The Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC) is a political
organization that advocates for the Eritrean Afar people

The six pilliars of the EANC Policy

1. Self rule and governance
EANC calls for an alternative, sustainable, federated and autonomous Afar State of Dankalia in Eritrea

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2. Indigenous rights
Safekeep Afar cultural and indigenous beliefs and aspirations

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3. Constitutional reform
Based on the principles of freedom, autonomy and equality for all nationalities

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4. Human Rights
With the UN, to help Eritrean Afar refugees who have fled to neighboring countries

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5. Economic policy

Improve the standard of living through economic development based on an open, non-discriminatory and equitable trading systems

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6. Land and natural resources
To promote a responsible, fair and economically productive resource management framework

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The Afar People are one of Africa’s linguistic and culturally homogeneous indigenous people who have lived since ancient times in what is now known as Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Afar woman
Crowd with hands in the air


According to the information collected by the Special Rapporteur, Sheila Keetharuth, on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council under resolution 20/20, human rights violations committed in Eritrea include, but are not limited to, extrajudicial killings; the ruthless implementation of a shoot-to-kill policy.


Our mission is to prepare the necessary groundwork for a transitional phase leading to Eritrean Afar self-government in the Afar home State of Dankalia within federated Eritrea; to develop the human capital of the Eritrean Afar people through education and sustainable economic growth; and the creation of an economic environment and foreign policy that encourages international investment, development and peace and security in the region.

Portrait of a young Afar man
Portrait of an afar tribe girl with braided hair, Afar region, Semera, Ethiopia


EANC aspires to establish a democratically elected Eritrean Afar state in Dankalia, Eritrea. Our vision is to foster a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious democratic federation between pluralistic Eritrean societies founded on the principles of rule of law, fundamental rights and freedoms, equality of each nationality and respect for the human rights of all citizens of Eritrea.