A quarter of a century after independence Eritreans still yearn for freedom

2016-05-24 15:59

Eritrea marks 25 years of independence from Ethiopia this month. It is now one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and is run by a repressive government. Thabo Leshilo sheds light on the secretive country as it marks this milestone.

Eritrea govt dismisses reports on polygamy law as a hoax

2016-01-29 17:13

The Eritrean government has dismissed as a hoax reports that the east African country passed a law requiring men to marry more than one woman.

Eritrea's 'haemorrhaging' youth fleeing atrocities - Amnesty

2015-12-02 05:59

Amnesty International has warned of persistent atrocities in Eritrea, saying the country's claims it has ended indefinite national service are untrue and refugees arriving in Europe are fleeing because of it.

Hollande: Let's put more pressure on Eritrea

2015-11-12 11:24

French President Francois Hollande says “maximal” political and diplomatic pressure should be applied on the “unscrupulous leaders” of Eritrea, whose citizens have been fleeing in droves for years to Europe.

Sudan urges more migrant support

2015-11-11 16:58

A senior Sudanese official has called for more international support to check human trafficking and migration across Sudan's borders towards Europe.

'Red Camels' can stay in Botswana for now

2015-10-17 20:03

Ten Eritrean soccer players who sought political asylum in Botswana after playing in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup, can stay until a hearing on their case in December, a judge has ruled.

Braving bullets: Eritreans on first step of dangerous journey to Europe

2015-09-08 10:01

Every day they come, hundreds of refugees sneaking across the river, risking being shot on sight as they flee their homeland of Eritrea for arch-rival Ethiopia.

UN: Killings, torture, sexual slavery committed in Eritrea

2015-06-08 11:16

Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, a year-long UN human rights inquiry says in a report describing extrajudicial killings, widespread torture, sexual slavery and enforced labour.

Eritrean diplomat seeks asylum in Ethiopia

2015-05-13 21:25

An Eritrean diplomat from the Red Sea state's mission to the African Union is seeking asylum in Ethiopia, citing rights abuses at home.

UN authorises ship inspections near Somalia

2014-10-25 06:45

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia.


Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of 'kidnapping' protests

2016-02-26 05:20

Ethiopia has accused arch-rival Eritrea of being behind anti-government protests in the Oromia region last year.

Marry more than one wife or go to jail, Eritrean men told

2016-01-27 12:23

The Eritrean government has reportedly ordered local men to marry more than one wife or risk being sent to prison for life, due to an acute shortage of men caused by casualties during the civil war with Ethiopia.

East Africa hunger to worsen as El Nino strikes - UN

2015-11-12 12:35

The number of people going hungry in eastern Africa is rising dramatically, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations says amid conflict as well as floods and failed rains due to El Nino.

Don't give money to Eritrea, activist tells EU

2015-11-11 19:54

Eritreans are desperate to escape from a militarized country where food is scarce, and there are no free media, independent judiciary or even functioning universities.

Eritrean mistakenly shot during Israel attack dies - police

2015-10-19 09:36

An Eritrean man mistakenly shot and beaten by a mob during an attack in the Israeli city of Beersheba has died, police say, as a wave of violence spread fear among Israelis.

Ethiopia says hundreds of 'Eritrea-backed' rebels lay down arms

2015-09-15 19:07

NAIROBI, Sept 15 - Hundreds of Ethiopian rebels have fled their base in Eritrea and surrendered to authorities, handing over their weapons, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Eritrea denies UN allegation of indefinite national service

2015-06-11 22:00

Eritrea has denied that it subjects its citizens to indefinite national service or kills people trying to flee the country, two of the most serious allegations among the findings of a year-long United Nations investigation.

Sudanese, Eritrean migrants clash in violent brawl

2015-06-01 10:41

A brawl has broken out between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in the northern French port of Calais, resulting in 24 injuries, 14 of which required hospital treatment.

Eritrea frees 6 journalists – right group

2015-01-23 09:54

Six Eritrean journalists have been released from jail after six years, Reporters Without Borders says, calling it “exceptional” news in a country ranked worst in the world for press freedom.

Over 100 000 migrants to Italy this year

2014-08-14 21:36

the UNHCR is appealing to Europe to provide safe passage for refugees across the Mediterranean.

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