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Lifting Eritrea Sanctions: It is About Time

Lifting Eritrea Sanctions: It is About Time
All indications and reports show that the long overdue, unwarranted and illegal sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the UN Security Council in 2009 and 2011 based on bogus charges—charges that were manufactured and orchestrated by the TPLF regime in Ethiopia at the time, its lobbyists and its enablers in the Obama administration—will be lifted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Well, it’s about time and it’s all due to the extraordinary level of steadfastness of the Eritrean people and their government who foiled one plot after another designed to undermine Eritrea’s sovereignty under the cover of these sanctions. The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) has been urging the Council to end this travesty left behind by the Obama administration since the imposition of the first sanctions package on Christmas Even in 2009. We are glad that the forces that orchestrated these lies against this young East African country are no longer wreaking havoc in and outside the region; but, we’re certain that they will not escape the harsh judgment of history. It looks the time has come to put closure on this travesty.

New COI Report: Still Out of Balance, Out of Context, Out of Date

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.

Petition to Oppose New Injustices against the people of Eritrea

Eritrean Global Action for Justice
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."

A Political Hatchet Job Under the Cover of Human Rights

The tone, belittling the very essence of an independent Eritrea, is unmistakable. The underlying purpose, undermining Eritrea’s sovereignty, is also clear. Judging by the similarity of the language the minority regime in Ethiopia routinely uses to demonize Eritrea, it looks like the minority regime in Ethiopia has invested a lot in the political hatchet job released on Monday, June 8, 2015 under the guise of a UN Human Rights report on Eritrea.

Memorandum Presented by CT4TPJE to the UN in Geneva

Cycling Tour 4 the Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea
Eritrean Cycling Union Logo

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.