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Eritrea Raps EU Parliament Over ‘Baseless’ Resolution at ACP States Assembly

Eritrean Delegation statement over EU Parliament Resolution at the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States Assembly

Statement of the Eritrean Delegation to the 56th Session of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States/OACPS Parliamentary Assembly,

Subcommittee on Political, Humanitarian, Social and Cultural/PHSC Affairs

Mr. Chair,

Thank you for giving me the floor. Sadly, on October 8 this month, the European Parliament [EP] adopted a resolution replete with baseless allegations and insults to Eritrea. Due to the brevity of time, I will focus on the most egregious recitals and paragraphs of the resolution.

Mr. Chair,

1 The title of the Resolution indicates that the EP act is prompted “notably by the case of Dawit Isaac”. However, fourteen out of the twenty recitals and 12 of its paragraphs have nothing to do with this person. This fact clearly demonstrates that “the Case of Dawit” is invoked as a mere pretext to pursue sinister agendas of portraying a very bleak picture of Eritrea and so as to demonize its Government.

2 The “Case of Dawit Isaac” itself cannot be misconstrued as an issue of human rights and freedom of expression as claimed in the Resolution. The grave offense – in which he was complicit – is related to treasonous acts perpetrated by a certain group (so-called G15) in 2000 at the height of the war of aggression by the TPLF-led Ethiopian regime and that claimed, in aggregate, more than 150,000 lives.

The fact that this person has Swedish dual nationality does not, evidently, exempt him from legal accountability. The offense was committed on Eritrean soil where he was working under a local license. Meddling in this case is a clear violation of Article 2 of the UN Charter which clearly stresses non-interference in the internal affairs of States under any pretext whatsoever.

3 The Resolution under paragraph 8 requests the “Commission to ascertain whether the conditionality of EU aid is respected …and to evaluate tangible outcomes regarding human rights that have resulted from the EU strategy of “dual-track approach”.

Eritrea is not a party to an agreement with the EU predicated on “dual-track approach” and that stipulates conditionalities that corrode its sovereign political choices and decisions. Eritrea understands that the multilateral development cooperation with the EU is governed by the Cotonou Agreement. In this respect, Eritrea rejects any extraneous conditionalities in breach of the Cotonou Agreement and will never be a party to such an arrangement.

Mr. Chair,

4 The Resolution further accuses Eritrea of the seizure of “Catholic-affiliated schools and health facilities, thus negatively affecting the health and education rights of the population”. Again, this is another false narrative that distorts the policies and delivery of health and education programs in Eritrea.

In the first place, the law that restricts religious institutions in developmental work was enacted in 1995. The Government held extensive consultations – at the highest levels – with all the religious institutions prior to the announcement and implementation of the Proclamation. The law was implemented fully – with few discrepancies here and there – by the Orthodox, Protestant, and Islamic faiths.

The principal reason behind the policy is to ensure the integrity of the secularism of the State in a multi-religious society. Religious groups can donate funds – and this has to be generated locally – to development projects under implementation by the various Regional Administrations. But they cannot be involved in direct implementation because that is fraught with catering for their own followers to create asymmetry and societal polarization. These are, indeed, basic social serves that the Government equitably provides to all the population.

As to the claim that the two basic services of health and education have been negatively affected by the policy, this is simply false that cannot stand the scrutiny of statistical figures available in the public domain. The services provided by the Catholic wards or schools were a drop in the ocean compared to what is done by the public sector (or non-sectarian private sector) on a national level.

Eritrea has achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals prior to the deadline and is fully prepared and committed to the implementation of the goals and targets of 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals.

The provision of equitable quality education is one of the top priorities of the Government. Education is free from pre-school to tertiary level. This includes the provision of free boarding at the tertiary level as well as in more than 50 secondary and middle schools to enhance equity of access in relatively deprived rural areas.

5 The Resolution alludes to the dividend of the Peace Agreement signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 2018, to audaciously point an accusing finger on Eritrea for not availing of the new climate. These are stipulated in recitals N, O, and P. This is appalling.

The European Parliament has no moral high ground to talk about the peace agreement signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 2018.

The European Union was one of the guarantors of the Algiers Peace Agreement. But the EP and EU shrugged their legal responsibilities when the previous Ethiopian regime flouted international law, continued to occupy sovereign Eritrean territories, and pursued a reckless polity of continued war and aggression against Eritrea.

Throughout these years, the TPLF regime continued to receive substantial financial, diplomatic, and political support from the EU without regard to its flagrant breaches of international law.

The European Parliament did not adopt a single resolution to deter war and promote peace during these long dark years.

6 The EP Resolution recycles, almost as-is, the fallacious reports of the UNHRC Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. These are included in recitals H, J, K, and in paragraphs 2, 6, 7, and 10 of the Resolution to constitute almost one-fourth of the entire document. This fact alone demonstrates that the content and spirit of the Resolution is to use the “human rights agenda” pursued at the level of the UNHRC at the European Parliament platform.

As we have elucidated on previous occasions, the UNHRC format was invoked in 2012 when certain countries were actively pursuing a “regime change” agenda against Eritrea. The remnant of this deplorable agenda is still entertained by some EU countries.

Be that as it may, the relevant issue here is that certain EU Member States must not be allowed to leverage the European Parliament and other EU platforms to vilify a single ACP State. Bilateral disagreements or adversarial relations between some EU Member States and an ACP State should be contained within that ambit.

Mr. Chair,

In conclusion, let me stress that international partnership in addressing issues of human rights is best served by constructive dialogue; not through politicization, double standards, and stigmatization.

I thank you.

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Source: MOI Eritrea

What a Sinister Ulterior Motive

Ethically Corrupt. Some Parliamentarians in the UK House of Lords and European Parliament harbor agendas that are alien to human rights and the well-being of the Eritrean people.

By Russom Bahrinegash,

The obsession to go after Eritrea continues unabated and reaches a crescendo whenever there is the slightest talk of the illegally imposed sanction. We had the usual innuendo and outrageous pronouncements from the sworn enemy weyane. The sabre- rattling à la the nominal Prime Minister of Ethiopia is a vivid example of how corrupt the international order is. If you are a country like Ethiopia and have a friend in court like the USA, you can bully and threaten your peaceful neighbour with impunity.

Of late, the warmongering rhetoric of the prime minister of the thuggish and brutal minority regime of Ethiopia has been beyond measure. Of course we know why. As the wrath of the people of Ethiopia engulfs it, the regime believes externalizing the problem may offer a respite and a stay of execution and as usual Eritrea is there to be blamed. At any rate only time will tell whether this strategy will deliver. Nonetheless we cannot take less seriously the hostile rhetoric of villains as a headless chicken wouldn’t know where it is going.

But what can one say about individual members of institutions who pretend to be so much concerned about Eritrea more than the Eritreans themselves. It is bewildering to comprehend what motivates them to wantonly take up issues with the country.

Two latest entrants into this morally repugnant contest are the European Parliament and The All-Party Parliamentary Group of the UK House of Lords.

I do not intend to refute the contents of their resolution item by item. We have seen this list long ago and many times. The hypocrisy and bias is repulsive. The steps taken by the group members from both institutions, are simply steps that make both parliaments look ridiculous. What is so absurd here is not the fact that the groups showed concern and interest about Eritrea. Advocacy for the promotion of good governance is to be appreciated but it is the complete disregard for the veracity and authenticity of the evidence material they used to take such wrongful action that dumbfounds one.

The information they have marshaled to give credence to their defilement narration on the state of affairs in Eritrea is a copy and paste material we have known for years now. The resolutions of the European Parliament didn’t even bother to moderate the disrespectful and profane language used in the report of all previous entities who had developed excessive hatred prejudice and bigotry against Eritrea and its government.

Invariably and without exception all the information upon which their motions are based, originate from sources preoccupied with regime change agenda. These forces have gathered voluminous fabricated, and massaged information for the purpose of denigrating the government and people of Eritrea.

Obviously there is no denying the fact that, like any other country, Eritrea has problems and faces huge challenges and is endeavouring to address these according to what it deems appropriate. But also, unlike many other countries, Eritrea is led by self-assertive, and confident government that is hell bent on owning its socioeconomic development programs. Taking full responsibility for your own affairs and while embracing mutually beneficial partnership are the whole marks of the government of the State of Eritrea. And there lies the problem for the hegemonic forces!

For both the group members of both parliaments, there is a question of morality here. As members of the legislative bodies, one would expect them to check facts in pursuit of truth. More than anybody else, as members of parliament, they are aware (one would expect), that being well informed is critical to address appropriately to real issues. Surely as members of parliament, they also consider themselves as knowledgeable and competent in the requirement of the rules of evidence in any jurisdiction.

But why are these group of people showing an abhorrent lack of accepted standards and simply recycle the incriminating lies? Are they deliberately doing their share to undermine and weaken Eritrea with the view to regime change? Or are they really ignorant of the actual situation and the driving forces obtaining in the country? Or are they simply negligent of their code of ethics?

Remarkably, nothing in the litany of their resolution, do the parliamentarians mention the core source of the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia while in point of fact this should have been the critical area where they can show the relevance of their intervention and competence?

I do not subscribe to the conclusion that the European Parliament is inherently ethically corrupt. But I see in the resolution passed by this particular group is a serious violation, because it deprives constituent people of their right to know the truth. This resolution lacks extreme and serious credibility because it is built on information by reporters who themselves lack truthfulness, neutrality and detachment.

The originators of the information (all sorts of individuals including from the human right groups, commissions of inquiry, reporters, experts and think-tanks) have routinely deceived, distorted, misled and out rightly lied when it comes to Eritrea. All have been proved to be false by their own standards. Truly these members of the two parliaments have lost the meme of moral relativity and by default simply accept any falsified information so long this has to do with countries like Eritrea. Such nonchalant and insensitive behaviour can only reflect the lack of absolute morals and is not less than moral bankruptcy.

Ethical standards command honesty. But there is less honour among those who tell lies and lies demean the liar. Yes in the management of international affairs, a lot is being distorted and misrepresented by the powerful forces. But not so as relentlessly as against Eritrea. The country is singled out not out of benevolence but out of desire to control and discourage self-assertiveness and independent mindedness from being emulated by others. This is the heart of the problem and Eritrea’s predicament- being your-self and managing your affairs freely and in your own way. Indeed the price of independence is immensely high.

In conclusion I would say that it is a great evil to define Eritrea as a country where everything is hellish and terrible. The resolution is a cutting insult to the peace and freedom loving, hard- working and independent minded people led by a government that commands the trust of its people because it has their interest at heart.

EU Holds Discussion on Ethiopian Human Rights Crisis in Ogaden and Kality Prison

“Horrific crimes [committed] by Ethiopian military and paramilitary in Ogaden region. When will EU act?” – Ana Gomes, MEP, Socialist Member of the European Parliament

EU House of Parliament opened a hearing on  the worsening Humanitarian and Human Rights crisis in the Ogaden region by the Ethiopian government

By Ahmed Abdi,

EUROPEAN Parliament opened hearing about the Ogaden Human Rights violations and the Ethiopian prisons in Addis Ababa. The hearing, which was invited to participate in the Ogaden whistle-blower, Abdullahi Hussein, and Swedish Journalist, Martin Schibbye, was held on April 2nd by the group the progressive Alliance of Socialist and Democrats in European Parliament and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).  Continue reading EU Holds Discussion on Ethiopian Human Rights Crisis in Ogaden and Kality Prison