Tag Archives: Demobilization

Interview with FM Osman Saleh: Limiting National Service

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh interview about National Service program
Foreign Minister Osman Saleh : “Can we not work with Germany as partners without preconditions?” (Photo: Ulrich Coppel)

BY ULRICH COPPEL | WESTFALISCHE NACHRICHTEN*

Sixty years of war, permanent mobilization and widespread isolation by some Western countries paralyzed the country of Eritrea. But since the peace agreement with Ethiopia in the summer of 2018, there are high hopes. On the sidelines of a private visit to Münster, Germany, our colleague Ulrich Coppel spoke with the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh. Continue reading Interview with FM Osman Saleh: Limiting National Service

National Service in Eritrea: Synopsis of Underlying Rationale and Past Trajectory

Overarching reasons for launching the National Service program were profound and multi-faceted … to encompass security, developmental, cultural, educational and nation-building dimensions.

BY SHABAIT

The Government of Eritrea enacted the law on National Service in 1992, in the immediate aftermath of the country’s independence after a tortuous, three-decades-long, war of national liberation. The original law was further amended in 1995 and enacted as Proclamation 82/1995. Continue reading National Service in Eritrea: Synopsis of Underlying Rationale and Past Trajectory

OLF Rebels in Rehab Camps on Hunger Strike

Former OLF rebels at the Tolay rehabilitation camp in Ethiopia reportedly begun a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions.

BY EZEGA NEWS

Former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels being rehabilitated at the Tolay camp in Ethiopia begun a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions, according to AfricaNews.

One of the ex-rebels in the rehab center told the BBC Afaan Oromo Service they were being subjected to inhumane treatment and no one cares about them. Continue reading OLF Rebels in Rehab Camps on Hunger Strike

Germany Pledged to Support Demobilization of Ethiopian Rebel Fighters

The German government expressed its willingness to finance the demobilization and reintegration of about 35,000 Ethiopian opposition rebel fighters who recently returned from Eritrea.

BY ENGIU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

Germany is to finance the demobilization and return to civilian lives of the about 35,000 soldiers of opposition political groups that have recently returned to Ethiopia from their base in Eritrea. Continue reading Germany Pledged to Support Demobilization of Ethiopian Rebel Fighters

Eritrea May Slash Length of National Service

“When to revert national service to 18 months statutory terms will be a question of time” – Yemane G.Meskel

End of war-footing prompts the need to reform the national service program. Authorities, however, are planning a carefully considered, strategic and sustainable approach towards demobilization, which they say depends on Ethiopia concluding its parts of the peace deal and withdrawing its troops from Eritrean territory.

BY NIZAR MANEK | BLOOMBERG

Eritrea says it will cut the size of its army as part of changes to a system of mandatory national service that the United Nations blames for propelling tens of thousands of people to flee to Europe and neighboring countries. Continue reading Eritrea May Slash Length of National Service

UN: Donors Must Rally Behind Ethiopia, Eritrea Peace

“We need to reward these gestures and show them as an example of what can be achieved” – UN

“It makes strategic sense to rally behind this peace initiative and invest in a peacebuilding process in a way that it touches on development transformation.” – Ahunna Eziakonwa, head of the U.N. in Ethiopia.

BY REUTERS

Foreign donors must come forward to support Ethiopia and Eritrea after the long-time arch rivals ended a war which spanned two decades and hampered efforts to improve the lives of millions of people, a top United Nations official said on Monday. Continue reading UN: Donors Must Rally Behind Ethiopia, Eritrea Peace