27 Dec

We the people of Eritrea, united in a common struggle for our rights and common destiny, standing on the solid ground of unity and justice bequeathed by our martyrs and combatants: With Eternal Gratitude to the scores of thousands of our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the causes of our rights and independence, during the long and heroic revolutionary struggle for liberation, and to the courage and steadfastness of our Eritrean patriots;
Aware that it is the sacred duty of all Eritreans to build a strong and developed Eritrea on the bases of freedom, unity, peace, stability and security achieved through the long struggle of all Eritreans, which tradition we must cherish, preserve and develop;
Realising that in order to build a developed country, it is necessary that the unity, equality, love for truth and justice, self-reliance, and hard work, which we nurtured during our revolutionary struggle for independence and which helped us to triumph, must become the core of our national values;
Appreciating the fact that for the development and health of our society, it is necessary that we inherit and improve upon the traditional community-based assistance and fraternity, love for family, respect for elders, mutual respect and consideration;
Convinced that the recognition, protection and securing of the rights and freedoms of citizens, human dignity, equality will guarantee a balanced development; lay down the groundwork for satisfying the material and spiritual needs of citizens; usher in a democratic order that is responsive to the needs and interests of citizens, guarantees their participation and brings about economic development, social progress and harmony;
Noting the fact that the Eritrean women’s heroic participation in the struggle for independence and solidarity based on equality and mutual respect generated by such struggle will serve as an unshakable foundation for our commitment and struggle to create a society in which women and men shall interact on the bases of mutual respect, fraternity and equality;
Desirous that the Constitution we are adopting will be a covenant between us and the government we will be structuring by our free will and serve as a means for governing in harmony this and the future generation; and for bringing about justice and peace, founded on democracy, national unity and the rule of law;
today …, on this historic date, after active popular participation, approve and solemnly ratify officially, through the Constituent Assembly, this Constitution as the fundamental law of our Sovereign and Independent State of Eritrea.


12 Eritrean Footballers Seek Asylum in Kenya

Eritrea’s national football team, who have gone missing in Kenya, are welcome to return home, officials say. Information Minister Ali Abdu told the BBC they would get a “good welcome” despite “betraying” their country. He confirmed reports that 12 players had not returned from a regional tournament in Kenya. The UN says hundreds of Eritreans flee the country every month amid reports of government repression, poverty and a harsh national service regime.
But the government denies that Eritreans are fleeing and accuses the UN of lying about the figures. Mr Ali told the BBC’s Focus on Africa that the disappearance was “not good news”. But he said: “This is their country. They are entitled to live and work in their country, if they come back.” When the plane returned to the Eritrean capital Asmara from the Cecafa competition for East and Central African nations last week, it was reportedly carrying only the team coach and an official. The government had earlier denied any players were missing. Cecafa head Nicholas Musonye told the BBC programme it was the third time the Eritrean team had failed to return home after a tournament. The AFP news agency says Eritrea’s government tried to stop sportsmen from fleeing in 2007 by forcing all travelling athletes to deposit 100,000 nakfa ($6,600) before leaving the country.”

Resentment and Rations as Eritrea Nears a Crisis

UN Declares Eritrea Ruler ‘Threat To International Peace & Security’

Thirty elderly women have been arrested in Eritrea while praying together, one of their relatives living in the United States has told the BBC.

Requesting anonymity, she said she only found out about her mother when she phoned to speak to her this week…Most of the women belonged to an outlawed evangelical group…The government recognises only four faiths – Islam, Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran – and bans gatherings of more than five people….”Nobody’s seen them. She’s not allowed to carry a cell phone,” said the daughter of one of the women taken into custody at the prayer meeting in the capital, Asmara….She told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that her mother met friends to read the Bible and pray every weekend…..”We know that Christians who are imprisoned in Eritrea are mistreated, they face torture,” International Christians Concern’s Jonathan Racho said….According to a recent US State Department report, more than 3,000 Christians from outlawed denominations have been detained since the religious crackdown began in 2002…More than 90% of Eritreans belong to one of four recognised faiths.

UN Warns over East Africa Hunger


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