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July 18 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Fri Jul 18 2014, 09:58:52

The Eritrean government has become so isolated and desperate that it has tried to sell its precious gold resources to Russia - at any price. Sanctions have hurt the financial position of this government so much that the only way they could try to get support was to surreptitiously, and unannounced, send government representatives to Moscow, Russia in late 2012, to offer the Russian government the rich gold and base metal deposits in Mogoribe.

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July 16 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Jul 16 2014, 15:26:23

Over the past years, the ecumenical family has received various accounts of the deteriorating state of human rights in Eritrea and on-going reports of serious violations of human rights by the Eritrean authorities against their own population, as well as the alarming number of civilians, especially youth, fleeing Eritrea as a result of these violations. ...

In view of these harsh realities in the country, the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea issued a pastoral letter on 25 May 2014 which has been fully endorsed by the Eritrean Orthodox Church in the Diaspora.

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July 13 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sun Jul 13 2014, 08:16:32


National Service in Eritrea is not comparable to a military or civil service as it is practiced elsewhere in other countries. The National Service is a form of forced labor or slavery that is run by the State. Officially, conscripts are mobilized for the purpose of defending the country, but in reality they are assigned to work for the government. They are also assigned to work for companies owned by the ruling party be it in agricultural activities, in infrastructure construction, etc. They are used as labor by the regime and are treated as dispensable resources.

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July 12 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sat Jul 12 2014, 08:05:20

We express our deep appreciation for your Government's principled positions at the United Nations in Geneva, where Somalia has consistently, courageously and successfully advocated for the rights of those on the African continent who have no champion and no voice.

We would particularly like to express our deep appreciation and respect for the work of your distinguished Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail "Bari Bari", an exceptional and resolute diplomat whose integrity and compassion for those suffering deep injustice epitomises the best values of our continent.  ...

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July 2 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Jul 2 2014, 09:32:01

Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki and several other ministers have been reported to the police for crimes against humanity in Sweden thanks to a new law that allows such crimes to be prosecuted in the north European country.

Human rights lawyer Percy Bratt, who led the unprecedented legal move in Sweden, stated that the Swedish penal code's change enables judges to prosecute crime regardless of where they have been committed or by whom.

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July 1 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Tue Jul 1 2014, 13:04:17

Rumors about Data Center in Embatkala:

According to some people, the GoE has brought  fiber optic up to Massawa, for "Data Center". The Data Center will be in Embatkala, and it will have all the data's of all the ministries and also of embassies(2%) and other things. I was told this system is being ran by the president's office, but according to people working in the president office's; this was a total exaggeration and a lie. That the data center was only an idea of an Eritrean who came from England & the president office is helping. As far as they know there is no such thing as fiber optic in Massawa  or other place.

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June 30 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Mon Jun 30 2014, 22:20:08

in a country called Eritrea

where nobody knows where

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Mon Jun 30 2014, 10:02:01

The resolution, which was adopted by consensus on Friday, 27 June 2014, at the Human Rights Council was Sponsored by France and Somalia, and Cosponsored by Austria, Djibouti, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Maldives, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the oppressed people of Eritrea, I thank those governments that sponsored and cosponsored the resolution, particularly the Somalian Government and H.E. Mr Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, the Somali Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. ...

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June 27 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Fri Jun 27 2014, 14:53:58

The UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) has set up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea, seen as one of the world's most repressive states.

The three-member panel will report back in one year.

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June 26 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Jun 26 2014, 21:11:21

We the undersigned are writing to call on the UN's Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea given the ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations being committed by the government of Eritrea against its own people with total impunity, and its continuing policy of non-cooperation with the UN's human rights mechanisms, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

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