Having to contend with the danger of destabilisation by the Front pour la Restauration de l'Unité et de la Démocratie armé (FRUD armé) and the ineffectiveness of his own armed forces, Forces Armées Djiboutiennes (FAD), President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti once again called big brother Ethiopia for help (ION nº1433). So, the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have been grouping on the Djibouti-Ethiopia border since March 1.
About 30,000 Eritreans live in Israel, where a dangerous voluntary resettlement plan is being criticized.
Eritrea has denied any involvement in an alleged plan to attack an under-construction Ethiopian dam, which is set to become the biggest hydropower dam in Africa.
Ethiopia’s deputy government spokesman, Zadig Abrha, told the state-run Fana Broadcasting Corporation that 20 members of an Eritrean rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement—had been apprehended while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Abrha said that Ethiopian security forces killed 13 of the rebels, while seven fled into neighboring Sudan. But the Ethiopian government spokesman said that Sudan had handed the rebels over and they were now in Ethiopian custody.
ሰለስተ ኤርትራውያን ምሁራት ንኤርትራ ዝብልዎ ኣንፈት ይሕብሩ
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea.
The Government of Eritrea restricts the travel of all foreign nationals in the country, including U.S. diplomats. These restrictions make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens outside the city of Asmara. This replaces the Travel Warning dated August 26, 2016.
‘ኢትዮጵያ ብዛዕባ ምስ ኤርትራ ዝተኸተለቶ ፖሊሲ ዳግም ገምጊማ ከምዝዛዘመትን ኣብ’ዚ ቀረባ ሓድሽ ፖሊሲ ናብ ህዝቢ ወግዓዊ ከምዝግበርን’ ቀ/ሚ ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ገሊጾም።
One of the United Nations’ top human rights experts says Switzerland had no good reason to crack down on Eritreans.
François Crépeau, a Canadian lawyer who serves as the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, lashed out at Switzerland’s recent decision to tighten its asylum policy towards Eritreans in an interview with two Swiss newspapers on Friday.
On February 2, the Federal Administrative Court said Switzerland would no longer recognise Eritreans as refugees solely on grounds of having fled their country illegally. Until last summer, leaving Eritrea illegally was considered a legitimate reason for asylum, since whoever did so faced up to five years in prison in Eritrea.