The National Council of Eritrean Americans (NCEA) is dismayed to learn about the cancellation of the public meeting that was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 2, 2016 with members of the Eritrean government delegation.
We are submitting this memorandum to appeal for your support to categorically and unequivocally reject the politically motivated report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI-Eritrea) of June 8, 2016 that is now before the UN Human Rights Council.
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea today (6/8/2016) issued its second report on Eritrea, a very young and independent-minded African nation, once again distorting the facts on the ground. As expected, the new report is no more evidence-based, balanced, or contextually-grounded, or constrained by the requirements of such investigative tools as impartiality and verifiability--than the last one to correctly reflect the reality in Eritrea. Furthermore, its conclusion that it "has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity, … have been committed in Eritrea since 1991" contradicts the reality that exists in Eritrea and is part of a well-orchestrated political campaign by those powers that has hijacked the UN system and are not happy to see Eritrea working hard to ensure the rights and dignity of all of its citizens.
The people of Eritrea have shouldered heavy tribulations in the past seventy years. Their ordeal has few parallels in contemporary history.
In the 1940’s, when decolonization was the order of the day in Africa and elsewhere in the world, Eritrea was singled out for a discriminatory treatment by the United Nations when this august body was entrusted to decide its fate. As it happened, Eritrea’s right to independence from vanquished Italian colonial rule was squashed - while Libya and Somalia where granted independence - in order to mollify the overriding “strategic interests of the United States” in the context of a simmering Cold War. In the infamous words of U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, at the time, "…From the point of view of justice, the opinion of the Eritrean people must receive consideration. Nevertheless, the strategic interests of the United States in the Red Sea Basin and world peace make it necessary that the country be linked with our ally Ethiopia."
The following memorandum was presented to the UN both at its Geneva and New York offices.
The Memorandum urges the United Nations to lift the unjust sanctions imposed on Eritrea in 2009 and 2011, and to put an end to Ethiopia’s occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories so that the young African nation can fully focus on its real enemies: underdevelopment as well as extremism.
The memorandum from Eritrean communities and organizations in over 175 cities in three continents was delivered by members of the Cycling Tour for the Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea (CT4TPJE) in Geneva and by Eritrean Youth and Community representatives in New York and Washington, DC.
The Obstacles Ethiopia Put to Impede the Work of the EEBC Excerpt From EEBC STATEMENT, 27 November 2006
A Cycling Tour for the Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea will begin in Sweden on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and will end in Geneva on Monday the 13th of April. Twenty five cyclists from nine different countries and scores more of their supporters will be cycling through Sweden, Germany and Switzerland covering over 1700 km and highlighting the truth about Eritrea and its people and how, despite repeatedly being wronged by the west, the country is forging forward and has become an oasis of peace and harmony in the Horn of Africa. They will also be calling for an immediate and unconditional implementation of the 13-year old, final and binding, boundary decision and an end to Ethiopia's illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories, including the town of Badme. Furthermore, they will call for an end to the illegal UN sanctions imposed on Eritrea based on totally fabricated and falsified “evidence” by Ethiopia and its western enablers.
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