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D 11 mars 2016     H 06:27     A     C 0 messages

Concerned Eritrean Civic Groups, Opposition Organizations and Individuals

This is to express our dismay of and strong opposition to the European Union’s current plan to provide a multi-million development package to the repressive Government of Issaias Afewerki of Eritrea.
WHEREAS over the last two decades tens of thousands of Eritreans fled the country escaping enslavement in the name of military service

WHEREAS the Government of Issaias Afewerki has curtailed most freedoms, from movement to expression ; from religion to association ; from where to live, when to marry and who to worship

WHEREAS the extra-judicial executions, enforced disappearances and incommunicado detentions aimed at silencing all perceived critics continue unabated

WHEREAS the 2007 European Union’s122 Million Euros similar aid package had no impact in either reducing or eliminating the brutalization of the Eritrean people at the hands of the repressive regime

WHEREAS in June of last year, the regime’s brutal treatment of its own people prompted the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to launch the International Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

WHEREAS European Union development aid notwithstanding, so long as repression continues in Eritrea, children, youth and women will continue to flee the country and embark on treacherous journeys that claim innumerable lives
We therefore CALL upon the European Union to :
Stop rewarding the brutal dictatorship with new funds and instead redirect funding to nongovernmental humanitarian organizations to provide food, shelter, counseling and transitional assistance to refugees in desperate need of help

State unequivocally its position in support of the Eritrean people in their struggle to usher in a constitutional and accountable Government elected by the people

Demand that the brutalization of the Eritrean people that is at the root of mass migration be halted immediately

Identify and impose travel restrictions on senior members of the repressive regime who visit European capitals to mobilize financial resources from the diaspora

Request the repressive Government of Issaias Afewerki to allow the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) access to Eritrea

 Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE)
 Eritreans For National Dialogue (EFND)
 Eritrean-American Civic Association, Boston (EACAB)
 Eritreans for Human and Democratic Rights - UK (EHDR-UK)
 Eritrean Forum for National Dialogue (Medrek)
 Eritrean Global Solidarity (EGS)
 Eritrean Movement for Change (EMC)
 Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC)
 Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP)
 Eritrean Solidarity Movement for National Salvation (ESMNS)
 Eritrean Youth Movement for Change - Las Vegas (EYMC-LV)
 Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change - (EYSC)
 Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change - (EYSC-NA)
 Eritrean Youth Solidarity for National Salvation (EYSNS)
 Hidmonna - Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group - Manitoba (ECHRG)
 Human Rights Concern - Eritrea (HRCE)
 Independent Eritrean Women’s Association for Peace & Democracy (IEWAPD)
 Nationaler Rat fuer demokratischen Wandel in Eritrea E.V
 Network of Eritrean Women (NEW)
 Release Eritrea
 Stop Slavery in Eritrea