No one disputes the sad fact that the state of Eritrea, whose independent and sovereign birth was achieved through unparalleled sacrifices, is today being led to a dangerous path by a selfappointed repressive autocrat whose misrule has been repressing and displacing the people for decades without a constitution and the rule of law.

As such, many Eritreans have been struggling in their different ways manifesting their rejection and resistance to the misrule. As part of the long ongoing efforts to unify their ranks in the struggle, the organized political forces were scheduled to meet in London last March 2020 under the sponsorship of the non-profit Eritrean Education and Publications Trust in UK with the aim of creating a formula for joint action under the revived theme of ‘Salvation of the People and their State.’ However, some of the key agenda items of the conference, which was interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, were successfully discussed dialogued for over two months via the electronic media. The allied sister political forces are thus pleased to announce to the public their agreement on key national issues and the importance of launching now a common platform for joint work in the resistance.

The key driving factors necessitating the critical importance of reaching this accord at this moment in time are the following:

  • The urgency of bringing together all Eritrean political organizations now to respond to the heightened public call for unity to remove the dictatorial regime without delay;
  • Betrayals of and threats to Eritrea’s sovereign existence by the one-man dictatorship are glaringly apparent than any time before;
  • The worsening of the political and socio-economic crises caused by the failed internal and external policies of the regime are not only increasing the suffering of the nation and the exodus of its youth, but are also endangering the very continuation of the state;
  • Equally worrisome and dangerous to Eritrea and its people are the ever sharpening regional and international competitions going on in the region.

This agreement, which has been worked out with earnest determination and sense of responsibility of the signatory organizations, is highly expected to be an important chapter in the struggle of the Eritrean political camp.

1. Objective of Coordination Process

To remove and replace the autocratic regime with a constitutional and democratic system of governance, it is imperative that the Eritrean political forces identify key area for joint serious action. It has been learned from the past years that the protection and promotion of our people’s unity, national sovereignty and guaranteeing human rights primarily requires common action in a unified manner. Springing from this understanding, we are resolved to work from within a common platform in order to adopt a people-centered strategy for regime removal and lay out the process for its replacement.

Taking into consideration the above stated facts and situation, we, the signatories of this document are committed to do as follows:

a) To pursue serious and continued dialogue and understanding among all Eritrean political formations to establish a national umbrella;

b) In the meantime, to launch now a joint and coordinated action plan in selected spheres of struggle as listed below;

c) All parties to this accord have agreed to contribute human and material resources for the task forces in the spheres selected for joint action;

d) To enable the joint task forces to be effective in their areas of action, the Coordinating Committee of the Eritrean Political Forces shall prepare detailed guidelines to assist the achievement of the tasks.

2. Establishing the Coordination Committee and Task Forces

To face the looming dangers to our national existence, there is a need for establishing a coordination committee to guide and administer joint operations through task forces created to act at various spheres of joint action. To make it more effective, the Coordinating Committee shall not only reflect the diversity and worth of the constituent parties, but will primarily consist of persons selected on merit basis, on their capacity to do the hard work. Within this process of joint work, it is considered important to encourage our political formations to consider mergers with sister organizations when possible.

a) Coordination Committee

The Coordination Committee shall be formed by the parties signing this agreement. Committee members shall perform their duties diligently and reach decisions through consensus. The Committee, which is responsible to guide the actions of the task forces, shall be coordinated by its chairperson selected from among its members.

b) Task Forces

Task forces shall be formed and deployed for action immediately after this agreement is put into effect. Merit is the key factor for assignment of persons to the various task forces. Their work shall be limited to their area of assignment.

c) The selected spheres of action for Task Forces

1. Diplomacy

2. Media/information

3. Public Action

4. Intelligence and Follow up

5. Other areas of joint action as deemed necessary in the future.

d) Time Frame

The Coordination Committee shall be established within 30 days, and the Task Forces within 60 days as of the date of date of adoption of this agreement,

Names of the political coalition/front/organization

Name of Coalition/Front/Org Signatures

Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) ______________

Eritrean National Front (ENF) ______________

Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) ______________

Unity for Democratic Change (UDC) ______________

United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ) ______________

Long live to the Eritrean People with their rights and liberties preserved!

Death to the Dictatorial regime in Eritrea!

June, 25, 2010

It is with great dismay to learn that Eritreans living the in Red Sea coast had been deprived access to their land and sea resources for a longtime. Since independence, they were once again subjected to cruel treatment by the Eritrean government. The situation of the Eritrean Afar people is dire now more than ever.  For generations, the Afar population of Eritrea were mainly dependent on fishing for their daily dietary needs.  In addition, this sea faring people of the Horn had supplemented their food source by trading with coastal towns in the Eastern flank of the sea. Today they are completely denied their right to use the resource readily available in their doorsteps. Even food aid sent by well-wishing persons from the Gulf was confiscated and the steamers that carried food and medicine barely escaped the wrath of the regime.

Due to routine joint naval, and military exercises, and cooperation with countries across the sea, they had been continuously harassed by security forces. By leasing the port of Assab to illegal occupants in the name of “foreign investors”, they had been cordoned, and deprived of food, and medicine and their livelihood is in grave danger. This time using the Covid-19 Pandemic as an excuse have completely sealed the region exposing them to starvation. Reports indicate that score of people including children died in the past few days alone. Their case is succinctly expressed in the statement issued by The Eritrean Afar National Congress published early this week. The statements reads “Since the Eritrean government restrictions was introduced in March following a worldwide pandemic, there has been an increased number of Afar people detained in the coastal villages and bordering trade routes across Dankalia. Our source have confirmed that the government of Eritrea has detained a number of Afar civilians and confiscated their food supplies in Harsille, Eddi and Badda and other locations, as well as sealing off all critical access points by sea and land for transporting much needed food supplies for the population of Dankalia”.

The Government of Eritrea which is already in the United Nations list as the worst human rights violators continue to detain and secretly liquidate dissenters. It has forbade humanitarian organizations to operate, closed schools and clinics and expanded its National Service program in order to sequestrate the young from the general population or tie them to servitude.  Without doubt this remains the primary cause for the exodus of an estimated half a million young and  adult forfeiting their homeland in search of finding a niche where they can live peacefully and chase their dream.   

The Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) takes this opportunity to appeal to the International community to condemn the inhuman measures taken by the Eritrean government against the Afar and the entire Eritrean people. If assistance can’t reach the people in the coming few days, and weeks, the crisis will be irreversible and catastrophic!

ENCDC Foreign Relations & Humanitarian Affairs

Stockholm, Sweden

June 3, 2020

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ፖለቲካውያን ሓይልታት ኤርትራ ሓባራዊ ሃገራዊ ዕዮ ንምስልሳል ኣብ ዘካይድዎ ዘለዉ 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 ለኺፉ 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 ጸኒሖምንኣለዉን። 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: H.E. Mr. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner, UNHCR, Geneva,
To : H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General, WHO Geneva
CC: Other Concerned UN Bodies, Host Countries of Eritrean Refugees
March 31, 2020
Subject:An Appeal for Protection of Eritreans at Home
and abroad from the Scourges of Corona virus
Dear UNHCR Commissioner, Mr. Filippo Grandi,
Dear WHO DG, Dr. Tedros Adhanom,
We, the undersigned entities representing the ensemble of Eritrean political
organizations in exile, felt the obligation of sending this earnest appeal to Your
Excellencies at UNHCR and WHO, with copies to concerned UN organs and countries
hosting Eritrean refugees, on top of them Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Israel and Libya, in
order to draw the attention of the international humanitarian community to the plight of
Eritreans in many countries of the world.
We are deeply concerned, Sirs, that the pandemic caused by COVID-19 has now
reached our ill prepared country and the countries in the region that provide shelter to
most of the Eritrean refugees in one of world’s most conflict ridden and sensitive
regions. We are worried that, given the situation where many of our people lack access
to hand washing facilities and detergents - the most effective preventive treatment, the
pandemic would leave an even bigger number of people killed and cause more societal
disruption than in any other country in the world. For that we need the timely and
immediate attention and support of the international community led by appropriate
initiatives from your esteemed organizations, the UNHCR and WHO.
We believe you are well aware of the problems in Eritrea where young people flee the
country in thousands leaving the old and vulnerable at home. Local community
structures, charities and long-established religious support institutions and other societal
safety networks have been systematically demolished and exist no more. Most of the
UN humanitarian organizations and INGOs have not been active in Eritrea for decades.
The general public in today’s Eritrea is left pauperized and helpless. The reported over
300 dungeons in the country where thousands of pollical prisoners languish under
inhuman conditions are congested and poorly equipped to handle the current pandemic.
Divisions of the Eritrea’s huge army of conscripts and “national service” forced-labor
workers living in spartan and overcrowded camps will be an easy prey to the pandemic.
On the other hand, Eritrean refugees in camps and urban concentrations in Sudan,
Ethiopia, Yemen and Israel are likely to be ravaged by this pandemic without an
effective intervention of international humanitarian actors. Eritrean refugees in reception
camps and temporary shelters in many countries, including in many European countries,
shall be exposed to danger unless the host countries are advised and supported by
concerned bodies, especially the UNHCR and WHO.
We, therefore, strongly appeal for your most urgent measures that could prevent the
spread of COVID-19 in Eritrea, and in particular in the refugee camps and urban
concentration of Eritreans in several countries, especially in Africa. Needless to say, the
topmost priorities of action will include:
> Making sure that health clinics in those areas have access to adequate supply of
water, detergents, disinfection liquids, gloves, masks and napkins;
> Looking to it that local health centers and agencies have check-up facilities for
timely identification of persons infected with the vicious corona virus;
> The international humanitarian community to do what it takes to help people
inside Eritrea from the scourges of this pandemic.
Dear Sirs,
We very much feel that you understand the essence of this modest call to you to
seriously look at the precarious situation of the estimated four million Eritreans at home
and about two million Eritreans in the diaspora who are exposed to the looming danger
facing our world today.
Sincerely yours,
(Signatories) Chairpersons of
1. Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC)
2. Eritrean National Front (ENF)
3. Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
4. Organization Unity for Democratic Change (UDC)
5. United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
6. Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO)

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)

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.

Sincerely yours,

Chairpersons of

  1. Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC)
  2. Eritrean National Front (ENF)
  3. Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
  4. Organization of Unity for Democratic Change (UDC)
  5. United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
  6. Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO)

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