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Dutch Parliament Targets PFDJ and Company

Two hours ago the Dutch National Parliament tabled a resolution proposal that seems to target the activities of the sole ruling party in Eritrea, the PFDJ, and its Dutch and European affiliates.

Most of the clandestine activities of the PFDJ in the Western countries is handled by the young PFDJ (YPFDJ), a youth Diaspora clone of the ruling party which was formed and operates under the patronage of Yemane Gebreab, the adviser to Isaias Afwerki, the president of the Eritrean regime.

The Dutch National Parliament has proposed the investigation of the role of the Eritrean official emissaries in Holland as well as in the European Union. It also proposed the investigation of the activities of all affiliated entities of the PFDJ that operate as quasi-community organizations.

The proposal also curtails access of the PFDJ affiliate entities from accessing centers where asylum seekers stay. In financial aspects, the motion proposes the investigation of subsidies provided to the affiliated organizations.

In recent years, European countries have been paying much attention to the Eritrean situation because of the dire human rights situation in the country which has triggered an immense flow of refugees to Europe. Based on the proposal, Eritrean refugees will get extra attention to be able to participate and integrate in the Dutch society.

Citing the unresolved border demarcation between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the proposal indicated that active diplomacy was needed by the UN to resolve border issue. It also proposed to support the UNHCR in an attempt to contribute to the improvements of human rights conditions in Eritrea.

Recently, the European Union granted a 200 million Euro to Eritrea and the proposal wants the EU to reconsider the conditions for the development aid.

The most serious proposal, however, is the cancelation of asylum requests by PFDJ supporters and the investigating of the financial transactions and Eritrean embassy and affiliated entities in Holland. Our source stated, “this shows that the tolerance of the Dutch lawmakers towards the Eritrean regime has been depleted.”

Dutch and foreign observers and activists close to the events in Holland said that prior to today’s session, Eritrean activists have “met with Dutch parliament members and have handed a petition signed by 10.000 people, demanding justice for their compatriots.”

Last week, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea has recommended to the Security Council to refer Eritrean officials to the persecutor of the International Criminal Court.

* Official Dutch pariament documents
**details from Samuel Ernesto’s page


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  • Desata Tella


    ጽፉፉ ስራሕ ዝስራሕ ከምቲ ዝድለን በቲ ዝድለ ኣገባብ
    ምስ ዝዕየ ጥራሕ እዩ

    ኤርትራዊያን ንዝወርደና ዘሎ ዕንወት ክንብድህ ምስ እንደሊ ብቀዳምነት ጠንቂ ዕንወት ዘስዕበልና ዘሎ ኩነት ነጺርና ክነለሊ ይግበኣና ድሕሪዚ እቲ ጠንቂ ንብሎ ነገር ንዘስዕቦም ጸገማት ኣብ ግምት ብምእታው ናይ ቀዳምነት ቀዳምነት ብምሃብ ንፍትሖም በቲ ዝድለ ኣገባብ ምስ እንሰርሕ ጥራሕ ኢና ኣብቲ ንደልዮ ዓወት ክንበጽሕ ንኽእል። ኣብ ዘሓለፈ እዋናትን ሕጂን ነዚ ኹሉ ዕንወት ኣኸቲሉልና ዘሎ ህግደፍን ዶብ ባድመን ሙኻኑ ዝስሕቶ ሰብ ዘሎ እይመስለንን እዩ። ይኹን ደኣምበር እቲ ቀንዲ ጠንቂ ዕንወትና ኮይኑ ዘሎ “ህግደፍ ንዶብ ባድመ ከም መሳርሒ ተጠቒሙ ዘኸትሎ ዘሎ ዕንወት” ምኻኑ ክንግንዘብ ይግባኣና። ነዚ ነገርዚ ንጹር ንምግባር ብዙሕ ኮለል ዘድልዮ ኣይኮነን ጸብጻብ ዓለምለኻዊ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኣብ ኤርትራ ብምዉካስ ከም ቀንዲ ገበናት ተባሂሎም 7 ተጠቂሶም ዘለዉ መብዛሕትኦም ጠንቂ ዶብን ምስ ዶብ ዝተተሓሓዙ ከምኻንኖም በሪሁልና ኣሎ።

    ስለዚ “ቀንዲ ጠንቂ ዕንወትና ዶብ ባድመ” ከምኻኑ መጠን ዕንወትና ካብ ዕንወት ሓሊፉ ኣብ ፍጹም ዝኾነ “ጥፋኣት” ከወደቕና ከለና ክንሰርሕ ይግበኣና። ነዚ ጉዳይዚ ንምፍትሑ “ኩናት” ዘይኮነ “ሕጊ” እዩ ኢለ ድማ የኣምን። ስለዚ ብኸመይ መንገዲ ይትሓዝ ንዝብል ሕቶ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ከመይ ከምንሕዞ ብዙሕ ኣይክጠፍኣናን እዩ። ስለዚ ንጊዜ ንግደፈሉ!

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The Eritrean opposition refers to Eritrea of Isayas as North Korea. But that comparison is wrong because North Korea has constitution and multi-party system, yet North Korea is forbidden of any political representation and activities in the west. Unlike the North Korea, the Isayasists are free to organize and function in the west. For example, like the North Korean political party, the Isayasists hate and teach their children to hate the USA. Yet, the two are not equally treated, because the USA does not reciprocate against the Isayasists in its land with hate forbidding them political activities in its land. Even the Sudanese, the Syrians and the ex-Cubans are/were similarly treated as the North Koreans. Just something we don’t understand. The Dutch’s’ action against YPFDJ and PFDJ is in the right direction.

    • stefanos temolso

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  • Desata Tella



    ካብ “ሕጊ” ብምህድም
    ኣይኳንዶ “ፍታሕ” ክርከብ
    “ፍትሕ” ዝባሃልዉን ንኽርከብ ኣጸጋሚ ምኻኑ!

    ህግደፍ ኣብ ክንዲ ብመንገዲ “ሕጊ ፍትሒ” ምርካብ
    “ፍትሕ” ብምምራጽ ንቐያዲ ዉዕል ኣልጀርስ ምሕሳሙ!

  • Yoty Topy

    Greetings Awate readers,

    Let me piggyback on this news to table my own bewilderment on the role of or should I say lack thereof to combat the long arms of Essayas and his henchmen’s grip on the populace at large. But before that , I really ( I mean REALLY) would like to know ,in hard numbers , how many amongest the diaspora Eritreans are pro Essayas ? 67%, 72%, 81%? Because if I were to judge by the level of online activism , It does feel to me that those numbers aren’t far fetched ballparks. For example , take the recent article from the NYT, with the exception of Gezae Hagos , who wrote a good critic of Ms. Burton’s campaign of disinformation, I didn’t see any other person that I recognize from this form. I know it isn’t for the lack of talent, because there are so many good writers who can layout counter points. And that absence is widely felt throughout a plethora of publications whether it is on the British press, Ad hominem Think-Thank publications or Social Media. May be I am using the wrong criteria the measure activism but to me that’s what it feels like; Essayas’ cohorts seem to command the upper hand on messaging.

    Back to this move by the Dutch authorities to recognize the campaign of fear and intimidation by PFDJ Storm Troopers; while I think that it is a welcome news, I just don’t get the feeling that there is enough effort ,I could be wrong , amongst opposition to neutralize these odious people.

    Filing motions with the HRC et al is good but sooner or later the dirty work of running inventory of those who stood on the wrong side of this saga would have to be done and who is leading that charge?

    • Berhe Y

      Dear YT,

      I think if the percentage of those who have online presence, I thin the number makes sense. But the percentage of the Eritreans in Diaspora, I don’t think even the number is 20%.

      I don’t know if you can read Tigrina but see my previous post with regards to petition writing against the COI. You can see the level of organization and the dedication they have.

      At the end of the day, it’s about having the resources to do it.

      Most of the opposition are based on volunteers, while working but the PFDJ/YPFDJ organization have people working full time.

      For example one of the guy who organize the PFDJ in the Europe / UK is named Sirak Bahlibi. Look him up on FB. He worked as engineer for BT for years, and he is one of the hardcore Isayas supporters. Some people I heard he is related to him or his wife. He quit his job (he has wife and kids) and dedicated to serve the regime (he may even be the one running for Yemane Ghebreab). I heard he moved to Sweeden and took some kind of post for the Eritrean embassy.

      This is not an excuse as the opposition have really easy time selling the message compare to the PFDJ but you appericiate the difference.


      • Yoty Topy

        Hi Berhe Y,

        Yes, I fully buy that defense; fractured opposition with limited resources against a government financed zealots. But, I am also thinking of how the diaspora groups in the USA,for instance harass Ethio Gov officials . Lord! You would think that they have GPS devices pegged on these officials’ tails the way they stalk them. I have no doubt that even though it might not bring about an immediate change of gov but I am sure it mobilizes support and also no doubt it incurs inconvenience with Ethiopian officials plan.

    • T..T.

      Hi Yoty Topy,

      The right answer is the two have different focus and priority. Even if there is an article on the USA vs the tyrant Isayas, the Isayasists will have the upper hand. Here, too, you will conclude the USA is under presented in political arena. By now the whole world knows them well how the Isayasists function, loooooooooooong tongue with no substance.