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Security Council Set to Lift Eritrea Sanctions on Wednesday

UN Security Council to lift Eritrea sanctions
The US-led unjust and illegal sanctions on Eritrea to be lifted on Nov 14.

BY MICHAELLE NICHOLS | REUTERS

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea, diplomats said, after the country’s rapprochement with Ethiopia and thawing of relations with Djibouti. Continue reading Security Council Set to Lift Eritrea Sanctions on Wednesday

The Saga of the UN Monitoring Group and Eritrea

SEMG drifts into uncharted territory to dwell on tangential issues to prolong mandate and give new lease of life to the unwarranted sanctions

The saga continues … faceless, nameless entities continued to funnel information to the SEMG and Eritrea is asked to disprove the allegations. Political horse-trading, equivocation, and/or lame excuses should not be rule of the game this time round.

BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM

It is that time again. The annual ritual at the United Nations where the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) presents its findings, and Ethiopia and its handlers find way to prolong the SEMG’s mandate, and with it the illegal sanctions on Eritrea. It’s has been the predictable circus at the UN since the US and Ethiopia engineered the unjust sanctions resolution 8 years ago. Continue reading The Saga of the UN Monitoring Group and Eritrea

A Timely Call for the Annulment and Repeal of UN Sanctions Against Eritrea

Unjust and Reckless. The sanctions were based on fabricated allegations that are proven to be untrue and nonexistent by the UN Monitoring Group itself. Time to lift these sanctions unconditionally. (Photo: WSJ.COM)

BY BRUH METSAE

On December 23, 2009, Eritreans inside and abroad were at a total loss to learn the imposition of UN sanction against their beloved country. And the swift action they took on February 22nd, 2010 denouncing the UNSC Resolution 1907 and demanding for justice was a reflection of their displeasure towards such illegal and unjust act against a sovereign nation. Continue reading A Timely Call for the Annulment and Repeal of UN Sanctions Against Eritrea

International Inaction Encourages Ethiopia’s Impunity

At this time and hour, what behooves the EU and the UNSC is to compel Ethiopia to respect international law.

Ethiopia has and continues to occupy sovereign Eritrean lands in flagrant violation of its treaty obligations and fundamental tenets of the UN and AU Charters. What behooves the EU and the UNSC at this time is to compel Ethiopia to respect international law.

BY SHABAIT

The Declaration issued on behalf of the European Union, on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the final and binding delimitation (and demarcation) decisions of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission of 13 April 2002, is conspicuous for the fundamental legal issues that it circumvents rather than a positive initiative it may have intended to spell out. Continue reading International Inaction Encourages Ethiopia’s Impunity

Eritrea Sees ‘No Real Value’ in Allowing Visit by UN Monitoring Group

“The finding of the UN Monitoring Group that it has no evidence of any Eritrean wrong-doing in Somalia is reason enough to make the panel’s proposed visit to Eritrea irrelevant.” – Chargé d’Affaires Amanuel Giorgio. (Photo credit: IISD)

BY THE MESSENGER

There’s nothing to gain for Eritrea by allowing a United Nations monitoring panel to visit the country, according to Eritrea’s envoy to the world body in New York.

The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, known by the acronym SEMG, was created by the UN Security Council in 2009 to monitor Eritrea’s alleged support to the militant group Al-Shabaab. Continue reading Eritrea Sees ‘No Real Value’ in Allowing Visit by UN Monitoring Group

UN Monitoring Group Says No Evidence of Eritrea Support for Al-Shabbab

“… the UN’s power derives primarily from its ability to persuade rather than its ability to coerce; that is, its normative power and legitimacy derive from the view that it is ‘above politics’ and is representative of the international community… ” – (Michael Bennett)

Illegitimate Actions. UNSC refusing to lift sanctions against Eritrea while admitting no evidence is purely bullying.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Last week was emotionally charged for Eritreans around the world. It began with Ghirmai Ghebresellasie at the New York Marathon, as the young 20 year old made history on the streets on NY. His impressive win, with the whole world watching, was truly amazing. The world would know Eritrea again.

In the United States, the Marathon fever was quickly overshadowed by the US elections. The brief reprieve from the highly charged campaigns was welcome. Whilst there is relief that the campaigns have come to an end, the ramifications from the results of the US elections are still reverberating across the United States. Continue reading UN Monitoring Group Says No Evidence of Eritrea Support for Al-Shabbab

Eritrea Regrets Security Council Missed Another Opportunity for Regional Peace and Stability

Statement Delivered by Mr. Amanuel Giorgio, Charge D’Affairs Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations, New York, 10 Nov 2016.

By Eritrea Mission to UN,

I would like to thank you, Mr. President, for giving my delegation the opportunity to address the Council. Allow me also to congratulate Senegal for assuming the Presidency of the Council for the month of November.

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

The UN Security Council has once again committed grave injustice against the people of Eritrea by extending the unjustified sanction.

There is no reason to maintain sanction against Eritrea, as the justification for its imposition has long been proven nonexistent, a fact that has been asserted by the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group. In four of its reports, including during its present mandate the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group, has affirmed that “there is no evidence of Eritrean support to Al-Shabab in Somalia.” Continue reading Eritrea Regrets Security Council Missed Another Opportunity for Regional Peace and Stability

Examining International Sanctions: The Case of Eritrea

Sanctions rarely achieve their objectives as they are more a tool to punish vulnerable states which resiliently refuse to adhere or succumb to bullying by the unscrupulous Powers.

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion,

During one of his debates with Socrates, Thrasymachus alleges that “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.” For Eritreans (as well as many other regional observers), a clear reflection of this point are the ongoing sanctions imposed against the country. Not only do the sanctions lack basis and remain counterproductive, they reveal a long-existent and glaring double standard.

On 23 December 2009, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 1907 (2009) imposing a sanction regime against Eritrea. The pretexts for the sanctions were Eritrea’s alleged support for Al-Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group, and its dispute with neighbouring Djibouti. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, the sanctions were expanded through UNSC Resolution 2023 (2011), adopted by the Security Council during its 6674th meeting, held on 5 December 2011. Continue reading Examining International Sanctions: The Case of Eritrea