Eritrea: Release Patriarch Abune Antonios   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017

  Patriarch Abune Antonios

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 20, 2017 marks the 11-year anniversary of the Eritrean government’s illegal removal of Abune Antonios as the rightful Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church,
the nation’s largest religious community. The Patriarch has been detained since 2007: His “crime” was his refusal to excommunicate 3,000 parishioners who opposed the government.

“The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the Eritrean government to release Abune Antonios, allow him to return to his position as Patriarch, and cease its interference in the Eritrean Orthodox Church,” said USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “The government’s persecution of Patriarch Antonios is only one example of the country’s grave religious freedom violations. Eritrea has been called the North Korea of Africa due to its vigorous assault on the rights of its people:  Thousands are imprisoned for their religious beliefs and their real or imagined opposition to the government.

One year after removing the Patriarch, Eritrean authorities confiscated his personal pontifical insignia. On May 27, 2007, the Eritrean government forcibly removed Patriarch Antonios from his home and placed him under house arrest at an undisclosed location. He remains detained and is denied medical care despite severe heath concerns.

Chair Reese has taken up the case of Patriarch Antonios as part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project.

The Eritrean government engages in systematic and egregious violations of religious freedom, including torture or other ill treatment of religious prisoners, arbitrary arrests and detentions without charges, a prolonged ban on public religious activities of unregistered religious groups, and interference in the internal affairs of registered religious groups.

President Isaias Afwerki and the Popular Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) have ruled Eritrea with absolute authority since the country’s 1993 independence from Ethiopia. Private newspapers, political opposition parties, and independent nongovernmental organizations are not allowed in Eritrea.  The government requires all physically and mentally capable people between the ages of 18 and 70 to perform national service full-time and indefinitely.

In 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea concluded that Eritrean authorities had committed crimes against humanity.

Since 2004, USCIRF has recommended, and the State Department has designated, Eritrea a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, for its systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. For more information, please see USCIRF’s chapter on Eritrea in the 2016 Annual Report.

USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project highlights the plight of individuals who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs, practices or identity. To learn more about this project or to interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at media@uscirf.gov or 202-523-3258.

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Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea

More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing.

The Italian Navy was searching for survivors from the vessel, which was believed to be carrying up to 110 people.

Only four survivors were pulled from the water, with at least eight bodies found so far.

The boat went down in waters between Libya and Italy, which has become the deadliest sea crossing in the world since the start of the refugee crisis.

It claimed the vast majority of more than 5,000 lives lost in treacherous boat journeys to Europe in 2016, the deadliest year on record, with people drowning or being crushed or suffocated in overcrowded smugglers’ boats.

Saturday’s disaster was the worst single incident so far this year, which has already seen at least 122 deaths at sea.

At least 550 refugees were rescued on Friday alone off the coast of Libya, where continuing conflict and lawlessness since the British-backed defeat of Muammar Gaddafi has allowed the smuggling and exploitation of migrants to thrive.

Two people were found dead at the bottom of one of the four boats saved and the bodies of four other migrants were found off the coast of Spain. Several asylum seekers have also died in the extreme weather conditions gripping much of Europe in recent weeks.

More than 5,000 refugees were drowned, suffocated or crushed while attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas in 2016, making it the deadliest year on record.

Many deaths are thought to go unrecorded, with bodies either disappearing or washing up on the shores of Libya, where authorities do not routinely release casualty figures. Some boats are sighted by Italian authorities but disappear before they can be reached by rescue ships.

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The Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (Medmig) project partly blamed Britain and EU nations for rocketing death rates, concluding that the refusal to open up legal routes for those seeking safety in Europe has increased demand for people smuggling on ever more dangerous routes.

Operations to combat the thriving trade have driven the use of smaller and less seaworthy boats to cross the Mediterranean, which are harder to spot by ships patrolling as part of the EU’s Operation Sophia and authorities in north Africa.

Poorly made dinghies are now being loaded with more than 150 people a time, creating the risk of sinkings, capsizings or the inflatable bursting under the strain, as well as deadly fuel spills.

More than 1,600 migrants and refugees have arrived by sea in Europe so far this year. The vast majority of those arriving in Italy are African, from countries including Nigeria, Eritrea and Guinea, while most of the much lower number of asylum seekers reaching Greek islands are Syrian, Afghan or Iraqi.

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ናይ ሓዘን መግለጺ ዶ/ር ሃብተ ተስፋማርያም

 ናይ ሓዘን መግለጺ ዶ/ር ሃብተ ተስፋማርያም ኣቦ-መንበር ፈጻም ኣካል ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ካብ’ዛ ዓለም እዚኣ ብመስዋእቲ ከም ዝተፈለየ ዝገልጽ መርድእ ሰሚዕና። ካብ ንእስነቱ ኣብ ቃልሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብምንቅስቓስ ሓርነት ኤርትራ (ማሕበር ሸውዓተ) ጀሚሩ ኣብ ብረታዊ ቃልሲ’ውን ዝቐጸለ፣ ድሕሪ ነጻነት ኤርትራ’ውን እንተዀነ ሰብኣዊ፡ ማሕበራዊ፡ ደሞክራስያዊ ፖለቲካዊ ኩሉ መዳያዊ መሰላት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንምርግጋጽ ብዘይዕረፍቲ እንዳተቓለሰ ከሎ ካብ’ዛ ዓለም ብመስዋእቲ ብምፍላዩ፣ግሃድኤ-ሕድሪዝስምዖ መሪር ሓዘን ይገልጽ።

ንስዉእ ዶ/ር ሃብተ ተስፋማሪያም መንግስተ-ሰማይ ይቀበሎ፣ ንበዓልቲ ቤቱን ደቁን ከምኡ’ውን ምሉኣት ቤተ-ሰቡንናይ ቃልሲ ብጾቱን ድማ ጽንዓት ይሃቦም።

ማሕሙድ መሓመድ ዓሊ

ኣቦ-አንበር ሰክረታርያ ማእከላይ ባይቶ

ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ-ሕድሪ

RIP Doctor Habte Tesfamariam,ቃል ሓዘን ብምኽንያት ዝበጽሓና ዘሰንብድ መርድእ ዕረፍቲ ብጻይና ዶክተር ሃብተ ተስፋማርያም .

He was a remarkable Eritrean hero and one of the legend Eritrean freedom fighters who spent his entire adulthood life for the good of his people and his country. He will be issed greatly by all freedom and liberty lovers

ሎሚወን ኤርትሩ ሓደ ካብቶም ንጹሃት ሓርበኛታት ኸሲራ ጽንዓትን ሓቦን ንሙሉእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንስዉእ ጅግና ዸ ሃብተ ድማ መንግስቲ ሰማያት የዋርሶ.

ዶክተር ሃብተ ተስፋማርያም (R.I.P)

ሎሚወን ኤርትሩ ሓደ ካብቶም ንጹሃት ሓርበኛታት ኸሲራ ጽንዓትን ሓቦን ንሙሉእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንስዉእ ጅግና ዸ ሃብተ ድማ መንግስቲ ሰማያት የዋርሶ

 

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ኣተሃላልዋ ደምበ ተቓውሞ፣ ብወዲ ባሻይ!! ጀርመን

ኣተሃላልዋ ደምበ ተቓውሞ፣ ብወዲ ባሻይ!! ጀርመን
ዋላኳ ኣብቲ ናይ ሓፈሻዊ ፍሽለት ደምበ ተቓውሞ እጃማ ትስከም ውድብ ትኹን እምበር ውሻጠኻ ከይፈተሽካ ብዛዕባ ምድሪቤት ጎረበት ምዝራብ ቁቡል ኣይውሰድን ኣይወስዶን፣ ብስነ ሕልናውን ሞራል ኣይህብን። ስለዚ ኣተሃላልዋ ደምበ ተቓውሞ ክበሃል ከሎ ካብ ውሻጠኻ ምንቃል ቀዳምነት ምሃብ እዩ ዝምረጽ ዝብል እምነት ኣሎኒ፣ እምበኣር ኣብዚ ሕጽር ሕጽር ዝበለ እሞ ንትዕዝብቲ ክሕግዝ ክጸሓፍ ተደልዩ ዘሎ ብግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪን ኣመራረሓኡ ነበር፣ ከምኡውን ውጽኢታቱ ዝስእል እዩ ክከውን።
እነሆ እምበኣር!!
ብምኽንያት ጉባኤ ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪ ካብ ጨንፈር ጀርመን ተወኪለ ጉባኤ ንምስታፍ ኣብ መፋርቕ ወርሒ ታሕሳስ 2016 ናብ ኢትዮጵያ ገይሸ ነይረ፣ ድሕሪ ጉባኤ 2014 ዓዲግራት ብኣመራረሓ ኣይተ ዑቕባዝጊ ድቡስ ውድብ ንኽልተ ዓመታት ዝኣክል ኣብ ኣፍ ሞት ክሰሃግ ድሕሪ ምጽናሕ እንኮ መዋጽኢ ጉባኤ ስለዝኾነ ውድብና ንምድሓን ብዝብል፣ ከምቲ ጉቡእ ብምውህሃድ ኣሰናዳኢት ጉባኤ ጨናፍር ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪ ካብ ሙሉእ ዓለም ዕላውያን ወከልተን ልኢኸን ነይረን እየን፣ ምስቲ ዝሰረተ ጸገም ውድብ ኣብ ግምት ብምእታው ድማ! 1ይ/ ሕዳር 01/2016 ኣኼባ ባይቶ ክሰላሰል፣ 2ይ/ ሕዳር 16/2016 ተወከልቲ ጉባኤን ኣባላት ባይቶ ነበርን ዘካተተ ሰሚናር ክግበር፣ 3ይ/ ሓዳር 26/2016 ድማ ጠቕላላ ጉባኤ ክካየድ ዕላዊ መደብ ውድብ ቆጸራታት ተታሕዘ። በዚ መደባት እዚ እዩ ድማ ኩሉ ተወካሊ ጉባኤ ናብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ዝኸተተ። እቲ ዘገርም ቆጸራታት ጉባኤ ሰሚናራትን ከምዚ ተጠቒሱ ዘሎ ክንሱ ምኽትል ሰክረተርያ ባይቶ ነበር ኣይተ ማሕሙድ ዕላጅ ሕዳር 25/2016 እዩ ናብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ዝወረደ። እቲ ውዲት ክበርህ እምበኣር ሓደ በለለይ ካብዚ ይጅምር። “ጎይተኣ ዝኣመነት ክልብስ ላም ክትሕረድ ንሩባ ትወርድ” ከምዝበሃል ሽግር ውድብ ንምፍታሕ ዳምዳም ኣብ ዝበሃለሉ እዋን ምኽትል ሰክረተርያ ባይቶ ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪ ኣይተ ማሕሙድ ዕላጅ ካብ ቆጸራ ጉባኤ ሓደ ወርሒ ድሒሩ መጺኡ ውድብ በቲኑ ተመልሰ። ብዛዕባ እዚ ኣካልዚ ድሒሩ ዝትንተን ኮይኑ ንሎሚ ኣብ ታሪኽ ተቓውሞ ኤርትራ ብፍላይ ኣብ ታሪክ ውድብ ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪ ጸሊም ታሪኽ ኣመዝጊቡ ምህላዉ ጠቒሰ ምሕላፍ መሪጸ ኣለኹ።
ሓጺራትኒ ኣንተበልኩስ ተደቢራ ትስዕስዕ! ከምዝበሃል፣ ኣብ ርእሲ`ቲ ውድብ ንኽልተ ዓመት ምሕማሱ ኣብ ባይታ ዝጸንሓና ድማ ካልእ ድራማ ነበረ። እቲ ድራማ ንወታደራዊ ክንፊ ግንባር ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ ሕድሪን ውሑዳት ጃንዳ ካብ ኣባላት ባይቶ ነበርን ዘማእከለ ድራማ እዩ። እምበኣር ንሎሚ ኣብዚ ደው ከብሎሞ ብፍላይ ኣብቲ ወታደራዊ ክንፍን ውሑዳት ጃንዳ ካብ ኣባላት ባይቶ ነበርን ከመይነትን ዝምልከት ኣብ ዝስዕብ ጥቕሲ ክንበብ እዩ።
ወዲ ባሻይ!!