Rare U.N. Eritrea aid shipment shows Asmara slowly opening up
Jun. 28, 2016 | 12:35 AM
NAIROBI: A consignment of aid shipped by the U.N. World Food Program through
Eritrea’s main port this month was the first in a decade and the latest sign of
Asmara trying to rebuild ties with the outside world, diplomats said.
the shipment this month of 1,100 tons of sorghum for South Sudan through its
main Massawa port was the first cargo to land in Eritrea since 2006.
WFP officials called it a “pilot shipment” to test Massawa’s efficiency and cost
as a route for aid to South Sudan, compared with other routes through Sudan or
This week on KIRWA, find out why Ethiopia
clashes with Eritrea at the boarder two weeks ago, leaving at least 200
Also, the Human Rights Watch revealed the number of protesters killed in
Brief narrated history
by Italians who lived or
are living in Eritrea
The members thanked the
COIE for the report,
showed reluctance to
support the commission's
recommendation to refer
the State of Eritrea's
leadership to the ICC
but expressed concern.
Maybe Radio Erena heard
different but no such
thing as " support
the commission's report"
was heard during the
hearing except those
Draft Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea
15 June 2016
The Human Rights Council,
the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant
instruments on human rights,
all States have an obligation to promote and protect human rights and
fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Charter, the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other
relevant instruments on human rights to which they are party,
that it is the primary responsibility of states to conduct
investigations into allegations of violations and abuses of human rights
and to bring those responsible to justice,
According to a 2011Newsweekreport,
women are more likely to be assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed in combat.25%
of military women have been sexually assaulted, and up to 80% have been sexually
A substantial increase in reported sexual assaults was reported at the 3 U.S.
military academies for the school year 2010 to 2011. It is possible that the
increase resulted only from increased willingness to report incidents; increased
reporting has been one of the goals of the Department of Defense.
In September 2013, Congress received theU.S.
Commission on Civil Rights, 2013 Statutory Enforcement Report.The
report found that during the 2012 fiscal year, there were 3,374 reports of
sexual assault on military service members. 816 of these were not included in
the commission report because they were confidential, restricted and not
investigated. The report indicated that commanders are increasingly likely to
refer sexual assault cases to court martial compared to the prior 4 years. In
15% of cases the accused perpetrator was permitted to resign or be discharge in
lieu of court-martial.
التقى المشير عمر البشير رئيس الجمهورية ببيت الضيافة مساء الخميس بمبعوث
الأمم المتحدة للسودان وجنوب السودان الممثل الخاص للأمين العام لدى الإتحاد
الأفريقي هايلى مانكريوس .
وبحث اللقاء الموضوعات ذات الصلة بمهمة مبعوث الأمين العام للسودان وجنوب السودان .
وكان هايلي مانكريوس قد التقى ظهر اليوم الفريق أول ركن عوض محمد أحمد إبن عوف وزير
الدفاع في إطار لقاءاته مع المسئولين بالحكومة فيما يخص الملف.
Breaking News Update:Changing the
narrative. Opportunity to see what H.E. Louis Mazel saw and heard...and get a
mouthful from South Africa about the ICC
06-24-2016. News about the visit of the Honorable U.S. Deputy Assistant for
African Affairs Dr. Shannon Lee Smith was posted today by a
website associated with the Eritrean government.
It is to be remembered that the news was first posted yesterday by a facebook
considered to be connected to the Eritrean government. Today's posting of the
news in Madote, seems to confirm the news first shared by the aforementioned
In a short report about the visit by the U.S. Deputy Assistant for African
Affairs Dr. Shannon Lee Smith, the website stated that the source of the
information was the
facebook of the Honorable South African Ambassador, Prof. Iqbal
Jhazbhay. The website also identified H.E. Louis Mazel (center back), U.S. Chief
of Mission to Eritrea as one of the folks in the photo.
The website added that dinner was held at US Embassy Official Residence in honor
of Dr. Smith yesterday (06-23-2016) evening in Asmara.
There is no information as to why Dr. Shannon Lee Smith is visiting Eritrea
right after the UNHRC hearing and the accusations leveled against the U.S.
government by the Presidential Advisor, Mr. Yemane Gebreab. Although Eritrea
angrily lashed at the US, no one denies that Eritrea is seen as a partner to the
U.S. in the fight against international terrorism. Moreover, Ethiopia's security
and stability is tied and dependent to Eritrea's existence as a strong and
stable nation. This is the realty that Ethiopia is unwilling to accept.
One thing to note about the photo is that Dr. Smith is in the company of two
gentlemen who have different take on the situation in Eritrea.
The U.S Chief of Mission to Eritrea has made it clear in his
report last year that Eritrea is not what is perceived by the biased
The report in pertinent part states,
In sum, I saw a Western mining company that is creating jobs, investing in local
people, mining responsibly, respecting human rights, acting as a good neighbor,
and contributing to national development in Eritrea. I hope this will become a
model for future mines operating in the country." This is the same company
accused of enslaving Eritreans by hiring the youth in national service
The Honorable South African Ambassador, Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay, will share with
the U.S. delegation what his country feels about the ICC. The ANC, the
ruling party, said it wants to withdraw from the International Criminal
Court, saying the court has lost direction and no longer fulfilled its mandate.
South Africa's President Zuma charged that the ICC has “unfairly targeted
“In the eyes of the African leaders, the ICC is biased,” Zuma said in a speech
in Johannesburg. “Only Africans they are interested in. This is what has madeAfricafeel
we need to relook at our participation. It looks like it is just meant for us.”
It is courageous for the US and Eritrea to take such welcomed approach to the
unfolding potentially explosive situations. The threat of war seems to be
imminent and the threat to take Eritrea to the ICC is as much threat to the
security and stability of this nation with a thousand kilometers of shorelines
in the Red Sea and a "stone's throw "away from Yemen.
It is not about what you say in different forums and the angry rhetoric. At end
of the day, it comes down to what is at stake, mutual benefit. Eritrea and US
have strategic benefit in making sure the Red Sea does does not fall into the
wrong hands. Mutual respect and hand-off in internal affairs is paramount
to successful engagement.
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News: The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
for African Affiars, Dr. Shannon Lee Smith is visiting Eritrea
The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affiars, Dr. Shannon Lee
Smith is visiting Eritrea. This information was posted in a face book named "Hagerawi
Dhnet". This is an Eritrean government affiliated Facebook that seems to
serve as a point of dissemination for the Eritrean government. Information that
the government would not post in its official website are as an outlet to leak
Should this be true, it is surprising but a welcome visit. It is be noted
that the US is sending its African Affairs official after the announcement by
Yemane Gebreab that Ethiopia is preparing to attack Eritrea with support from
the US. Is this to diffuse the tension with Ethiopia or to engage Eritrea
per the overwhelming call by the majority of the states during the UNHRC hearing? Or maybe the threat of war is imminent and the US scrambling to stop
the war which would be a war of attrition threatening the existence of Ethiopia as
a united entity?