Eritrea http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23475/all en Gunmen kill Austrian rafter in Ethiopia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/gunmen-kill-austrian-rafter-ethiopia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>VIENNA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - An Austrian man was shot dead<br /> during an apparent robbery of his travel group that was rafting<br /> down the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia, the foreign ministry said<br /> on Monday.</p> <p>Three other Austrians accompanying him were unharmed in the<br /> incident that occurred on Sunday in remote country near Bahir<br /> Dar, about 570 km (350 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa. The<br /> gunmen attacked the men as they camped on the shore, a spokesman<br /> said.</p> <p>Ten Austrians in all were taking part in the tour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/gunmen-kill-austrian-rafter-ethiopia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addis Ababa Africa CDATA Earth Eritrea Ethiopia Ethiopia Horn of Africa Least developed countries Member states of the African Union Member states of the United Nations Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:05:11 +0000 5731323 at http://www.globalpost.com Dissident Eritrean troops demand release of political prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/blank-headline-received-5 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ADDIS ABABA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Dissident Eritrean troops laying siege to the Red Sea state's Ministry of Information forced the director of state television on Monday to demand on-air the release of all political prisoners, a senior intelligence source said.</p> <p>The United Nations last year estimated that 5,000-10,000 political prisoners were being held in the secretive Horn of Africa country, which is accused by human rights groups of carrying out torture and summary executions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/blank-headline-received-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:45:04 +0000 5737262 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 5-Dissident Eritrean troops seize ministry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-eritrean-troops-lay-siege-information-ministry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Soldiers demand release of political prisoners</p> <p>* State TV and radio go off air for hours after siege</p> <p>* Exiled opposition activists say dissent rising</p> <p>By Aaron Maasho</p> <p>ADDIS ABABA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Dissident Eritrean soldiers with tanks took over the information ministry on Monday and forced state media to call for political prisoners to be freed, a senior intelligence official said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-eritrean-troops-lay-siege-information-ministry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Geography of Africa Political geography Politics Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:15:41 +0000 5737285 at http://www.globalpost.com Eritrea's president says no fear of unrest after army mutiny http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/eritreas-president-says-no-fear-unrest-after-army-mutiny <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aaron Maasho</p> <p>ADDIS ABABA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki sought on Monday to calm fears of unrest, and in his first reaction to the storming of the information ministry ago by dissident troops three weeks, blamed "bankrupt enemies" for being behind the attack.</p> <p>Eritrean soldiers, backed by tanks, took over the ministry on Jan. 21 and obliged the director general of state television to appeal for all political prisoners to be freed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/eritreas-president-says-no-fear-unrest-after-army-mutiny" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Horn of Africa Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:00:17 +0000 5752853 at http://www.globalpost.com Swedes blackmailed Eritreans, attempted murder: prosecutor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/swedes-blackmailed-eritreans-attempted-murder-prosecutor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three Swedes who sought to profit from the kidnapping of Eritreans in Egypt are suspected of attempted murder and of blackmailing exiled Eritreans in Sweden, the prosecutor in the case said Friday. </p> <p>"We suspect that exiled Eritreans were kidnapped and then people in Sweden were asked to pay" a ransom for their release, prosecutor Krister Petersson told AFP.</p> <p>A court in the Stockholm suburb of Solna had remanded the three Swedes in custody on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/swedes-blackmailed-eritreans-attempted-murder-prosecutor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eritrea Horn of Africa AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:17:14 +0000 5763550 at http://www.globalpost.com Eighteen Eritreans granted asylum in Uganda -official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/eighteen-eritreans-granted-asylum-uganda-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KAMPALA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Eighteen Eritreans who disappeared from their hotel during a football tournament in the Ugandan capital Kampala in December have been granted asylum in the east African country, a Ugandan official said on Thursday.</p> <p>Mass defections by Eritrean sports men and women are becoming common as the country is one of the world's most reclusive states where dissent is dealt with harshly.</p> <p>"They are now recognised refugees," said Apollo David Kazungu, Uganda's refugee commissioner said of the 18 Eritreans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/eighteen-eritreans-granted-asylum-uganda-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:46:25 +0000 5769840 at http://www.globalpost.com The telephone, the new weapon of Eritreans in exile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/the-telephone-the-new-weapon-eritreans-exile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Galvanised by the Arab spring, Eritreans in exile in Europe are mobilising against the authoritarian regime of President Issaias Afeworki with a new tool -- the humble telephone.</p> <p>Every week, members of the diaspora make hundreds or even thousands of automated calls to their compatriots in the eastern African nation, chosing their numbers at random and playing them one-minute recorded messages to spread dissent.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/the-telephone-the-new-weapon-eritreans-exile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Geography of Africa Technology AFP Mon, 06 May 2013 04:15:31 +0000 5831609 at http://www.globalpost.com Eritrea: little to smile about, 20 years from freedom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130521/eritrea-little-smile-about-20-years-freedom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twenty years since Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia after one of Africa's longest wars, people are bowed down by a repressive government and increasingly frustrated at the lack of rights they fought for.</p> <p>Opposition parties are banned and anyone who challenges the president -- a former rebel commander who led the war against Ethiopia -- is jailed without trial, often in the harshest of conditions.</p> <p>"Things grow worse by the day," said one Eritrean who recently followed in the footsteps of tens of thousands of his compatriots and fled into neighbouring Sudan.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130521/eritrea-little-smile-about-20-years-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Horn of Africa Technology AFP Wed, 22 May 2013 02:02:07 +0000 5843367 at http://www.globalpost.com Eritrea demanding ransoms from expatriates in Canada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130522/eritrea-demanding-ransoms-expatriates-canada <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Eritrea's consul general in Toronto has been soliciting monies from expatriates living in Canada to support the country's military, despite Ottawa's warnings to stop, Canadian media said Wednesday.</p> <p>Public broadcaster CBC quoted an Eritrean, who asked not to be named, as saying: "You have to go to the consulate and they arrange how you have to pay the money. They want two per cent (of my income)."</p> <p>"My family (in Eritrea) would get in trouble if I don't pay," he added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130522/eritrea-demanding-ransoms-expatriates-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eritrea Horn of Africa AFP Wed, 22 May 2013 22:15:54 +0000 5844223 at http://www.globalpost.com Ottawa expels Eritrean diplomat over continuing 'diaspora tax' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/ottawa-expels-eritrean-diplomat-over-continuing-diaspora-tax <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - The Canadian government is expelling the head of Eritrea's consulate in Toronto over the levying of a "diaspora tax" on Eritrean expatriates</p> <p>A release from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael has been declared persona non grata and must leave by next Wednesday.</p> <p>The release says Canada has repeatedly warned Eritrea to "respect international sanctions and Canadian law."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/ottawa-expels-eritrean-diplomat-over-continuing-diaspora-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eritrea The Canadian Press Wed, 29 May 2013 16:38:39 +0000 5848045 at http://www.globalpost.com Two Swedes charged with blackmailing Eritreans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/two-swedes-charged-blackmailing-eritreans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Swedes who allegedly sought to profit from the kidnapping of Eritreans in Egypt faced charges Wednesday in a district court outside Stockholm of blackmailing exiled Eritreans in Sweden.</p> <p>According to the indictment, Rasmi Almasri, 21, and Hussin Mohamed, 18, demanded that a Swedish-Eritrean woman pay them $33,000 (25,500 euros) in January and February, or a relative of hers living in Egypt would be murdered.</p> <p>The Swedes relayed the demands of kidnappers in Egypt to the woman, whose relative was later killed, according to the TT news agency TT.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/two-swedes-charged-blackmailing-eritreans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eritrea AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:31:27 +0000 5856381 at http://www.globalpost.com Swedes convicted of blackmailing exiled Eritrean http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130628/swedes-convicted-blackmailing-exiled-eritrean <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Swedes who sought to profit from the kidnapping of an Eritrean man in Egypt, whom they believed to be related to an exiled Eritrean woman in Sweden, were on Friday convicted of blackmail.</p> <p>Rasmi Almasri, 21, and Hussin Mohamed, 18, had asked Meron Estefanos, a Swedish-Eritrean, to pay them $33,000 (25,500 euros) in January and February, or a man living in Egypt would be murdered.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130628/swedes-convicted-blackmailing-exiled-eritrean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eritrea AFP Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:31:52 +0000 5870393 at http://www.globalpost.com Eritrea's unique architecture under threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130820/eritreas-unique-architecture-under-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Eritrea's capital Asmara boasts buildings unlike anywhere else in Africa, a legacy of its Italian colonial past, when architects were given free rein for structures judged too avant-garde back home.</p> <p>Modernist architectural wonders in this highland city include a futurist petrol station mimicking a soaring aircraft and a funky art-deco bowling alley with checkered, coloured glass windows.</p> <p>"The city is a living museum of architecture," said Medhanie Teklemariam, an urban planner in Asmara's city administration.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130820/eritreas-unique-architecture-under-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Geography of Africa Politics Technology AFP Wed, 21 Aug 2013 03:45:45 +0000 5914153 at http://www.globalpost.com Eritrean cyclists pedal country onto world stage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/eritrean-cyclists-pedal-country-world-stage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When Eritrean cyclist Natnael Berhane crossed the finish line of the Tour of Turkey in May, he made history not only for his country but for his continent.</p> <p>Natnael, 22, who is expected to take first place after the winner was disqualified for doping, was the first person from sub-Saharan Africa to win a race of that class.</p> <p>But he is only one of several Eritreans in this cycling-mad Horn of Africa state making his mark on the sport, showing another side of a nation that makes headlines more for brutal repression than world-class athletes.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/eritrean-cyclists-pedal-country-world-stage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Geography of Africa AFP Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:57:06 +0000 5915017 at http://www.globalpost.com Ship tragedy result of Eritrea's abuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/ship-tragedy-result-eritreas-abuses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Human rights abuses in Eritrea must receive greater attention after the boat tragedy off <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/italy">Italy</a> that claimed the lives of over 300 people fleeing the Horn of <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/africa">Africa</a>, an exiled campaigner said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The abuse in Eritrea is high level. You can see how many refugees per day are fleeing the country. What happened in Italy, in Lampedusa, it's a result of the human rights abuses," human rights campaigner Tsedal Yohannes said from Geneva.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/ship-tragedy-result-eritreas-abuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Disaster Eritrea Politics Social Issues AFP Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:34:45 +0000 5956379 at http://www.globalpost.com