Addressing a Geneva University seminar entitled "Lampedusa, at the Core of Migration Crisis", the former mayor of Lampedusa, Ms Giusi Nicolini, said to an audience of over 600 attendants Wedenesday evening, 11 October, that she "will never ever forget" the painful Lampedusa tragedy of 3 October 2013 that awakened Europe to act.
She said her office planted 366 trees for those victims in Lampedusa, almost all of them Eritreans, in order to keep them in the islanders' collective memories and she hoped the rest of humanity will not forget such painful happenings easily.
Ms Nicolini did not hide her fear of the "growing indifference" in Europe and elsewhere to the suffering of fellow human beigns. She however reminded the heavier burden of today by copmaring the the caseload of one million refugees after World War II to that that of today which is over 60 million.
Ex-Mayor Nicolini further stated that "Europe lost its memory" of what has happened to Jews and other minorities in Nazi Germany seven decades ago, and reminded that every refugee and migrant must be treated humanely and as an individual entity, not as a "collective mass".
She served as the Mayor for the 6,000 inhabitants of Lampedusa since 2012 but recently lost the 2017 re-relection because of her commitment to the human rights of refugees and migrants. However, Ms Nicolini said she is proud of remaining a friend and mayor in the hearts and minds of the estimated 300,000 refugees and migrants who were saved in the waters of Lampedusa during her term of office. The humanity and kindness Lampedusans showed to migrants has influenced others to do the same, she added.
It is estimated that during the last two decades, well over 20,000 persons perished in the Mediterranean Sea, including a big, but yet unknown, number of Eritreans.
Preceding the powerful presentation of ex-Mayor Nicolini, the dean of the University, Professor Yves Fluckinger, and Mr. F. Longchamp, President of the Republic and Caonton of Geneva, spoke on the current migrantion problems and the need to champion human rights amidst all the moves to the contrary.
The weeklong seminar organized by the University of Geneva will be addressed on Thursday, 12 October, by Mr Felipe Gonzales Morales, the newly designated Rapporteur for Human Rights of Migrants.
Under the chairmanship of party head, Mr. Mengesteab Asmerom, the newly elected 9-person Executive Committee of the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) met on Saturday, 7 October 2017, and finalized drafting action plans to be implemented by the offices in close conjunction with the rank-and-file of the party during the coming 12 months. The drafts, based on general guidelines given by the Central Council, will be put into effect as soon as they revised and approved by the Central Council.
This EC regular meeting was the first since the body was elected on 17 September by the 8th regular meeting of the Central Council. The EPDP elects/re-elects its executive body every 12 months.
The EC meeting also pinpoints the priority tasks for the party during the coming few months. These will include meetings for party members as well as the general public, and intensive contacts with political and civic organizations struggling for democratic change in Eritrea.
Likewise, the meeting explored developments affecting Eritrea and its people, both at home and abroad, and took conclusions on every issue it discussed. Among the issues considered at the meeting was the pointless babble of a minuscule group that pointlessly attempted to question the legitimate actions and decisions of the party leadership and described those futile attempts as irresponsible and devoid of any basis whatsoever.
At concluding its meeting the Executive Committee renewed its strong appeal on party members and friends of the party to redouble their efforts in promoting every aspect of EPDP's work plans for the common good.
ፈጻሚት ሽማግለ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ብ7 ጥቅምቲ 2017 ምዱብ ኣኼባኡ ኣካይዱ። ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ ኣብዚ ኣኼባኡ፡ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰዲህኤ ኣብዚ ቀረባ ኣብ ዘካየዶ ኣኼባኡ ዝተለሞም ዓበይቲ ጉዳያት መሰረት ብምግባር ብነፍስወከፍ ቤት ጽሕፈት ንዝቐረበ ዓመታዊ ንድፊ መደብ ዕዮ ብዝርዝር ተመልኪቱ። ድሕሪ ሰፊሕ ምይይጥ ከኣ ናይ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ርኢቶ ተወሲኽዎ ናይ መጻኢ ሓደ ዓመት ትልሚ ንክኸውን ተሰማሚዑ።
ኣብ ርእሲ’ዚ ፈጻሚት ሽማግለ ነቲ ዓመታዊ ትልሙ መስረት ብምግባር፡ ኣብ ቀጻሊ ኣርባዕተ ኣዋርሕ ዝያዳ ቆላሕታ ሂቡ ዝሰርሓሎም ጉዳያት ኣነጺሩ። ካብ’ቶም ቀዳምነት ሂቡ ክሰርሓሎም ዝወጠኖም ነጥብታት፡ ናይ ህዝብን ኣባላትን ኣኼባታት ምክያድ፣ ከምኡ’ውን፡ ምስ ተቓወምቲ ውድባት፡ ሰልፍታትን ማሕበራትን ኤርትራ ርክባት ምግባርን ዝብሉ ይርከብዎ።
ኣኼባ ኣብ መኽፈቲኡ ንህልዊ ኩነታት ሰዲህኤ፡ ንደንበ ተቓውሞን ኣብ ኤርትራ ብሓፈሻ ዘሎ ኩነታትን ካልኦት ከባቢያዊ ምዕባለታትን ዝምልከት ሓበሬታታት ተለዋዊጡ ኣብ ነፍስወከፎም ድማ ሚዛኑ ኣንቢሩ። በዚ መሰረት ኣብዚ ዝሓለፈ ኣዋርሕ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሕጋውነትን ቅዋማዊ ኣሰራርሓን ሰዲህኤ ክስንዘሩ ዝጸንሑ ፈተነታት መሰረት ዘየብሎምን ዘይሓላፍነታውያን ምንባሮም ኣመዝጊቡ።
ኣብ መወዳእታ ከኣ እዚ ኣብ መንጐ ክልተ ኣኼባታት ማእከላይ ባይቶ፡ ዝለዓለ ስልጣን ሰልፊ ዘለዎ ፈጻሚ ሽማግለ፡ ኣባላት ሰልፊ፡ ደለይቲ ፍትሕን ኣብ ለውጢ ረብሓ ዘለዎም ኤርትራውያንን ንመትከላት ሰዲህኤ ኣብ ምዕዋት ዘይተቖጠበ ጻዕሪ ከካይዱ ተማሕጺኑ።
ኣብ ዓባይ ብሪጣንያ ከተማ ሎንዶን ዝርከአብ ጉጅለ ሰዲህኤ፡ ትማሊ ረቡዕ 05/10/2017 ወርሓዊ ኣኼባኡ ኣካይዱ። ኣብቲ ኣኼባ ኣቦ መምበር ጨንፈር ተረኺቡ፡ ንተሳተፍቲ ኣኼባ ዝኾኑ ኣባላት ንተሳትፎኣኦም ኣሞጉሱ። ካብ ዝበኾሩ ኣባላት፤ ክልተ ኣባላት ብርዱእን ቅቡልን ምኽንያታት ክኾኑ ኣንከለዉ፡ እቶም ካልኦት ግን ዘቕረብዎ ምኽንያትን ሓበሬታን እውን ስለዘይነበሮም ብሓባር ክረኣኤ ዘለዎ ጉዳይ ምዃኑ ድሕሪ ምሕባር፣ ዝተታሕዩ ኣጀንዳታት ኣኼባ ብምዝርዛር‘ዩ ከፊትዎ።
ኣኼበኛ ነቶም ኮንፈረንስ ሰልፊ ኣብ ውርሒ ሰለስተ ናይዚ ዓመት እዚ ዘረጋገጾም ዕማማትን መደባትን ደጋጊሙ’ውን ከስተብህለሎም ዝጸንሐን፡ ንቅዋማውን ሕጋውን ቅርጻ ሰልፊ ክፈታተኑ ዝኸረሙ ወስታታት ብጽንዓት ደጊሙ ወጊድ ኢሉዎም።
ኣባላት እዋናዊ ሓበሬታታት ብፍላይ ኣብ ወሽጣዊ ንጥፈታታት ሰልፍናን ደምበ ተቓውሞን እንካን ሃባን ብዝመልኦ ኣስፊሖም ተመያይጦሙሉ።
ኣኼባ ጉጅለ ብሓፈሻኡ ንጨንፈርና ዘጋጥሙዎ ሕጽረታትን ድኻማትን ኣሪሙ ስፍሕ ዝበለ ዕማማት ከዐውት ተር ኣቢሉ መደባቱ ብምስራዕ‘ዩ ኣኼብኡ ደምዲሙ።
ዓወት ንደላይ ፍትሒ ብሓፈሻ፤ ንስሩዕ ቃልዲ ድማ ብፍላይ
ዝኽርን ሞጎስን ንስዉኣትና
ብዕለት 30 መስከረም 2017 ዓመታዊ ጉባኤ ማሕበር ኣካለጽጉማን ኤርትራ ጨንፈር ሽወደን፡ ብተሳታፍነት ላዕለዎት ኣባላትን፡ ኣቦ ወንበራት ጨናፈር ሰዲህኤን፡ ሓያሎ ገዳይም ተጋደልቲ ተሓኤነበርን፡ ብዙሓት ደልይቲ ለውጢ ህርኩታት መንእሰያትን ዝተሳተፍዎ ኣብ ከተማ ስቶኮልም ብዓወት ተዛዝሙ። ጉባኤ ብኣደ ወንበር ማሕበር ወ/ሮ ኣልጋነሽ ኢሳቅ ተኸፊቱ፡ ልክዕ ህልዊ ኩነታት ጽጉማን ኣሕዋት ኣብ መደበር ከሰላ ገሊጻ ።
ተወሳኺ ኣባላት ቦርድ ናይቲ ማሕበርዝኾኑ፡ ሓው ጸሃየ ቀለታን ሓውቲ ገርጊስ ነጋሽን ጨንፈር ሽወደን ንማሕበር ኣካለ ጽጉማን ብፍላይዘበርከቶ ኣገዳሲ ሓልዮትን ተወፋይነትን ብዝርዝር ሓቢሮም። ቀጺሉ ተሓዝ ገንዘብ ሓው ዑቅባሚካኤል ተስፋጽዮን ብጠቅላላ ተቋጻጻሪ ዝተረጋገጸ ጸብጻብ ኣቅረበ። ስዒቡ ኣብ ምምራሕ ዝጸንሐት ሽማገለከተካይዶ ብዝጸንሐት ዕዉት ስራሕ፡ ንዓመተ 2017 2018 እውን ዝነበረት ምምሕዳር ሽማግለ ንክትቅጽል ብግባኤኛታት ንዝቐረበላ ሕቶ፡ ብተወፋይነት ስለዝተቐበለቶ ብሙሉእ ጉባእተኛ ድማ ምስጋና ቀሪቡላ።
ብድሕሪኡ በተን ዘይሕለላ ዉፉያት ክልተ ዋዕሮታት ኣልጋነሽን ገርጊስን ዝተዳለወ ሙቁር መግብን ቅጫን እናተኣንገደ፡ ብሓቂ ብዘደንቅ ሙዉቅ ሃብታም ምሽት ናይ ልዝብ ኣስተምህሮን ክትዕን ኣብ ብህልዊኩነታት ሃገርናን ህዝብና ክሳብ ሰዓት 22.00 ከም ዘምሰየ ወኪል ድምጺ ሓርነት ካብ ስቶኮልም ሓቢሩ።
Former Iraqi President Talabani Was High Eritrea Admirer and Friend of Late Osman Saleh Sabbe W. AmmarWednesday, 04 October 2017 13:00 Written by EPDP Information Office
Mr. Jalal Talabani, former Iraqi President and co-founder of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), has passed away in a Berlin hospital on 3 October 2017 at the age of 83. He was a high admirer of the Eritrean struggle for national independence, and friend of the Eritrean patriot, Osman Saleh Sabbe. Today, both EPDP and Talabani's PUK are members of the Progress Alliance formed in 2013. At this solemn moment, the EPDP extends its sympathies and condolences to the PUK and the bereaved family of this promiment Kurdish-Iraqi leader. May his soul rest in peace.
In the mid-1990s, I (the writer of this brief note) had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Talabani at a number of official and non-official occasions in the major Kurdish cities of Erbil and Suleimaniya and his childhood village outside the city of Suleimaniya. And every time, Mr. Talabani would shout : "Wolde Ammar over here" and he would insist that I take a seat beside him so that we could take some time "to talk more about the wonderful Eritrea." (At that time, every friend expected Eritrea to become a model state for the entire region.)
Dinner & chat with Mr. Talabani. When we celebrated Eritrea's accession to statehood in May 1993, Mr. Talabani was represented at our party by his representative in Suleimaniya City.
Mr. Talabani highly admired the tenacity of Eritreans in a difficult struggle, and he repeatedly attested that the Eritrean struggle was a good example to be emulated by the Kurdish people. Mr. Talabani knew closely the late Osman Saleh Sabbe and said he learned many lessons from him in building friendships for national struggles without reliable friends.
It is highly probable that his remains will be taken for burial in Suleimaniya,Iraqi Kurdistan.
Printed below are excerpts from agency reports about the late Jalal Talabani.
Mr. Jalal Talabani was one of the country’s most powerful and unifying leaders and a man who spent much of his life fighting for the cause of the Kurds of northern Iraq. He had long struggled with his health and was often treated abroad. In 2008, he underwent heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He suffered a stroke in 2012 and stepped down as president in 2014. He was elected to the Iraqi presidency three times. As a Kurd, Mr. Talabani was the first non-Arab president of an Arab nation.
A good-humored, portly man with a soft smile and a mustache, Mr. Talabani was nonetheless a pragmatic and savvy political operator who knew when to play down his fervent Kurdish nationalism. He had been a frequent emissary to world capitals for the Kurdish people before and after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
He was popularly known as Mam Jalal, Kurdish for Uncle Jalal, a nickname ascribed to him in his youth because of his seriousness and that later reflected the affection of his supporters and even some political rivals.
Many in Iraq have wondered whether the crisis would have occurred if Mr. Talabani had still been active in politics. At the very least, they said, he might have been able to defuse it. At various moments in the nation’s turbulent history, he was able to bring Iraq’s warring factions to the negotiating table.
Before his death, Mr. Talabani was trying to mediate a deepening political crisis among Iraq’s three main groups — Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds — who are all embroiled in a contest for power and territory more than six years after the departure of U.S. troops.
From an early age, he showed a revolutionary streak, founding the underground Kurdish Student Union when he was 13.
By 1961, he began to focus solely on the cause of Kurdish resistance against the Iraqi government. Mr. Talabani was a battlefront commander and led separatist movements in several Kurdish regions. When not on the front lines, he traveled on numerous diplomatic missions, becoming the face of Kurdish resistance to Europeans and across the Middle East. Mr. Talabani helped build a political footprint in the new Iraq.
3 ጥቅምቲ 4ይ ዓመት ናይቲ ኣብ ባሕሪ ላምፓዱዛ ዝያዳ 360 ኤርትራውያን ዝሃለቕሉ ዝኽሪ ምዃኑ ረሲዕናዮ ዲና? ኣብቲ ግዜቲ ንሕና ኮነ ዓለም ሰንቢዳ እያ። እቲ ኣብ ኣስመራ ዘሎ ገበነኛ ገዛኢ ግና ኣይገደሶን። ነቶም ግዳያት ኤርትራውያን ክንሶም “ገለ ኣፍሪቃውያን ስደተኛታት” እዩ ኢልዎም።
እዚ ናይ ላምፓዱዛ ህልቂት ብዙሓት ማሕበራትን ውድባትን ንክምስረታ ምኽንያት ኮይኑ እዩ። (ከም ኣብነት፡ ባርነት ይወገድ ኣብ ኤውሮጳ፡ ኮሚተ ዶ/ር ተወልደ ቫካሮ፡… ወዘተ)። ከምቲ ናይ 1971 ህልቂት ዕና-በሲክድራ ኣብ ክልተ መዓልታት ከባቢ ሓደ ሺሕ ሰባት ዝሃለቕሉ እሞ በቲ ዘጋጠመ ህልቂት ዝሓረቑ ኤርትራውያን መንእሰያት ኣብ ኤውሮጳን ሰሜን ኣሜሪካን “ኤርትራውያን ንናጽነት” ዝተባህለ ምንቅስቓስ ንምምስራት ዝተላዕልሉ ማለት እዩ።
ካብቶም 368 ኤርትራውያን ግዳያት ላምፓዱዛ፡ ሄለንን ደቃ፡ ኢስሮም፡ ደሊናን ቢለንን ይርከብዎም
ድሕሪ 4 ዓመታት ኣሰቃቒ ዝኽሪ ላምፓዱዛ ኤርትራውያን ከም ቀሊል ጉዳይ ዝወሰድዎ ይመስሉ። እቲ ብናይዚ ኩሉ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝረአ ዘሎ ኣሕዛኒ ኩነታት ዝሕተት ገበነኛ ጉጅለ፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ኣራጢጡ ምህላዉ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ፡ ልዕልና ክረክብ ዝደናደን ዘሎ እዩ። ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ኤርትራዊ ተቓወምቲ፡ ምንቅስቓሳትን ማሕበራትን ኣብ ወጻኢ ዝተሓተ ግምት ዝህብዎ እዮም ዝመስሉ።
ድሕሪ ተረኽቦ ህልቂት ላምፖደዛ ሕብረት ኤውሮጳ ህጹጽ ስጉምቲ ወሲዱ እዩ። ክሳብ ሕጂ’ውን ኣብ ሴሜናዊ ገማግም ባሕሪ መዲትራንያን ሞት ጠጠው ንምባል ጻዕሩ ቀጻሊ ኣሎ። እንተኾነ ነቲ ተረኽቦ ከም ቀሊል ነገር ክወስድዎን እቲ ናይቲ ጉዳይ መሰረታዊ ጠንቂ ንከይጽናዕ ስቕ ኢሎም ክርእይዎን ጀሚሮም ኣለዉ። ብኣንጻሩ ነቲ ብኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ዝምራሕ ገበነኛ ጉጅለ ናይ ምሕያል ዝንባለ ከም ሜላ ይረአ ኣሎ። እንተኾነ ከምቲ ናይ 3 ጥቅምቲ ኣሰቃቒ ተረኽቦ ላምፓዱዛ ቀጻሊ ኣሎ።
ድሕሪ ናይ ላምፓዲዛ ኣሰቃቒ ተረኽቦ ዝተመስረተ ትካል፡ “መደብ ዝጠፍኡ ስደተኛታት” ይበሃል። እንተኾነ እዚ ኣካል ኤርትራውያን ግዳያት ክንደይ ምዃኖም’ኳ ኣየነጸረን። ኣብ ክንዳኡ ናብ 2000 ተመሊሱ ኣብ ዝሓለፉ 17 ዓመታት ግዳይ ባሕሪ ዝኾኑ ሰባት 46 ሺሕ ምዃኖም ይጠቅስ።
ንሕና ኤርትራውያን’ውን ኣብ መዓሙቕ ባሕርን ምድረበዳን ዝሃለቑ ኤርትራውያን ኣዝዮም ብዙሓት ምዃኖም ንርደእ፡ እንተኾነ ክሳብ ሕጂ ብንጹር ናይ ዝሞቱን ዝጠፍኡን ንጹር ቁጽሪ ክንፈልጥ ኣይከኣልናን። ኣብ 2013 ኣብ ባሕሪ ሚዲተራንያን ግዳያት ዝኾኑ ሰባት 600 እዮም። ካብዚ ኣሃዝ ኤርትራውያን ካብ ክልተ ሲሶ ዘይውሕዱ ምንባሮም ፍሉጥ እዩ።. ባሕሪ መዲተራንያን ኣብ 2014፡ 3, 279 ህይወት ቀዚፉ። ኣብ 2015፡ 3, 700 ህይወት በሊዑ፡ ኣብ 2016 ዝያዳ 3,500 ህይወት ወሲዱ ኣብ 2017 ከኣ ልዕሊ 2,654 ሰባት ኣጥፊኡ። እንተኾነ ካብዚኦም አርትራውያን ክንደይ ምዃኖም ኣይንፈልጥን ኢና።
ናይቶም ብዙሕ ዝተዘርበሎም ግዳያት ላምፓዱዛ ኣስከሬን ኣብ ትሕቲ መሬት እዩ ተቐሚጡ ዘሎ። ናይ መብዛሕትኦም መንነት’ውን ኣይተነጸረን። ኣብዚ ዝሓለፈ 4 ዓመታት እውን ብዙሕ ሬሳታት ተወሲኽዎም እዩ። ንሕና ግና ኣይኮነንዶ ሓቢርና ነቲ ጉዳይ ጠጠው ከነብል ክንበቅዕ ቁጽሪ ዝሞቱ ወገናትና ብትኽክል ክንፈልጥ’ኳ ኣይከኣልናን።
ጳጳስ ፍራንሲስ ንኤርትራውያን ህሉዋት ኣብ ላምፓዱዛ እንዳጸናንዑ።
ሓቢርካ ምስራሕን ሓቢርካ ምድማጽን መፍቲሒ ኩሉ ሃገራዊ ሽግራትና እዩ! ነዝን ካልእን ብዝምልከት ልኡኽ ሰልፊ ደሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ተጋደላይ ተስፋይ ወልደሚካኤል/ደጊጋ/ ኣቦ መንበር ቤት ጽሕፈት ውደባዊ ጉዳያት ኣብ ከተማ ኦስሎ፣ ኖርወይ ንህዝቢ ሰፊሕ መብሪሂ ክህብ እዩ።
ጨንፈር ኖርወይ ንኹሉ ግዱስ ዜጋ ብኽብሪ ይዕድም ናብዚ ክፉት ኣገዳሲ ህዝባዊ ኣኼባ
ዕለተ ኣኼባ፣ 14 10 2017
ኣኼባ ዝጅምረሉ፣ 2 ናይ ድሕሪ ቀትሪ
ቦታ ኣኼባ፣ ኣብ Furuset Sentret, Fruset Furum
መጎዓዝያ፣ T-barne ቁጽሪ 1 ወይ ቁጽሪ 2 ወሲድኩም ኣብ ፍሩሰት ሰንተር ውረዱ
ብ 40955920, 47863413 ወይ 95108247 ደዊልኩም ተወከሱና፣ ክንቅበለኩምን ክንተሓባበረኩምን ድላዋት ኢና!
Did we already forget? Today, 3rd October, is the 4th anniversary of the Lampedusa tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea in which over 360 Eritrean lives perished. We were shocked, and the world too - of course except the criminal regime in Asmara that called our death "some African migrants".
The tragedy of Lampesusa gave cause to the establishment of a number of organizations and movements (e.g. the Stop Slavery in Europe, the Dr Tewelde Vaccaro committees...), as the Ona-Besikdira Massacre of December 1971, which claimed nearly 1,000 deaths in two days, also at that time angered young Eritreans in Europe and North America to form "Eritreans for liberation" movements.
The 368 Eritrean Lampedusa victims included Helen with her children Esrom, Delina and Bilen.
After four years of the pain of Lampedusa, Eritreans in all walks of life appear to have taken it easy. The evil Eritrean regime - that root cause of the ongoing Eritrean tragedies - is not only safe in Asmara but also apparently claiming to have taken the upper-hand. The tragedy today is that there is little to see from the opposition movements, associations in the diaspora.
Also soon after Lampedusa, the European Union acted fast and took measures, which still continue, to stop deaths in the southern shores of Europe. But, they took started to take it easy, and decided to let the root causes remain unaddressed. Instead, re-empowering regimes like that dictator Isayas Afeworki were preferred as the new normal. But tragedies similar to what happened near Lampedusa on 3 October 2013 continue unabated.
One European organ established soon after the Lampedusa shock is called Missing Migrants Project. It did not specify the number of Eritrean victims, but it went back to year 2000 and estimated migrant sea fatalities in the past 17 years at 46,000.
We Eritreans know that the number of compatriots who perished in the high seas and deserts is big, but we are not yet able even to take count our dead and missing compatriots.
During 2013, Mediterranean Sea victims numbered some 600. The number of Eritrean deaths was for sure not less than two-thirds of that number for that year.
In 2014, the Mediterranean Sea claimed 3,279 lives; in 2915 over 3,700 lives; in 2016 over 3,500, and so far in 2017 over 2,654 lives. Yet we cannot tell how many of the dead were Eritreans.
Even the remains of the highly publicized victims of Lampedusa remain in underground vaults, many of them still not identifies. Many more were added during the past four years.... and we are not even counting our dead let alone to jointly take action to stop the tragedies. console
Pope Francis meeting consoling the Eritrean Lampedusa survivors.
The Central Council of the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) ended its 8th regular meeting on 17 September 2017 after a chain of five sessions held since 26 August 2017.During those sessions, the Council solemnly reviewed and weighed internal Eritrean and regional developments. Likewise, the Council thoroughly discussed various reports of the Executive Committee and, after making necessary changes and improvements, adopted them as legal party documents.
Topmost in the agenda of the 8th regular meeting of the Council was the ongoing distressing situation in Eritrea under the dictatorial PFDJ regime, and how this dilemma could be overcome. To this end, and after commending the efforts so far exerted by Eritrean activists and the international community in exposing the true nature of the regime and the crimes it has been committing against the new nation, the EPDP Central Council encouraged all struggling forces and their supporters to redouble their struggle in order to shorten the days suffering in Eritrea.
In addition, the Council reviewed and agreed on appropriate decisions regarding an anomaly that transpired within the North America zone of the party; the process of the Party Renewal project now underway, and the proposal for joint work in the Eritrean opposition camp. In regard to these issues, the Council agreed on points summarized below.
On North America Zone
After reviewing and weighing the various disruptive acts in the region and the legitimate and constitutional corrective measures taken by party leadership, the 8th regular meeting resolved as follows:
- The unruly acts and wild pronouncements of some elements of the ex-zone committee in North America have nothing to do with the EPDP and its organs;
- Highly commended EPDP North America members who are abiding by decisions of the party leadership elected at the second EPD Congress and who are closely cooperating with the newly formed Preparatory Committee for an emergency zonal congress for North America party branches;
- Likewise, the EPDP Council called upon all members in North America to closely cooperate with the Preparatory Committee and share their views by attending the emergency congress now under preparation.
On Party Renewal Process
Building on the decision of its 7th regular meeting of a year ago on the paramount importance of launching a process in party renewal, the Central Council thoroughly discussed report of its committee assigned a year ago to study the subject matter and decided as follows:
- Adopted the Party Renewal document after making necessary additions and changes;
- Formed a new Commission mandated to draft implementation modalities and to continue studying additional possibility for a successful party renewal;
- The Council also decided to hold extraordinary meetings every two months to receive reports of the Commission and take necessary resolutions on the project.
On EPDP Proposal for Joint Work in the Opposition Camp
Acknowledging the fact that we in the Eritrean opposition camp as a whole did not measure up to the required level joint action to address as a matter of urgency the situation in Eritrea, the meeting affirmed that the EPDP proposal for joint work of the forces in the opposition was timely and critically important. Beside extending its deep appreciation to all organizations that so far positively reacted to the proposal with comments and further queries for clarifications, the Council mandated the Executive Committee to make extended outreach be they individual organizations and/or groupings/alliances to promote the idea of joint action. Further, the Council called upon all political organizations and civil association in the opposition camp to review the weaknesses of the past in a responsible manner and make a new start with vigour and redoubled energy.
The regular meeting also discussed a report from the standing committee on financial and social affairs, and made distinction on matters that need further scrutiny by the committee and those that have be put to implementation by the executive body.
Based on its findings on current developments in the Red Sea Basin, which are far from serving the interests of our people and the general security of the region, the EPDP Central Council expressed its deep concern about the dangers posed by the lawless actions and relations of the Eritrean regime. Thus, in order to confront the looming dangers to Eritrea's every existence, the Council called upon the opposition camp to urgently look for a viable formula for joint work, and urged the Eritrean defence forces and regime sympathizers in diaspora to stand on the side of their victimized people.
As part of its agenda, this 8th regular meeting of the Council elected party chairman on the basis of its constitutional article 6.1.6. Eight candidates nominated by the new chairperson as his team were voted one after the other and approved to head various executive offices for the one-year. Also elected was the party auditor general.
On the other hand, the Central Council took time to highly commend the entire EPDP rank and file found in many parts of the globe for their efforts and unflinching dedication to strengthen the party and defend it from all sorts of threats and dangers. It encouraged the total party membership to continue extending their legitimate constructive ideas on the basis of party constitution and boost their usual sacrifices of all kinds to further build up the EPDP.
At the conclusion of the fifth and final session, the Council paid tribute to compatriots who were arrest on 18 September 2001 as well as all those who disappeared or were incarcerated before and after that date and found themselves languishing in the prisons of the repressive regime or those who could have died of ill-treatment. The Council reminded the Eritrean people and the international community of their responsibility to make pressure bear on the dictatorial regime in Eritrea.
We call for a joint action to make a difference!!
Glory and eternal memory to Eritrean Martyrs!!
EPDP Central Council
17 September, 2017