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On 16 May 2018, the new Mayor of the Swedish city of Gothenburg, Ms Ann Sophie Hermenson, received in audience the administrative committee of the Swedish-Eritrean Cultural Association ('Eritrea in Our Hearts') and discussed pressing issues adversely affecting Eritrean refugees in the region.

At opening the meeting, Mr. Tomas Magnusson, chairman of the Swedish-Eritrean Association, explained the various free services provided by the group to Eritrean refugees and listed five main problems encountered by the refugees, which are: 1.lack of residence houses; 2. problems in arranging family reunion;3. difficulties in obtaining residence permits; 4. the problems created by some interpreters who have relation with the Asmara regime; and 5. the recent moves at European level to revise laws in refugee acceptance, even affecting those who already obtained permanent residence permits.

On their part, association committee members Zehaie Keleta and Amjed Yassin, highlighted with concrete justifications the situation in Eritrea and why Eritreans, who now constitute the third largest group in the region, have fled home.

The Gothenburg Mayor said this was the first time for her to meet with the Swedish-Eritrean group and highly appreciated the community services provided by it. She pledged to study and address the queries raised by the delegation of the association and expressed willingness to attend a forthcoming event for celebrating Eritrea's 27 Independence Day.

Her work colleague, young Joseph Akar, who is in charge of education and employment in the city's administration, said this was the third time for him to meet and discuss with the active Swedish-Eritrean group in Gothenburg. He also disclosed that some 60,000 houses are planned to be constructed in the city and that job opportunities will be available for those who learn the Swedish language.

ኣካያዲት ሽማገለ ሽወደናዊ ኤርትራዊ ባህላዊ ምሕዝነት ማሕበር (ኤርትራ ኣብ ልብና) ብዕለት 16 ግንቦት 2018 ዓ.ም.ፈ. ኣብ ሰዓታት ድሕሪ ቀትሪ ካብ ሰዓት 15.00 ክሳብ 16.00 ምስ ከንቲባ ከተማ ዮተቦርግ ኣን ሶፊ ሀርመንሶንን ምስ ፖሊቲካዊ ሰክረተር ኣብ ስራሕትን ትምህርትን ንሓደስቲ ስደተኛታት ተቀማጦ ዮተቦርግ መንእሰይ ዮሴፍ ኣካር ኣገዳሲ ምይይጥ ኣካይዶም።


ኣቦ ወንበር ማሕበር ሽወደናዊ ኤርትራዊ ባህላዊ ምሕዝነት ኣቶ ቶማስ ማንግሶን ድሕሪ ዕላማን ንጥፈታት ማሕበር ንሓደስቲ ኤርትራውያን ዝህብዎ ነጻ ኣገልግሎት መእተዊ ገይሩ 5ተ ኣገድስቲ ንኤርትራውያን ዘሸግሩ ዘሎዉ ሕቶታት ማለት፡

1. ጉዳይ ስእነት መንበሪ ገዛቲ።

2. ጉዳይ ምጥርናፍ ስድራቤትን መሰናኽላቱን።

3. ጉዳይ ናይ ሃገር ሽወደን መንነት ንምርካብ ዝጥለብ ዘሎ ግዳዴ ።

4. ጉዳይ ጌጋታት ተርጎምቲ ደገፍቲ ህግደፍ ኣብዚ ከተማ።

5. ኣብ ምትእትታው ዝርከብ ብደረጀ ኤውሮጳ ዝብል ናይ ስደተኛታት ሓዲስ ሕጊ ….. ንኩሎም ንኤርትራውያን ቀዋሚ ፍቅድ ዝተዋህቦም ዝጋጠሙ ዘሎዉ ሽግራት ሓቢሩ። ቀጺሎም ሓው ጸሃየ ቀለታ ሓው ኣምጀድ ያስሲንን ኤርትራውያ ብብዝሒ ኣብ ሳልሳይ ቦታ ከም ዝኾኑን ነዚ ዘከተለ ከኣ ኣብ ሃገርና ዘሎ መሪር ሓደገኛ ግጉይ ምምሕዳርን ከቢድ ሃለዋት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንቡርን ብዘይ ብቅሳነት ይነብሩ ከም ዘየለዉ ብግብራዊ ጭብጢ ተረኽቦታት ብምጥቃስ ኣብሪሆም። ከንቲባ ከተማ ዮተቦርግ ኣን ሶፊ ምስ ኤርትራውያን ቦኽሪ ርክባ ምኻኑን ብተገዳስነት ማሕበር ንጥፈታቱን ኣድኒቃ ንዝቀረቡ ሕቶታት ንዓኣ ሓደስቲ ምኳኖም ሓቢራ ምስ ዝምልከተኦም ብዝከኣላ ኣብ ግምት ከተእትዎ ምዃና ቃል ኣትያ ኣብ ዝኽሪ መዓልቲ ናጽነት መበል 27 ዓመት እውን ደስ እናበላ ክትሳተፍ ምኻና ሓቢራ። መንእሰይ ዮሴፍ ብወገኑ ርክብ ኤርትራውያን ንሳልላይ ጊዜ ምዃኑ፡ ምስ ዮናስ ኣተንዩስ ሓላፊ ናይ ትምህርትን ስራሕን ቅድሚ ሕጂ ርክብ ከም ዝተገብረ ሓቢሩ፡ ገለ ካብኡ ኣፍልጦ ከም ዘሎዎን ብጉዳይ ናይ ሽግር ገዛ ልዕሊ 60.000 ገዛውቲ ክህነጽ ምምሕዳር ከተማ መዲቡ ከም ዘሎን፡ ቋንቋ ቀሲምካ ንስራሕ ምርካብ ሽግር ከም ዘየሎ ኣብሪሁ። ኣብ መደምደምታ ገለ ገለ ሕቶታት መሊሱ ንቀጻሊ ተማሳሳሊ ርክብ ክቅጽል ተላብዩ። ኣቦ ወንበር ቶማስ ማንግሶን ንምምሕዳር ክተማ ዮተቦርግ ንጽቡቅ ኣቃባብላን ተገዳስነትን ኣመስጊኑ ኣኼባ ተዛዚሙ።

ስርዓት ህግደፍ ኣብ ከርከበት ንዝርከቡ ነባራት ብስም ምጥርናፍ ዓድታት ካብ መረበቶም ምስ ኣፈናቐለ፡ ኣብቲ ከባቢ ኣብ ዝተሃንጸ ዲጋ “ከተልምዑ ኢኹም” ብዝብል ምስምስ ካብ ርሑቕ ቦታታት ዘምጸኦም ሰባት የስፍር ከም ዘሎ ተፈሊጡ። እቶም ነዚ ብዝምልከት ሓበሬታ ዝሃቡ ምንጭታትና ከም ዝጠቐስዎ ክሳብ ሕጂ 1800 ዝኾኑ ሓደስቲ ኣብቲ ቦታ ከም ዝሰፈሩን እዚ ኣሃዝ’ዚ ናብ 3000 ክዛይድ ግምት ከምዘሎን ገሊጾም። እቲ ስርዓት ነቲ ኣብ ዋንነት መሬት ከጋጥም ዝኽእል ምስሕሓብ ንምብላሕ ነዞም ሓደስቲ ሰፈርቲ “መሕለው ነብስኹምን ንብረትኩምን” ብዝብል ጉልባብ ብረት የዕጥቖም ከም ዘሎ ከኣ እቲ ሓበሬታ ብተወሳኺ ገሊጹ።

እቶም ምርንጭታት እቲ ንነፍሲ ወከፍ ሓዲሽ ሰፋሪ ሓሓሙሽተ ፍዳን ዝዕደል ዘሎ መሬት ዋንነቱ ናይቶም ብጉልባብ ምጥርናፍ ዓድታት ዝተፈናቐሉ ነባራት ምንባሩ ተቒሶም፡ እዚ ህዝቢ ንህዝቢ ዘናቑት ተግባራት ስርዓት ህግደፍ፡ ኣብ ሩባ ገርሰት ናይ ምድጋሙ መደብ’ውን ተታሑዙ ኣሎ ኢሉም።

እቲ ስርዓት ቅድሚ ሕጂ እውን “ከባቢኹም ክትሕልዉ” ብዝብል ደቂ ኩናማ ንበይኖም ከም ዝዕጠቑ ከም ዝገበረን ሕጂ ድማ ነዚ ፈላሊኻ ናይ ምትፍናን መደባቱ ንምስፋሕ ንደቂ ናራ ንበይንኹም ክትዕጠቑ ስለ እንደሊ ካባኹም ነቲ ዕጡቑ ክመርሑ ዝኽእሉ ምሁራትን ክኢላታትን ሃቡና ይብሎም ኣሎ። እቶም ምንጭታት ከም ዝጠቕስዎ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ከምዚ ስጉምቲ ዝወስድ ዘሎ ህዝቢ እቲ ከባብታት፡ ብዋሕዲ ቀረብን ክብሪ ዋጋን ኣብ ዝለዓለ ናይ ጥሜት ሓደጋ እናሃለወ እዩ። ከም መርኣያ ናይቲ ክብሪ ዋጋ ከኣ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ዋጋ ሓደ ኩንታል መሸላ 2000 ናቕፋ ወይ 4000 ጅኔ ሱዳን በጺሑ ኣሎ። ስራሕ ዘይምህላውን ብዘይ ክፍሊት ስረሓት መንግስቲ ክትዓምም ምግዳድን ከኣ፡ ነቲ ኩነታት መመሊሱ ከም ዘግደዶን ብሰንክዚ ህዝቢ ሃገሩ ለቒቑ ክስደድ ይግደድ ከም ዘሎን እቲ ዝበጸሓና ሓበሬታ ገሊጹ።

እዚ ከምዚሉ እንከሎ፡ ኣካላት እቲ ስርዓት ከም መቐጸልታ ናይቲ ህዝቢ ናይ ምብዝባዝ ኣመሎም፡ መብዓሊ መበል 27 ዓመት መዓልቲ ናጽነት ኤርትራ፡ ካብ 5 ክሳብ 500 ናቕፋ ሰሊዖም ብኣስገዳድ የኽፍሉ ከም ዘለዉ እዞም ምንጭታት ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሓቢሮም።

Joined in recent months by over 100 young members in the Middle East and North America, EPDP grassroots everywhere are heating up their day-to-day regional and local activities and party renewal tasks, all focused on more effective role in the struggle for democratic change in Eritrea. Following the first ever historic meeting on 27 April of the recently formed EPDP Zone in Israel, other party grassroots also held constructive meetings in North America and Europe. The Preparatory Committee for Eritrea Festival 2018 has also been on the move at full gear.

 

EPDP NA Membership Meeting

On 6 May 2018, the EPDP North America Zone held a total-membership meeting mainly for a briefing on the recent successful party mission to Israel that lasted between 31 March and 16 April 2018. Mr. Tuku Tesfai, EPDP Central Council member who led the two-person delegation, recounted in great detail the contacts the delegation made with Eritreans and humanitarian service actors supporting refugees in Israel. In the meantime, he said the delegation collected over 75 duly filled membership forms from young Eritreans in Israel who are determined to struggle for democratic change as EPDP members.

 

The EPDP NA Zone meeting warmly congratulated and commended the delegation members for their successful mission and called upon the party leadership to organize similar delegations to other places where Eritreans are present. (These may include places in Africa like Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa and others). In a historic move, the NA Zone meeting also initiated an additional fund-drive for the party in honor of CC members Tuku Tesfai and Feven Gideon so that similar future party missions could be launched on time.

 

EPDP Oakland-San Jose Members Meet

On 5 May, EPDP members in Oakland and San Jose, California, held a meeting to review developments in their region and the entire North America Zone. The meeting was pleasantly surprised by the new wave of mobilization within the party and voiced their full satisfaction with the outcome of the recent party mission to Israel as well as the activities of new EPDP members in different parts of Canada, and the return to party ranks of former freedom fighters in several regions in North America.

2nd Sweden Branch in Action

Also on 5 May 2018, the second EPDP Branch for Southern Sweden held its fifth regular meeting electronically and discussed different agenda items related to internal branch and party matters as well as developments affecting the ongoing struggle for democratic change. The branch leadership to time to explain the situation of each branch member and what he/she is able to contribute in branch activities. Also explained were joint projects with sister associations like the 'Eritrea in Our Hearts' group and the local authorities. Eritrean refugees in the Gothenburg region are granted different free services and also recently got a new meeting place.

Festival 2018 Preparations Are Underway

On First of May, the 9-person Preparatory Committee of Eritrea Festival 2018 held its second regular meeting since its formation this year. The meeting was headed by Mr. Tesfamariam Kibreab, who is the chairman of the Eritrean Democratic Association (EDA), a non-profit association that organizes the annual politico-cultural Eritrea Festival in the German city of Frankfurt. The meeting allotted responsibilities to each Committee member and listed Committee's expectations from the EPDP Europe Zone and its branches who are co-organizers of the annual event.

 

A press release of the meeting confirmed that Eritrea Festival 2018 will be held between 3 and 5 August this year at the usual place in Frankfurt (Die Studierendenschaft der Johann Wolfgang Goethe – Universität, Mertonstr. 26 – 28, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main).

ብዕለት 1.05.2018 ኣሰናዳኢት ሽማግለ ናይቲ ብኤርትራዊ ዲሞክራስያዊ ማሕበር ኣብ ጀርመንን ጨናፍር ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ኤውሮጳን ዝዳሎ ፈስቲቫል/ሰፊሕ በዓል ኤርትራ ፍራንክፎርት 2018 ካልኣይ ኣኼባኣ ኣካይዳ። ኣሰናዳኢት ሽማግለ ፈስቲቫል ፍራንክፎርት ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ጽፍሕታት ካብ ዘሎው ትሽዓተ ኣባላት ማሕበርን ሰልፍን ዝቆመት ሽማግለ ኮይና፡ ቀንዲ ዕማማ ድማ፡ ነቲ ብሓልዮት ኤርትራዊ ዲሞክራስያዊ ማሕበር ኣብ ጅርመንን ጨናፍር ሰዲህኤ ኣብ ኤውሮጳን፣ ኣብ ፍራንክፈርት ህዝብን መራሕቲ ፖለቲካዊ ውድባትን፡ ሰልፍታትን፡ በርጌሳውያን ማሕበራትን ብምርኻብ ሃገራውን ህዝባውን ጉዳያት ንምርላዛብን ሓሳባቶም ንምልውዋጥን ዝካየድ ዓምታዊ በዓል ኤርትራ ንምዕዋት ድሮ ስርሓ ጀሚራ ትርከብ።

እዚ ብዕለት 01 ጉንበት 2018 ዝተኻየደ ኣኼባ ሽማግለ፣ ብኣቦ-መንበር ሽማግለ ኣቶ ተስፋማርያም ክብርእብ ተኸፊቱ። ኣኼባ ንኣጀንዳታቱ ሓደ ብሓደ ድሕሪ ምርኣይ፣ ክሳብ’ቲ ዕለት’ቲ ዝተሰላሰሉ ዕማማት ገምጊሙ። ድሕርዚ ንዝትረፉ ዕማማት ንምስልሳልን ኣብ ምሉእ ፍጻመ ፈስቲቫል ንምብጻሕን ሽማግለ ኣብ ውሽጡ ነብሰ ስርዕን ኣርባዕተ ክፍልታት ዝሓቖፈ ምምቅቃል ዕዮን ገይሩ፣ ናይ ስራሕ መደባቱ ሰሪዑ ተበጊሱ ምህላዉ ተሓቢሩ።

ፈስቲቫል ፍራንክፎርት፣ ሎሚ ዓመት እውን ኣብቲ ልሙድ ቦታ ኣብ ቦኮንሃይም ቫርተ ዝርከብ ኣደራሽ ናይቲ ዩንቨርስቲ ፡

Die Studierendenschaft der Johann Wolfgang Goethe – universität

Mertonstr. 26 – 28 60325 Frankfurt a. Main

ካብዕለት 03 ክሳብ 05 ነሓሰ 2018 (August 03 – 05.2018) ኣብዘሎ እዋን ክጋባእ እዩ።

ሽማግለ ፈስቲቫል 2018

ብዕለት 27 ሚያዝያ 2018 ዞባ ሽማግለ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እስራኤል ናይ ኣባላት ኣኼባ ኣካይዱ። ኣብዚ ኣኼባ መደብ ስርርዕ ጨናፍር ተሊሞም። ከምዝዝከር ዞባ እስራኤል ካብ ዝቀውም ወርሒ ኣይመልኤን።

ጸበባ ህዝቦምን ሃገሮምን ንምፍታሕ ዘለዎም ናይ ቃልሲ ሸውሃት ግና ደረት የልብሉን። መደቦም ጥርኑፍ ዝኾነ ምስ ኩሉ ደላይ ፍትሒ ጐድኒ ንጐድኒ ኮይኖም ንጨፍጫፊ ስርዓት ህ.ግ.ደ.ፍ ካብ ስሩ ሞቅሚቅካ ምእላይ እዩ።

ክንዕወት ኢና!

ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዑደት ናብ ዘካየዱ ላዕለዋይ ኮሚሽነር ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣቶ ዛይድ ኣል ሁሴን መዘክር ልኢኹ። ሰዲህኤ ኣብዚ መዘክሩ እቶም ኮሚሽነር ንሕብረት ኣብፍሪቃ ብዛዕባቲ ብባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ካብ መጀመርያ 1990ታት ጀሚሩ ንክከታተሎ ሓላፍነት ዝተዋህቦ ኩነታት ሕሰምን ግህሰት ሰብኣዊ መሰልን ኤርትራ ንከዘኻኽርዎ ጸዊዑ።

እዚ ናብ ኣቦመንበር ኮሚሽን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ኣቶ ሙሳ ፋቂ ማህማት ቅዳሑ ዝተላእከ ናይ 26 ማዝያ 2018 ህጹጽ መዘክር ሰዲህኤ፡ ኩሎም እቲ ጉዳይ ዝምልከቶም ኣካላት ሕቡራት ሃገራትን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃን ብመንጽርቲ ውጽኢት መርማሪ ኮሚሽን ሕቡራት ሃገራት ሰብኣዊ መሰል ኤርትራ ኣንጻርቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝፍጸም ዘሎ ግህሰታት ሰብኣዊ መሰላታን ጥሕሰታት ሕግን ስጉምቲ ዘይምውሳዶም ገሊጹ። ምስዚ ብዝተተሓሓዘ፡ ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ብወገኑ ኣብ ኤርትራ ይፍጸም ብዛዕባ ዘሎ ግህሰት ሰብእዊ መሰላት ብገበን ዝሕተቱ ኣካላት ሓላፍነት ዝወስድሉን ምእንቲ ፍትሕን ሓቅን ዝሕተትሉን ኣገባብ ከነጽር ይግበኦ ነይሩ ኢሉ።ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ብመንጽርቲ ብባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ዓመት ዓመት ዝቐርብ መተሓሳስብታት ክሳብ”ዚ ግዜዚ ዋላ ሓንቲ ስጉምቲ ኣይወሰደን።

ኣቶ ዛየድ ኣል ሁሲየንን ኣቶ ፈቂ ማሃማትን ብ24 ማዝያ 2018 ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ዘካየድዎ ርክብ ከም ሓደ መርኣያ መደልደሊ ዝምድናን ምትሕብባርን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃን ሕቡራት ሃገራትን ዝውሰድ እዩ። እዚ ናይ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ርክብ ክልቲኡ ኣካላት፡ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ብሓባር ንምክልኻል መሰረት ዘንብር እዩ።

In a memorandum sent to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who is currently in Addis Ababa, the Eritrean People's Democratic Party asked him to kindly remind the African Union about the mandate given them by the UN Human Rights Council in regard to the grave human rights violations in Eritrea which went on unabated from the early 1990's to the present.

 

The urgent EPDP message of 26 April 2018, also copied to the African Union Commission Chairman, Mr. Moussa Fakai Mahamat, regretted that all relevant UN organs and the African Union have not acted on the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea that required urgent action to stop those violations and to serve justice to past abuses. 

On its part, the African Union was recommended to set up "an appropriate accountability mechanism" in order to "hold perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Eritrea accountable to secure justice and truth."

 

To this day, African Union has not acted on those annually repeated recommendations for action by the UN Human Rights Council.

EPDP Asks UN HR Commissioner to Talk to AU 27.04.2018 2

 

Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and Mr. M. Faki Mahamad on 24 April co-chaired in Addis Ababa the first AU and UN High Level Dialogue on Human Rights as part of the commitment to strengthen ongoing collaboration between both institutions. The Addis Ababa AU-UN Dialogue reportedly presented a platform to explore and develop joint approaches to preventing and addressing human rights abuses and violations and building mechanisms in defense of human and peoples' rights.