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UN Rights Commission Investigates Eritrea

Lisa Schlein GENEVA—A United Nations commission is looking into allegations of “widespread and systematic violations” by Eritrean authorities against the country’s citizens.  The investigation follows reports that thousands of Eritreans are fleeing the country each month.  In a statement Thursday, Eritrea said its enemies are encouraging illegal migration and engaging …

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Spike in Eritreans fleeing into Ethiopia

More than 200 risk their lives every day, UN says, crossing a heavily-fortified border between arch enemy states.   Over 200 Eritrean refugees are crossing the heavily fortified and dangerous border into neighbouring Ethiopia daily, the United Nations said in a report noting a “spike” in those fleeing. Tens of …

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Eritrean resistance steps up pressure on President Isaias Afewerki

Two opposition members tell the Guardian how Eritreans are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the repressive regime Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afewerki, runs a one-party state and brooks no opposition. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters Eritrea is the most closed and repressive country in Africa, routinely denying access to the international media. No foreign …

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Burundi, Eritrea, East Timor Top Global Hunger Index

BY KIERAN GUILBERT LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sixteen countries have alarming levels of hunger, with Burundi the worst affected, according to an annual index released on Monday which also reveals that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from “hidden hunger”. Hidden hunger, which is a lack of vitamins and minerals, …

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