Eritreans Ask Italian PM to Cancel Visit to Asmara, Or Take Bodies of 360 Lampedusa Victims with HimWednesday, 03 October 2018 09:25 Written by EPDP Information Office
At this occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Lampedusa Tragedy of 3 October, 2013, and in connection with the planned visit to Asmara by the Italian Prime Minister, three Eritreans organizations addressed a strong memorandum to the Italian Government expressing “deep regret and disappointment” at Italy’s “repeated failures to help Eritreans” at their hours of difficulty and great need.
Addressed to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his Foreign Minister, Enzo M. Milanesi, the message wished to remind the Italian Government that the highly repressive regime in Eritrea “does not deserve to be dignified” by a high-level delegation from Italy before that regime starts to implement at least some of the recommendations of UN Human Rights Council.
The Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Giuseppe Conte, was asked to kindly canceling the visit, or at least consider taking with him to Asmara the 360 bodies of Lampedusa victims for proper burial in Eritrea.
The Eritrean organizations also referred to instances of Italy’s past failures to help its ex-colony Eritrea. It mentions Italy’s apology to Libya for “past wounds” and a compensation package of US$5 billion it gave to Libya in 2009 as “material and emotional recognition” of Italy’s past mistakes during the colonial period.
Below is the full text of the memorandum addressed to the Italian Government by the three Eritrean organizations, namely, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP); the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri), and Unity of Eritreans for Justice (UEJ).
Eritrean Justice Seekers’ Message to Italian
Government and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
To: H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Conte,
Prime Minister of Italy
CC: H.E. Mr. Enzo Moavero Milanesi,
Italian Foreign Minister,
Palazzo della Farnesina, Roma
3 October, 2018
Dear Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte,
At this Commemoration Day of the Lampedusa Tragedy and in relation to the planned visit to Eritrea this month by Italian delegation led by Your Excellency, we, the undersigned members of Eritrean pro-democracy organizations in exile, are addressing this message to you and through you to the Italian Government to express our deep regret and disappointment at Italy’s repeated failures to help Eritreans whom it literally abandoned soon after the end of its colonial rule in 1941.
It is five years today since the occurrence of the Lampedusa Tragedy of 3 October 2013 in which over 360 young Eritreans perished only a few meters from the Italian island of that name. They died because their desperate calls for help were not responded humanely by concerned Italian authorities. And to this day, their bodies remain in underground vaults in southern Italy waiting for proper burial one day back at home in Eritrea.
We are saying, Sir, that the repressive regime in Eritrea does not deserve to be dignified by a visit of a Prime Minister of Italy. The Italian people know very well the sad political and human rights situation in Eritrea and it is distressing to learn that the current Italian Government and Prime Minister Conte are decided to ignore the prolonged suffering of the Eritrean people and make an appeasement with the regime in Asmara by a visit whose simplistic aim may be curbing the flow of refugees from Eritrea before addressing the root causes of the problem itself.
The Italian State was among the supporters of UN decisions on Eritrea, including the resolutions and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council and the 2016 conclusions of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. Normally, we would expect Italy to first pressurize the Eritrean regime to address those concerns of the international community before deciding for such an undeserved visit at the level of Italy’s Prime Minister. Presumably, the visit is intended to negotiate points of agreement that would further worsen the plight Eritrean refugees already in Italy.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte,
We wish to re-state here that the majority of Eritreans are of the belief that Italy has not done enough to help Eritreans at their hours of need during the past 77 years. It is a general perception that the sufferings of our people could have been avoided if Italy were to care a little more than it did to its former colony of Eritrea, not to mention Somalia and Libya which are not also in good shape.
It is a common understanding that the Italian State did not even try help Eritreans in the form of compensations, as it did for others. It is to be recalled that on 30 August 2009, the Government of Italy apologized for “past wounds” to Libya and agreed to pay a compensation package of US $5 billion “as a material and emotional recognition of the mistakes that [Italy] has done to [Libya] during the colonial era”. The worst part of it was that the agreement with Libya was made at the cost of many Eritrean refugees condemned to be sent from Italy to Libya’s Moammar Qadhafi who was in turn willing, as he did before that, to forcibly repatriate those helpless refugees back to the repressive regime in Asmara. We are afraid that this bad scenario of forcible return of refugees to Eritrea could be repeated now in 2018.
We, therefore, appeal to Your Excellency and the Italian Government to kindly cancel the planned official visit to Asmara. But if the visit is not to be avoided, then we at least ask you to kindly consider shipping back to Eritrea for proper burial of the bodies Lampedusa victims that are kept in temporary underground graves in Sicily.
The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
The Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri)
United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
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ብሓባር ንስራሕ ከነድምዕ: ብሓባር ነድምጽ ከነስምዕ፡
ኣቦ-መንበር ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ብ23 መስከረም 2018 ኣብ መድረኽ (paltalk) ዘተ መንእሰያት ሰዲህኤ ኣኼባ ኣካይዱ፡ ኣብዚ ኣኼባኡ “ገምጋም ኣብ ዝምድና ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን እማመ ሓባራዊ ስራሕ ሰዲህኤን” ብዝምልከት ሰፊሕ መብርሂ ሂቡ፡
ኣብቲ መብርሂኡ ብሓፈሻ ሰዲህኤ ኣብ መንጎ ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን ንነዊሕ ዓመታት ዝጸንሐ ወጥሪ ሃዲኡ ህዝቢ ክልቴን ሃገራት ክራኸብ ምኽኣሉ ከምዝድግፎ ኣስፊሑ ገሊጹ። እንተኾነ እቲ ብዲክታተር ኢሳይያስ ዝቕለስ ኤርትራዊ ወገን ኣብቲ መስርሕ ምሕዳስ ዝምድና ዝኽተሎ ዘሎ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘይፈልጦ፣ ዘይመትከላውን ዘይግሉጽን ኣገባብ ተቓውሞ ከም ዘለዎ ብኣብነታት ብምስናይ ገሊጹ። ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ነቲ ናይ ህዝብና ጽምኣት ሰላምን ሕሱም ተነጽሎን ተበሊጹ ህግደፍ ይወስዶም ናይ ዘሎ ስጉምትታትን ውሽጦም ዘይፍለጥ ስምምዓትን፣ መስርሕ ምርግጋጽ ዲሞክራስያዊ ስርዓት ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘደናጉዩ ጥራይ ዘይኮኑ፣ ንኤርትራዊ ልኡላውነት ዝህድዱ ምልክታት ይረኣዩ ምህላዎም እውን ጠቒሱ።
ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ እዚ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ መስርሕ ንድሌትን ህልዊ ኩነታትን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝጓሰየ ምዃኑ፥ ምስ ዘርዘረ፣ እስትራተጅያዊ ኣቀማምጣ ሃገርና ዘብሃጎም ናይ ግዳም ሓይልታት ዘርእይዎ ዘለዉ ምስ ጉጅለ ኢሳይያስ ናይ ምትዕርራኽ ምልክታት ህዝብና ብጽሞና ክከታተሎ ከም ዝግባእ ኣተንቢሁ። ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዝካየድ ዘሎ መስርሕ ንኩነታት ኤርትራ ከም ዝጸልዎ ዝጠቐሰ ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም፣ ኣተሓሒዙ ኣካይድ ዲክታቶር ኢሳይያስ ናይ ህልኽን ቂምን እምበር ንናይ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ረብሓ ኣብ ግምት ዘእተወን ኣርሒቑ ዝጠመተን ከምዘየለ ገሊጹ።
ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ኣብቲ ንህጹጽነት ሓቢርካ ምስራሕ ሓይልታት ተቓውሞ ኤርትራ ብዝምልከት ዝሃቦ መግለጺ፥ ሰዲህኤ ኣውጺኡ ይሰርሓሉ ብዛዕባ ዘሎ ኣብ ኣርባዕተ ነጥብታት ማለት፥ ምዕቃብ ልኡላውነት ኤርትራ፣ ምውጋድ ስርዓት ህግደፍን ናይ ጭቆና ትካላቱን ከምኡ እውን ኣብ ምትካል ብዙሕነታዊ ዲሞክራስያዊ ስርዓትን ምውሓስ ኩሉ መሰረታዊ መሰላትን ዘትከለ ናይ ሓቢርካ ምስራሕ እማመ ዝምልከት መብርሂ ሂቡ፥ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ብመሰረት እዚ እማመ ምስ ዝተወሰና ውድባት ተጀሚሩ ዘሎ መስርሕ ምቅርራብ ተስፋ ዝህብ ምዃኑ ሓቢሩ፣ ሰዲህኤ ምስቶምቅሩባት ኮይኑ ንመጻኢ’ውን ክደፋሉ ምዃኑ ኣረጋጊጹ። ኣተሓሒዙ ከኣ እቲ እማመ ከከም ደረጃኡ ካብ ብሓባር ምስራሕ ጀሚሩ ክሳብ ፍጹም ምትሕንጻፍ ዝኸይድ ምዃኑ ኣብሪሁ። ኣብዚ ገለጻኡ፣ ሎሚ ኪኖ ምውሓስ ዲሞክራሲ ምዕቃብ ኤርትራን ክብራን እውን ኣብ ቅድሜና ተገቲሩ ዘሎ ብደሆ ምዃኑ ብምጥቃስ ዳግማይ መጸዋዕታ ንሓባራዊ ስራሕ ፖለቲካዊ ሓይልታት ኤርትራ ኣቕሪቡ፣
ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ድሕሪቲ ሰፊሕ መግለጺኡ፣ ንዝቐረቡ፣ “ንደመር ዝብል ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዝቃላሕ ዘሎ ጭረሖ ንመን ይምልከት?፣ ጉዳይ ዶብ ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን ኣበይ ወዲቑ?፣ ሃንደበታዊ ዝምድና ኤርትራ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ፣ ሶማልን ጅቡትን እንታይን መን ዝደረኾን እዩ?፣ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ምስ ጉጅለ ዲክታቶር ኢሳይያስ ዝመሓዘዉ ዘለዉ ወገናት ሕቡእ ኣጀንዳዶ ይህልዎምዶ?፣ ህልዊ ዝምድና ኤርትራዊ ተቓውሞን መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያን ኣብ ከመይ ደረጃ ይርከብ? ዝብሉ ዝርከብዎም ሕቶታት ግዜ ወሲዱ ብዝርዝር መሊሱ፡
ኣብ መወዳእታ ኣኼባኡ ንምጥቕላል ኣብ ዝሃቦ ቃል ኣቶ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ኣብ ወሳኒ ናይ ታሪኽ ምዕራፍ ከም ዘለና ጠቒሱ ካብዚ ዘለናዮ ብዓውት ንምውጻእ ንውሱናት ወገናት ዝግደፍ ዘይኮነ ንኹሉ ኤርትራዊ ዝምልከት ሃገር ናይ ምድሓን ዕማም ምዃኑ ጠቒሱ፣ ኩሉ ደላይ ፍትሕን ፈታዊ ህዝቡን በብዓቕሙ ክረባረብ ጸዊዑ። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንሓቢሪካ ምስራሕ ከተባብዕን ካብዚ መተካእታ ዘየብሉ ምርጫ ንዝርሕቁ ወገናት ከኣ ተጽዕኖኡ ንኽገብርን ከኣ ጸዊዑ።
(Joint Eritrean Memorandum)
In a joint memorandum dated 18 September 2018, three Eritrean organizations urged the new UN Human Rights Commissioner, Ms Michele Bachelet, to keep the Eritrean regime "under close scrutiny” and never allow it to escape accountability on the monstrous human rights abuses it perpetrated against its own people during the past quarter of a century.
Also copied to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and to the African Union Commission chairman, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the memorandum asked the UN system and concerned international and regional humanitarian bodies to do more than simply asking the rogue regime in Asmara to end its military conscription project.
The Eritrean message alluded to the case of G-15 prisoners and the tens of thousands of Eritreans prisoners who were joined by ex-Finance Minister Berhane Abrehe on 17 September 2018, and called for the full attention of the UN towards implementing the 2016 findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry and the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council.
Issued by the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri), the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP), and the Unity of Eritreans for Justice (UEJ), the joint memorandum also referred to the ongoing 'under-the-table-deals' of the unrepresentative Eritrean regime with Ethiopia and other countries and said such deals will not be acceptable to the voiceless Eritrean people.
The joint memorandum emphatically added: "Peace in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea basin can and should start with peace at home. So far this is not the case in Eritrea".
Reproduced below is the full text of the joint Eritrean memo of 18 September 2018.
Joint Eritrean Message to the UN Human Rights Chief
To: H.E. Ms. Michele Bachelet,
UN HR Commissioner, OHCHR Geneva
CC: H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres,
UN Secretary General, New York
CC: H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman
African Union Commission, Addis Ababa
18 September, 2018
Your Excellency Ms. Michele Bachelet,
Please accept from us, Eritreans struggling for democratic change and justice, heartfelt congratulations for your deserved election to lead the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a UN body from which Eritreans expect as much action as they wait for the appropriate action of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to act on the 2016 findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea.
We appreciate, Madam, your 10 September statement in support of the peace accord between Eritrea and Ethiopia although we also expected you to say more than just reminding the repressive Eritrean regime to act on its indefinite military conscription.
What Eritreans still expect from your esteemed office is, Madam High Commissioner, to mobilize the international community towards implementing the decisions of the UN Human Rights Council and the repeated recommendations of the UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur on Eritrea whose periodical updates confirm that nothing is changing in our country.
Dear OHCHR High Commissioner,
We are taking the liberty of confirming to you that arbitrary arrests and all kinds of criminal abuses are continued to this day in Eritrea, and one finds it needless to remind the OHCHR that the Eritrean regime must be kept “under close scrutiny” until all the abuses are stopped. In this regard, we wish to point out that your esteemed office as well as the UN Secretary General’s office are expected per the conclusions of the UN Human Rights Council to “Ensure accountability for those responsible for serious human rights violations in Eritrea.” Eritreans always find it important to underline that our people are expecting the UN system as a whole and all concerned actors like the African Union to see to it that the border ruling between Eritrea and Ethiopia is implemented as agreed two decades ago, and that no ‘under the table deals’ between the unrepresentative regime in Eritrea and Ethiopia will be acceptable to the Eritrean people. Peace in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea basin can and should start with peace at home. So far this is not the case in Eritrea.
Finally, we wish to note that it was on 18 September, 17 years ago to the day, that the repressive regime in Asmara arrested 11 top officials of the regime and attended their number to the tens of thousands of Eritrean political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who languish in incommunicado prisons without a day at court. Ex-Finance Minister Berhane Abrehe, who recently published a book on the sad situation in Eritrea, was reportedly taken to prison yesterday, 17 September 2018.
That is why, Madam, that Eritreans expect more from the UN system than just asking the Asmara regime to act on its “indefinite military conscription”.
The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
The Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri)
ኣብቲ ብ18 መስከረም 2018 ናብ ላዕለወይቲ ኮሚሽነር ኮሚሽን ስብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ወ/ሮ ሚቸለ ባቸለት ዝተላእከ ናይ ሰለስተ ኤርትራውያን ውድባት መዘክር፣ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ገዛኢ ጉጅለ ኣብ ትሕቲ ጥንኩር ምቁጽጻር ክተሓዝ ከም ዝግበኦ ጠቒሱ፣ ናይቲ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ርብዒ ክፍለዘበን ኣብ ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ክፍጽሞ ዝጸነሓ ጭካን ግህሰት ሰብኣዊ መሰል ተሓታቲ ክኸውን ከም ዝግበኦ ኣስፊሩ።
እቲ ናብ ዋና ጸሓፊ ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣንቶኖዮ ጉተረዝን ዋና ጸሓፊ ኮሚሽን ሕብረት ኣፍሪቃ ሙሳ ፋኪ ማሃዋት እውን ብቅዳሕ ዝተላእከ መዘክር፥ ኣካላት ሕቡራት ሃገራትን ጉዳይ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ዘገድሰን ዓለም ለኻውን ዞባውን ትካላትን ኣብ ኤርትራ ንዘሎ ገዛኢ ጉጅለ ግዱድ ዕስክርና ንከቋርጽ ካብ ምሕታት ሓሊፈን ካብኡ ንላዕሊ ስጉምቲ ክወስዳ ጸዊዑ።
ኤርትራዊ ውድባት ኣካላት ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣብ ኣስመራ ዘሎ ጉጅለ ኣብ “ተሪር ምቁጽጻር ክኣቱ” ይሓታ
እዚ ኤርትራዊ መልእኽቲ ንጉጅለ-15ን ነቶም ብ17 መስከረም 2018 ሚኒስተር ፋይናንስ ኤርትራ ዝነበረ ኣቶ ብርሃነ ኣብርሀ’ውን ዝተሓወሶም ዓሰርተታት ኣሸሓት ኤርትራውያን እሱራት ግቡእ ቆላሕታ ሂቡ። ካብዚ ብምንቃል ከኣ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ነቲ ብ2016 ብመርማሪት ኣካል ሰብእዊ መሰል ኤርትራ ዝተበጽሐ፣ መደምደምታን ለበዋታትን ግቡእ ኣቓልቦ ክገብረሉ ጸዊዑ።
እዚ ብሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ-ሕድሪ (ሃድኤ-ሕድሪ)፣ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ)ን ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ (ሓኤፍ)ን ዝተላእከ ናይ ሓባር መዘክር፣ ነቲ ኣብ ትሕቲ ሰደቓ ብሕቡእ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ፣ ናይቲ ውክልና ህዝቢ ዘይብሉ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ምሕዝነት ምስ ኢትዮጵያን ካለኦት ሃገራትን ብምስትብሃል፣ ከምዚ ዝኣመሰለ ስምምዕ በቲ ድምጺ ዘየብሉ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ተቐባልነት የብሉን።
እዚ ናይ ሓባር መዘክር ኣትሪሩ ከም ዘስፈሮ፣ ሰላም ቀይሕ ባሕሪ ኮነ ቅርኒ ኣፍሪቃ ብሰላም ኣብ ሃገርካ ክጅምር መተገብኦ። እንተኾነ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ መስርሕ ከምኡ ከምዘይኮነ ኣስፊሩ።
Three Eritrean organizations on 10 September 2018 sent an urgent appeal to High Commissioner Filippo Grand of the UNHCR asking for the agency’s most immediate action to help save the lives of Eritrean and other refugees who are trapped in the war-torn Libyan city of Tripoli where intensive battles are raging between militias since late August this year.
The joint appeal was issued by the United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ), majority of whose members are in Israel; the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri) and the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).
Copied also to the commissions of the European Union, the African Union and concerned humanitarian organizations, the memorandum noted that helpless Eritrean refugees and migrants stranded in Libya are dying on daily basis not only by stray bullets but also because of food and shelter.
The memo stressed that it was high time that UNHCR and international and regional humanitarian agencies consider Libya a “topmost Humanitarian Disaster Zone” and initiate an emergency response” to save lives, as EU did after the Lampedusa tragedy of 3 October, 2013.
The three Eritrean organizations also expressed regret that certain quarters are airing the false assumption that “change has come to Eritrea” and that third-country resettlement for Eritreans refugees has to be halted.
The memo reaffirmed the fact that nothing has changed in Eritrea and will never change “until the criminal regime of dictator Isaias Afeworki and his small clique is removed from power and replaced by a democratic system of governance”.
Copied below is the full text of the joint Eritrean memorandum.
Joint Eritrean Appeal for Support to Victimized
Eritrean Refugees in Libya
To: H.E. Mr. Filippo Grandi,
C.C:European Union, Brussels
African Union, Addis Ababa
Concerned Humanitarian Agencies
September 10, 2018
Your Excellency Mr. Filippo Grandi,
This joint appeal from us, Eritrean justice seekers struggling for democratic change in our desperate country, earnestly wish to draw your most immediate attention to the highly disturbing situation of Eritrean asylum seekers stranded in today’s lawless Libya and those in Niger camps waiting for never fulfilled promise for third-country resettlement.
The worst and priority cases are 8,000 refugees, a good number of them Eritreans, scattered in the streets of Tripoli where battles are raging on daily basis since 26 August 2018. These unprotected refugees and migrants are without food and shelter and dying at alarming rates. Similarly, those held hostage by middlemen and human traffickers in Libya are crying for your and humanity’s attention.
We believe it is high time that UNHCR and sister agencies consider Libya the topmost Human Disaster Zone in the world and ask an emergency response of the UN Security Council and regional actors like the European Union.
Dear High Commissioner,
We in the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP); United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ), and the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri) addressing this appeal as part of the Eritrean opposition camp in exile, are equally disturbed by the false assumption of certain quarters that “change has come to Eritrea” and that third-country resettlement for Eritreans refugees has to be halted for now.
We strongly reject and denounce this wild supposition and wishful thinking of certain interested quarters and consider it as an insult to injury to victimized Eritreans. They know, as we know, that nothing has changed in Eritrea and that nothing is expected to change until the criminal regime of dictator Isaias Afeworki and his small clique is removed from power and replaced by a democratic system of governance.
Dear High Commissioner Grandi,
As mentioned in recent Eritrean appeals to your esteemed office, Eritrean refugees were among those who died at the Bani Walid killings by human traffickers, and that the fate of those 140 survivors of the massacre is still precarious. Likewise, the majority of those hapless Eritrean families taken from Libya to Niamey, Niger, for possible third-country resettlement are still languishing in refugee centers with little hope in the air.
You may recall the Lampedusa tragedy of five years ago in which over 360 Eritreans perished because of lack of goodwill to save them. Your Excellency may also know that it was the Lampedusa disaster involving Eritrean lives that triggered the EU to take up, at least for some time, the responsibility of saving lives in the gateways to Europe. There is no doubt that Eritrean deaths, in comparison to the small size of the Eritrean population, were very high among the estimated 33,000+ deaths in the Mediterranean Sea over the last few decades.
Today, big numbers of Eritreans are still dying within the territory of Libya, and we hope an action similar to what the EU did after Lampedusa will be initiated by the UNHCR and launched at global level to save refugee lives in Libya.
Trusting that this message will draw the attention of UNHCR, and through it of all concerned bodies in the international community, we remain, Sir,
The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
United Eritreans for Justice (UEJ)
The Eritrean National Salvation-Hidri (ENS-Hidri)
Following its recent re-election at the 9th Session of the EPDP Central Council, the 9-personExecutive Committee headed by Mr. Menghesteab Asmerom on 24 August held its first regular meeting for the year ahead and finalized for submission to the CC one-year work plans for each executive office. The meeting also reviewed ongoing moves for unity and joint action in the Eritrean opposition camp.
The one-year work plans for the EPDP executive offices were drafted taking into consideration the ongoing processes for Party Renewal, the upcoming Third Party Congress and the EPDP proposals for unity and joint action at various levels with sister organizations.
The EC meeting was highly satisfied with the progress of talks for joint action and possible eventual unity with the Eritrean National Salvation (ENS-Hidri) and the recently formed Unity of Eritreans for Justice (UEJ), and established high-level task forces to consolidate what has so far been achieved. The meeting also decided to continue previously started discussions with other sister organizations for the same purpose.
The Executive Committee also reviewed progress in the recent EPDP Chairman's call for an urgent and joint diplomatic campaign to challenge the Eritrean regime's latest brash moves that threaten national sovereignty. Likewise, the meeting agreed to push on for the success of the 4 June 2017 proposal for joint work in the spheres of mass mobilization, diplomacy and mass media as a start in building a national umbrella of all Eritrean pro-democracy forces.
ብዕለት 25 ነሓሰ 2018 ዓ.ም. ፈ. ብኤለትሮኒካዊ መራኸቢ ብዙሓን ኣቢሎም ናይ ዓመተ 2017 / 2018 ብምላኣት ተሳታፍነት ዕዉት ጉባኤ ኣሳላሲሎም። ጉባኤ ብኣቦ ወንበር ጨንፈር ብሰላምታ ብቅዳም ከፊቱ ኣጀንዳ ጉባኤ ኣርገኤ። ቀጺሉ ስሪዒታውን ፖሊቲካውን ምጣኔ ሃብታውን ብሽማገለ ጨንፈር ቀሪቡ፡ ንጉባኤ እትመርሕ ሽማገለ መሪጹ። ጉባኤ ዳርጋ ንሓደ ሰዓት ክትዕን ተወሳኽን ለወባታትን ቀሪቡ ጸብጻብ ብሙሉእ ድምጺ ጸዲቁ። ድሕሪኡ ብሓጻይት ሽማገለ ዝቀረቡ 3ተ ሕጹያት ጉባኤ ብምሉእ ተቀባልነት ተዋሂቦም ንዕመተ 2018 / 2019 ዓ.ም. እትመርሕ ሽምገለ መሪጾም። ጉባኤ ህልዊ ኩነታት ሰልፊ ብዝገጠሞ መሰናኽላት ጨንፈር ቁ. 2 ትካላውን ሕጋዊ ኣሳራርሓን ዘሎዎ ነቅ ዘብል ንቅሓት ዝውንን ምዃኑ ዘመስከረ ኮይኑ እቲ መሪሕነት ሰልፊ ዝወሰዶ ሕጋዊ ስጉምቲ ይንእድ። ብቀጻሊ ህልዊ ኩነታት ሃገርናን ዝበሃል ዘሎ ሰላም ዘይብሩህን ሓደገኛ ኣሰካፍን ምኳኑ ተመልኪቱ። ብተደራቢ ንኩሉ ተርእዮታ ንምግጣም ብሓብር ምስራሕ ምኻኑ ኣሚኑ እቲ ብሰልፍና ተኣዊጁ ዘሎ ምስ ኩለን ደምበ ተቋውሞ ክሰርሕ ጉባኤ ኣስሚሩሉ። ኣብ መደምደምታ ንመስዋእቲ ዙሁር መሓመድ ስዒድ ኩሉ ፡ በዓልቲ ቤቱ ንተጋላይ ኣቦ ሰውራ ኢብራሂም መሓመድ ዓሊ ዝተስምዖም ጓሂ ብምግላጽ ናይ ሓዘን ተኻፈልቲ ምኳኖም ብምግላጽ ጉባኤ ብዝኽረ ስዉኣት ተዛዚሙ።