Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EASE) is an exiled Eritrean Afar political organization dedicated to self determination and self rule of Eritrean Afar people in their coastal homeland of Dankalia, Eritrea, where the indigenous Afar are subjected to marginalization, persecution and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the current Eritrean government. EASE is the voice of the Eritrean Afar people. EASE draws its mandate from the political and traditional Afar leaders, the leadership of Afar women and youth groups, the Eritrea Afar Diaspora and Eritrean-Afar refugees.
The Afar are presently oppressed in Eritrea: that is the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Eritrea who found that the current Eritrean regime has been systematically targeting the Eritrean Afar people with “extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and rape” in order to “force [them] into displacement from their traditional territory” along the Red Sea. The United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted the SR’s findings and Report.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, UNGAOR, 23rd Sess, UN Doc A/HRC/23/53 [Keetharuth Report], paras75-77.
HRC resolution 23/21, UN Doc A/HRC/RES/23/21, based upon UN Doc A/HRC/23/L.17, Human Rights Council, 23rdSess, 10 June 2013, item 4; online. Read the document (PDF).
EASE is committed to charting a new way forward in defending the rights of its people in Dankalia (the coastal Afar homeland inside Eritrea) where the indigenous Afar are subject to marginalization, persecution and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Eritrean regime.
EASE’s program is set out in the Samara Declaration, a solemn document ascribed to by the Afar traditional and political leadership and signed by thousands of ordinary Afar people. The Samara Declaration calls for a power sharing constitution for Eritrea, specifically a multi – ethnic Federation. This is the only model that has delivered relative peace, democratization and development in the deeply diverse countries of the world community. Eritrea is deeply diverse, being multi ethnic, multilingual and observant of many varieties of Christianity, Islam and indigenous religions
EASE calls for
- a reformed Eritrea founded on the principles of democracy and the rule of law, where the freedoms of religion, conscience, political opinion, expression, assembly, equality, mobility, association and liberty are respected and guaranteed;
- the engagement of various Eritrean democratic opposition groups by increasing awareness amongst regional and international policy makers, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations to prepare for regime change in Eritrea; and
- a power sharing constitution that respects the rights of each nationality to self-govern through a federal system comprised of autonomous regions, respects Eritrea’s pluralistic and diverse population and enshrines the principle of equality for all nationalities in Eritrea.
The Eritrean AFAR State in Exile (EASE) aspires to create a homeland for Eritrean Afar (Red Sea Afar) people in Eritrea. A reformed and just Eritrea based on liberal democratic federalism and the protection of its ethnic and indigenous beliefs, formed on the principles of Freedom, Autonomy and Equality for all nationalities. EASE aspires for Afar self-rule and autonomy while promoting unity among all Eritreans, regional peace and security, justice and good governance and promotes economic prosperity for all stakeholders.