Human Rights Day 2019: Abraham Zere’s perspective on Eritrea

Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities Abraham T. Zere* The concept of “rights” doesn’t meaningfully exist in the state vocabulary of today’s Eritrea. The idea has been replaced by “duty and responsibility.” The state media apparatus constantly pounds into citizens the need to carry out their duties rather than wasting time by

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Human Rights Day 2019: the Eritrean perspective

Daniel Mekonnen Of threshing fields, funerals and Eritrea on International Human Rights Day Tuesday 10 December 2019 or a country like Eritrea, an occasion like International Human Rights Day serves two major purposes. On the one hand, it serves as a stark reminder about the dire state of human rights violations in the country. On

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PEN Austria Convenes a Conference on Eritrean Human Rights Situation

(Vienna, Nov. 9th, 2019) PEN Austria convened the third Vienna International Strategic Conference on Human Rights in Eritrea on the 7th of November. More than 25 activists and rights defenders from seven countries took part at the event. On the occasion of Dawit Isaak’s new German translation of his book Hope and other texts (Hoffnung:

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ኣሕታሚ እምኩሉ ኣርባዕተ ሓደስቲ መጽሓፍቲ ኣመሪቑ

(ስቶክሆልም–28 ጥቅምቲ 2019) ብኣብ ቀረባ እዋን ኣብ ሃገር ሽወደን ተመዝጊቡ᎓ ንኣብ ስደት ዝምዕብል ዘሎ ገስጋስ ስነ-ጽሑፍ ድርኺት ንምዃን ንጥፈታቱ ዝጅምር ዘሎ ኣሕታሚ እምኩሉ ዝተሓትማ ኣርባዕተ መጽሓፍቲ ብቐዳም ዕለት 26 ጥቅምቲ ኣብ ዘምሰየ ጽንብል ናብ ኣንባብቲ ተዘርጊሐን ። ኣብቲ ኣብ ሰዓታት ድሕሪ ቀትሪ ኣብ ቤት መግቢን መስተን ባህሊና–ስቶክሆልም–ዝተኻየደ ናይ መመረቕታ ጽንብል ናብ ኣንበብቲ ዝበጽሓ መጽሓፍቲ ፍቕሪ

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Life as an Eritrean journalist

Last month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) declared that Eritrea is the world’s most censored country, worse even than North Korea or Turkmenistan. Their survey highlights the fact that independent media was banned in 2001; that at least 16 Eritrean journalists are behind bars, making the government the worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan

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PEN Eritrea conducts writers’ workshops in Cairo and Kampala

PEN Eritrea conducted workshops to Eritrean refugee writers in Cairo and Kampala from 17th -21st of September and from 30th of September to the 1st of October, respectively. More than 45 participants —collectively – took part in the workshops. The sessions were offered as part of PEN Eritrea’s Breaking the Silence project which is implemented

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ዕላል ምስ ቀሺ ዮናስ ወልደሩፋኤል፤ ንመጽሓፍ እኩብ ግጥምታት እንቶሽን ካልእን

ፍቕረይ የማን* ኣብ መጋቢት 2019 ብኣሕታሚ እምኵሉ ተሓቲማ ንዕዳጋ ዝተዘርግሐት መጽሓፍ እኵብ ግጥምታት እንቶሽ ብቀሺ ዮናስ ወልደሩፋኤል፡ ደራሲ ኣብ መንጎ 1998ን ብቐንዱ ከኣ ድሕሪ ኣብ 2009 ንስደት ድሕሪ ምምራሑ ዝጸሓፎም 102 ግምጥታት ዝሓዘት’ያ። ግጥምታት እዛ መጽሓፍ፡ ነቲ ዝገልጽዎን ዝግለጽሉን ባህሊ በርቢሮም፣ እቲ ባህሊ መንነቱ ዝገልጸሎም ኣበሃህላታት፡ ምሳሌታትን ላዛታቶምን ኣለልዮም፡ ዳግማይ ከሺኖም ናብቲ ዝገልጽዎ ባህሊ፡ ስምዒትን

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እቶም ጸሓፍቲስ ተደልዮም… ናይ ኣቶ ኣርኣያ ኣርባዕተ ዓመታት ማይ-ስርዋ’ኸ?

ይርጋኣለም ፍስሃ*  ቀዳመይቲ ንግሆ “ንመተኣስርተይ ከመይ ሓደርኩም ክብል” ኣቶ ኣርኣያ ደፎጭ ኣብ ሚ/ት/ክ/ት/ን/ሚድያ (ሬድዮ ባና) ተሓዚ ንብረት ዝነበሩ ቀይሕ ቆማት ኣቦ’ዮም። ገርሂን ሕያዋይን ድማ! ምዱብ ስራሖም፡ ንሰራሕተኛታት ዘድሊ መሳርሒታት ቤት ጽሕፈት፡ ብሓለፍቲ ተፈቒዱ ምስ ተፈረመ፡ ኣብታ እንተላይ መኽዘን ዝዀነት ቤት ጽሕፈቶም ኰይኖም ቢሮ፡ መሕተምን መጽሓፍን ወረቓቕቲ፡ tab record… ዝኣመሰሉ ንገራት ንሰራሕተኛታት ምዕዳል’ዩ። ብተወሳኺ ኣብቲ ኣብ

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“An artist has the responsibility to take stand,” Gianluca Costantini

From the last week of June until mid-July, PEN Eritrea has been collaborating with artist and activist Gianluca Costantini to highlight the cases of forgotten Eritrean journalists. In his Human Rights in Eritrea series, the artist has produced 15 illustrations of the jailed journalists. A faculty of Bologna School of Fine Arts and this year’s

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