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11 Oct 2018 description

Families separated for years enjoy tearful reunions and migrants seek new lives, as over 10,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia since 11 September.

"We're seeing the fruits of peace one month on from the historic border reopening. Families previously divided by up to 20 years from the conflict, are celebrating joyful reunions. Trade is increasing in the border towns, as more people cross the border every day," said Stine Paus, Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

08 Aug 2018 description

By Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch

ROME, Aug 8 2018 (IPS) - “Military service was the only prospect on my horizon — I didn’t want that,” a 20-year-old Eritrean who fled the country last year told me. “My dad had spent his whole life in military service.”

13 Jul 2018 description

Eritrea's improved relationship with neighbouring Ethiopia presents a good opportunity to advance the protection of the vast array of human rights that the Eritrean people have long been denied including the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, movement, and fair trial, Amnesty International said ahead of President Isaias Afwerki's historic visit to Addis Ababa this weekend.

26 Jan 2018 description
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Eritrea remains a one-man dictatorship under President Isaias Afewerki, now in his 26th year in power. It has no legislature, no independent civil society organizations or media outlets, and no independent judiciary. The government restricts religious freedoms, banning all but four groups.

08 Nov 2017 description

Joint EU-African Migration Policy Fundamentally Flawed, New Approach Needed

The joint EU-Africa policy on migration from Eritrea and the Horn of Africa is in urgent need of reform, according to a new report from the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), and The Centre for Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London.

27 Feb 2017 description

EU prevention policy puts Eritreans at risk of imprisonment, torture and death

Despite mounting evidence of inhumane treatment faced by Eritreans, both within and outside Eritrea, the EU is doing all it can to prevent them from reaching its shores, says a new report published today by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

15 Jul 2016 description

Key mixed migration characteristics

Eritrea is solely a country of origin. Its role in the region as transit or destination country is negligible.
The prolonged national service obligation coupled with poor economic conditions continues to fuel migration of especially young Eritreans.

28 Mar 2013 description

Africa Report N°200
28 March 2013

Nairobi/Brussels, 28 March 2013: Change is in the air in Eritrea, a highly authoritarian state, but any political transition will require internal political inclusion and channels for external dialogue if it is to preserve stability and improve Eritrean life.

28 Oct 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

Eritreans Pushed Back to Egypt, Despite Risk of Abuse

12 May 2011 description

(10.05.2011)

NRC has signed an agreement with Ethiopian authorities and UN High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out emergency relief to refugees in Ethiopia.

The agreement includes shelter, education and camp management training. Initially, the assistance will apply to Somali refugees in the Somali region southeast and Eritrean refugees in the north that will be assisted.

13 Dec 2010 description

Refugees and asylum seekers escaping conflict, genocide, famine, and torture face an extremely difficult journey. Thousands set out from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, and other African countries in search of safety and protection, passing through Egypt, where their situation remains hostile and insecure. Once arriving in Israel, they are immediately detained, often for several weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

16 Jun 2010 description

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Text by Joanne Offer. Photos by Denise Truscello.

Shimelba, Ethiopia 16 Jun 2010 -

Morning breaks over Shimelba refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. The mud brick houses with thatched roofs are home to around 11,000 refugees who have fled from persecution in neighboring Eritrea. Many of the refugees are children and teenagers who now face life growing up in a refugee camp in a foreign country.

The day starts early for many youngsters, who have to help collect water for their families.

21 Sep 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

This 92-page report examines the treatment of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in Libya through the eyes of those who have managed to leave and are now in Italy and Malta. It also documents Italy's practice of interdicting boats full of migrants on the high seas and pushing them back to Libya without the required screening.

19 Jun 2009 description
report INTERSOS

Foreword

Somalia is a country where the situation can improve or worsen quickly. Today it is heading towards the worst: the fighting is rapidly intensifying, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the fight or are hit by shortages of food, water and healthcare. How to pave - if it is still possible - the way for a solution towards ending instability and conflict that have prevailed since 1991?

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17 Jun 2009 description

When meeting this week in Brussels, EU leaders will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean, including recent proposals from the European Commission to set up asylum reception and processing centres in Libya.

ECRE is very concerned about any proposal which would allow EU States to evade their obligations to protect refugees by shifting the responsibility to countries with extremely dubious human rights records. "Refugees are the first victims of the 'fight against immigration' that our governments are undertaking.

16 Jun 2009 description

When EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels on 18/19 June they will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean. These discussions are expected to build on dialogue from the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting of 4/5 June, including in relation to recent proposals from the European Commission contemplating the establishment of asylum and reception processing centres in Libya.

10 Jun 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

The migrant holding site at Lampedusa, Italy's tiny outpost island that held 1,800 migrants and asylum seekers as recently as January 2009, is now empty. On June 10, the authorities transferred the last 20 asylum seekers to another center in Italy, social service providers working on the island told Human Rights Watch.

03 Jun 2009 description

Brussels 3 June 2009 - Justice and Home Affairs Ministers will meet tomorrow in Luxembourg at a time when the Italian authorities are breaching their human rights commitments by deporting migrants to Libya without an assessment of their need for protection.

06 May 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

A nation once respected for its independence struggle is now disfigured by severe political repression

by Ben Rawlence

Eritrea has avoided international attention in recent years in ways that may have protected the Red Sea country's rulers from proper scrutiny but benefit no one else.