In The Spotlight
Eritrean political forces warmly congratulate the Eritrean people on the anniversary of the 29th year of independence as they continue to dialogue and work cooperatively to advance the common national interest.
This year’s Independence Day is occurring at a time when over 5 million people are globally affected by the coronavirus, so far claiming well over 300,000 lives, and more are continuing to die from it. When the whole world is at a critical junction due to this health crisis, we are deeply concerned for the livelihood of our people, and convey our good wishes for the safety of the Eritrean people, and the entire mankind.
There is no doubt that Independence Day is a day of pride and adulation for Eritrea, because it was truly a historic day in which our people achieved a great victory over the injustice and persecution under the hateful colonial occupation, which caused our people pain, tragedies and mass exodus. May 24, 1991 was an important milestone in the march of our people and their sovereign country to enter a new and promising era. Today, looking back to what happened to us in the past 29 years, we can only remember and honor our martyrs, and extend our salutations and appreciation to the wounded of the liberation war and to all the veterans who had a great role in achieving victory and freedom for our people, and we renew our covenant to them that we will follow their path with unrelenting determination.
Our Struggling People,
Despite the victory and the liberation of the national territory that has been achieved, and the world’s recognition of the national sovereignty of our country, the Eritrean people have not been freed from oppression and tyranny, and their tears and sorrows have not ceased. Our people had hoped to annually commemorate this day in a country in which peace, security, and freedom prevailed. Our people aspired to have a country without political prisoners and refugees. Unfortunately, our 29th anniversary falls at a worse period for Eritrea, in which its citizens live in dire conditions where there is a complete collapse of the economy, lack of basic services, disturbance in social relations, and continuing cases of violations of human rights in the absence of the rule of law, as well as the emergence of threats to national sovereignty and continued exodus of its people.
Needless to say, this anniversary calls for further intensification of the national struggle and the mobilization of the masses in order to achieve freedom, justice and lasting peace. The intolerable conditions in which our people live must be a call for all of us to rise for the occasion. This year shall be a strong impetus for cooperation and synergy among all forces of change in order to overthrow the dictatorial regime and put an end to the suffering of our people. With this vision, we in the Eritrean political forces continue serious dialogues to reach advanced common platform in order to save the country and achieve victory over the dictatorship.
On this great occasion, we appeal to the members of the Eritrean security forces, which, like everybody else, are victims of the dictatorial regime, to contribute with all other pro-change forces in the ongoing national struggle to save the Eritrean people and maintain national sovereignty.
This year’s Independence Day is also celebrated at a time when relentless attempts are being made by regional and international powers to interfere in the affairs of our country. Their declared and undeclared agreements with the dictatorial regime are for sure threatening Eritrea’s national sovereignty. This was apparent from those with expansionist aspirations claiming the “right” to have access to the Red Sea and attempting to achieve these old and renewed dreams at the cost of our people’s inalienable right. Opposing these dangerous indentations were also good people calling for the creation of good-neighborly relations based on mutual interests. In this context, as we celebrate the glorious Independence Day anniversary, we would like to reassure the entire world that the liberation of Eritrea that has been achieved through tireless struggles and unparalleled sacrifices cannot in any way be sidestepped and challenged. There is no need to emphasize our people’s readiness to make all the sacrifices for preserving the national sovereignty of our great land. At the same time, rooted in respect for our national sovereignty, we will continue to strive to create cooperative relations with all countries and achieve common interests of our peoples.
Long live free and independent Eritrea!
Glory and eternity to our martyrs!
Eritrean political forces:
Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC)
Eritrean National Front (ENF)
Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP)
Organization Unity for Democratic Change (UDC)
Unity of Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
ፖለቲካውያን ሓይልታት ኤርትራ ሓባራዊ ሃገራዊ ዕዮ ንምስልሳል ኣብ ዘካይድዎ ዘለዉሉ መስርሕ ዘተን ልዝብን መበል 29 ዓመት መዓልቲ ናጽነት ኤርትራ ምኽንያት ብምግባር፡ ንመላእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ዮሃና! እንቋዕ ናብ ዝኽሪ ናጽነት ኣብጽሓና ንብል።
ናይ ሎሚ ዓመት ዕለተ ናጽነት፡ ህዝብናን መላእ ዓለምን፡ ዛጊት ነቲ ልዕሊ 5 ሚልዮን ለኺፉን ልዕሊ 300 ሽሕ ህይወት ድማ ቀዚፉን፣ ዝቐዝፍ ዘሎን ሓደገኛ ምልባዕ ኮሮና ቫይረስ ንምክልኻል፡ ኣብ ተጠንቀቕ ኣብ ዝህልወሉ ግዜ ይውዕል ምህላዉ ብምዝካር፡ ንድሕነት ሰብኣውነት ብጠቕላላ ንድሕነት ናይ’ቲ ኣብ ሓደጋ ተቓሊዑ ዘሎ ህዝብና ድማ ብፍላይ፡ ሻቕሎትናን መልእኽቲ ሰናይ ምንዮትናን ነመሓላልፍ።
መዓልቲ ናጽነት፡ ንህዝብና ዘመን መግዛእታዊ ጭቆና ዘብቅዓሉ፡ ምረትን ስቅያትን፣ መስዋእትን ስደትን ኣብቂዑ፣ ሓድሽ መድረኽ ዝተኽፍተሉ ዕለተ ዝኽሪ ብምዃኑ፡ ኣዝዩ ክቡር መዓልቲ እዩ። በቲ ሓደ ሸነኽ ቀይዲ ዝበተኽናሉ፡ መዓጹ እሱራትና ዘርሓናሉ፡ ጽሩይ ኣየር ናጽነት ዘስተንፈስናሉ ዕለት ክኸውን ከሎ፣ በቲ ካልእ ከኣ ናጽነትና ክዉን ንምግባር፡ ዝተሰውኡ፡ ዝሰንከሉ፡ ጀጋኑና እንዝክረሉን፡ ኣብነቶም ንምኽታል መብጽዓ እንኣትወሉን ዕለት’ዩ። ዮሃና! እንቋዕ ነዚ ዕለት’ዚ ምዝካር ኣብቀዓና።
ክቡር ህዝቢ ኤርትራ!
ሃገርና ካብ መግዛእታዊ ቀይዲ ተገላጊላ ናጽነታ ዘረጋገጸት፡ ማሕበረሰብ ዓለም ብወግዒ ተፈላጥነት ዘረጋገጸላ ትኹን’ምበር፡ ሓርነት ህዝብና ጌና ኣይተረጋገጸን። ንብዓትን ሓዘንን ኣይተደምደመን። ኤርትራ ኣብ’ዚ ዕለት’ዚ ጌና ውሽጣዊ ሓርነት ህዝባ ዘይተረጋገጸላ፡ ኣብ ትሕቲ ምልካዊ ስርዓት እትሳቐ ሃገር ኰይና እያ ትቕጽል ዘላ። ዕለተ ናጽነትና፡ መላእ ሓርነታት ህዝብና ኣብ ዝተረጋገጸሉ፣ ስደተኛታትና ተመሊሶም ኣብ ዝተጣየሱሉ፣ እሱራትና ኣብ ዝተፈትሑሉ፣ ርግኣትን ሰላምን ኣብ ዝሰፈነሉ፣ ልብና መሊእና ርእስና ኣቕኒዕና ኣብ እንንቀሳቐሰሉ ኩነታት ከነብዕሎ ባህግና ነይሩ። እቲ ህልዊ መሪር ሓቂ ግን ብኣንጻሩ እዩ። በዓል ናጽነትና፡ ቁጠባ ሃገርና ኣብ ዝፈረሰሉ፡ ማሕበራዊ ኣገልግሎታትን ማሕበራዊ ዝምድናታትን ኣብ ዝተበታተኸሉ፣ መሰላት ህዝብና ኣብ ዝተጋህሰሉ፡ ግዝኣተ ሕጊ ኣብ ዝዓነወሉ፡ ልዑላውነትና ኣብ ዝተደፍረሉ፣ ስደትናን ውርደትናን ከኣ ሰማይ ኣብ ዝዓረገሉ ኩነት እዩ ዝብዕል ዘሎ። ዝኽሪ ናጽነትና ንጽንዓትን ንወሳኒ መድረኽ ቃልስን ክንዕጠቕ ክዕድም እዩ መጺኡ ዘሎ። ስለዚ ንሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ ንወደብ ንተዓጠቕ!
ናይዚ ዓመት’ዚ በዓል ናጽነትና እምበኣር፡ ውልቀ መላኺ ዝሰዓረሉ፡ ጭቆናን ስደትን ዘብቅዓሉ፡ ጐደና ዕቤትን ፍልጠትን እንሕዘሉ፡ ዝተሓደሰ መብጽዓ ቃልሲ እንኣትወሉን ተጋድሎና እነሕንነሉን ዕለት እዩ። ካብዚ ብምብጋስ ንሕና ፖሊቲካዊ ሓይልታት፡ ነቲ ጀሚርናዮ፡ ዘሎና ዘተን ልዝብን ናብ ኣድማዒ ሓባራዊ ዕዮ ከነማዕብሎ ክንጽዕር ኢና። ዓቕምታትና ምስ ኩሎም ሃገራውያን ሓይልታት ብምጥርናፍ ህዝብን ሃገርን ብምድሓን ኣብ ኤርትራ ቅልጡፍ ለውጢ ንምርግጋጽ ቃልስና ቀጻሊ ክኸውን እዩ። በዚ መንፈስ’ዚ መሰረት መላእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሓይልታቱ ኣስሚሩ ኣይግዛእን ብምባል፡ ንምውዳቕ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ክጸምድ፡ እቲ ከም ህዝቡ ዝተወጽዐ ሓይልታት ምክልኻል ኤርትራ ድማ ኣብ ጐድኒ ህዝቢ ወጊኑ ልዑላውነት ሃገር ክዕቅብን መሰል ህዝቢ ንኽረጋገጽ ክቃለስን ንጽውዕ።
ኣብዚ መዓልቲ ዝኽሪ ናጽነት፡ ከየልዓልናዮ ክንሓልፍ ዘይንኽእል፡ ሃለዋት ሃገርና ኣብ ዞባውን ኣህጉራውን መዳያት እዩ። ብመልክዕ ኢድ ምትእትታው፡ ኰነ ብቅሉዕን ዘይቅሉዕን ውዕላት፡ ወስታታት ኮነ ሽርሕታት፡ ንህላወን ቀጻልነትን ሃገረ ኤርትራ ዝህድድ ተርእዮታት ክንዕዘብ ጸኒሕናን ኣለናን። ሓሓሊፉ እውን ናይ ምስፍሕፋሕ ባህግታት ዝውንኑ ሓይልታት ከባቢና፡ ናይ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ ኣፍደገ፡ ናይ ወደባት ብጽሒት፡ ይግበኣና፡ ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝብል መጐተ፡ ናይ ምዕምጣር ወኒ ከተኣናግዱን፣ ኤርትራውያን ደገፍቲ ንምርካብ ክጓየዩን፡ ሓይሊ ንምጥቃም ከወጣወጡን ጸኒሖም እዮም። ብኣንጻሩ ከኣ ናይ ኤርትራ ልዑላውነትን ናጽነትን ኣኽቢሮም፡ ምስ ናጻን ልዑላዊትን ኤርትራ ሰላማዊ ዝምድና ብምፍጣር፡ ንሓባራዊ ረብሓታትን ዕብየትን ዝብህጉ ሓይልታት ምህላዎም፡ ብጋህዲ ክረኣዩ ጸኒሖምን፣ ኣለዉን። ኣብ ከምዚ ዝበለ ኩነታት፡ ፖሊቲካዊ ሓይልታት ኤርትራ እነኽብሮ ዘሎና ናጽነት፡ ከቢድ ዋጋ ዝተኽፍሎን ንድሕሪት ዘይምለስን ምዃኑ ንህዝብናን፡ ንመላእ ማሕበረሰብ ዓለምን ከነረጋግጽ ንፈቱ። ሕጂ’ውን ትሕቲ ዝዀነ ታህዲድ ከም ዘይንብርከኽ፡ ልዑላውነት ሃገርና ንምዕቃብ፡ ከምቲ ታሪኽ ዝምስክሮ ሰፍ ዘይብል መስዋእቲ ክንከፍል ቅሩባት ምዃና ንገልጽ። ማዕረ ማዕሪኡ ድማ ናጽነትን ልዑላውነትን ሃገርና ዘኽብሩን፣ ዝፈልጡን ፈተውቲ ኣብ ከባቢናን፣ ኣብ መላእ ዓለምን ምህላዎም ንፈልጥ። ምስዞም ናጽነት ሃገር ኣኽቢሮም ሰላማውን ሕውነታውን ዝምድናታት ክፈጥሩ ዝብህጉ ሓይልታት፡ ሓባራዊ ዕቤት ብዘረጋግጽ መንገዲ፡ ክንተኣሳሰርን ክንተሓባበርን ምዃንና ኣጸቢቕና ነረጋግጽ።
ኤርትራ ናጽነታን ሃገራዊ ክብራን ሓልያ ትንበር!
ክብርን ዝኽርን ንጀጋኑ ስዉኣትና !
ፖለቲካዊ ሓይልታት ኤርትራ:
ኤርትራዊ ሃገራዊ ባይቶ ንዲሞክራስያዊ ለውጢ
ኤርትራዊ ሃገራዊ ግንባር
ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ
ውድብ ሓድነት ንዲሞክራስያዊ ለውጢ
ውድብ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ
To: Honorable Delegations of 47 Member States,
UN Human Rights Council,
44th Session, Palais des Nations, Geneva
To: H.E. Ms. Michele Bachelet,
Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson, Geneva
Subject: Extending the Mandate of the Special HR Rapporteur for Eritrea
15 May, 2020
Honorable UN HR Council Delegates at 44th Session,
Your Excellency High Commissioner Bachelet,
We, the undersigned Eritrean political opposition organizations in forced exile, are pleased to jointly address this memorandum on behalf of our people with the earnest aim of drawing your kind attention for appropriate action to the endless and never changing political and human rights situation in Eritrea, which is a member-state of this respected Council.
At the outset, we must acknowledge that we are grateful to this Council, whose sincere concern with the human rights situation in Eritrea, was manifested by its October 2012 action to appoint the first UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Eritrea and ever since extended that mandate annually in order to keep the human rights abuser state “under close scrutiny.” That was a solemn pledge made by this Council to Eritrean victims of human rights abuses.
It is true that the Eritrean authorities ignored implementing all recommendations of this august body and for the last eight years refused entry visa to this Council’s Human Rights Rapporteur for Eritrea. Yet, the Council’s aim of trying to keep the Eritrean government “under close scrutiny” was being continually achieved through the oral updates and annual reports of the mandated UN Special Envoys – Ms Sheila Keetharuth for the first six years and Ms Daniel Kravetz for the last two years.
Eritrea remains a place of endless suffering to its people and a heartbreaking story to human rights activists and organizations familiar with the unparalleled human rights abuses in that country.
The extremely worrisome political, social, economic and human rights situation in Eritrea did not change from what it was last year, the year before and at least two decades before that. How come then that some of the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council are reportedly wavering on whether the mandate of the UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Eritrea should be extended or not?
We, the entire ensemble of Eritrean political opposition organizations in exile, therefore appeal to all Council delegates to this 44th Session to do the right thing - extend the mandate of Ms Daniela Kravetz for another term as a minimum sympathy and moral support to a six-million nation in a very dire human rights situation.
Honorable HR Council Delegates,
Dear HR High Commissioner Bachelet,
We know that you are very well aware of the Eritrean situation. But, just as a reminder, allow us to repeat that, for the last 29 years, Eritrea remains to be an internationally recognized member-state of the UN and this Council:
- Without a national constitution; without the rule of law;
- Without state institutions and functioning branches of government;
- Without national elections for over quarter of a century;
- Without freedom of the press, assembly, worship and movement;
- Without the right of visitation to its prisoners (not even by the ICRC);
- Without the right of a day at court for prisoners;
- As you know, the list is endless…
Your Excellencies also know that the fate the thousands of Eritrean prisoners is nothing but “detention until death,” as Ms Sheila Keetharuth told this Council a few years; that the open-ended enslavement of people under misnomer “national service” is still intact, and that about a third of the Eritrean population has been condemned to flee the country and live under the indignity of being refugees.
To conclude, we the exiled Eritrean political organizations, appeal to you to kindly extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Eritrea, and also think of doing a little bit more to help change the sad situation in Eritrea.
- Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC)
- Eritrean National Front (ENF)
- Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
- Organization of Unity for Democratic Change (UDC)
- United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
- Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO)