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(Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 13 Jun 2018, 17:36

Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea Of Africa?

Ewelina U. Ochab , CONTRIBUTOR

At the end of May 2018, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea, a group of UK Parliamentarians from across both houses of Parliament, held a session at the UK Parliament to examine the ongoing religious persecution in Eritrea. The meeting was entitled ‘Religious persecution in Eritrea: A crime against humanity’ and was co-organised with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (another cross-party group consisting of over 110 UK Parliamentarians) with the support of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors UK and Aid to the Church in Need. It was chaired by Lord Alton of Liverpool who, over the years, has been a vociferous advocate for international religious freedom. During the event, religious leaders representing the Evangelical Protestants, Muslims and the Orthodox Coptic Christians, spoke of the challenges faced by their respective religious communities in Eritrea. Lord Alton speaking on the religious persecution in Eritrea, described Eritrea as the North Korea of Africa. Lord Alton raised the fact that the UK government appears to downplay the atrocities perpetrated against religious groups in Eritrea in order to ‘normalise relations’ with the Eritrean government. He claims that crimes against humanity are being perpetrated in Eritrea, yet the world continues to look the other way.

The session coincided with a debate in the House of Commons (the so-called Westminster Hall debate) organised by Chris Philp MP, focused on the persecution of Christians worldwide. The debate raised the issue of religious persecution of Christians in Eritrea and, in particular, the case of 33 Christian women who were imprisoned for taking part in a prayer. Both events helped to shed light on the fact that not only is the religious liberty of Eritrea threatened, there is a strong argument that it does not exist in the first place (not in accordance to international standards). Religious persecution in Eritrea affects several religious groups, including the Jehovah’s Witness and Muslim communities. These communities were the first religious groups to experience such challenges in Eritrea before other religious groups came under threat.

Indeed, Eritrean law incorporates very few protections on religious freedom. Theoretically, the Eritrean constitution provides for a protection for the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Yet, despite the fact that the Constitution was ratified in 1997, it has yet to be implemented. More worryingly, it looks unlikely to be implemented since President Afwerki announced plans to draft a new constitution in 2014, rather than to implement the existing one. As a result, religious freedom does not have any effective protection under the Eritrean law. The fact that the constitution has not been implemented detrimentally also affects the protection of other fundamental human rights.

The question is then, is Lord Alton correct to claim that the religious persecution in Eritrea amounts to crimes against humanity? In short, certainly yes. He is certainly not the only one to have reached such a conclusion. In fact, in 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (the CoI-E) stated that there were reasonable grounds to conclude that crimes against humanity were being perpetrated in Eritrea. For this reason, the CoI recommended that the UN Security Council refer the situation to the International Criminal Court. In July, the CoI-E recommended that ‘an accountability mechanism to investigate, prosecute, and try individuals accused of committing crimes against humanity in Eritrea, including engaging in torture and overseeing Eritrea’s indefinite military service, which the CoI-E equated to slavery’ be implemented by the African Union.

Eritrea is a religiously diverse country and the government encourages a multi faith tradition, so long as the religion is officially recognised. The problem lies in the fact that the Eritrean government recognises only four religious groups: the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Sunni Islam, the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea. Other religious groups are subject to registration. Any religious group that is not registered is not allowed to conduct any religious activities until such time as the registration is granted. Having said that, according to Pew Research Centre, ‘the Eritrean government has not approved registration for any additional religious group since 2002.’

The result of the requirement to register religions is that certain religious factions become effectively outlawed. Evangelical and Pentecostal religious groups are two such examples of religions which were effectively outlawed after the introduction in 2002 registration requirement. Groups practicing these religions face the risk of arrest followed by indefinite detention without charge or any chance of redress, as well as the physical and psychological violence often experienced in detention.

In its 2017 report, USCIRF found that

Systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations include 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.

According to USCIRF, religious prisoners are routinely detained in the harshest of prison environments where they are subjected to cruel punishments. The report further states that

Released religious prisoners have reported that they were kept in solitary confinement or crowded conditions, such as in 20-foot metal shipping containers or underground barracks and subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations.

USCIRF identified that the situation is particularly severe in the case of unregistered Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians as well as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

As a result of these challenges, USCIRF indicated that Eritrea meets the requirements for a country of particular concern (CPC) designation under the International Religious Freedom Act. Indeed, the religious persecution in Eritrea is of concern and needs to be addressed urgently. As long as the Eritrean govern]ment is willing to engage in a constructive dialogue with the UN and individual states, there is some hope that the dire situation of persecuted religious groups will change. However, if that dialogue fails, Eritrea may well deserve the designation of being the North Korea of Africa. [/size)

Ewelina U. Ochab is a human rights advocate and author of the book “Never Again: Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East.”

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

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Post by Axumawi » 13 Jun 2018, 20:55

Not a chance

Koreans fought against Japanese colonialism
Still fight about the Japanese taking Korean women for their soldiers.

Same happened in Eritrea never gets mentioned, Eritreans even fight not to raise that shame

Koreans were approched if they can co-operate against Russia
The answer was NO a fat one

They have dignity, self respect, fear of their God.


Eritreans:
You are going to Libya Somalia to fight....Va Bene Signore
Bring women for our soldati..subito signore
You are going to fight in Ethiopia....Molto bene signore
No stay after 6:00pm in kombishtato lol ..Vabene Signore
You will go to Yemen kill women and children...haderna ya kser
Bring women for us in Dahlak ...ay ay mustaejel etnin degiga

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 10:54

ኤርትራዊ ጸላእትኻ ኣለሊ !
These are a bunch of vicious animals, devoid of an ounce of humanity.



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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Zmeselo » 14 Jun 2018, 13:37

"Wuhatwo'mber nabey dhr dhrye,
nabey dhr dhr!"

Bereket Mengsteab.

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 16:33

The dancing tribe considers a life-long azmari/Chira-waTa as their spiritual and intellectual guide. :shock: :oops: :oops:
...The question is then, is Lord Alton correct to claim that the religious persecution in Eritrea amounts to crimes against humanity? In short, certainly yes. He is certainly not the only one to have reached such a conclusion. In fact, in 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (the CoI-E) stated that there were reasonable grounds to conclude that crimes against humanity were being perpetrated in Eritrea. For this reason, the CoI recommended that the UN Security Council refer the situation to the International Criminal Court. In July, the CoI-E recommended that ‘an accountability mechanism to investigate, prosecute, and try individuals accused of committing crimes against humanity in Eritrea, including engaging in torture and overseeing Eritrea’s indefinite military service, which the CoI-E equated to slavery’ be implemented by the African Union.

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Zmeselo » 14 Jun 2018, 16:42

I know who yours & this Alton guys' (whom you call your lord), spiritual guide is. Here, he is:

https://goo.gl/images/qDxWHJ

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Post by Cigar » 14 Jun 2018, 16:54

Must listen and watch video.

https://youtu.be/DAcOikNHuPg

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 17:48

Zmeselo wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 16:42
I know who yours & this Alton guys' (whom you call your lord), spiritual guide is. Here, he is:
Here they are: my spiritual guides.
"Resist the devil and he shall flee from thee". James 4:7

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Tog Wajale » 14 Jun 2018, 17:58

Brother Awash:---- By The World Standard, Eritrea Is Doing Better Than Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Ruwanda, Sudan & South Sudan. The Eritrean Government Do Not Owe Any Debt To Filthy I.M.F. ,, N.G.O. & World Bank. Ethiopia Owes To China & Russia Combined Over 65 Billion Dollars, Not To Mention Other Countries Like Switzerland, Canada, Dubai, U.K. Please Do Your Research On That.

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 19:39

Wajale,
I don't think you've read the latest. It obliterated shabo propaganda.

:shock: :shock:
...In its recent outlook for the region, the IMF named six countries - Chad, Eritrea, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Zimbabwe - as being in debt distress as of the end of last year. The IMF also changed its ratings for Zambia and Ethiopia over the period from moderate to "high risk of debt distress."
https://news.sky.com/story/african-nati ... s-11363998

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Post by Axumawi » 14 Jun 2018, 21:20

UAE and Saudi Arabia can pay Eritrea's debt if there is any significant debt. Eritrea has something to offer. Ground for the war in Yemen.

Ethiopia has not much to offer to anyone. There is also empty pride that even pushed out the Drone's base.

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 21:29

Haven't you heard? Don't underestimate yourself. Look, you're "No.1 in Africa" even before the GERD. :shock:
It might end up the Saudi Arabia of Africa if the new PM gets his way.

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/et ... r-ranking/
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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Zmeselo » 14 Jun 2018, 21:33

So you worship, human beings? Do you know what "spiritual guide" means, you numb nuts?

Your crockodiles tears for these people tell me, your guide is: Lucifer.

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 14 Jun 2018, 21:39

If I, who wouldn't hurt a fly, is guided by Lucifer, who is Issu's, the butcher of Eritrea's, guide?
Btw, "Resist the devil and he shall flee from thee". James 4:7

"ንድያብሎስ ግና ተጻረርዎ እሞ፡ ንሱ ካባኻትኩም ኪሀድም እዩ።"
ያዕቆብ 4:7


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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Awash » 15 Jun 2018, 20:32

Pastor Arrested for Faith in Eritrea Released After 11 Years of False Imprisonment

By SAMUEL SMITH Jun 15, 2018 | 1:14 PM

A pastor in the small East African nation of Eritrea has been released after being falsely imprisoned for 11 years in one of the worst nations in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.

Voice of the Martyrs Australia has confirmed that Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot, the senior pastor of Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church in Asmara, has finally been released from prison at the 5th Police Station.

Haiminot, a married father of three, was among over 60 evangelical Christians who were arrested in 2005 while participating in a wedding ceremony and were taken to the Sawa military center for "military punishment."

The global persecution advocacy organization reports that while the police gradually released several of the Christians, Haiminot and about five others were kept in detention as military officials tried to get them to recant their faith in Christ.

After refusing the request to deny Jesus, Haiminot was placed in solitary confinement. He was also subject to cruel punishments and inhumane conditions that include being forced to carry rocks up a mountain.

(Photo: ChurchinChains.ie)Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot
Although he was later released after he suffered a mental breakdown, Pastor Haiminot was re-arrested in 2007 and would stay locked up for over the next decade.


While it is unclear why Pastor Haiminot was finally released after years of advocacy from international rights groups, Voice of the Martyrs reports that Haiminot was in need of medical attention following his release.

"Many pastors [in Eritrea] have been arrested. Many Christians have been arrested," Todd Nettleton, chief of media relations for Voice of the Martyrs USA, said in a statement. "Typically, however, they're not held as long as Pastor Oqbamichel was... We don't know exactly why he was released at this time. Why not a year ago? Why not a year from now? We don't know what the logic behind that is — or if there is any logic behind it."

Haiminot gained international attention in 2003 after he became the first church leader in Eritrea to be imprisoned for religious activities.

His release comes as Eritrea ranks as the sixth worst nation in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors USA's 2018 World Watch List.

"The arrest, harassment and murder of Christians accused of being agents of the West is commonplace [in Eritrea]," Open Doors reports. "At the same time, Muslims, who make up roughly half of the population, are becoming more radicalized, resulting in increased vulnerability for Christians living in their vicinity."

According to Nettleton, Eritrea has gone through crackdown against the evangelical Christian community that started in 2002.

"The government actually closed all of the Evangelical churches in Eritrea," he said. "[They] basically called in the church leaders and said, 'Your churches can't meet anymore.' Every Christian activity after that became illegal."

The crackdown was renewed in 2017 and rights groups reported that over 200 Christians were arrested in house-to-house raids, according to the U.S. State Department's 2017 International Religious Freedom report.

"There were reports of deaths of members of minority religious groups imprisoned for their religious beliefs as well as physical mistreatment of persons in custody," the report states. "In October the government's enforcement of its ban on religious groups operating schools sparked demonstrations that led to the arrest of an Islamic school director and at least 40 other persons."

https://www.christianpost.com/news/past ... nt-225027/

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Re: (Forbes) Is Eritrea Becoming The North Korea of Africa?

Post by Axumawi » 15 Jun 2018, 21:57

One never knows.
Why not Eritrea become north korea of Africa.

Wouldn't you love to see President Isayas negotiating with Trump or Putin and the whole world watching and waiting and at the end of the day has not given up anything, but gained a lot for his country.

I wish Eritreans are developing the science and technologies and levels of education that put North Korea at this tage.

If They can't be singapore better be N Korea than Cambodia with pol pot. A million people dead and missing and nothing achieved for it.

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