Declaration of Eritrean Afar Traditional Leadership(Majlis Al Ayaan)

Declaration of the Eritrean Afar Traditional Elders

                                           OCTOBER 7th, 2018

WE are Traditional Afar Elders of Eritrea.  We have fled our beloved country, the territory of Dankalia, our homes, and properties due to violence and persecution including mass murder, torture, rape, disappearances, communal displacement, destruction of our culture and indigenous way of life. [Readmore]

The Uppsala Declaration

                 THE UPPSALA DECLARATION

                        JULY 1st 2018

                          Resolution of the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC)

WE, the Indigenous Afar People of Eritrea, including Afar Elders, women, refugees, youth, Afar political and civic entities, and their senior representative organization, the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC), assembled together in Congress at the City of Uppsala, Sweden,  declare to the World the solemn will of the Eritrean Afar People as follows: [Read more]

 

Afar Unity Congress Press Release

Statement on Afar Unity Congress in Uppsala, Sweden, June 30-July 1, 2018

July 5, 2018 | Over 200 delegates from Afar and other Eritrean opposition groups gathered in Uppsala, Sweden to create a new, unified Eritrean Afar opposition organization, the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC). Delegates elected Mr. Ahmed Youssouf Mohamed President of EANC, Mr. Abdurhman Ahmed Mahmud Vice-President, 35 members to its Legislative Council and 15 members to its Executive Committee.

Citing United Nations findings, EANC condemned the Eritrean government’s ongoing crimes against humanity against the Afar people, ethnic cleansing of indigenous Afar people from their traditional lands, uncompensated expropriations and exploitations of Afar traditional resources, and other widespread human rights violations against Afar people by Eritrea and Eritrean officials.[Readmore]

EANC البيان الختامي للمؤتمر التوحيدي لتأسيس المؤتمر الوطني لعفر ارتريا

 

 انعقد المؤتمرالتوحيدي لتأسيس المؤتمر الوطني لعفر ارتريا خلال الفترة 30/ يونيو—1/ يوليو من العام الجاري ٢٠١٨م في مدينة اوبسالا بمملكة السويد .في ظل اجواء مفعمة بروح الوحدة ونبذ الخلاف انطلقت فعاليات المؤتمر تحت شعار ( بوحدتنا نقاوم التطهير العرقي الممنهج الذي يتعرض له شعبنا وبها نبني ارتريا وطن تصان فيه حقوق القوميات.) وقد جاء هذا المؤتمر تتويجا لجهود جبارة وعمل متواصل ودؤب قامت به كافة الجهات المشاركة في هذا المؤتمر .كما انه جاء استجابة لندآت كافة [Read more]

EANC Inkittiino Koboxih Maybalaalaqa

Massakaxxale Qafar ayyuntaw Giclo Salaamatta nek sin taafay

Akah tamixxige innah  June alsak 30-July 1 f  Eritriyah Qafarah tangiicille Missoynani Kee Giclaaba Ummatta Giclo maqarbahtuuy, ummattah essero fanteena abakaay, fixixih suge cayla sitta fan baahak inkittiino kobox Ni inkittiinol net yakkeh yan samad baysat koositak, Agat kee Agattiinah garal solta Eritriya daabisenno! inta itroh gubal culeenim tamixxigeh tan tiya.

Tama koboxu luuy, inki xagaraay, inki missoynaay, inki taddiira kee madqa haysitak Eritriyah Qafarih Agatih Kobox / Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC) deqsittah Eritriyah Qafarih caddol baar le gabah assagolla leh tan maqar le Missoyna akak taabaku xiqte.

Tama koboxuk firti ayrooy, kobox missossa makaadoh qangaral fakkiimak daffeynaay, fakkintu dudde.

Ciggiilak tengeleh tan Missoynaanih saqoltii kee Giclaaba ta egla fan akah yamaatunu duudeenim kee edde yan tuxxiiq koboxuh baxxaqisen.

Edde katayak ta egla bictuh mango doori digirteh tan Qafar tu taaxago ta eglah loonuh yanin ruftoo kee aytakuma elle qaddoysen.

Tonnah kaaduuy, seeco akah tekkeh tan Eritriyak sadi Missoynaani kee Ummattah eglaali (Civic Organisations) awlaytit qokol qangor yoysobben.

Tonnah tama koboxuk naharsi ayrok carri waktit Afrikah gaysal yan siyaasah caalataay, axcih Eritrea kee Ethiopiyah fanal away yan Siyaasa afkan wagsiisa kusaq kee agaarad elle yekkeh yen. Tama agaarad baxsaluk hangi akah yeceem namma doolatih carbih fanat raaqe maraak muxxi Qafar kee Qafarbaaxo duffunteh tan baaxo kee ummatta

kinnuk, Asaaku Salaamah yakkeh yan macal Qafar baaxoksah Qafar fanteena abewaakaa tekkek waara Salaam yamaatu duude waam kee nee maleh ni baaxoh amol yakkeh yan wagari sarrimanne allewaam tama kusaaqal diggoosoonu duuden.

Baxsaluk tama agaarad kee kusaaqak is duddah tan Maybalaalaqa(Uppsala declaration) tewqem massakaxxaluk aytit siinik hayna.

Koboxuk nammay haytoh ayro  EANC Fanti Makaadoy, 35 takke elle doorinte. Tonnah Fanti makaado isi addak 15 takke taama selta makadoh adoytit doortu dudde.

Tonnah taama selta makado isi addak Missoyna Saqalah Giclaabeena Ahmed Youssouf Mohamed doorakaay, Missoynak Ciggiila Saqalah Giclaabeena Abdurahman Ahmed Mahmud doorime.

Inkittiino koboxuk edde newqe ximmom ahak gubal anele:

Ellecabol Koboxukuuy, EANC taddiira (political Program) kee Adda-madqa(Bylaw) elle faatacisen.

Tama EANC taddirak lafale ximmomak tutyabnek Eritriyah Qafar Isaamoh xin isih madqittaamih Cakki daabimaamah yangiicileenim kee tonnah Eritriyal Agat kee Agattiinah Cakkil rakita Federalism (Ethnic Federalism) daabisaanamah yangiicileenim elle diggowteeh faatacinte.

  1. Missoyna migaq : Eritriyah Qafarih Agatih Kobox yakeemil faatacinte.
  2. Inkittiino diggossa taama gablusaanam kee fixix kee kookaxaw bayisoonu yangiicileeni.
  3. Eritriyah Qafar isaamoh Xin geytu abna giclo maqar luk bisoh heelenum diggoysen.
  4. Tonnah kaadu tama kobox Uppsalah kokti (Uppsala declaration) akak yewqe.
  5. Eritriyaa kee Etiyobbiyah mamqa wagsiisak, Salaam faxxintam kinnim diggooseenim kee takkay ikkah Eritriyah Qafarih ummatta yekke carbit muxxi duffunteh tan ummatta kinnuk, away yakke wagri waara wagri yakku Shaqbiyyah butta taddigilem faxxintam diggose.
  6. Eritriyah Qafarih Missoynaanik away a eglat gaba assagalle wayte, gaba net tassagalluh seeco keenih tatrusem kee away namma doolatih fanat yan wagri silaytuk ugutak Eritriyah Qafarih giclo kee ummattal cabu waa raatah EANC faxximma inta giclo   kee gaba mabbux abalem diggosse.
  7. Inkih tan Eritriyak sadi caylitte Eritriyah ummatta edde tan gibdaabinaa kee saaxak tawquh aban giclo dumaak muxxi diggoysaanam kee tittale yakkeenimih seeco tatruse kobox.
  8. Baad dowal kee sahdayti garah tangiicile eglaali ni ummattat yakke saax kee Samad baysa soolisnuh abna giclo qokloonu seeco tatrusna.
  9. Inkih tan Eritriyah Qafarih xaylo toobokeh tan EANC Missoynat gaba yassagalleenim kee gablusaanamih seco tatrusna.
  10. Ellacabol Ni Ummattat yakkeh yan samad baysat koositak, Isamoh xin Gar daabimu takke giclo dumaak muxxi qanxaffe bahsiisak akah nangiicile ummatta fanteena abak  giclo bisoh helem inkittiino kobox diggoysak maysol yumurruqe.

Mayso Eritriyah Qafarih Ummattah imiiy!

Baatii kee gactittiino Shaqbiyyah buttah imi!

Inkittiino Koboxu Uppsala 3 July 2018

Ethiopia and Eritrea must obtain Eritrean Afar consent for any agreement concerning use of Afar traditional lands

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

June 23, 2018 | The Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC), the Afar Nation within Eritrea, and Eritrean Afar exiled in Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the Eritrean Afar traditional leadership [“the Afar”] welcome Eritrea’s announcement that it will enter direct negotiations with Ethiopia towards normalization of relations on the basis of the Algiers Agreement of 2000.

As normalization includes granting Ethiopia access to the Eritrean port of Assab and Dankalia, which is traditional Afar territory, we require that any agreement to use Eritrean Afar territory receive the fully informed, prior consent of Afar indigenous people.

United Nations agencies have repeatedly criticized Eritrea for removing the Afar from their traditional territories, including Assab and its environs, by killings, mass murders, rapes, torture and other atrocities which the UN found amounted to crimes against humanity. The UN also found that Afar displacement from their traditional lands threatens Afar livelihoods as Afar depend on their traditional lands for their sustenance as an indigenous people.

Accordingly, in accordance with international law, the Eritrean Afar call upon Ethiopia and Eritrea to include an Afar representative in their talks and demand that any agreement about the use of Afar traditional lands receive the fully informed, prior consent of the Afar.

The Eritrean Afar National Congress will hold a press conference about the current developments during the Afar Unity Congress in Uppsala, Sweden on June 30th, 2018.  The EANC will unveil its new policy and introduce new executive leadership to lead the struggle for Afar internal self-determination in Eritrea. We call on all stakeholders for peace to join us at this press conference. [PDF]

Conference venue and program details are attached in the link below

http://dankalia.org/eanc-conference-june-2018-final/

For further information contact:

Tel: ‎ +613-627 3273, 613 266 0929

Website:  www.dankalia.org, Email: info@dankalia.org

ERITREAN AFAR NATIONAL CONGRESS – CONFERENCE AGENDA

Role of Afar Nation- Between Brokering Peace and Protecting its Identity

ERITREAN AFAR NATIONAL CONGRESS(EANC)

Preface
Whether facing off against the colonialism of the late 1880’s or the Soviet/USA backed African rebellion, the indigenous people have been traditionally trampled under the feet of the great powers (Elephants) of the time. Even more so for the indigenous Afar, with a prime coastal land, with geostrategic significance and precious resources deposits, the region has been prone to frontline conflict and marginalization. Today as regional powers vie for dominance and control of access to the sea and strategic territories, the indigenous Afar are once again trampled under the feet of these battling elephants. These proud and fierce resistance fighters were the first to confront colonization of their coastal lands and helped bring the end to colonialism in the 1960’s. For generations, the Afar Nations of the Horn of Africa have been systematically oppressed and marginalized by regional powers they once fought to protect. The Afar territory’s geostrategic significance and the wealth of untapped resources have been a curse rather than a blessing.
In Eritrea, the indigenous Afar are in crisis. Eritrea has been in a war footing since its independence. Eritrea initiated conflicts with all its neighbors even those across the red sea. The country has isolated itself internationally and become known as a reclusive state and a repressive regime. Eritrean regime uses the pretext of “no-war, no-peace” to repress domestic policies. The country has kept its people in thrall. In the name of state building, the Eritrean government has established a police state. In Dankalia, the traditional Afar homeland, Eritrea has begun the systematic destruction of the indigenous people and deployed a strategy to expropriate the potential wealth of the region. In any other part of the world, this is called genocide. The UN has recognized the mass graves and the mass exploitation of the Afar people, though these crimes are not limited to the Afar, the indigenous minorities such as the Afar and Kunama have suffered much of the aggression. [Readmore]

Eritrean Afar form new political organization to fight against dictatorship in Eritrea

The Afar cultural genocide in Eritrea prompts new united efforts against Eritrean government

March 1, 2018 | Following months of talks and intense negotiations, several political action groups opposed to the historical persecution and ethnic-cleansing of the Indigenous Afar people in the African pariah state of Eritrea, have agreed to focus their collective efforts under the banner of a new organization: the Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC).

This new organization, which will hold a unity conference in Sweden in June 2018, will combine the forces of the Eritrean Afar State in Exile (EANC), the Eritrean Afar Democratic Movement (EADM) and former members of several Afar opposition groups under one umbrella as a united front against the dictatorial Eritrean regime. [Read more]

 

 

Year in Review 2017 EANC Magazine

 

Another year has come to conclusion in Eritrea. Again the year 2017 was no different than previous years, in line with recent chapters of Eritrea’s violent history. The country is still ruled by fear, a tyrant and his military clique still rule the Eritrean people with iron fist, the repression of human rights and press freedom continues unabated, religious freedoms and ethnic persecutions carries on, Eritrea’s young still leaving the country in droves. Remarkably, Eritrea seems to get its hands on much needed hard currency through resources exploitations and land grab policies in order to finance its deposit rule in the country. Multinational corporations such as Nevsun (Bisha Gold), Danakili (Potash mines) and leasing out strategic coast in Dankalia for the UAE are all bringing in millions of dollars to Afwerki’s coffers. [Read more]

DANKALIA STANDS WITH AKHRIYA

DANKALIA STANDS WITH AKHRIYA : A CALL FOR UNITY TO STAND AGAINST TYRANNY AND PERSECUTIONS IN ERITREA SCHEDULED FOR | November 11, 2017 Ottawa, Canada

The most recent government crackdown on religious freedom began in a threat of closing down privately owned Al Diaa Islamic School and the arrest of an elderly sheikh and board member, Hajji Mussa Mohamed Nur along with the entire school board of trustees who still remain in detention.

On Monday, October 31st the residents of AKHRIYA, a neighborhood within Asmara, the capital of Eritrea took to the streets after Eritrean government’s excessive interference and suppression of their citizenship rights to exercise their religious belief.

This unlawful action by the g

overnment led to unprecedented street protests in a country where no freedom of press or assembly is allowed. Eritrea is one of Africa’s most reclusive and repressive state most often referred to as “the North Korea of Africa” by international Human rights observers.

Our organization (EANC) joins tens of thousands of pro-democracy, pro-change Eritrean Diaspora in condemning the violent actions by Eritrean government to suppress the human rights of our fellow citizens and especially stand alongside the heroic actions of Al Diaa School and the resistance movement of AKHRIYA who not only defied a crippling fear in the country but gave hope to tens of thousands more who fled persecutions due to various human rights violation in Eritrea.

We call on all civic and political movements in exile to join hands in defending …

  • Religious and press freedoms in Eritrea
  • Constitutional reform and the rule of law
  • Restoration of indigenous rights and land rights
  • Re-instate multicultural, multiethnic and multi religious equality among Eritreans

Please join us for in-depth discussion on how to mobilize a peaceful resistance and restore the dignity of Eritreans.

Place: Jack Purcell Community Center- Ottawa, Saturday, November 11th, Time: 6PM-9PM

For Further Information Contact us: 613-627 EANC (3273), Email: info@dankalia.org

United in the face of injustice in Eritrea!

References and supporting documents

Message of solidarity by Minster of Religion Revd Yohannes Ghebrihewet, Medhani-Alem Church, Manchester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYPl0wmvoY4&feature=youtu.be

Message of solidarity from Christian minister https://youtu.be/aC11Aq1LfSA

Hajji Mussa Mohamed Nur Speech https://youtu.be/QZJ0mWg4esA

Crimes Against Humanity against Afar in Eritrea A/HRC/29/CRP.1 http://www.ohchr.org/Docu

ments/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIEritrea/A_HRC_29_CRP-1.pdf  (Advance Version 5 June 2016)

Paras 1121-1124 deal with the Extrajudicial Murder of the Afar Ethnic group.  At para 1121 the COI stated:

  1. …The Commission collected information that the Afar people have been subjected to extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance by the Eritrean Government since 2000. These killings have also triggered their displacement from their lands …

Paras 1157-65 deal with Afar land confiscations. At para 1171 the COI stated:

  1. The Commission also finds that land refo
  2. rm impacted pastoralist minorities such as Afars and Kunamas. The way resettlements of members of these communities are conducted by the authorities may be construed as an intentional act to dispossess them of their ancestral lands, their livelihoods and their cultures.

The Commission’s Report of 8 June 2016 UN Doc A/HRC/32/CRP.1 http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIEritrea/A_HRC_32_CRP.1_read-only.pdf, reached important conclusions at paras 292, 295-6:

  1. …the government of Eritrea engaged in a campaign of killings, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances targeting Afar and Kunama civilians, in particular during the period 1998-2001….
  2. The Commission also has reasonable grounds to believe that Eritrean officials have intentionally and severely deprived Eritrean Kunama and Afar of fundamental rights contrary to international law on ethnic grounds. The Commission has corroborated evidence that the Afar and Kunama were targeted, at a minimum, in the period between 1998 and 2001. It has also received uncorroborated information that both ethnic groups were persecuted during other periods as well, and that such persecution persists.
  3. Persecution on both religious and ethnic grounds has been an integral part of the Eritrean leadership’s plan to maintain its authority in a manner contrary to international law. Thus, the Commission finds that Eritrean officials have committed the crime of persecution, a crime against humanity, in a large-scale and routine manner since May 1991.(my emphasis)

These findings and conclusions are consistent with those of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth. In her 28 May 2013 Report, UN Doc A/HRC/23/53, https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G13/140/99/PDF/G1314099.pdf?OpenElement the SR stated at para 77:

  1. The Afar are subjected to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and rape, as well as the destruction of their traditional means of subsistence and livelihood, and businesses. They have also been forced into displacement from their traditional territory.