Eritrean diplomat seeks asylum in Ethiopia "rights abuses"

Addis Ababa (HAN) May 14,2015 Public Diplomacy, Regional humanitarian, Security News. An Eritrean diplomat from the Red Sea state’s mission to the African Union is seeking asylum in Ethiopia, state-run media said, citing rights abuses at home.eritrea senior

Mohammed Idris, a member of the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), had served with Eritrea’s diplomatic mission in Addis Ababa for the past five years, the(EBC) said in a report.

“A people that for a long time fought for justice and freedom are now being subjected to injustice,” Mohammed told the outlet on Tuesday. “This forced me to take this decision.”

Rights groups and critics accuse Eritreaof rights abuses, including imposing indefinite military service with poor pay. Many of those fleeing the country, which won independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year war, say they are escaping conscription.

Eritrean officials could not immediately be reached to comment on the case of Idris. But the government in Asmara routinely denies charges of rights abuses and has in the past blamed lengthy military service on an unresolved border dispute with Ethiopia.

In February, an interim report of a UN inquiry said Eritrea was ignoring human rights laws and exerting pervasive state control and ruthless repression on its population.

Humanitarian groups say Eritreans make up the second-largest group of migrants to reach Italy by boat after Syrians, often braving the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean on rickety, overcrowded boats that claimed around 3 000 lives last year

The war between Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1998 to 2000 killed more than 70 000, analysts say.

Eritrea wants Ethiopia to pull its troops out from disputed territory before normalising ties, citing a decision by a Hague-based boundary commission which awarded the village of Badme to Eritrea in 2002. Ethiopia says the row over border demarcation can only be resolved through a negotiated settlement. reuters

6 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats for not being a sitting duck and not allowing the criminal tyrant throw you in his dungeons or slaughter you like the rest of your buddies. But what the heck took you this long?
    I hope you will play a major roll to reclaim our freedom back from the criminal tyrant and his gutless gangsters.

  2. Now is the time for all Eritreans to speak up and ask the international community to support regime change in Asmara. It is the responsibility of Ethiopia to remove the tyrant from power. Please Ethiopia you must save our people. I am sorry we were forced to be separated from our mother land Ethiopia. Long live Ethiopia . Please free us from the tyrant and let us reconstitute the Unity with Ethiopia.

    • You are funny …tsimblali-e meakora zeykedenet meriet kedenet kemzi natka eyu. Ethiopia has got its own problem forget helping Eritreans, Eritrean mafia Wedi Aforki will take Ethiopian government out of power if he wants. Ethiopia without the west is useless like it or not. 80 million people governed by one party from one region unlike Eritrea.

      I am not saying he is good to his people but asking Ethiopian government to take action and go beyond boarder is wrong. I guess you are Ethiopian or one of the 1% who voted against Eritrean independence. Nothing wrong with that but you need to know the truth. if we join by Ethiopia we will be next in line to power lol and change the name to Eritrea and Eritrean region dictate you for ever.

  3. IF YOU NEEDED A BIGGER REASON TO KNOW THAT GEESKAAAFRIKA IS AN ARM OF THE ETHIOPIAN & DJIBOUTI PROPAGANDA LOOK NO FURTHER. THIS STORY IS ONLY BEING CARRIED BY THE MOST DIE HARD OF POLITICAL PROPAGANDA SITES.. IE THE HOUTI STORY THEY DID ON ERITREA WHICH WAS ALSO CARRIED BY ONLY THE EXTREMIST WEBSITES. ATLEAST I CAN GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR NOT CARRYING THE STUPID BISHA BOMBING STORY.

    THIS STORY WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL… AS PER USUAL ERITREA WILL BE VINDICATED AND WOYANE ETHIOS LIKE ALEM k. AND AXMED WILL BE LEFT LOOKING FOR THE NEXT STORY TO GO FAUN OVER.

  4. Eritrean diplomat seeks asylum in Ethiopia: state media
    ADDIS ABABA | By Aaron Maasho

    WOW THE REUTERS NAME IS GETTING DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD.

  5. What Eritrean ? There is no Eritrea . As you know today it is big prison called AFEWERKIA. The territory is a death camp. If it is soo gooood go back and try to survive a week without singing praise songs for his highness kim jung Werki our extreme and extreme and extreme leader of all leaders and the most intelligent man on earth.

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