Disturbing situation of human rights of Afar people in Eritrea becoming more visible

Over the past several decades, the Indigenous Afar people have been subjected to widespread discrimination, forced incarceration, disappearance and violence, and information from the notoriously closed country is sparce and sometimes unreliable. However, in 2023, some recent information on the situation of human rights, including that of Indigenous Peoples, has started to trickle out and come to light. [Read more]

Numerous credible allegations of arbitrary arrests and disappearances of Afar people, especially fisherfolk have been received over the years under the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteurs for the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Several recent disturbing violations have been included in the current Special Rapporteur’s, Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker’s, latest May 2023 report.