• 62,927 children were immunized against measles by the Ministry of Health (MoH), with support from UNICEF.
• UNICEF supported the Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) to reach 18,914 acutely malnourished children under 5, treating 4,518 for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 14,396 for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).
• Training on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling was provided to more than 235 health workers and 620 community volunteers.
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.
The members of the Security Council commended the signing of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship on 9 July 2018 by the President of the State of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, and the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. They welcomed the commitment by both parties to resume diplomatic ties and open a new chapter of cooperation and partnership. They also took note of the five-point plan and welcomed the agreement to implement the decision by the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission.
Addis Ababa, 9 July 2018: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the Joint Declaration signed by President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed following the latter’s visit to Asmara on 8 and 9 July 2018. He commends the two leaders for choosing the courageous path of reconciliation, in the interest of their people, the region and Africa as a whole.
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed an agreement that formally ends one of one of Africa’s longest, most intractable conflicts.
Photos of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signing the historic agreement in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, were posted on Twitter Monday by Yemane Meskel, Eritrea's minister of information.
Meskel wrote that the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace & friendship has been ushered."
GENEVA (26 June 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea expressed concern that patterns of violations identified over the past six years persist, namely arbitrary and incommunicado detention, indefinite military/national service amounting to forced labour and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms.
Human Rights Council
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Agenda item 4 Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Written by: Danielle Botti - RMMS Coordinator.
Eritrea acceded to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 14th January 1999 and deposited its instrument of accession on 15th March 1999. Although it is close to two decades late, Amnesty International welcomes Eritrea’s submission of its initial report covering the period 1999-2016 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Amnesty International hopes that this submission by Eritrea is the first of many more to come, and encourages the authorities to continue engaging with the ACHPR.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Poor “kiremti” June-September rains resulted in reduced 2017 cereal harvest
- Major crop production shortfalls occurred in Gash Barka Region, main cereal producing area
- Moisture deficits affect grazing resources in pastoral coastal areas
Reduced 2017 harvest due to poor “kiremti” rains
Eritrea launched the National Health Security Action Plan: 2017- 2021 at Asmara Palace on 27 March 2018. The Honorable Minister of Health, Ms Amina Nurhussien, launched the five year National Action Plan for health security. The function drew dignitaries from government, Honorable Ministers of the Government of State of Eritrea from various sectors, Ambassadors, and UN Agency Representatives.
Cáritas Española destina 209.000 euros a paliar los efectos de una crisis prolongada provocada por la falta de lluvias.
GENEVA (14 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation human of rights in Eritrea has deplored the arbitrary arrest and detention of hundreds people who have challenged the Government’s restrictions at a school, and expressed concerns about continued human rights violations across the country.
GENEVA (12 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.
Eritrea is vulnerable to recurrent drought due to its geographic location.
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.
In 2017, UNICEF Eritrea supported the Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) to reach 364,616 children aged 6 to 59 months with Vitamin A supplementation, while 41,701 children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and 15,981 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were treated.
The Country Office (CO) supported the provision of supplementary food to 48,470 persons, including 3,908 pregnant women and 3,139 lactating mothers.
A total of 116,214 children were vaccinated for measles.
Asmara, 11 December 2017 - The time had come for WHO Eritrea Country office functional review exercise to be undertaken, starting from December 11, 2017. The six-day exercise was part of the WHO transformation agenda (2015-2020). The purpose of the functional review is to ensure the Country Office has adequate and appropriate workforce to support Eritrea’s health priorities. Eritrea WHO Country Office is the 15th to be reviewed among the 18 countries scheduled for this year.
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.