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Eritrea: Human Rights Issue or Plain Propagation?


Eritrean Soldiers in Sawa

Human rights issue or plain propagation?

By Berhane Woldu,

The UN Special rapporteur in her report wrongly state human rights violation linked to the national service in Eritrea. The indefinite military services, fear of being targeted, low salary, assignment to civil administration, and the lack of freedom to decide their own fate all counts as human rights violation according to her unfounded and wrong perception.

From the outset one can discredit the report as it did not apply any principle or methodology of professional assessment. Sheila did not use valid and reliable instrument to conduct her interview. Even if one accepts her report on face value it does not hold water. What is wrong with military services? Are there no other nations who have their civilian population trained as national army? My manager at Maryland State Government USA her name is Dr. Audrey Sutton she was also a colonel in the reserve army and used to take leave from her regular work for training she had a dual purpose in life. Qatar one of the richest country in the world is now calling its nationals for national service. It’s normal for Eritrea to have a national service.

Her arguments are naïve at the list she states; can’t decide their faith, low salary, the people fear of being targeted and assigned to civil administration. Eritrea is a growing nation and not yet well developed economically like the Western world it’s in no position to offer the choices and life style Sheila mentions. There are few private sector jobs available and foreign investment is in its infancy. There are foreign operated companies’ cases in point; Bisha mining company 90% percent of its employees are well paid Eritreans.  Every graduate is granted a professional job at graduation unlike other countries where there is over 25% youth unemployment. Eritrea is one of the safest country in the world where a blond hair can walk 3:00 AM anywhere he or she wants without fear.  There are many expatriates who have returned to Eritrea from USA, Europe, Asia and Africa if there was fear of “targeted persons” would theses people chose to live in Eritrea.

In Eritrea everyone and regardless where they reside at the start of twelve’s grade goes to Sawa for matriculation and six month military training. Upon completing matriculation those who have scored greater than C- attend colleges. Young adults are given two choices on what major they want to complete their education; the higher your grade (A/B) the more likely to get your choices. Those who scored lower C-and D goes to two years vocational training; young adults who have lower score (D-) at matriculation are assigned to work in the different ministries. Those that are assigned to the Ministry of Defense are assigned to civilian duties and paid according to their pay scale in-addition are awarded annually food products which increases their pay scale.

Eritrea has professional army, navy, air force, Special Forces and many others. Eritrea also has national army that is constituted of its entire nationals. Every Eritrean male or female goes to a military training and Eritreans are all trained and ready to defend their national interest. One needs to study the history of Eritrea. It’s a nation that achieved its independence through armed struggle of its civilian population which was inclusive of male, female, young and old. It should be of no surprise to anyone that Eritrea is a nation of five million (5,000,000) well trained army and it will continue as such because it is part and the essence of being an Eritrean.

Unlike what Sheila Rapporteur states; in Eritrea there are ample opportunities for people to work and have a meaning full life.  I can give you reports of so many individuals who are very satisfied with their life. I know quite a number of people who work for the Ministry of Education as teachers after completing their Bachelors degree. The salary that they are paid is minimal but unlike most young adults in the USA these graduates have no student loans; education is free. These teachers have second jobs; they teach on Saturdays, tutor children, work on weddings; as wedding decorators, camera men/women, photographers and limo drivers. They make sizable amount of money to supplement their incomes. I know quite a few who have earned enough money to buy cars. The Ministry of health employs a large number of graduates in different capacities; there are quite a large number who have second jobs working for quasi-private hospitals, or as pharmacy technicians for private pharmacies. The young adults work as barbers, electronics repairers, TV and dish arrangers, some work with private consulting firms and sells. Banks offer profit sharing in addition to regular pay. The opportunities to make money are countless. An Eritrean who lives in Eritrea has a better life than one who is a bell man in America or a goat herder in Israel.

Sheila Rapporteur and associates needs to understand which rights matter most. Rights is based on law from real laws come real rights, from imaginary laws fancied and invented by colonizers and self serving nations are invented rights. People have certain natural and irreversible rights; that all human have the rights to health, food, employment and equal distribution of national wealth. In Eritrea you have the right to free education, health and social services and you also have duties such as one year national service. Human rights groups who campaign against violations of political rights often ignore the economic and social rights which are the prerequisite for political rights.

In summation the UN human rights section should be ashamed in accepting such poorly prepared report.

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26 comments:

  1. I remember learning English from "Reader 1, 2, 3" series which portrayed how sweet life in England was ..... That was a long time ago. This reminds me of that.

    "These teachers have second jobs; they teach on Saturdays, tutor children, work on weddings; as wedding decorators, camera men/women, photographers and limo drivers. They make sizable amount of money to supplement their incomes. I know quite a few who have earned enough money to buy cars. The Ministry of health employs a large number of graduates in different capacities; there are quite a large number who have second jobs working for quasi-private hospitals, or as pharmacy technicians for private pharmacies. The young adults work as barbers, electronics repairers, TV and dish arrangers, some work with private consulting firms and sells. Banks offer profit sharing in addition to regular pay. The opportunities to make money are countless."

    What am I doing here? I need to move back. Oh, wait a minute, I know so many that will tell the truth. Never mind.

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  2. Aye bial nisikum "hasot intedegagemkayo haki ikewin" ilkum ni muluu hizbi ainu kitdefniwo aitihankun.

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  3. Rubbish Reader,
    The man lives there and moved from the US to live in Eritrea. Obviously calling a dignified man a liar is how you reason. What a pathetic soul

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  4. Any country seeking independence and freedom will have to get it on their own. No one will do it with you or for you including UN.

    As the saying goes "To preserve peace you have to prepare yourself for war". As long as the force of evil is with them they will always have bad intentions for Eritrea and its people. They dont want us to have control over ourselves, they suppressed our ideas,so that living conditions of our people don't improve. They want us to remain ignorant and uncivilised in a state of primitiveness as other African countries. They don't see us as humans with dignity they see us as mere commodity to be used and abused. That is why they ignore our right for freedom and self deceives.

    So if we let the HRW activists force of the evils rebels against Eritrea and its people and abuse us, no one will do it for us, it is we Eritreans who should get it in our own way.
    Never Kneel Down!

    Thanks Berhane Woldu for your presentation.

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  5. As he said "An Eritrean who lives in Eritrea has a better life than one who is a bell man in America or a goat herder in Israel."
    If this is true i wonder why many yang Eritrean runaway from their home and risk their life to reach EU and Israel?

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  6. RubbishReadrer! A liar and gambler
    As your name implies you are rubbish and loser. What makes sad is you don't know yourself who you are. Sometimes you live in Canada, USA, UK and probably now you are living in mars. So what are you doing there? What types of human rights are there? How can you compare them with Eritrea? I wish you would return back to earth and try to analyze Human Rights issues using pinhole camera if it works for you.

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  7. What are you doing here? You are in the wrong website. Better move with your comment to your website for those Ethiopians who are risking their life. Why don't you deal with your problem back home? Do you know how your people are suffering from woyane? If not visit your website and get the details about HUMAN RIGHTS in Ethiopia.
    Thanks!!

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  8. Your words dont change the fact that Ethiopia is the #1 exporter of human beings in total and per capita. Undebatable

    Number of Ethiopian Refugees in SAUDI ARABIA Last Year: 800,000
    "1.6 Million Ethiopians Have Illegaly Entered Saudi Arabia since 2012, according to the Chinese state-owned international news agency CCTV."
    http://youtu.be/CDQRH80P7ys
    start@1:55

    Number of Eritrean Refugees WORLDWIDE Last Year: 18,000
    "More than 1,500[18,000/year] Eritreans, including unaccompanied minors, flee the country monthly."
    www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/eritrea

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  9. Remove the shoot to kill policy at the border and you will see that number spike. So your argument really isn't valid. Nice try though.

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  10. Couldn't have said it any better!

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  11. Thanks berhane woldu, I use to travel every year to Eritrea and have extended families in Eritrea and what you wrote is truth.
    Even those fleeing the country have much money which by the way becomes interesting people for smugglers.
    As to the negative comments about your article, It's clear it comes from the enveous beggar woyane tribe. They are sleepless to comment bad news about Eritrea in every Eritrean websites like madote which allows them to open their filthy mouths.

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  12. If these Tigray people would mind their own business, we would live peacefully in our own country. They are made to be miserable and cause misery for all their neighbors.

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  13. Harii kelbi,
    ayenay iyu eti hasot? Mhsaw natkum amel iyu, tweyway megedi Keren z´lbom.

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  14. by fabrication you can not change the fact. it is better to live with the reality world than the imaginary.

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  15. you people also human being so I concern about your problems.

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  16. weak person always going to bleming another people for his problem so you are one of them.

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  17. Ida with "Tigray people" intends the foreign policy of the minor regime in ethiopia and NOT the Tigray people, as you can see for the time being they are creating havoc all around the region in general..If they were wise they might not interfere into other population domestic affairs.

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  18. Where Is Z CruiseMay 5, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    An Eritrean who lives in Eritrea has a better life than one who is a bell man in America or a goat herder in Israel.

    Hmmmmmm
    Mr Brhane Woldu, Which Eritrean are you referring? Are you talking about all Eritreans or particular person??

    1% might be doing better than the bell man in America but I know for sure the 99% are not.

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  19. No one goes to chigaramland tigray to live. Eritreans use it as stepping stone to emigrate to the west. While you agames risk everything to emigrate to yemen, that should tell you everything about you miserable existence.

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  20. You should be concerned about yourself instead beggar agame. All of us (Eritreans,Somali, Amhara, Ogaden, Gambella and Oromo) want your head and it won't be long till we cut it.

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  21. As funny as Eritrea thingMay 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I can't hold back but laugh :) If you want to laugh read about **Eritrea thing** Seems none can be fooled any more. There is nothing called Eritrea only a bunch of crazy layers, propogandists and immoral personalities. KEEP IT UP!!!

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  22. pappagallo hunterMay 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    The only enemies of Eritrea is Eritreans ,with don Quixote as leader and kakapo (it is the dumbest bird of parrot family) generation as the followers Eritrea has no hope but to die slowly.

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  23. pappagallo hunterMay 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    do you even believe what comes out of your mouth? you shit with your mouth,i do not think you evolve enough to be a civilized man, may the universe have mercy on your soul.

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  24. Truth hurts. But by the way I use this pen name purposely because that is what I am reading and I take it as an entertainment.

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  25. Haha omg, how can they (the teachers) be satisified and still have 3 jobs at the same time?


    You guys speak about tigray like we are dogs and dumb.


    WE ARE OCCUPYING YOUR LAND!


    WE MADE USA SANCTIONIZE YOU!


    We are fooling this world into believing that you are the terrorist and we are not. This is politics, eritrea is stupid enough to play a fair play. You will never succeed. I hope we occupy badme 4ever..


    We even have the eritrean opposition parties as our slaves to do our bidding. We are smarter, faster more skilled than you are. YES WE ARE BEGGARS! But we are still better than you low-lifes..come to addis abeba and you will se some beauty.


    Everybody knows that Ethiopia is to prefer than Eritrea. Ask the West, ask China and ask Russia why you guys got sanctionized. Ask them why WE are not sanctionized. Ask them why we invaded your land in march 2011 without any repracussions..because you are terrorist, you are a threat. Nobody wants you to succeed you dirty dogs.. hahahah

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  26. the number of ethiopian refugees that illegally entered saudi arabia last year was more than the total number of eritreans that left eritrea in the last 10 years so save your what-if scenarios #Facts

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