Eritrea

Eritrea “ruled not by law, but by fear”

The people of Eritrea are living in a country ruled not by law but by fear, according to a UN report released on Monday.

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New UN report details litany of human rights violations, ‘rule by fear’ in Eritrea

Amid “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations,” the human rights situation in Eritrea has degenerated into a climate of fear in which dissent is stifled and large swathes of the population are subjected to forced labour and imprisonment, a new United Nations report has found.

Refugee influx risks overwhelming Greek isles

Greece is struggling to cope with a huge influx of desperate refugees who’ve been arriving by sea from Turkey at a rate of 600 per day, the UN said Friday.

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"Horrified" UN rights chief calls for EU action on migrants

Reaction has been swift from the UN’s human rights chief following the deaths of 700 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean at the weekend.

In a statement on Monday UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Eritrea: UN-mandated inquiry finds ‘very clear patterns’ of human rights abuses

A four-month United Nations investigation into the human rights situation in Eritrea has found “very clear patterns” of violations and abuses, according to a report delivered today at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

Number of Eritrean asylum-seekers in Europe soars from past year – UN

The number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea during the first 10 months of 2014 has tripled compared with last year, with large numbers of refugees from the country also fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia and Sudan, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today.

Eritrea: UN expert to investigate pervasive rights abuses as part of ‘historic’ inquiry

Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability.

Thousands of people flee human rights abuses in Eritrea

About 2,000 Eritreans leave their country each month to escape human rights abuses, according to an independent expert.

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Situation in Eritrea ‘desperately bleak,’ UN expert warns urging aid for fleeing refugees

A United Nations expert today urged the international community to focus on the human rights situation in Eritrea which she said is extremely concerning with the most serious violations being committed and with up to 3,000 people flee every month, many of them unaccompanied children.

Deaths of over 110 people off Italian coast reminder of ordeal of migrants

More than 110 bodies have been recovered from a tragedy that happened off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday.

Many more are still missing after a smugglers’ boat, carrying about 500 migrants, mainly Eritreans, sank in the Mediterranean.

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