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April 12 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sat Apr 12 2014, 09:11:51

Speaking from the capital this afternoon they said: 'the sheer number of refugees making the crossing into Europe via Libya as well as the rising numbers of those crossing the border into Sudan and Ethiopia comes as no surprise to us here, everyone here talks about those who have left the country and the fact that the borders are virtually free of security forces'. The poor border control is believed to be a result of diminished capacity in the army due to the level of defections. ..

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April 11 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Fri Apr 11 2014, 14:06:05

Many languish in desert camps. Some have been kidnapped, tortured, and ransomed--or killed--in the Sinai. Others have been left to die in the Sahara or drowned in the Mediterranean. Still others have been attacked as foreigners in South Africa, threatened with mass detention in Israel, or refused entry to the United States and Canada under post-9/11 "terrorism bars" based on their past association with an armed liberation movement--the one they are now fleeing.

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April 9 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 9 2014, 13:27:16

Every summer, representatives of the government ot Eritrea, dubbed the North Korea of Africa, are granted visas to come to Canada and raise money for the regime, which hundreds of thousands have fled.

A human rights group in Winnipeg and its lawyer, David Matas, are pressing Citizenship and Immigration Canada to make sure these people don't get a pass to come into Canada again this summer.

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April 5 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sat Apr 5 2014, 14:47:17

Last year Europe received around 484,600 asylum applications, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). Among those, 21,293 were Eritrean refugees, the majority of whom had arrived by boat from Libya to Italy. ...

"There are 13,000 Eritreans ready to cross the Mediterranean as soon as the waters calm down," says Tsegay, an Eritrean smuggler who allowed me to interview him. ....

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April 2 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 2 2014, 14:56:06

In

The small cramped quarters

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 2 2014, 14:28:02

The Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign, welcomes the United Nations Special Rapporteur comments on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Sheila B. Keetharuth,'s warning about persisting human rights violations in the Eritrea and particularly in the context of the Eritrean national service is something that the Campaign has been focusing on since its launch in January 2014.

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March 26 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Mar 26 2014, 08:27:41

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today outside the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, in support of 267 Eritrean refugees detained in Djibouti.

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March 24 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Mon Mar 24 2014, 16:55:08

Last October a boat went down off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing 366 migrants on board. What happened next? This is the story of Fanus, a survivor and one of thousands of people who flee Eritrea every year in search of asylum

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March 17 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Mon Mar 17 2014, 22:11:14

(Geneva, March 17, 2014) - Members of the UN Human Rights Council called on Egypt and Sudan on March 14, 2014, to investigate and prosecute traffickers for kidnapping, torturing, and killing refugees in the Sinai Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today. The 24 countries sponsoring the German-led statement also called on both countries to identify and prosecute any security officials who may have colluded with traffickers.

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March 16 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sun Mar 16 2014, 15:31:01

Osman, Ahmed and Berhan, all refugees from war-torn Eritrea, are producers of Eritrean Voices, and every Monday night they make radio. Their program is one of many around the globe being produced by Eritreans in the diaspora who are using their microphones and voices to agitate for change in a country that has been labelled the ''world's largest political prison''.

The show begins every week with a news report. And as soon as he gets the thumbs up from Osman, Ahmed sets off like a sprinter, delivering a steady flow of headlines into the microphone.

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