንሳ እያ።
    ሰመረ፡ ግን ፍትሓዊ ኣይኮነን ኢልካ?
    ማሕሙዳይ፡ ምስ መምህርካ “ እዚ ፍትሓዊ ኣይኮነን” ኢልካ
    ትማጒትካ ስዒርካ ትፈልጥ?

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Mamud:very funny and also from now stop that my humbleness;-)
      see Jebena for my reply
      Sal: this is the other Sem and when you read my reply to Mahmuday please do not think am doing that cure self flattery :-). Were are you by the way?

  • haileTG

    Not clear? The sanctions are intl. demands that must be met, else the regime will pay with its life. Frankly, for or against arguments are useless. No body asked for that opinion, so giving it is waste of breath.

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    • Hope

      Hailat,
      I do not think we are debating here to win against the Superpowers but,rather,about the unfairness of the Sanctions.

      We are questioning with our limited capacity about the legitimacy and rationality of the Sanction.
      I remember that you told me that wether I like it or not,the TPLF will over-rum Asmera in a day since the preconditions are met.
      And the purpose of our debate is that the Majority of Eritreans do not buy the sanction based you said now and in the past.
      I understand that ,this is not your wish for Eritrea and you are expressing the likely inevitable case scenario.
      But our argument and debate is to show objection to this unreasonable and irrational approaches and case scenario.

      • haileTG

        Hi Hope,

        It is good that people express what they feel about the sanction but ought to understand the implication as well. The majority of Eritreans object the fact that PFDJ involved them in this without their consent. The majority of Eritreans object that PFDJ has isolated them from the world by refusing to meet the terms of the international demand. The majority of Eritreans object to the fact that the PFDJ tarnished the name and stature of our country by bringing it shame and disrepute. The majority of Eritreans object to the fact that PFDJ has now made Eritrea a country that can’t exercise its legal right of self defense lawfully. Our objection is towards PFDJ and not the international community that we will be part of for eternity. PFDJ is temporary and it will be thrown to the trash can of history, however the international community would be there forever and so would our partnership with it. PFDJ lied to you on every issue you can think of and you could not possibly trust it on anything. The UN is investigating and PFDJ is refusing to be investigated (because it has something to hide). If it was doing so out of principle, it would have stayed on its original stands. But one by one it abandoned each stand and is begging the SEMG to be let off the hook. They are telling it to either meet ALL demands or face indefinite sanctions. That is international law and whether one objects to it or supports it, it is a done deal.

        • Hope

          Hailstorm,
          But still you are missing my point that what the International or the UN , realistically, the USA along with its puppet The UK, has been pursuing things is unfair, unbalanced ,unreasonable and beyond bullying simply coz they are the Superpowers.
          Now, this approach is the modus operandus of the same Superpowers and it has been applied to all these Independent Nations ,who refused to abide by the New World Order.
          I do not believe that the majority of Etitreans are denying the mistakes of the PFDJ and I am personally convinced beyond doubt about this at least based on what Vet Majmpuday told me besides my direct experience I went through.
          But I am not convinced,irrespective of the outcome , about the biased and exaggerated approach of the “UN”.
          While it might be inevitable that this or that will happen,it is still beyond hypocrisy and unfairness.
          Here is the fact though:
          The motivation is beyond fact that the role and the purpose of sanctions have been,are and will be to intimidate and destroy Nations and People ,who are perceived to be an obstacle to the New World Order.

        • Hope

          Hailstorm,
          But still you are missing my point that what the International or the UN , realistically, the USA along with its puppet The UK, has been pursuing things is unfair, unbalanced ,unreasonable and beyond bullying simply coz they are the Superpowers.
          Now, this approach is the modus operandus of the same Superpowers and it has been applied to all these Independent Nations ,who refused to abide by the New World Order.
          I do not believe that the majority of Etitreans are denying the mistakes of the PFDJ and I am personally convinced beyond doubt about this at least based on what Vet Majmpuday told me besides my direct experience I went through.
          But I am not convinced,irrespective of the outcome , about the biased and exaggerated approach of the “UN”.
          While it might be inevitable that this or that will happen,it is still beyond hypocrisy and unfairness.
          Here is the fact though:
          The motivation is beyond fact that the role and the purpose of sanctions have been,are and will be to intimidate and destroy Nations and People ,who are perceived to be an obstacle to the New World Order.

          • haileTG

            Hi Hope

            Why would that surprise us? Isn’t world history replete with big fish eat small fish? Aren’t wars fought and armies built for control and dominance? Has this been different before? Has this been unique to Eritrea? has this been why two world wars fought? The issue is that PFDJ drove us into the ditch and most people can’t even pronounce Eritrea let alone for us to try to be the center of the universe as per PFDJ hypnotherapy. A security decision has been passed to get the head of IA on a platter because of his stupidity. Why do we need to be surprised about the world for being exactly the way it was from thousands of years ago. What is surprising is that PFDJ is being surprised about it (it believed the world was its oyster and found out that it was rather a worse monster) PFDJ had incurred catastrophic political and diplomatic failure and I can guarantee you there is 0% chance of mending it with IA in power. Not that he doesn’t want it but the knifes are out and will never be back to the drawer before doing the job. It was 4 years ago IA asked to join the region, well it is still shut out and his diplomat was thrown into the street some three years ago. Do you think this is something entirely to do with Ethiopia? Think again. I would say to you with some confidence that the regime is being prepared for slaughter and it is bad idea to waste your time saying things about super powers that they can tell you themselves without shying away. The question is if you are prepared to help rescue Eritrea or allow Eritrea be exposed while the IA regime finally goes down in flames. Think Eritrea.

          • Hope

            Hailat,
            It sounds like as if I am defending PIA to survive eventhough I clearly stated in an unequivocal terms about my position about the head.(read:I repeated my ” Litany/Prayer after SAAY saying: Surgical removal of the head is —–)
            Think “Eritrea”?
            Well,that is my whole cry about Eritrea that he sanctions should be directed to the main culprit,NOT to Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a People.
            Those Superpowers have been able to do it the easier way without targeting the Nation and the People but they know better than me as to why they chose what they chose.
            But why would it take them 4-10yrs though?

          • dawit

            Dear Brother Hope;

            Frankly speaking my dear friend you are waffling everywhere recently trying to please the opposition group and their allies Ethiopian expansionists on one hand and on the other hand trying to defend Eritrean national interest. The two are irreconcilable stands. As W. George Bush stated ‘You are with us or against us”. There is no middle ground. You can join HGT, SEM, YG, TK etc and attack relentlessly with all you have the Eritrea People ,PFDJ and Isaias or stand to defend Eritrea like Brother Nitrric. with all its baggage without splitting them.

            You know Hope, right after the illegal UN Sanction was imposed, Eritreans, throughout the world demonstrated against it and at that very moment Eritreans declared ‘Nihna Nisu, Nisu Nihna’. You cannot separate the country from its leaders in Eritrea. Actually one of the aim of the Sanction was to separate or create wedge between the people and their leaders, listen to what Mrs. Susan Rice press release said right after she passed the Sanction as her Christmas Gift wrapped with poison to Eritrean children.. But that trick miserably failed its target. What is amazing is that the Eritrean people despite the economic hardship they are experiencing, they are still standing besides their leaders, and the government trust the people so much it has distributed arms to all its citizens. One cannot expect for a government to arm its civilian citizens if it suspect them to oppose it. Frankly the only serious effect of the Sanction is to give false hope to some misguided Eritrean youth who abandoned their country to ended as victims of all sorts of tragedies, and opposition groups are so desperate planning coup and assassination plans with encouragement of their sponsor Ethiopia planning for a régime change. They had campaigned for the UN sanctions so hard and they have not seen any change in five years. They had a belief that the Eritrean government will collapse in a matter of months after the sanction. Those futile attempts will fail miserably again, just like the first UN sanction that dismissed Eritrean Self-determination plots in 1940s and 50’s. Yes UN had an indefinite sanction on against the independence of Eritrea, and that sanction was shattered to pieces in May 24, 1991 and the new sanction will be shattered permanently when the truth immerge once again. .
            Peace
            dawit.

          • haileTG

            Hi dawit,

            i hope you don’t mind me explaining to hope what you mean by the message above.

            Hi hope,

            PFDJ system is slavery. You are either a good slave or no use for them. So, your attempt to speak your opinion is a “crime” and brother dawit is telling you to either say nhna nsu and join the mindless koboro junkies or you have no brain of your own and what you say is simply to please others. You see hope, in PFDJ land the nhna nsu downtrodden slaves and koboro junkies are not recognized as “people with integrity of personal dignity”. You are either working to please them or are pleasing the indefatigable and courageous Eritrean justice seekers. PFDJ doesn’t recognize the existence of an Eritrean with a point of view, a slave hired to please it or its opposition forces. This is why the regime it set up traffics in Eritreans and does as it damn pleases as far as inviting a UN wanted terrorist Dahir Aweys to live in Eritrea, the land of heroes and heroins. In other words, Eritreans are slaves in the eyes of the PFDJ morons and not worth being given any dignity. This is why dawit is telling you that if you aren’t working for the squalid hgdef mendef, then you should be working for some one else. PFDJ doesn’t recognize that you may be a free man.

            This is why I also like to inform brother dawit that he is not worth a jack to PFDJ if he ever dared to call out for justice. You never know he might make it just before the the despotic lunatic is dragged out on the streets.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi HTG: TG
            Exellent summary in par with your response to Asmara in Aug 2012 that earned you the accolade TG. I remember where I was what I was doing, to who I was talking when the response was filed and you were crowned:-)
            But one more addition to dawit’s several “becheQ becheQ” had summoned the courage and he called for Hope to be a good “aQetay” like him because Hope has a real hope with his humanity fully intact and one day I am sure that I will remember where I was what I was doing and to whom I was talking when the small steps forward and one step backward transcend the cusp and Hope becomes in our side, that is the agonizing “day-mare” that dawit is afraid of.

          • dawit

            Selam Haile,
            I don’t mind if you are trying to explain what I wrote to Brother Hope, but frankly he is capable of understanding what I wrote, even if English is not our language and we don’t follow the grammar. we understand one another. However, what bothered me is that you try to twist my message telling Hope that’ as if I wrote “you have no brain of your own”. Frankly I enjoy reading Hope’s messages her at Awate. Perhaps he is one of the rear individuals who has an independent thinking at this website. The majority of Awate.com participants are recycling someone’s idea and patting each others shoulder ‘What a new Idea! and if anyone writes something you don’t like then every one jump over someone with a different idea. Most of the time you attack anyone with different idea praising Ethiopia including DERG, Eritrean Slaves or Ghedli bashing or your popular ‘Isaias Dictator’ or ignorant or lunatics PFDJ morons etc slogans. Now Haile read again what you wrote above and see yourself on the mirror and discover the truth about the adjectives you wrote.
            Peace
            dawit

          • haileTG

            Selam dawit

            A person with independent thinking can’t possibly be saying things “to please”. You may not have meant it that way but you have inadvertently touched on something that falls on to the center of the whole reason I believe we should fight to oust PFDJ’s mentality, and not just its rule. It is a system based on master-slave relationship. No opposition would tell you you are saying what you say “to please”. Not at all. They acknowledge it as your opinion whatever it happens to be but disagree with it. That means that you are taken as free willed, free thinker and only happen to be free loader too (haha). Ghedli is our proud history and was never fought to make Eritreans slaves to a cruel dictator and be asked to renounce their human independence from the wanna be 21st century slave master. Nhna Nsu was an aberrant and disgusting attack on Eritreans that were congregating to oppose sanction. It turned out that the disgusting and paid slaves of mekhete dipsticks went in with such placard and since they controlled the Mic they also shouted it. Eritreans are not nsu, because nsu is human trafficker, child killer and someone who refuses mothers to mourn their children and bury them. Nsu is a disgusting animal that we would set a lit when we get our hands on him. Take that line of thinking to its very natural logical end, nsu has no where to hide.

            I said “indefatigable and courageous Eritrean justice seekers” and described Eritrea as “the land of heroes and heroins” and all other insults were reserved for PFDJ. Of course, you only saw the attacks on PFDJ and equated it to Eritrea. BTW the blood sucker dictator isn’t Eritrean and Eritrea hasn’t got much to be blamed by him. He is a mistake waiting to be dealt with.

            So, my reply had nothing much to do about the rest of your entry except the “pleasing so and so part”. Come on, respect the man dawit, he says his piece and we agree sometime we don’t at others. But he is not subjected to the normal PFDJ slave requirements. There is no way you dawit can speak your mind and comeback here as dawit. You are no more “Eritrean” to them. Eritrea to them being membership to sadistic clubs that dance to the tune of the wailing of drowning Eritrean mothers and children. I would hesitate to be part of that Eritrea anytime.

            Regards

          • Hope

            Thanks Dawit for noting my ” inconsistency”, for which I am known for.
            My firm stand:
            -No Sanction to any Nation
            – Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean problems
            -Constitutional governance
            My position on PFDJ Leadership:
            -Either it should implement the Constitution or It should go.
            Yes, there is a Midway position too and I am for that Midway position.

          • Hope

            Pls,read: as Vet Mahmouday.
            With apology my Dear!

  • dawit

    Selam to all,
    The “Good News”, is for those who campaigned for the sanction along with Eritrea’s historic enemies’ to impose the sanction on Eritrean people. That is the only tangible accomplishment of Awate.com, Assena.com and Asmarino.com. on their struggle for power with PFDJ regime. They are splitting hair between military sanction and economic sanctions, and try to convince us Ethiopia or UN were not are not against the people of Eritrea. UN sanction against the Eritrean people is not new, it started in 1940’s when UN abandoned its Charter and let Eritrea to disappear as a nation. UN never needed a reason to sanction Eritrea, even if Eritrea was to be ruled by Jesus Christ or Gandhi type person instead of Isaias. It is amazing those who were pushing for Sanction within Eritrea feeding information to the Sanction UN committees, like SEMG are trying to cash for their services in their applications for asylum and plan coup in Eritrea. Amazingly like the days of liberation to resist the first UN Sanction, the Eritrean people are firmly standing with their government inspire of the new Economic Sanctions imposed against Eritrea. The only achievement of the sanction is to misguide few Eritreans, to abandon their country and flee to Europe, falling as victims of human trafficking in Neighboring countries. The tragedies of those .who are perishing in the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea are directly related to UN sanction against the innocent children of Eritrea. .
    Peace
    dawit .

    • Peace!

      well said, thank you.

      regards

    • Semere Andom

      Dawit and all supporters of the crime against our people and the engineers of Eritrea’s demise. Some one said yesterday that PFDJ is too incompetent to represent itself let alone our people. PFDJ and EPL, two of the worst things that ever happened in Eritrea, it was not the UN abandonment it was not the Ethiopian rule with all its cruelty, it was not the Italians with all their racism and not the English. People and website you mentioned are fighting on your behalf and when all is done and the dust settles you will get a free ride for the freedom. This comment of yours is a succinct summation about your renegade nature against the people and country of Eritrea, if you have defended the weak and the victims of PFDJ, and made this comment I would have some respect for you, but your full blessing of crimes, your blurred line between Eritrean and PFD and your increasingly unhinged comments like: Eritrean people are standing behind their governments make you one of the junkies of the diaspora whose only solace and redemption in life is the heinous crimes against our people and the only time they will wake up from their protracted slumber is in the scenario I mentioned during a Sawa Festival visit and the dictator does his moves to victimize when it hurts

      • Peace!

        Dear Semere,

        Accusing the UN for being unjust, hypocrite, and apparatus has nothing to do with supporting a brutal regime. in all honesty it would be helpful If you can shed a light on the nature of sanction and its impact on people. Otherwise, deflection is not an argument.

      • Hope

        Hayis Sem,
        With all due respect,Sir,I am dismayed by your arrogant response.
        As Peace elaborated dawit’s comment,the issue here is not about PFDJ crimes and mistakes or about the EPLF.
        The point here is that Eritrea and Eritreans have been sanctioned since 1952 by the UN,the USA,,Britain,Ethiopia,etc…. and this sanction is only the continuation of such the same sanction.
        Now if you the courage and the gut,be a man to refute the above hard-core facts and history.
        Leave aside the PFDJ and the EPLF hatred and focus on the facts above.
        No need to lecture me about the PFDJ crimes and Human Rights abuses and violations.
        In my opinion,there are alternatives ways of fighting the PFDJ in a way that will not affect that much the poor Eritreans.
        The Human Rights issues should have been pursued since 2001,not now.

        • Semere Andom

          cousin hope
          The UN injustice of 1952 was rectified when we waged the 30 year war and wan and they swallowed it and hoisted our flag in the UN, we are full fledged member of the UN, if you forgot let me remind you that we even were the part of coalition of the willing. We cannot do anything about that it happened we solved it. Todays challenge of Eritrea is PFDJ and your buddy supports them, he said many crazy things about the situation in Eritrea. Are the 1952 the cause of the crimes in our country now. Hope get real

  • Admas

    I honestly don’t understand who this “good” news is for? As far as the regime is concerned, being out-of the international norm is a carefully orchestrated way of life since it’s dream of achieving Singapore on the back of others has been shattered beyond repair…For an entity that found itself on the bases of imaginary “supremacy” going underground is the only way it can save it’s face since normality that comes with responsibility and accountability would expose all the fallacies it has built it’s identity on…Shabia knows full well, it benefits more by being a mafia than a government it can never be..

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Chocolate is not healthy; and beer, I don’t drink so much beer. Anyway, regarding the sanction, the poor Eritrean people have nothing to lose from these sanctions, in fact they have a lot to gain. How? The sanctions are in the first place directed to the criminal PFDJ leadership. The more one sanctions this regime, the more it loses its grip of power on the people. Which means that the people could eventually get encouraged to overthrow the PFDJ gangs.
    If you think the PFDJ regime really cares about the well-being of the people, then why don’t they let the people live their lives freely. Why do they keep the driving force of the economy in indefinite national service? Why don’t they govern by the law? Why don’t they let the business people do their trades freely? Why don’t they let the youth help their families? Why don’t they allow the movement of people to/from Eritrea freely? Why don’t they allow free trade with neighboring countries? Why don’t they allow the fishermen and farmers do their business freely? Why don’t they allow the able people inside and outside the country to invest freely in their country?
    And what are they doing with the revenues from the mining sector? Shouldn’t these revenues have helped the economy even slightly?

    • Yoty Topy

      Economic sanctions are never an effective means of bringing about change of a goverment .Name one government that was brought to its knee because of sanctions? If anything, they prolong lifespans as goverments employe them to spread paranoia .You know , ” they are out there to get us…”

      By no means endorsing the party in Eritrea but i think economic sanctions should be outlawed. They only end up hurting the masses.I cant recall where I read it but there is a strong international law argument against it.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Yoty Topy,

        Welcome to awatistas forum. Why are you talking about economic sanction. There is no economic sanction against Eritrea. You know it. if you don’t, please go back and read the nature of the sanction. It is against individuals of the ruling regime plus any related to military procurement. Don’t mislead the public. Be informed citizen.
        regards,

        • Yoty Topy

          Hi Amanuel,
          It looks like my foot was in my, you know… Yes, indeed the UN sanctions are not economic.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Brother Yoty,

            Don’t worry, we are here to learn from each other. Just we let our mind open to know something we don’t know. That’s all.

            Amanuel Hidrat

      • Abraham Hanibal

        The UN sanctions are ,in fact, not economic sanctions on the Eritrean people as such. They are rather sanctions regarding asset freezes on political and military leaders of the PFDJ, arms embargo and travel rstrictions on those individuals. The sanctions are not designed to hurt the Eritrean people, but the ruling PFDJ group. We who seek justice and democracy for our people have to distinguish the difference between the PFDJ-top leaders and the general Eritrean public. It is in the inteests of the people if the PFDJ is weakened by any means. Because that could eventually lead the PFDJ-system collapsing from within, and the people comming out of their decades long of imprisonment.

        • Hope

          Are you naive to that extent or are you the student of the TPLG Gang and its Master,”Dr” Susan Rice.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Mr. Hope;
            I’ve now to ask you a personal question. In one of your comments here at Awate forum, you’ve said that you were paying the 2% income tax until the year 2011. Now, if you really believe that the PFDJ represents the interests of the Eritrean people, then why stop paying. Doesn’t your stoppage of payment hurt the interests of the people you claim to support? Or was that simply a hopeless attempt from your side to mislead those who really oppose the PFDJ, and its repressive policies towards the Eritrean people?

          • Hope

            Dear Mr Hannibal,
            I will be sending the remaining tax for the last 3 yrs but have to make sure that I abide by my host country’s Laws… since there were Canadian style talks here as well.
            Make no mistake again that my stand is clear.
            I differentiate The PFDJ ;and Eritrea and Eritrean People as separate entities.
            As I told you before, save the files to persecute me in the upcoming New Eritrea for paying the few pennies to the PFDJ.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            The PFDJ leadership is the enemy no.1 of the Eritrean people. And those who finance the PFDJ’s human rights violations are also the enemies of the Eritrean people. So Mr. Hope don’t act as if you’re the well-wisher of the Eritrean people, when, in reality, you’re financing the oppressor.
            By the way, Canada doesn’t allow you to pay the 2% tax, unless otherwise you want to engage in illegal activity of money transfer (the PFDJ business).

          • Hope

            Sir or Madam,
            Re-read what I said unless you want me to phrase it in Amharic or Oromogna,which I can but I have to make sure which one you understand better.
            I am not very good in Tigrigna as much as I should be, but kind of ok in Blin,Tigrayit and some Arabic.
            Pick your pick.
            BTW,
            On a serious note though,I want you to make some kind of “compare and contrast” analysis based on historical facts about “Sanctions” and their motivations.
            Hint : Iraq/Sadam Hussein;Cuba and Fidel Castro.
            Plus, it is none of your business about my stand on the 2% issue.
            As to my stand on PFDJ:
            Refer to my previous comments,my unnecessary confessions and position statements…
            Hint:
            -Refer to SAAY’s and to that of Vet Mahmoud Saleh’s stands—pretty much the same stand with a STD Deviation of less than 1.

      • Hope

        Yep Yoty Topy!
        And don’t we know the rationale and motivation behind the sanctions of certain Nations?
        Isn’t it a public secret?
        No Rocket Science here as the 5th grader can figure this out.
        My stand,
        we should use and fight for an alternative way of removing the PFDJ….simple but not easy way—“Mobilizing,Unifying and Convincing the Silent Majority..

    • Hope

      Dear Abreham,
      I ask and challenge you to review literature and history and enlighten us about the pros and cons of Sanctions on the direct and indirect targets of such a Sanction.

  • Semere Andom

    Hi All:
    This is good news for the Eritrean people, but bad news for the supporters of the crime against the Eritrean human. PFDJ’s and its crime franchise’s vision is the collapse/integration of Ethiopia, they cannot see good life for Eritreans: demobilization and the right to pursue life with a thriving neighbor. With every passing day the dream of Ethiopia failure evaporates and the sanctions send a clear massage. The ship jumping will continue, the crimes exposed and Eritreans will suffer under PFDJ. As everything else in life PFDJ will expire, the country and people will endure, but the question is how traumatic will the post PFDJ Eritrea be. Does their 40 year grip of deception and division plunge us chaos, or do we rise to the challenge and play the crappy cards PFDJ dealt us wisely during their unfettered gambling orgy with our future. Will we agonize over the lemon they gave us or do we make a lemonade out of the sour and poison they have slipped into our citizenship “waters”

  • Peace!

    Regardless whether the sanction remains or lifted the days of DIA and his cronies are numbered, so nothing to cheer about. The main issue here is the credibility of the decision making process and its moral ground, given no doubt that the impact of the decision will stay beyond DIA’s departure. Obviously, the decision to keep the sanction imposed indefinitely lacks moral ground. According to major madia outlets, Alshebab, the core reason for the sanction, has been on the verge of total collapse, so any support from DIA is not only immaterial, but also leaves the UN with no reason to keep the sanction imposed. Shockingly, the new reason to keep the sanction imposed indefinitely is because Eritrea is supporting opposition groups of Ethiopia and S. Sudan, as silly as it gets. That means any government that irritates Ehiopia or S.sudan will face similar consequences, regardless.

    regards

    • Hope

      Dear Peace:
      Thank you.
      That is the Hypocrisy and the concern we have as eritreans.
      Ethiopia should be sanctioned indefinitely then for supporting all the Terrorists against Eritrea and those against the S Sudan Gov,which has been confirmed on a day light.But since Ethiopia is an Ally of the USA,Ethiopia should be free and should be rewarded…

      • Abraham Hanibal

        The interests of the PFDJ doesn’t represent the interests of the Eritrean people. We’ve to be carefull not to buy into the PFDJ’s dirty propaganda, equating itself and dictator Isayas to the people of Eritrea. Everything that can harm and eventually facilitate the downfall of the PFDJ regime is welcome.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear Hope,
          There is no exhausted solution so far, we are just starting to talk about solutions and hopefully we will stay on it. As you read in my article, I didn’t offer a solution. I was responding to the unrealistic “democratic coup” in Eritrea. But I also tried to explain (a) that the state doesn’t exist in Eritrea (b) the state is the “party and its government” (c) EDF is not independent of the party, rather EDF is an ally of the party (d) The party is entrenched in the army, so they are self-interested institution of the party akin to the security apparatus of the party. I don’t call for coup in principle, I want the people to take the stock of the nation, and if a coup happened I will advocate immediately to transfer to the civilian of “independent technocrat” to lead the transitional period. My position is clear. I hope my next article will make it more clear. If you have any question bring it under my article’s comment.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Amanuel;
            You had sure a little technical error, pressed the reply-button on my comment, rather than the one to Hope. But you”ve addressed your comment to Hope, so nothing wrong-))

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            You are right. Thank you Abraham. The good think I addressed it to his name. Sometimes when you comment in between your work that is how it happen. sometimes I don’t read what I typed when I am pressed with my work. Thank you.

            Amanuel Hidfrat

          • Hope

            Aman,
            I ask you to review literature and history and enlighten us about the pros and cons of Sanctions on the direct and indirect targets of such a Sanction.

        • Saleh Johar

          Aiwa! More of that dear. The PFDJ is too dumb to represent itself let alone the Eritrean people.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Of course, a lot to cheer about. If these sanctions can shorten the life of this criminal group even by a single day, it should be welcome. This is a regime that can’t live in peaceful co-existence even with its own citizens, let alone its neighboring countries. This is a regime that has taken the entire population of Eritrea hostage in its evil mission of destructive role iin the Horn of Africa region. If the UN has ample evidence of the regim’s efforts in indestabilizing and threatening the peace and security of its neighbors, then it should be sanctioned.

    • haileTG

      Dear Peace,

      Even if al Shabab is destroyed for good, there is something called accountability and responsibility of past actions. The PFDJ wants slap down the UN and super powers and those parties are putting their foot down. It is a case of who will blink first. My bet is PFDJ would pay a heavy price for it. A state actor that involves in criminal dealings of terrorism supporting, financial and money laundering and smuggling in weapons, goods and humans has bigger files open on its case than we imagine, it is a threat to security and interests of others. I am going to build my synopsis of popular uprising in Eritrea soon and the only sensible action at this time is to remove the regime and start clean slate. There is practical means to trigger that. Keep in tune. 😉

      • Peace!

        Hi HTG,

        Well said, but unfortunately non of the reasons you mentioned can be found in the report.

        regards

        • haileTG

          Hi Peace,

          If you’re referring to the same report that I am thinking 13 months ago, then the recommendation clearly points to expanded threat to regional countries as far as Uganda. The reason given was that the regime operates under parallel economic set up where by the official economy is impoverished and poor and informal and unaccounted arm being responsible for issues the UN is interested to investigate on. Given the regime is not willing to grant unfettered access, what is the basis of your information to dismiss the charges as laid out and sourced indirectly?

          Also, when one says the UN is at fault, it is understood to mean that the regime has grounds to continue the its dangerous confrontation. Do you think it is a confrontation Eritrea will survive?

          • Peace!

            Hi HTG,

            Now that alshebab is pretty much gone, and that the new reason for the sanction is supporting the Ethiopian and S.Sudan rebels. If you think it is a valid reason, I beg to differ.

            regards

          • haileTG

            Hi Peace,
            So the natural question is if you wish to see Eritrea (hence the regime) work to foil it? More importantly, would you support that kind of undertaking where Eritrea enters into confrontation with the powers? Thanks

      • Hope

        Sir,
        With all due respect,your logic does NOT make any sense, in my opinion,of course.
        Then the USA should be sued and sanctioned for its destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—not to mention the destruction of Iraq,Libya,Syria,Palestine(Gaza),etc—-What about helping terrorists,chanelling of weapons to the Al Nusri,ISIS(through Turkey,qatar,UAE)
        What about Ethiopia training and supplying with advanced Weapons the Terrorists against Eritrea,which are officially listed as Terror Groups by the same Police of the world.?
        Your answer:Ethiopia is NOT under the SEMG agenda or the Sanction Committee?
        Hypocrisy or what?
        BTW,
        I am still waiting for an answer from you using your data and evidence collection expertise about the pros and cons of any sanction to/of any Nation based on history-past and recent!
        If you agree that the Sanction has crippled Iraq and devastated the Kids and the most Vulnerable people of Iraq,why would you advocate the sancion on Eritrea and Erireans–knowing fully that the Eritrean kids will die right and left due to the consequences of sanction.
        Plus,you confidently “Bluffed” to Peace saying that ,”Even if the reason for the sanction is gone(al Shebaba),still the sanction should be active for the past mstakes”.
        If so, then answer my questions above.
        This message is to all the “Advocates” of the Sanction against Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a People.

    • ghezaehagos

      Selam Peace,

      “..Regardless whether the sanction remains or lifted the days of DIA and his cronies are numbered, so I dont see any reason to cheer about. The main issue here is the…”

      That is doubletalk that many Eritreans engaged which I don’t understand. They say ‘The regime will fall; but…the UN and USA are wrong in putting the sanctions..” etc. The main issue here is the regime is under sanctions which it has been flaunting for years..as long as the regime doesn’t abide by the sanctions, they will be renewed.

      The mandate of SEMG was long misunderstood by many Eritreans. Simply, if Eritrea is going to arm regional rebel actors mean ‘to destabilize the horn of Africa’, it will be a violation of the sanction because there is an armed embargo against it. No arms supplies to such actors. So, it is not shocking; a simple textual reading of the sanction 1907 and 2023.

      The sanctions will not continue if the Isaias regime falls. Let alone that, if the Isaias regime abides by the mandate and allows SEMG access to investigate, then they will be lifted.

      It bothers me enormously the confused, half-baked and ultimately dangerous mentality of ‘many’ Eritreans that don’t fully comprehend the import of international laws and regional politics. Many of us don’t seem to see the quagmire the regime puts Eritrea and Eritreans in the international scene. Worse, we feebly attempt to strike back at international actors, like SEMG, when we can’t even look into the eye of the dictator. This self-righteous foolhardiness is the basis of our predicament in support of PFDJ wars against Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia and its catastrophic involvement in Somalia; all in while listening to Isaias talk about regional politics is not that far from a raving paranoid mad-man who thinks the world revolves around him while the truth it is the noose that is tightening each year….but again, I feel, dread and suspect the blind support of his constituency and the half-baked confused citizens will slowly unravel the nation…AqmKa miflat bilhat iyu. Know thy strength.

      Please allow me to take the liberty inserting this link which I wrote at awate column along similar thoughts.

      http://awate.com/ghezae-hagos-berhe-ii-4/

      Ghezae Hagos

      • haileTG

        Selamat Ghezae,

        Let me try my bit to explain the confusion. If you tell a child to stop acting a certain unacceptable behavior, they will protest;

        1) …but I am not the only one

        2) …you are picking on me

        3) … you are not fair

        4) … but you let so and so do the same last time

        and more similar responses designed to deflect responsibility. Children are still learning the process of taking responsibility and how to problem solve when their interests are at loggerheads with others or established expectations. It is rare that the child would readily picks up at the specific point being addressed with him at a specific time and present his/her case without pulling all sorts of deflection tactics. PFDJ is asked a simple question, STOP DESTABILIZATION and ALLOW INVESTIGATORS TO ASCERTAIN CHARGES AND ALLEGATIONS. Nothing more nothing less. Why can’t it just say either agreed, agreed or no way come what may. No huge reason apart from childish irresponsibility really.

        Regards

      • Peace!

        Hi brother Ghezae,

        I read the report and didn’t find a sufficient reason for the sanction to remain imposed indefinitely, and then I questioned the credibility of the decision making process, as two injustices don’t make justice. Nevertheless, what you seem to disregard is that there are many people belong to an opposition group that advocates for meaningful and sustainable change that comes from within in ways that mitigate the damage DIA and his cronies have sustained, as post DIA Eritrea is far more important than looking for a reason to keep stubbing a dead man.

        regards

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear Peace,
          There is no economic sanction, then why are you against the current sanction that only applies to the ruling click and military procurement? Do you want to see more senseless wars again? I don’t understand your argument. You seem against the regime’s policy but at the same time you argue against the rope that holds the regime tight.
          regards,

          • Peace!

            Merhaba Emma,

            I am not agains the sanction I just don’t understand how could supporting Ethiopian and S.Sudan rebels be a reason for it. It seems far more geopolitical move than an effort to suffocate the dying regime.

            Regards

          • Hope

            Sir,
            Excuse me.Meaning that you advocate that the EDF should be crippled with NO right to defend itself and Eritrea, as a Nation?

          • Peace!

            Dear hope,

            Regrettably that argument lacks moral ground when you have a brutal dictator in charge.

            regards

          • Hope

            Peace,
            I respectfully disagree coz as ” Brutal Dictatorship” is NOT by itself by any standard or criterion, a precondition or a qualifier for a Sovereign Nation to be sanctioned unreasonably to the extent of even not to be allowed to buy spare parts for the Air Force.
            You know as to why and how this happened to Eritrea specifically, and hence,rather, your argument does not have a moral ground on this issue.

          • Peace!

            Dear hope,

            I think you can argue both ways as there is no universal moral guidelines, and in that sense, the idea of resisting military sanction, or smart sanction that only affects the brutal regime I should say, goes against my normal way of thinking.

            regards

          • Hope

            Mr Aman,
            No economic sanction?
            -So–no diaspora tax
            -Serious restrictions to the Mining Industry
            -Repeated threats against Tourism with its direct impact on it
            -Direct and indirect blockage of the Ariline services
            What do you call this?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Hope,
            You have a problem of mixing issues. The sanction doesn’t include diaspora tax and mining industry so far. There are countries who take their own positions against the diaspora tax and want to know whether the money is also used for funding terrorist. The sanction is purely to freeze the assets of some PFDJ leaders and to bar procurement of military ammunitions. So the diaspora tax and mining industry is not part of the sanction as I know. If there is clearly within the list of the sanctions bring it up. Often times, you have a problem of mixing up issues.

            regards,

        • Hope

          Peace,
          Please,no need to be shy and “humble” when it comes to Truth,Justice and facts.
          Based on the facts,history and the Regional Geo-Politics and the history of Sanctions their motives and taking into consideration the historical and chronological incidents and facts,the sansctions are NOT Reasonable at all,let alone to be Justifiable.,
          The PFDJ should be removed by Eritreans alone and in an Eritrean way,not by external interference,including Sanctions as they are external interfernces with their own Agenda and Motive.
          Plus,if the “Justifications” behind the sanctions are non-existent any more and are gone,,then by logic 101 and common sense principle,the Sanctions should be gone as well.
          Attorney Ghezae,
          Welcome back,
          Not sure about your field in Law but in the SEMG should apply some basic Principles of International Law……and you should tell us as to why the equally or even more “Actors” in the destabilization of the Horn are rewarded,which you conveniently omitted.
          Moreover,as an Activist and an Advocate of Human Rights,you know better than us that the Sanctions by ant criteria,standard and condition are the major culprits of Human Rights Abuse everywhere,any time…
          Talk about Iraq,Afghanistan,Syria,Libya,Cuba,and the consequnces fo sanctions if you the courage to do so.

      • Hope

        Mr Ghezae,
        What guarantee do you have that the Sanctions will be lifted?
        There is one “Guarantee though”:
        The Policy of the USA towards Eritrea is written with Steel Hard Red Letters at the State department yrs ago.
        The Policy might change only and only after the USA and the Jewish State secure major bases in the Red Sea and after both have secured a long-term Contract on Oil,Gas and Mineral Explorations,Potash included specially, due to the unexpected potential with a life-time of more than 200yrs with more than a $1 trillion potential.
        And that is where PIA is being targeted–for his “Arrogance and Stubborness” besides his love with China,and now,Russia?

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear AT,

    Excellent report. Surely at the end of the day, the despot will open all the files, as he started to disclose the 2% collection revenue.

    • Hope

      Dear Aman,
      But in the mean time,what will happern to the main victims?
      Please clarify to us using your researches and articles about the collateral damages of Eritrea as a Nation and the Eritreans at home—by including your ref of Iraq as you did Turkey and Portugal on your last article.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam hope,

        There is no effect to the Eritrean people from this sanction, except to the unruled regime we have. You know what are the sanctions on the Eritrean regime. It is not economic sanction. You better re-visit to read the details of the sanctions.

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Very good news that the sanctions on the PFDJ are going to continue. I hope the UN further escalates these sanctions to include a freeze of all assets of the regime abroad as well as making it hard to transfer money directly to the regime. The sanctions should also be intensified in order to cripple the revenues the regime is getting from the mining activities. Money from the mining sector has been now flowing to the regime’s coffers since production began three years ago. The regime has to this day not disclosed its revenues from the mining activities to the Eritrean people. Meanwhile the poverty and hardship of the Eritrean people is increasing by the day.One would expect some positive impacts on the economy from the mining activities. Absence of economic improvement means, these activities are not for the better of the Eritrean people, but to strengthen the power grip of the PFDJ, and its crriminal acts on the Eritrean people and neighboring countries.

    • Hope

      Mr Hannibal,
      You said :”. Meanwhile the poverty and hardship of the Eritrean people is increasing by the day…:”
      But the sanction will improve the life of poor Eritreans,who in fact, are the main victims of the sanction?Right Mr Dude?

      • Abraham Hanibal

        Mr Hope;
        The poor Eritrean people “ayneberom aytefom”. Sanction or no sanction, their life will not get better under the PFDJ, if not worse. It is in the best interests of the poor Eritrean people that the PFDJ is crippled economically, diplomatically and politically so that they can finally live a dignified life without the PFDJ.

        • Hope

          Mr Abreham,
          But recent history has confirmed to us otherwise though.
          Are you denying that FACT?
          I ask you the same question I did to Mr Amanuel Hidrat.i.e.,please enlighten us about the consequences of Sanctions so far.

          • George

            Dear Hope, I really hope this opens your eye. Not too long ago you were phrasing this Aman guy. I have repeatedly inform you Aman and the likes are either clueless about world politics or shortsighted and visionless opposition who would do anything to discredit the current brave government. Anybody with a single brain cell knows that the sanction is meant to destroy Eritrean government which is the people. The sanction is based on a lie, there is no single evidence to support it. You know it and I know it. Global powers are hell bent on destroying Eritrea which is showing the world that a poor country can and will survive if it is left alone to march to its won bet not IMF and or USA.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Mr. George,
            You say that the Eritrean government is the people. This is simply ridiculous, when was the Eritrean people asked to choose their government? And even if the government was elected by the people, it cannot be equated to the people as a whole. This claim is just based on the PFDJ’s stupid and shameless propaganda that they represent the Eritrean people, when the fact is that they are enforcing their rule on the people without the consent and right of choice of the people.

        • Adulis

          Well done, Abraham!!! You hit the nail right on the head. No more hiding behind the poor people.

        • Kokhob Selam

          “ayneberom aytefom”. WELAHI. why do I care about it. I am already in sanction under PFDJ lol

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Yes, really I was about to say that. The Eritrean people have been under economic, social, and political sanctions under the PFDJ. The only difference with this UN sanction is that they are targetting those who were responsible for decades of sanctions on the Eritrean people. In other words, the PFDJ gangs are tasting their own medicine, and that is obviously bitter for them to bear.

          • Kokhob Selam

            have a cup of Jebena. just to stanza.
            ናይ ምንታይ ኣምሲለ እየ ነዚኦም ዝጣበቅ

          • Hope

            Ahlen bika kokhob Selam ,
            Where have you been that long ?
            But the problem is the combination of the PFDJ and UN Sanction will aggravate the already sanctioned Nation and people.
            I hope this makes sense to you.

          • Kokhob Selam

            yes balina arkey. so the solution is to remove that caused the sanction? PFDJ make sanction on us and others make sanction on PFDJ. the sanction of others on PFDJ is affecting the life of PFDJ. even if it affects me removing PFDJ’s sanction from our head will automatically remove others sanction as that sanction is not targeting us because you and me are not disturbing the world but PFDJ is.

          • Hope

            Kokhobay,
            Welcome back,Bro(hope am correct or Sis?–sorry).
            So,you are an Artist in all aspects of Arts then?
            Would not surpirise me the way I see you.
            Keep it up.
            I will be waitng for your Up-coming book with such beatiful and meaningful Poems soon.
            I promised you that I will buy the first 100 of them.
            Try to group or organize them based on” Occasion,incident,situation,etc–so that people can pick up per their favoritism–to pick up their flavors and colors!!!
            I wonder how much resourceful you will be in the Up-coming New and free Eritrea!!!
            I will invite you for a ” Brad Shahi and Shehanful” at Costina Hotel-of Keren-along with My Mahmouday and Cousin SAAY/Sem Andom included as well.soon,Insha’llah–God willing.