Opposition conference in Ethipoia vows to bring democracy to Eritrea

Opposition conference in Ethipoia vows to bring democracy to Eritrea

Monday 2 August 2010 

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

Aug 1, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ten Eritrean opposition political organizations are holding a week- long conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss a framework of government should they manage to overthrow the current Asmara regime.

The week-long conference organized by Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA)has brought together over 400 delegates from all nine Eritrean nationalities, as well as foreign Diaspora, experts, civic societies and international observers.

On June 6, Sudan Tribune reported that eight Eritrean opposition forces had formed a military coalition to launch a coordinated attack to depose President Isaias Afwerki and his government. Afwerki assumed power in 1991 after Eritrea’s 30 year war with Ethiopia came to an end.

Since officially becoming head of state in 1993 after a referendum supervised by the United Nations, Afwerki has kept a tight grip on power, citing the potential of another conflict with Ethiopia.

Afwerki’s party, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), is the only legal party in Eritrea. According to Reporters without Borders, Eritrea is the worst ranked country in the world in terms of press freedom.

One of the opposition groups at the Addis Ababa conference, the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), told Sudan Tribune that the conference is expect to agree to a federal system that embraces democracy, equality and self-governance for all nationalities.

According to the RSADO’s head of communication, Yasin Mohamed Abdela, all but one of the opposition parties at the conference were signatories to the military front.

“The conference is expected to pass common stance on when, how to collectively launch military attacks to depose the current dictatorial rule and ways of placing a democratic rule into a new Eritrea,” said Abdela.

Last week 800 members of the Afar ethnic group met last week in Samara, Afar Regional State in Ethiopia, to discuss their place in a new constitutional framework.

The Samara conference reached a consensus to press for the rule of law, equality, human rights, and democracy in Eritrea. Delegates signed a declaration condemning Eritrea’s human rights record and pledged that the Afar people would join with the other eight Eritrean nationalities to achieve a rule of law in a federal Eritrea.

“The Samara Declaration” was presented on Sunday to the Addis Ababa conference by the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO):

“We, the Nationalities of Eritrea, including all refugees from our homelands in Eritrea, together that condemns for the murder, torture, rape, disappearances, expulsions, forcible confinements and aggression perpetrated against us, and our Peoples, now living in our ancestral homelands in Eritrea.

“Our resolve to join hands with our fraternal nationalities in Eritrea and living as refugees elsewhere to establish with them in the state of Eritrea, a liberal democratic federation based on the principles of freedom, autonomy, and equality for all nationalities.”

Some 1,800 Eritreans cross into Sudan every month, prompted by Eritrea’s policy of indefinite military conscription, drought and poor economic opportunities, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

In December last year IRIN, the UN news agency, reported that more than 66,000 Eritrean refugees are registered in eastern Sudan.

(Sudan Tribune)

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2 Comments for “Opposition conference in Ethipoia vows to bring democracy to Eritrea”

  1. serro

    this intersting site to learn more about the dectator regime in Eritrea under the leadership of Isayas Afawarki who is playing on the blood of Eritrean youth in particular and all people in general. thank you for your nice job and keep it up. i highly appreciated your job brothers.

    let me say a few words about the Ever seen dectator in 21 century,Issayas Afawarki, he a man with caracter of female Dog. you may say how the answer is very simple you know what she does she eats her first baby , similarly he is continously mardering his own people.

  2. serro

    Ignoring the devil Leader on the Earth (Issaya Afawarki)

    I am surprising with the report published by US based foreign policy magazine putting Robert Mugabe’s as top of the global list of the worst dictators; I don’t know what it means for Eritreans this news. Where they are living under deliberate betrayal, Cultural betrayal and Economic Devastation than any country mentioned in the reports of top list. Maybe big attention given from resource side not Human Right Concern. Don’t UNHCR know how many Eritrean leaving their home- land daily due to fear to be killed, torture and put on prison which is called by Shabiya’s language Zerbagedaf (Keep silence until you will be released) and How many young children are suffering from ill and malnutrition at the refugee camps of Aysita and else where in Ethiopia, thanks to Ethiopian government and people who are providing moral and material support.
    My Message to all those report writers and making assessment on dictator leaders put Right Rank to the Right Leader “Issayas Afawarki” is the worst dictator leader in the World my be in the History of human being.

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