Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eritrea Rejects UN Report on Asylum-Seekers...............Eritrean Comical Ali ambassador, Girma Asmerom denied the facts, it is laughable!

Peter Clottey
November 21, 2014 8:59 PM

Eritrea’s top diplomat to the United Nations says the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has committed a “conceptual mistake” in a report, which stated that in the past 37 days more than 6,000 Eritreans had claimed asylum in neighboring Ethiopia.

The U.N. refugee agency said Eritrea’s renewed conscription drive was to blame for the sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing the country.

But Eritrea's U.N. ambassador, Girma Asmerom, dismissed the report as a calculated effort to undermine the government by creating disaffection among its population. He said Eritrean citizens migrate just like other nationals, which he said is a global phenomenon.

“The U.N. has to do its bit of homework, because there are no asylum-seekers in Ethiopia,” said Asmerom. “We do not understand why they are concocting certain terminologies of asylum-seekers, and [a] refugee kind of concept does not really fit into the Eritrean picture,” he said.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

"You Guys Don't Like It? Go Back To Ethiopia!" Israeli Cops Allegedly Say.... Where is the police officer came from maybe from former USSR???

"Many complaints have reached my desk from Ethiopian emigrants who feel humiliated in face of the attitude of the police. There is a sense that when you guys get ahold of an Ethiopian you act with a much harsher hand and place their backs up against a wall solely because of the color of their skin. If this is true, then it is truly terrible. A person should be expected to pay a price only if he is a criminal but not due to his skin color, gender or ethnicity . Ethiopian emigrants must feel secure here."

Israel's News 1 reports:

Danino's Excellent Police Force
"You Guys Don't Like It? Go Back to Ethiopia!"
Harsh testimonies at Committee for Internal Affairs about police relations towards Ethiopian emigrants • Ethiopian emigrant: "Approach of Mahash (Division for Investigating Police - Israeli police's bureau of internal affairs) is violent" • MK Solomon: "When I'm in a T-shirt and shorts I undergo awful experiences"
News 1

The Committee for Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection convened for a special debate regarding over-policing and police violence towards Ethiopian emigrants. The committee chairperson, MK Miri Regev (Likud), said at the opening of the debate: "Many complaints have reached my desk from Ethiopian emigrants who feel humiliated in face of the attitude of the police. There is a sense that when you guys get ahold of an Ethiopian you act with a much harsher hand and place their backs up against a wall solely because of the color of their skin. If this is true, then it is truly terrible. A person should be expected to pay a price only if he is a criminal but not due to his skin color, gender or ethnicity . Ethiopian emigrants must feel secure here."

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eritreans 'fleeing conscription drive' for Ethiopia - UNHCR

In the 90th, I remembered, How I was so upset when Eritreans humiliated Ethiopians in every stage of the world, they name Ethiopia and Ethiopians with all kinds of names, but fortunately the time cure their arrogance.

Now most Eritreans realized they are empty shell who does not have anything to be proud of or they are not better than Ethiopia or Ethiopians and this is sound like a karma, now they are humiliated, in broad day light Eritreans refugees in the Sudan, Egypt rubbed their organs, most of them tried to get a better life they tried to escape to Europe but the oceans open her mouth and swallow them, Countries rejected their refugee request and they paid the ultimate sacrifices to leave behind beloved Eritrea.

Free Eritrea could not be able to provide homes instead confronted them with hunger and thirsty, they chose death instead of staying in Eritrea, now they ran back to the country they hate most....Ethiopia? History repeating itself

A renewed conscription drive in Eritrea has led to a sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia, a UN refugee agency spokeswoman has told the BBC.

More than 6,000 Eritreans had claimed asylum in Ethiopia in the past 37 days, double the rate seen in previous months, Karin de Gruijl said.

There has also been a rise in the number of Eritreans reaching Italy.

Eritrea says conscription is needed because of tension with Ethiopia.

About 100,000 people died in the 1998-2000 border war between the two countries.

Eritrea became independent after breaking away from Ethiopia.

The refugees, most of whom were between 18 and 24 years old, reported an "intensification" of efforts to conscript them into the army, Ms De Gruijl told the BBC's Newsday programme.

"We know that officially national services are for about four and a half years but quite often they're open-ended," she said.

"This intensification of recruitment has sparked fear among young people in this age group who don't want to have this perspective of not knowing how long they will have to serve."


Friday, November 14, 2014

Dramatic increase in number of asylum seekers from Eritrea

by Redazione West

During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighboring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply. So far this year, nearly 37,000 Eritreans have sought refuge in Europe, compared to almost 13,000 during the same period last year. Most asylum requests have been lodged in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland, with the vast majority of the Eritreans having arrived by boat across the Mediterranean. The UNHCR in Italy reports that 22 per cent of the people arriving by boat are Eritrean, a total of nearly 34,000 people this year. This makes Eritreans the second largest group to arrive in Italy by boat, after Syrians. According to a statement from the UN Refugee Agency, Ethiopia and Sudan have also experienced a dramatic increase in arrivals, including large numbers of unaccompanied children. More than 5,000 Eritreans crossed into Ethiopia during the month of October alone, compared to the average of some 2,000 arrivals per month since the beginning of the year. In Sudan more than 10,700 Eritreans have sought refuge this year, an average of more than 1,000 arrivals per month.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income

Progress has been remarkable since 1984’s ‘biblical famine’, but inequality, ethnic tension and civil rights issues need to be addressed

It is now three decades since Ethiopia experienced the infamous famine that cost the lives of more than a million people. The tragedy prompted the BBC’s Michael Buerk to describe it as “a biblical famine in the 20th century” and “the closest thing to hell on Earth”.

In sharp contrast with that devastating poverty, Ethiopia is now widely considered to be one of a pack of “African tigers”, with ambitious plans to become a middle-income country by 2025. The nation has, “like the proverbial phoenix, managed to rise from the ashes to become Africa’s fastest-growing non-energy-driven economy”, a senior tax adviser at KPMG Kenya recently noted.

The changes that have taken place in Ethiopia since the 1984 famine are commendable. Despite some dispute over the figures, there is consensus that Ethiopia has registered impressive economic growth for the past decade of somewhere between 8% and 10%. One effect of the progress is a greater capacity to cope with drought, preventing the descent into famine conditions that have occurred in the past. Ethiopia’s development efforts are also praised internationally for meeting some of the millennium development goals, particularly universal primary education and a reduction in infant mortality.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ethiopia Accused of Massacring Civilians to Clear Way for Foreign Farms

WARNING: This article contains disturbing images

Ethiopia, one of the world's hungriest countries, is selling off vast chunks of its land to foreign investors who are growing food products for export — and those who get in the government's way are being killed or silenced, according to a new investigation.

Under the country's controversial "villagization" scheme, huge populations of farming communities are being moved out of their homes on land eyed for development and into new settlements built by the government. Residents not lured out by promises of better infrastructure and services are often forced to go against their will, and resistance often brings violence or intimidation into acquiescence or exile, US-based rights group the Oakland Institute says in a report due for release on Monday.

Now, for the first time, pictures obtained exclusively by VICE News appear to show evidence of the widespread atrocities and abuses being reported by farming communities and minority groups across the country.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Britain axes aid to Ethiopian police amid human rights outcry

Britain has suspended most of a £27 million aid programme to support Ethiopia’s police force, The Telegraph has learnt, amid mounting allegations of torture, rape and murder by the regime.

Ministers pulled the plug on a scheme intended to improve criminal investigations, help Ethiopian police “interact with communities on local safety” and help women access the justice system.

The cancellation coincides with an Amnesty International report that documents how the Ethiopian security forces have conducted a campaign of torture, mutilation, rape and murder in order to suppress political opposition.

Britain has given £1 billion in aid, including around £70 million for “governance and security” projects, to the country over three years. Critics of the ruling regime have disappeared, and Amnesty International found allegations of men being blinded and women being gang raped and burnt with hot coals by regime officials.

There are mounting fears for the safety of Andy Tsege, a British national and critic of the regime, who was abducted in Yemen before being tortured and sentenced to death.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Next Shirt You Buy May Say 'Made In Ethiopia.' Here's Why

Made in China" may be leaving your wardrobe.

As labor costs in the "world's factory" continue to rise dramatically, global fashion brands are looking elsewhere to source apparel. In addition to established hubs like Bangladesh and Vietnam, the garment game is ripe for new players: Myanmar (Burma), Haiti and Ethiopia, among others, are looking to rejuvenate a once-thriving trade or even build one entirely from scratch.

China will shed approximately 85 million manufacturing jobs in the coming years, which some development experts say could be a golden opportunity for producing economic development, a la South Korea. The standard narrative: Start at the bottom with low-skill, basic textile manufacturing (like T-shirts) and work your way up to more complex garments (like suits), then to more complex goods like electronics.

Improved quality of life and a rising consumer class will naturally follow, creating sustainable and natural growth in China. At that point, garment assembly would be seen as lowbrow.

"You don't make tanks out of textiles," says Derek Scissors, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thousands of Ethiopians tortured by brutal government security forces... while Britain hands over almost £1 BILLION in aid money???????

More than £1billion from taxpayers was given in aid to Ethiopia while its security forces tortured, killed and raped, campaigners claimed yesterday.

Amnesty International has documented thousands of shockingly brutal abuses against citizens suspected of political opposition.

The human rights group’s report follows calls for greater scrutiny by Britain and other donors to ensure their money does not support state-sanctioned killings and brutality.

Amnesty warned that thousands have faced repeated torture while unlawful state killings have been carried out in a ‘relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent’.

Horrors inflicted on ordinary Ethiopians include women being gang-raped and tortured by prison guards. Amnesty’s report also tells how a teacher was stabbed in the eye with a bayonet after refusing to teach pro-government propaganda to his students.

Entire families were arrested with parents and siblings ‘disappearing’ after they were taken to army camps, said Amnesty.

Britain has donated more than £1billion to Ethiopia in the last five years alone. The Government has denied funding security forces in the autocratic one-party state.

But Britain’s relationship with the East African country is likely to come under scrutiny in a judicial review into claims made by a Ethiopian farmer.

He has been given legal aid in this country to pursue allegations that UK aid supported the regime while it forced thousands of villagers like him from their land using murder, torture and rape.

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