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“Yes!” To Sanctioning The PFDJ Regime

The Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change, which supports sanctioning the Eritrean regime, has drafted a series of templates to enable whose who support the idea of sanctioning the regime to petition the representatives of the UN Member States who make up the UN Security Council. They have included simple instructions on how send this letter by email, snail mail, or fax.   This is one of the sample letters; there are four of them.  It will take less than 15 minutes of your time and no money at all to be heard (in contrast to the constituents of the PFDJ who have to pay 2% to get a visa to visit their homes.)  Visit their website at and extend your support.

Your Excellency,

I would like to draw your attention to the ongoing debate of the United Nations Security Council on tightening the sanctions on the regime in Eritrea.

I, hereby, state that I strongly support the tightening of the sanctions against the tyrannical regime in Eritrea until the regime fully complies with the demands of the citizens of the country to respect fundamental human rights and plays positive role in bringing about a sustainable domestic, regional and international peace, security and respect of human rights.

Your Excellency, as it has also become clear to your office, the Eritrean people’s long struggle for freedom, democracy and justice has been betrayed by a small clique that seeks to stay in power at all costs. The regime in Eritrea has been exercising inhuman behavior against citizens by making them the prime victims of state-sponsored terrorism. Eritrea is now the only country without a constitution, a free press, functioning parliament, and other pillars of democracy, thus dubbed the ‘North Korea of Africa’. Tens of thousands innocent Eritrean citizens, including journalists, former government officials, elders, members of banned religious groups, conscripts and many others have been languishing without any recourse to due process of law, under innumerable detention centers, underground prisons that littered all over the country. It is known that UN Security Council, through sanctions and pressures, has been playing pivotal role in helping the pro-democracy revolutions in North Africa and Arab World. The voiceless Eritrean people who have been enduring untold suffering for decades under probably the worst regime in the world today deserve to be noticed and protected before it is too late. The time to act is now.

Your Excellency, as a result of indefinite servitude and tight state repression, the Eritrean youth have been leaving their country in thousands, braving a shoot-to-kill policy to cross the borders with Ethiopia and Sudan, making Eritrea one of the biggest refugee producing countries in the world. The overall impact of the regime’s gross violation of human rights inside the country resulted in mass exodus of the youth. Sadly, Eritrean refugees have continuously been suffering from inhuman treatments by human traffickers in the hosting countries especially in Sudan, Egypt/Sinai and Libya; who sell and buy these refugees, as well as make them sources for barbaric practices of human organ harvesting. There is no end in sight for the Eritrean misery, as the dictator Isaias Afewerki repeatedly demonstrated he would never hold any democratic election in the country, he would never step down and that he would never introduce political reforms of any sorts. Mindful of the fact that failure to act in due time had catastrophic and tragic results in places such as Rwanda and Darfur, we beseech and urge you to take an immediate and effective action before the regime of Isaias Afewerki inflicts irreparable and cataclysmic damage. Act now and save the Eritrean people.

Your Excellency, the regime in Eritrea has aligned itself with radical militants such as the Somali insurgents including Hizbul Al-Islam and Al-Shabab; offered them political, military and diplomatic heaven in the country. In face of this, we could not sit idly as a dictatorial, unrepresentative regime decided on its own narrow agenda, to squander Eritrean reputation and resources in ill-conceived and dangerous game against the real interests of the Eritrean state and public where no parliament or public gave consent to, and plunged Eritrea into the complicated internal Somali politics. Through its resolution (UNSC-1907), the UNSC sanction has brought about measurable results in forcing the regime to seek mediation in the conflict with Djibouti after vehement denials that there had in fact been military crisis between the two countries, amply demonstrating that effective, stiff and punitive sanctions are the only language the Eritrean regime responds to. In addition, the tyrannical regime immediately released the British and Australian citizens it had detained for six months on serious allegation of attempted assassination of the Eritrean leader; upon the British government’s diplomatic and economic pressure and threat of sanction, once again proving beyond any reasonable doubt that forceful and stiff sanctions do effectively work in dealing with the tyrannical Eritrean regime.

Your Excellency, the Eritrean regime had taken advantage of its Diaspora networks to undermine the UNSC sanction; Orchestrated campaigns to annul it by pretending the demands were coming from genuine Eritreans while the irrefutable truth is the regime’s petitions have been collected under duress, coercion, propaganda, intimidation, threats, and vitiating consent, misconstruing the targeted nature of the sanctions as if they meant to affect ordinary citizens. Not surprisingly, not even a single demonstration was held inside Eritrea to oppose the sanctions proving Eritreans inside the country do understand the “smart” nature of the sanctions, and they implicitly approve its objectives. Moreover, remittances from Diaspora Eritreans (particularly the 2% Diaspora Tax) have been used by the regime to control the Diaspora Eritreans, to hold them hostage and use them as tools for propaganda and as key sources of revenue for the regime’s insatiable appetite to inflict further damage and misery on the Eritrean people. Moreover, the argument that the revenues of mining operations would hurt Eritrean economy is totally baseless and false since in the past Eritrea’s economy has never, ever depended on mining. There is no question that the revenues to be deduced from the mining operations would only end up in the coffers of the unaccountable regime that will spend the funds in further entrenching its tight dictatorial control of the state apparatus as well in arming and funding regional militant insurgents.

Therefore, I strongly call upon your office:

1. To extend, and tighten the sanctions to include investment ban on Eritrea’s mining industry; ban on remittances from Eritrean Diaspora such as the 2% Diaspora tax and other similar nefarious sources of funding.

2. To urge members states to cooperate in the full implementation of the sanctions and in the allocation of the necessary resources to see to it the desired ends are met.

3. To remind the UNSC, in its mandate of the duty to protect, has a moral and legal responsibility to extend the sanctions against the tyrannical regime in Eritrea based on gross violation of human rights as it is no less oppressive than the Gaddafi regime in Libya and Assad regime in Syria and as the Eritrean people have been suffering, in the same or even more than the Libyan and Syrian peoples suffered in the last decades.

4. To ensure the Eritrean people that are faced with famine and drought have been offered the necessary emergency food and relief aid, and other assistances through the appropriate UN-mandated channels.

5. To stay seized of the matter.

Thank you!

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  • Yes to Sanction and it hurts only to HGDF not to people of Eritrea.

  • wed. garza

    It was a dream when it once started but now it become a reality with joy and happiness because it stops the thug regime snatching our peoples daily meals and stops buying and selling arms and weapons to terrorise our people and the horn at large. it’s a historic day to stop the aggressive hyena pretending to seem a lion.
    a gawna (a male monkey) can look like a lion from a frontal side, but look at his ..

  • u are a bunch of liars siding with the world most dangerous (cancer to the world) nation who do not even care about your existence. it is not about the isayas regime it is about the Eritrean people, but u the opposition groups are so ignorant and an informed about The US and The UN role to divided and rule the poor nations of Africa as a result we can learn from the melese regime which 80000 people in addis eat out of the garbage every day that never happened in Eritrea so who need to be monitored bu the UN or us. Eritrea or some African monkey governments like Kenya and corrupted Nigeria we Eritrean people stands with PIA no matter what kind of sanction imposed in our country we are not going to sell our land to the arbs and Indians like the Ethiopians long live PIA.

    • Mr. Habtom, yes it is about PIA and it’s supporters. yes it is about survival of the people. yes it is about diginity, respect of the people. it is about freedom my freind. there was no more crime than PFDJ’s era. no one is more enemy than the group who don’t allow us to live in this world. blaming others is no more acceptable when we have the real enenmy on power. We know that we have few crule people who Don’t care about Eritrean people. they are living in democratic countries. their children are not suffering any way. (“zeysnkha hutsa qortumelu”). but most of the people in diaspora are not supporting PFDJ. it is the same with Gaddafi, till the end there were lazy men and women who were not ready to challange to dictator. I don’t know how they are allowing themselves to stay in side Libya today. This type of people are suppose to be treated as slaves.

      our revolutionaies are kind enough to give chance to those cowards and are working with the best way and system to isolate PFDJ from the world by showing how much dirty group it is. slowly the world has got all proof and evidence. unfortunatly we have still some men and women who love some one who destroy them.
      I suggest in future Eritrea we should collect this type people in one zone and let them suffer.

  • Ali

    I can never ever petition foreigners to put sanction on my own country. This is betrayal of your own country worst than MAHBER ANDINET. Shame on all who petitioned for sanction on Eritrea.
    A true Eritrean would never do so – you must be Jebertis who came to Eritrea from Tigray and you are trying to help your father’s land. We from the low land would never do this because we have suffered enough under Ethiopian regimes.

    • Kokhob

      HaHAHAAAAAAM …Ali, we can see how much you have been programed by that dirty PFDJ group. for your inforamtion Jeberti are the once who told your grand father that Eritrea should be free. ask about your father and grand father and you will find out that they were serving Haileslasie. so today don’t try to be Eritrean more than your brothers. a wake and go out of the container you are prisoned (you are a victom more than those in prison becouse they are for truth but not you). those who support PFDJ today are (doesn’t mater from which ethinic group they are) the once this way or the other who surved against our freedom. if you are not one among them you are in wrong side, may be you are cheated by some one who has commited crime. love it or not the sanction is there already. the other contries did it becouse they are suffering. shame then we still have people like from Eritrea.

      • Wedi Adem

        I think it is wise if you express yourself on ideas on this discussion with intellect and respectful manner. We had enough of that bigotry which is holding us back from achieving the goal we aim for the best interest of our country. Down grading and name calling is not tolerated in our website, Thank you.

        • Negesti

          Thank you ali, well said.

  • wkeren

    yes to sanction pfdj and his croney.

  • wkeren

    yes yes about time to sanction this regim hope this will show him the way out of our life and country

  • mogos daniel

    yes to sanctioning the Eritrean regime

  • Kokhob

    No question asked. yes to sanction.

  • The people have been sanctioned by the regime for yrs.Time to sanction the regime.Democratic societies have the moral obligation to stop Dictatorship. Use your democratic rights to fight not support Dictatorship!

  • sanction only benefits the enemies of Eritrea , such as Woyane, and the traitors not the people who really craving for change of the regime.

    • People who demand change of regime for not delivering freedom,justice and democracy are traitors?You must be one of the millions of useful idiots that the dictator who bleed our motherland to death heavily relied on for his survival.Unfortunatley,our poor nation has never been short of idiots and brain deads in their millions who mistook slavery to freedom and hence extending the misery,tears and pain of millions at home who live under the chains and shackles of slavery,barbarism and dictatorship.YES, we are demanding change and removal of the shifta group and its gang leader because they shattered and betrayed the dreams of a nation that sacrificed tens of thousands of its golden children.REMEMBER,the gang group that you are advocating for is the most hated one in and out of the country and can not see a day light without your support.You are on the wrong side of HISTORY.With regards to the enemy,its neither the Woyanes,UN,US,EU,IGAD are our enemies but Higdef Mendef is.This group has been presiding over a nation where imprisonment without due process (Atsnahaley),torture,summery excecution,rape and corruption are the order of the day.Thousands have been made to disappear in thin air and thousands are still languishing behind bars for 10 plus years without been charged or a day in a court to defend themselves.Is this what our patriots perished their precious lives for?No,ofcourse not and thats why we are demanding change.

      • Kokhob

        Mechael Mengsu, “weyane” the “enemy” is helping the people who sake refuge from Eritrea. “enemy” is giving chance Eritreans to get education that they couldn’t get it in Asmara. “Weyane” is giving all possible suport to democratic oppostion . but PFDJ the only leading group is not allowing an Eritrean to live in peace.

    • Hamid, do not mind him, he had been poinstg with different names sometimesadvocating highlanders, other times brings religious issues and now to defend TIGREethnic group. This old ADHARHARI teachings is over, we are more alerted not to befoolish to get trapped in their evil agendas. No more division, we will unite, strongand one people as a nation. INSHA-ALLAH. The promise of our MARTYRS will be fullfilled soon.

  • Omer Hamid

    yes to overthrowing the pfdj shifta through sanction or action.

  • No to sanction, this will only bring suffering to our people. While people have the right to oppose, wishing for sanctions is wrong and definitely cruel. Let us support our government to avoid this illegal and destructive sanction.

    • we are already in sanction for the last 20 years with adminstration of PFDJ. people will not suffer with this sanction at all. infact this will support as and give us energy to challange PFDJ. LET THEM GO OUT.WE DON'T NEED THEM.

    • Wro/Negesti, I bet,you are saying this from your comfort zone somewhere in the west where your kids don't have to be dragged out of their home to be sent to Sawa to haul rocks from somewhere to nowhere in an attempt to break their spirit.Otherwise you wouldn't call the most repressive and disgusting band of shiftas ''our government'' if you and your family have to live home.Our mothers at home are experiancing all kinds atrocities and injustices commited against them on a daily basis by non other than the evil shifta leader that they once showered him boundless affection and utmost respect.Our people have been suffering for the last 20 plus years under the draconian and evil rule of Shabia (aka shiafta group).Eritrean mothers have witnessed Imprisonment without due process,torture,summery excecution,systematic rape of our young girls by his lutenants,disappearances without a trace and corruption happening infront of their eyes.With regards to the sanction,Higdef Mendef has imposed its draconian sanction on our people ever since its arrival and it got worse after its humulating defeat in 2000.Higdef runs and controls every sector of the economy and that includes taxi and bakery businesses (I don't know if they have a plan to control enda siwa).There is no private investments in Eritrea today and every busness we had,had been nationalized by the shifta group and Hagos Kisha (wedi Adi Grat) controls every nickle and penny.Before I go,I am just wondering if you remember that the shifta group you dare to call a ''government'' was confesicating dough (bihuk) from mothers at every checking point.How sad is that? If this isn't sanction in its worst form,what is it? To sum it up,our nation has never been short of idoits
      that the shifta relied upon for his surviaval and we witnessed thousands of Komaros like you shoring up support for a butcher who committed all kinds of crimes against mothers like you.You are on the wrong side of HISTORY.

  • Gemal Sengal

    a definite yes to sanctions against the government of Eritrea and its supports abroad.

    • Warsay Yikealo

      Sanction the weyane and it followers

  • Saliha Mohammed

    Yes! To Sanctioning The PFDJ Regime.

    • Oh Saliha we miss you this time in the Congresss. I wish you were here

    • Saliha Mohammed

      Semirinaaaaaaa I miss u all too, I am with u in spirit and will be there very soon….. I tell u what, I’m very confident that you, our Women will succeed, but remember there are no red carpet for us/women so keep pushing, pushing and pushing for change, ,,,,,, and all the best for the whole congress. see you soon darlings, xx

  • fully support the most severe form of santion in Eritrea as it will affect only the dictatatorial regime.

    • Warsay Yikealo

      You're one idiot who doesn't care about the Eritrean people.

  • afewerki

    you are cruel, determined to destroy Eritrea, how on earth eritreans will support your evil mission to serve the interest of the minority junta of Ethiopia. We will defeat your evil mission.

  • Fetaw Hzbu

    Hope you have thought about the effects this will have on innocent eritrean people. Playing the American policy of “don’t care about collateral damage” won’t get you anywhere. Think before you act and leave emotions aside when you are condemning YOUR prople and be absolutely certain of what you are doing.

  • i never agree sanction on Eritrea

  • no ane agree for saction if really Eritrean thise only servis for Ethiopian and west babilions people sacrifin their live two percent is no to much

    • Wedi Adem

      Why you worry that much, this sanction affects IA and his gangs. Even Eritrean National Bank supports
      sanction because they don’t have a say or control on our country finnances, Hagos Kisha does, got it.