In the three decades that he has led his country, Isaias Afwerki has never faced an election. He isn’t shy in explaining why this is the case.
Eritrea articles on Democracy Chronicles
News about the struggle for democracy in Eritrea. Eritrea is not a functioning democracy and has one legal political party. According to Freedom House, the dictatorship has become harshly repressive since end of the war with Ethiopia from May 1998 to June 2000. Also see our articles on Africa.
Laetitia Bader looks at Eritrea’s forceful national conscription focusing on teachers. Bader says African leaders should call for rights reforms in Eritrea.
The “eritrean irony” is that after a costly freedom war, it instead sank into tyranny and its youth now prefer death at sea than freedoms curtailed at home.
At the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council starting today, states will discuss whether to keep Eritrea in the spotlight.
On February 19, 2009, Yirgalem, a poet and journalist and her colleagues were ordered to an impromptu meeting that led to arrest of about 30 Journalists.
U.N. Human Rights experts calls Eritrea government to clarify the fate of dozens of disappeared people whose whereabouts have remained unknown since 2001.
U.N. experts say Eritrea’s human rights record has not changed for the better since the government signed a peace agreement with Ethiopia last year.
Sudan’s al-Bashir announced reopening of border between neighboring Eritrea and Sudan after a year of closure with protest going on in capital of Khartoum.
Ciham as a teenager, she found inspiration in art, fashion and language. Growing up in Asmara, Eritrea, she enjoyed time with friends, music and swimming.
Dejen Ande Hishel an elite Eritrean fighter pilot. Trained in Russia and flew twin-engine MiG-29 Soviet jets during Eritrea’s war with Ethiopia in the 1990s.