Human Rights Violations in Eritrea

By Ethio-Canadian 4 Peace  General Overview Eritrea is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual society with at least nine recognized ethnic groups with 55% Tigraynians, the Tigre 30% Tigre and 4%. Saho. Some 98% of the Eritrean 6 million population belong to the major world religions. Majority of people are Christian (63%) followed by Moslems (36%). Eritrea’s […]

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ኤርትራዉያን ስደተኛታት መጋበርያ ፖለቲካ ክኾኑ ኣይነፍቅድን

ባይቶ ይኣክል ኤርትራውያን  ምንቅስቃስ ይኣክል እዚ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዝካየድ ዘሎ ኲናት ቅድሚ ምጅማሩ ኣትሒዝና፡ ኤርትራዉያን ስደተኛታት ግዳያት ከይኮኑ ዓቢ ሻቅሎት ከምዝሓደረና ብማዕከናት ዜና ሓቢርና ምንባርና ዝዝከር እዩ። ኣብዚ ሕጂ ዝርአ ዘሎ ሓድሽ ኩነታት ድማ፡ ኤርትራዉያን ስደተኛታት ኣብ ርእሲ እቲ ኲናት ዘስዓቦ ከቢድ መከራ፡ ናይ ጸጥታ ድሕነትን ሓደጋ የጋጥሞም ከምዘሎ ብማዕከናት ዜና ይስማዕ ኣሎ። ሚኒስተር ዜና […]

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Bodies found in river between Ethiopia’s Tigray, Sudan

(Source: AP, By SAMY MAGDY and CARA ANNA, NAIROBI, Kenya) –    A Sudanese official says local authorities in Kassala province have found more than 40 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week, some with gunshot wounds or their hands bound. […]

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Humera Massacre: Daily one or two dead bodies with their hands tied behind their backs floating on the river Tekeze

(Source: Tghat) –  Western Tigray is a scene of crime: ethnic cleansing, forced removal, massacres, executions and throwing people to the Tekeze river. The land is being changed through burning, confiscation and severing infrastructure connections to the rest of Tigray. In many towns, no Tigrayan is left. “There are no Tigrayans here,” said an Amhara […]

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Eritrean opposition meeting in Khartoum to establish a military force to overthrow the regime in Asmara

(Source: Adoulis,  translated from Arabic using Google Translate) –  A number of Eritrean opposition organizations are participating in preparatory meetings to establish a broad frontal political and military entity in order to overthrow the regime in Asmara. According to private sources, Adulis said that the consultations taking place in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, are led […]

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My, my, cry Amhara cry Eritrea cry to wipe out Tigray! What good am I, If I can’t espy, with a naked eye?

(By Temesgn Kebede) – Fate sometimes had it once an Askari (አስከሪ) an Askari for life; once a domestic servant a domestic servant to a geriatric end with no respite to rest; once a person bent their dorsal to meet a master’s needs, they  keep bending till their  fibulas screech. How else can we explain these haggard men […]

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Is Abiy’s mobilising ethnic militia a sign Ethiopian and Eritrean armies failed to break Tigray?

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) – The government of Ethiopia, having launched the war on Tigray in November 2020 with the aid of Eritrea’s army, the Amhara militia and Somali troops, is now spreading its web wider. Ethnic militia from Oromia, Sidama, and the Southern Nations Nationalities have now joined the battle. Amhara special […]

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Resurgent Tigray and Horn of Africa Politics

(Source: International Crisis Group) – The President’s Take 7 July 2021 To accompany this month’s CrisisWatch, Interim President Richard Atwood looks at the dramatic turn of events in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the danger of new fighting and its implications for Horn of Africa geopolitics.   The war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region just took an […]

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The Tigray War and Regional Implications – Full Report

(Source: Eritrea Hub) – Eritrea Focus has worked with Oslo Analytica to produce this report, which is the most comprehensive publication on the war in Tigray to date. You can read the full report here.  The Tigray War and Regional Implications – Volume 1 Below are the Introduction, Preface and Introductory Chapter. Over the next […]

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Disentangling the Eritrean forces integrated into the Ethiopian military

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) – The war in Tigray is by no means over, with fighting continuing as the Tigray Defense Forces attempt to drive Ethiopia and Eritrean forces from their soil, as well as the Amhara militia. But with rising pressure for Eritreans to leave, it is important to ask what will […]

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General Tsadkan Gebretensae: The mastermind of Tigray Defense Force (TDF) advance

(Source: BBC News) –  For the second time in his life, a former army general has found himself at the centre of a rebellion against the Ethiopian government in the mountainous Tigray region, writes analyst Alex de Waal. The commander of Tigrayan rebel forces, General Tsadkan Gebretensae, is regarded by international security analysts as one […]

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Abiy Ahmed Government’s Tigray war plan falls apart

(Source: Africa Confidential) – Addis Ababa under pressure to open negotiations as Tigrayan forces consolidate after retaking Mekelle Regional officials and diplomats are urging Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government to launch talks with its opponents in Tigray three days after it pulled federal troops out of the regional capital, Mekelle. But officials in Addis Ababa […]

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An uneasy silence from Ethiopia and Eritrea over what’s next

(Source: New York Times, By Simon Marks, June 29, 2021) – As Tigrayan forces celebrated returned control over their regional capital, Mekelle, there was mostly silence from senior Ethiopian officials back in the nation’s capital, Addis Ababa. As Ethiopian troops left Mekelle and other parts of the Tigray region, the country’s foreign affairs ministry described the […]

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Tigray forces seize regional capital, say Ethiopian-Eritrean troops are on the run

(Source: Reuters, By Giulia Paravicini and Maggie Fick, Gondar, Ethiopia) –  Tigrayan forces said they had Ethiopian government troops on the run around the regional capital Mekelle on Tuesday after taking full control of the city in a sharp reversal of eight months of conflict. People in Mekelle, where communications were cut on Monday, said […]

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Tigray Defense force (TDF) in ‘hot pursuit’ of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops as social media digests stunning Tigrayan victories

(Source: Sputnik) – Ethiopia is an ethnic jigsaw puzzle of more than 80 different Ethnic groups – Amhara, Oromo, Tigrayan, Sidama, Gurage, Wolayta, Somali, Kemant, Agew, and etc. The government in Addis Ababa has been waging war on Tigray since 04 November 2020. Tigray Defense Force (TDF) claim to be in “hot pursuit” of Ethiopian troops and […]

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Mekelle ‘under TDF control’ says spokesman for Government of Tigray

(Source: Reuters) – The former governing party in Ethiopia’s Tigray region said on Monday it was back in control of the regional capital Mekelle, and two residents reported seeing troops in Tigray regional uniforms in the city for the first time since November. “The capital of Tigray, Mekelle, is under our control,” Getachew Reda, spokesperson […]

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Eritrean officials promoted a report undermining evidence of violence in Tigray, claiming an international disinformation campaign

(Source: Digital Research Lab, @DFRLab, 23 June 2021) – Eritrean report uses fact-checking tropes to dismiss evidence as “disinformation” On May 9, 2021, a report entitled “Disinformation in Tigray: Manufacturing Consent For a Secessionist War” was published to Medium by a group referring to itself as the New Africa Institute. Claims that the report was endorsed by […]

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Boycott Ethiopian Airlines: involving in ethnic cleansing, transporting soldiers, logistics and weapons to the war on Tigray

(By Yared Huluf, first published on 16 December 2020 and updated on 25 June 2021) – Freedom and peace loving people of the world, “Boycott Ethiopian Airlines” Freedom and peace loving people of the world, we urge you boycott your flights using the so called ‘Ethiopian Airlines’ since the airlines is engaged in supporting of […]

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In Ethiopian civil war, famine and sexual violence shatter Tigray region

(Source: ABC News, By Sohel Uddin,Haley Yamada and Ian Pannell, 23 June 2021) – Tigray, the northernmost regional state of the country is torn apart by civil war. ABC News’ Ian Pannell reports on how food is being used as a weapon of war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Voting was underway in Ethiopia […]

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Witnesses say airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills dozens

(Source: AP, NAIROBI, Kenya) – An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. Dozens of people were killed, they and a former resident said, citing witnesses. Two doctors and a nurse in Tigray’s […]

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New UN Report Accuses Eritrea of Committing Heinous Crimes in Ethiopia

(Source: VOA, By Lisa Schlein, June 22, 2021 10:06 AM)   GENEVA – A report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council accuses the Eritrean government of involvement in Ethiopia’s conflict in the Tigray region and of committing serious human rights violations against Eritreans who have sought asylum in Tigray.   The special rapporteur on […]

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With Deliberate Famine Threatening Millions, Tigray Demands Greater Action from the US

(Source: Just Security, by Goitom Gebreluel and Mulu Beyene Kidanemariam, 21 June 2021) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began what he called a “law enforcement operation” against the Tigray Regional Government last November. Seven months later, it has turned into an internationalized civil war involving troops from neighboring Eritrea. The conflict has significantly destabilized […]

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U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Reuters, Geneva) –     The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region,and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August. Michelle Bachelet said abuses had been committed by all sides in the conflict in the northern […]

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The images we feared we would see are here now: Tigray famine 2021

(Source: Martinplaut.com, By Martin Plaut) –  There has been no drought; no natural catastrophe. This tragedy is man-made – the result of a policy by Ethiopia and Eritrea to starve an entire population. This is attested to by the Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto.   These were taken in Tigray’s regional capital, Mekelle. The situation […]

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Tigray – a challenge to the UN day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

(Source: World Peace Foundation) –  International Day of Eliminating Sexual Violence in Conflict Conference #EndSexualViolenceinTigray 20 Jun 2021   Sexual violence is the brutal hallmark of the conflict that broke out in Tigray, Ethiopia last November. Women and girls have been subjected to rape, gang rape, abduction, and mutilation of their sexual organs. Horrific reports […]

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UN Security Council: Adopting Resolution 2417 (2018), Security Council Strongly Condemns Starving of Civilians, Unlawfully Denying Humanitarian Access as Warfare Tactics

UN SECURITY COUNCIL 8267TH MEETING (AM) The Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning the starving of civilians as a method of warfare — as well as the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilian populations — with members welcoming it as a landmark expression of unity on those critical issues. Unanimously adopting resolution 2417 (2018), […]

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The Sham Ethiopian Election and the Crowning of a Tyrant

( By M.Tesfaye, 19 June 2021) –  “A coronation. Ethiopia’s flawed elections risk dividing the country further. Opposition leaders are in jail and in many areas people cannot vote. The overall result is not in doubt. For Abiy, who has said his mother prophesied that one day to be king, it is less an election than […]

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‘Don’t betray women of Tigray’: calls grow for international action against rape in war

(Source: The Guardian, Zeinab Mohammed Salih, Sat 19 Jun 2021 07.00 BST) –  Politicians among signatories of two open letters urging investigation into reports of sexual violence in Ethiopian conflict   The former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and Zimbabwean author and 2020 Booker prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga are among the signatories of […]

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History is being denied in Abiy and Isaias’ war on Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Ethiopian Canadians for Peace, 15 June 2021) –  Tigray is being decimated because its ruling party presents a challenge to two strongmen. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his ally, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, are waging a catastrophic war in Tigray that has caused alarm globally, including at the United […]

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