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A Spike in Diplomatic Shuttle - Eritrea: What is All About?

Pekka Haavisto Finland's Minister for International Development, meeting with President Isaias Afwerki

A Spike in Diplomatic Shuttle - Eritrea: What is All About?

By Seble Ephrem

Over the summer months of 2014 various European countries reported that they were being innundated by a huge number of asylum seekers identifying themselves as ‘Eritrean’.

Denmark recorded a dramatic 500% spike, and ‘took the initiative to send a ‘fact finding mission’ to Eritrea to investigate the reasons for the sudden increase in numbers of people claiming to have left the country for political reasons.

Denmark’s Minister of Justice needed to know what it was all about prior to granting asylum to applicants. The governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway were also keenly observing these developments.

Italy, reportedly the country of entry for most people into Europe, covered by its Bossi Fini Law, pretended to be uninformed of the number of boat loads of people that perished regularly offshore within its territorial waters. Italian records apparently indicate that Eritrean migrants are the second largest in numbers after Syrians; while other West and East African nationals feature less.


The 1951 Geneva Convention on asylum and its 1967 Protocol are the legal instruments by which anyone in fear for his/her life and who is unable to avail himself/herself of protection from his or her own country, can claim asylum in another signatory country.

While each claim goes through a lengthy process prior to acceptance, his/her human rights to accommodation, health care, education and day to day subsistence remains the responsibility of the host country’s welfare system.

In the event the applicant is refused asylum he/she will have further three chances to appeal the decision. Until recently all the legal expenses that can run into thousands of UK pound sterling, were being paid by the host country.

If the outcome of an application is successful, the person will then have the right to apply for family reunion and would be likely to bring family members (wife or husband and children) into a host country such as the UK. On arrival of the family, a relatively larger accommodation is provided together with education, health care and related social benefits.

The Geneva Convention came into being as a result of human atrocities perpetrated on human beings by fellow humans, during World War II. Without it, we would be living in a brutal world without the protection of human life and the surety it gives to the right to live. It was not intended for misuse and abuse motivated by external political and/or individual economic gain. It is a humanitarian legal instrument that was intended to be free from international political, foreign policy agenda of signatory countries. It was certainly not created to give blanket acceptance to all asylum applicants without due process. The European public is angry because they know it cannot be Christmas all of the time.


Following decolonisation in Africa and the other developing countries, climate change, globalisation and subsequent downturn of the economies that befell many countries, it was only logical that human beings worst affected would migrate to places that appear to offer better chances of survival. The general trend of migration became noticeably South-North, as opposed to trends pre-WWII, which were predominantly East-West.

The harder the economies of the West were hit, the more aggressive their search and exploitation of natural resources became. The rich mineral and other precious resources are mostly located in the South. And so the vicious cycle continues with the might and power to exploit resources, including human, remaining in the hands of a few. The resulting gap in wealth accumulation grows wider creating and sustaining inevitable conflict for control of resources and survival at all cost.


Some fine pieces of legislation by which fundamental human right to life were governed, including freedom of movement, safety, respect, speech, belief, have been gradually eroded and applied only selectively and to serve particular interests of dominant countries.

It is ironic on the 10th December 2014 the UN Human Rights Day, the most flagrant breach of human rights, torture, as practiced by the nation that claims to be the symbol of democracy, the United States of America, came to light. The release of the CIA report exposing the worst abuses of human rights, has irreparably dented the reputation and integrity and trustworthiness in the nation’s practices.

At the same time it has for several years been the practice of the powerful nations to bash smaller countries for breaching the Rule of Law.

Applying sanctions and other similar penalties are deliberately designed to impoverish and weaken them – in the case of Eritrea, on the basis of false accusations systematically fabricated by the Ethiopian Government and its international advisors. What is being done by western governments to destroy Eritrea is unacceptable to the people of the country, but they are not being given opportunities to be heard or read.
The dominant international media outlets have long been concocting and orchestrating lies about Eritrea and covering up for Ethiopia.

The US-Ethiopia campaigns to dissuade international organisations from working in Eritrea; and if they do, to discredit them in the face of the facts on the ground, are practices that certainly do not come under the Rule of Law. The political works on emigration/immigration, pull/push attractions in order to create imbalances, displacements and confusion within Eritrean/Ethiopian societies are all a part of such cover ups.

To come full circle, the problems created within certain countries by external politically motivated powers in order to facilitate economic ameliorations for their own short term benefits have now come to roost. Is it time to grin and bear the consequences or go to extreme lengths pretending to be a benevolent humanitarian? The long term sustainability of human lives and livelihoods is constantly being undermined by short sighted political power struggles and sheer greed.

The Danes that came back with a report based mostly on local interviews and information obtained from respectable diplomatic missions has now been criticised by bodies that have never set foot in Eritrea or that may have done at some distant past. Eritrea must be the buttered side of the toast for such individuals and organisations who cannot afford to lose a lifeline.

Denmark is feeling the squeeze between a rock and a hard place. The diplomats who contributed to the report were not named. That would be understandable because they would otherwise be targets of vicious individual attacks and harassments that is common practice by those who are threatened by the truth. But the diplomats surely cannot have been providing false information? Has Denmark inadvertently rocked the boat for NGO’s and the EU? Have some lucrative posts and organisations been financially affected as a result of the publication of the report?

Norway, Germany, Holland appear to be lined up to investigate human rights practices in Eritrea. It is not clear, however, whether they are also likely to turn a blind eye to the ‘elephant in the room’ – Ethio-US interests in the region.

A delegation from the UK Home Office and FCO are currently reported to be in Eritrea looking into the migration and trafficking matters resulting from, as the Danish report indicated, 99% economic causes. They have publicly indicated ‘surprise’ at the welcome accorded and the access granted to them as they carried out their assignment.

All the events and diplomatic activities are happening within a spate of a couple of months.
What is it all about? Honest concern – Benevolence – Coincidence – Eritrea’s Business Potential – the attractive emerging mining industries – Exploitation – Other? Let it not be said that the reason is within the “Rule of Law” – that would be a mockery.

It's now an open secret that a large number of those claiming to be 'Eritrean asylum seekers' in the West are in fact Ethiopians, or other African migrants masquerading as Eritreans.

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  1. Shaebia always "Let the Chips Fall Where They May".
    Europeans are finally getting to know Shaebia and Eritrea and are telling the rest of the world, "If you can't beat them, join them".
    Thank God I was born in Shaebia Generation.
    Long Live Shaebia
    Long Live Eritrea

  2. Disclaimer:
    I am NOT Agame or weyane or its Agent but an original Eritrean and a concerned Eri Citizen and as such,I expect a decent respect and answers as an Eritrean Citizen.
    You answered your questions correctly:
    "What is it all about? Honest concern – Benevolence – Coincidence – Eritrea’s Business Potential – the attractive emerging mining industries – Exploitation – Other? Let it not be said that the reason is within the “Rule of Law” – that would be a mockery."
    All of the above but the 'Rule of Law".
    Moreover,they are overwhelmed...;they over-succeeded with their agenda of draining the Eri Youth to the extent of being "Uncontrollable"....and they have to "control " it or slow it down.
    They have done their job but did we?
    I would like you to write an Article on that...."About the Other Side of the Coin", if you could think outside of the "Box".
    I.e.:What is our home work then?
    What should have we done from our side to avoid this mess or to minimize it and so as NOT to have been and NOT to be so further, the victims of these evil people and powers??
    What did we miss?
    Going forward,what shall we do?
    Let us be honest to ourselves.
    Mind you, this Youth Exodus issue is beyond a major "Mekete and National Security Threat/Challenge" by any standard;and irrespective of its root causes, and no matter who is behind it,we have "Lost" more than 200-300 thousand Youth over the last 7-10 yrs,not to mention the more than 5000 precious Eri Lives,who were the victims of the Sahara and Sinai Deserts; and the Mediteranean Sea-This has never ever happened in the more than a Centuary old of Eritrean History.
    Why---how come?
    OK...coz of the CIA,Weyane....etc...
    But what did we do from our side to avoid or minimize this Tragedy or what should we have done to avoid it? Or so as NOT to be the victims of the CIA and the Weyanes?
    If we cannot and we don NOT deal with our problmes,in your own words,:"that would be a mockery", as well!
    Looking forward to your next Article on the above issues.

  3. well said Hope, May God the almighty bless you!!!!

  4. The government of Eritrea has tried its best to build the nation as the Germans and other part of Europe do in the past i.e has worked hard the schools to function to a standard, tried to supply clean water and to minimize the health hazards by awaring, alerting and providing health facilities on the other hand doing the development work go hand in hand. The complaints about the long years of national service and other factors mentioned several times is not yet in place. If the youth prefer to desert the country what else could the government do? Y can't force anyone unless everybody feels responsibility. It is mutual benefit! We have to believe we are poor if we work hard and try to minimize our shortcomings and each individual shared its responsibility, this is development! Allow me to quote the newly Indian Peace winner said here in Norway, there was a fire in an area and everybody was running but a bird brought a water in her mouth and was trying to put on the fire a Lion saw her and asked her what she was doing and she replied that she is sharing her bits so if everybody shares its part it will be the end of the story. The Eritrean government has proved and meet the requirements of poverty eradication.

  5. Ethiopians in general and Tigrians in particular they want to benefit from our problems and pose as Eritreans to get refugee status or commit crimes by our name to defame and bad name us or ruin our reputations but ALAS now after getting the new ID this cant be happened gain and for the peace and tranquility of our region & the Horn Of Africa Eritrea is must country you should deal with.

  6. Hope, as you see now than ever lot of things are moving to tackle this drama, starting from the "blind international society" (EU, usa, un, au). The government of Eritrea is working to resolve the problem as well in many ways, soon you'll see the result.
    But one thing, the exodus or migration is a consequence, and not the root of the problem Eritrea faces on the last decades.

  7. I appreciate the story of the bird the guest down mention to answer you symbolically. It's helpful if anyone do its small part..i'm sure you do, and that's good

  8. They design this so-called asylum seekers, which almost all of them are tgrayans and so defame Eritrea to destroy the people physically and mentally. and to demolish the dream of a self-reliant Eritrea. and now wen their country gets infested with uncontrollable fake asylum seekers so-called Eritreans, they want act like they care. oh u have no idea what Shaebia are cable of, soon whites will loose control of the whole Africa.

    Thanks to Shaebia Eritrea is standing still. and to the agents the moles of the whitey ab moklo hafash k'tqulowa ekin.

    Long Live The People/Shaebia/ERitrea.

  9. Thats understandable. thanks hope.

  10. Hopeless, say what can I do for my people and country? That is where the truth lies, otherwise you are nothing but a scavenger and "belaE rif'raf."
    Get with it boy!

  11. Thank you, Seble Ephrem for pointing out the significance of the Denmark investigation and report. The controversy it has stirred is compelling nations of the world to question the predominant narrative about #Eritrea. It is time to view Eritrea from the lens of how it can be a stabilizing country and influence for peace in the region. This is clearly beginning to be recognized by nations opening diplomatic relationships with Eritrea. I am optimistic that the dialogue will continue and deepen and move beyond rhetoric and intentional misrepresentation.

  12. Indeed; it is a team work, Nation building is not a spectators sport! Bravo and on your future posts please use a pen-name to differentiate from those that are here to disrupt our unity under pseudonyms such as "guest" with a capital and small "g." Eritreans in Scandinavia need to intensify the pressure in exposing the hasadat in every opportunity you come across.

  13. Thanks God true coming soon

  14. What is your opinion regarding the gross human rights violation and about the thousands who are suffering in prisons across the nation? We hope higdef will soon go. Eritrea without higdef is the only, i mean the only, way to move forward,

  15. The GOE is not just fighting kedamy woyane, we're fighting their masters too, and their master have the resources, its not easy, don't try to make easy, and ya..the GOE they're doing what ever they can, this Youth Exodus issue u stressed about, the GOE is handling it and they're taking the war to the source like those criminals that be hanged now, correct me if am wrong but, its like u want to blame all the peoples mistake they made to the GOE, remember the GOE is not just at war with woyane and their masters, also those so called opposition group they want to drain the youth so they can launch another attack on Eritrea thru Ethiopia. they only care about garbing power, they made the youth casualty of cold-war, so the people of Eritrea can turn against their government out of despair. this people/ this criminals.... fake Aba Mussie, Elsa Chirum, meron Estifanos, Selam kidane and their minions Measho Tesfamariam and so on. they are responsible. u see this criminals those so called human rights fake Aba Mussie, Elsa Chirum, meron Estifanos so on...they never talked the cause of all this BADME, b/c if they do their master the US and Agame will eat them alive b/c they are with the enemy trying to destroy a country for their own agenda to make themselves a saint. instead of putting our differences aside for a sec and talk about the real cause they are keeping playing a dangerous game. the GOE is fighting cold-war and at the same time guarding a nation from hyenas from the south hoping one day they want to find a crack to make the people of Eritrea kneel before them. A State before individual... Nation come first, yes its easy to talk from a far, u have no idea what woyane is doing with their master. its not easy and it never was... we are not wizards it takes time.

  16. U wish, Shaebia will Never Go. Cuz we are the next Shaebia. :)

  17. lets put the truth on the table. Are u tell me the youth are living peaceful or there is peace in Eritrea. Well, let me ask you then why are so many peaceful Eritreans in a prison for years without any case. I don't want tell you that they didn't make mistake however there most be an end for there time in a prison. why are the youths serve in national service for years without time limit. Of course all Eritrean are willing to serve for their country however there most time limit u cant serves without time limit. There most be time limit for your serves, u can't serve in national serve without having time with ur family. Everybody needs time to have fun with their family with friends children. A break. For our fathers nobody force them to serve in national serves, they left everything to serves because they love their nation.we as well.We love our nation but we cant serve without time limit. Why aren't the Eritrean gov put time limit for the prisoner because there is no constitution in the country. Of course they have written constitution but they don't want use it. So are u tell me that there is a peace in the country when people are suffering without a law. Lets be honest, I bet u wouldn't serve, even single day, why are we just hiding the truth in order to protect our nation. The problem isn't from outside, yes there are lot of problems from outside. But these problems aren't the majors problems for Eritrean youths. Because these problems didn't start in our time, these problems were there from the beginning of Eritrea's birthday. So are u telling me that these youths are leaving Eritrea because of Ethiopian and western affect? come on! look out of the boxes. Yes what u said about Ethiopia's plan is true. Not even single Ethiopian want see that Eritrea exist in the map. However,there is no way that we can put our problems in the Ethiopian government, because every single nation works for personal interest and that is what Ethiopia's government are doing, but that is not the major issue of Eritrean youths, In order to solve our problem we need to be honest and put everything on the table other ways we will suffer years from now.

    With a respect

  18. Yes you are fighting the world and you are loosnig the fight bigtimes count

  19. Says you, whoever you are. We say the nation's independence and sovereignty is all we care about. Unfortunately, it is only PFDJ that has shown the track record of defending and implementing progress in the lives of the population.

    There is no organization among those who call themselves opposition that is loyal to the country. All you have shown us so far is, among other things,
    1) You work for the Weyane and with the Weyane against the sovereignty and independence of the country.
    2) Your collaboration with the Weyane and its patrons makes you part of the problem.

    3) You dwell on ethnic and linguistic differences that divides the population and develop antagonistic relations
    4) You have used too many lies to earn the trust of the Eritreans on anything you accuse the Eritrean government or claim to be.
    5) You have not shown with any credible evidence or argument that you have the capacity to do any better on the matters on which you level accusations against PFDJ.
    6) You were created by outside powers, and are so insignificant that you rely on these outside powers--the main one being the Weyane. This shows that you are not loyal to the country, its people and its martyrs. This in turn shows your lack understanding of the basic requirements of advancing a national cause.
    7) You are agitating for a fratricidal campaign that would destroy the nation along with any achievement it has so far managed.
    8) The other methods you have chosen to bring "change" to Eritrea have resulted (directly and indirectly) in hardship on our people, are intended to weaken our defense capabilities (as an advantage to the Weyane) and restricted revenue to the government--revenue the government would expand services to the under-served and long-suffering section of the society.
    9) You have not presented us (the population) with any constructive nation building alternatives than that of PFDJ.
    10) You have denied the simple glaring fact that the Weyane's refusal to implement the EEBC decision and keep on an antagonistic posture towards Eritrea is a major obstacle to peace and stability as well as to the welfare of our people. By denying so, you have been encouraging an enemy that is hellbent to destroy and dominate the nation.

    There is more, but it is enough from me for today. I am sure others will list more!

    P.S. I have not questioned your nationality not because I do not doubt it, but because it does not matter as long as your ideas and actions help the Weyane--in which case you are a Weyane.

  20. It looks like you have some answers to your own questions. Why try to put words in the mouth of the author? Let's hear your opinion (opinion!) and either we agree with you or let you hear our rebuttal, if we so desire.

  21. B.Adal, forto sawa, HILLAS WALLACE, Gasha, መኮንን amharai and Specially that prick Alec you, i hope you all burn in HELL forever. the only true Eritrean here is cane libero.

  22. MerHba Hope:
    Now I know we had May Nay-MetaH't (Water from Gobo Adal Area).
    Just to inform you that I did respond to your question for me on last topic (Tigray People Liberation Front, Human Trafficking Ring).

  23. absolutely right Alec You...shaebia will be there forever...whether we like it or not...

  24. Mr. Seare, we understand that there're some problems in our country. The difference between you and us is when we believe and confirm that the Government is doing a lot of progresses, you deny those improvement and developments...therefore this proves that your judgement is based on hate, hate and hate only which it won't lead you to anywhere expect to your own destruction.

  25. who is this? where do you come from? Inty ajew jew ikha tbl zeleka? Ajaw.

  26. Forever! Yes!!, Cuz Shaebia will live on thru us, Next-generation. and for ur statement on... whether we like it or not... Well, WRONG!!.. Its b/c, it is our responsibility to honor our MARTYRS.

  27. You Brave young man always amyth me how to answer questions well done.
    We are shaibia for ever shaibianism and eritreanism is the same.
    God bless you!!

  28. Thanks bro, and God bless u!!

  29. ተባርኽ!


  31. ኣንታ፣ ኣንታ፣ ኣንታ!! _ _ ሰላሊዓ Gasha
    ኣምሲሕካስ ኣድሪርካንን'ወን።

    ኣየ'ወ እዞም ከምዚ ከማኻ፣ እኹል ግዜ ዘይረኽቡሉ እንዳዀነ'ምበር፣ _ _ ብኸምዚ ናትካ "ውሃ" ዘብል ርትዓዊ መራትዖ፣ የግብእ ገጢሞም ንጀሯቛት ሓመድ ከስሕኑዎም እንከለዉ ክንድምንታይ ትዕገብ _ _ ትፍሳህን ከኣ፤ _ _ ኣይትሰኣን።

  32. If worms had guns, birds wouldn't mess with them. I like that. thank you kid that's a clean straight forward response.

  33. የቐንየለይ ጎሚዳ-ሃገር! ትሕሾ! ትሕሾ ደኣ በዓልኻ!

  34. why are you given assylum in the first place?



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