Thursday June 13 2016 the Eritreans in Ethiopia demonstrate over abuse back home. Hundreds of Eritrean refugees and dissidents in Ethiopia demonstrated against alleged human rights abuses committed by their government back home, expressing support for a new U.N  known as the Commission of Inquiry, that said there were systematic crimes against humanity. That accuses the government of crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape and torture, over the past 25 years. “Everyone in Eritrea is very desperate at the moment due to the dire conditions at home,” said Bashir Isaac Abdulla, an organizer of the demonstration. “Many of them want to escape from the country by any means, and that is why we are witnessing a massive migration of the youth.”The government described the report of the protest that stated, “It is not law that rules Eritreans – but fear, “which details allegations of extrajudicial killings, sexual slavery and enforced labor as “politically motivated and groundless”.

The Eritreans protested outside the headquarters of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Protests are also taking place in northern Ethiopia where thousands of people who fled Eritrea over the years are now living as refugees. Earlier this week, pro-government Eritreans protested against the UN report in Geneva, where it was being discussed.The protesters in Addis Ababa carried banners calling for the indictment of Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki, who has been in power since 1991.  Carrying banners calling for Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to be taken to the International Criminal Court and presented a petition to the African Union asking it to push for the full implementation of the report.

The three-member U.N. commission, which was not allowed to visit Eritrea, said many rights violations occur behind “the facade of calm and normality that is apparent to the occasional visitor to the country.”The report estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 people in Eritrea are enslaved, mostly through military conscription. The country’s population is about 6 million.

Eritrea rejected the U.N. report, saying it lacked solid evidence to back up the serious allegations.



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