April 5, 2011

Eritrea – Its citizens can speak for themselves, they need no proxies

by Sophia Tesfamariam

– A little over a week ago, I got a UN document via email. It was a document submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by a group called Jubilee Campaign. As someone who has closely followed anti-Eritrea campaigns by “Christian” groups such as Strategic World Impact, Voice of the Martyrs, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Jubilee Campaign, Release International and the many Eritrean surrogates that have mushroomed in cyber space since 2000. Within days of that Jubilee Campaign submission to the UN, the mercenary minority regime in Ethiopia was shedding crocodile tears and making statements on behalf of the Eritrean people. Eritreans have become accustomed to the minority regime’s wailings and it only further undermines the credibility and integrity of the UN to have non-descript NGOs with absolutely no constituents (outside of the US State Department ) to purport to speak on behalf of the Eritrean people, because they don’t.

Wey gud!

The dying, mercenary, minority regime can also dry its crocodile tears. A bigoted and racist regime that deported over 80,000 Eritreans and Ethiopians of Eritrean origin because it “didn’t like the color of their eyes”, and a regime that has committed genocides against its own people in the Gambela, Ogaden and Oromia regions of Ethiopia, and a regime that has massacred innocent Ethiopians on the streets of Addis Ababa for voting it out of office, and a regime that has engulfed Ethiopia in religious and ethnic conflicts, a regime that has violated international human rights laws, muzzled the voice of the Ethiopian people and slaughtered thousands of innocent Somalis in its war of aggression and invasion of Somalia, and a regime that is financing, harboring and sponsoring terrorist groups that are committing terrorist acts against the people of Eritrea, does not have the legal or moral authority to talk about Eritrea, its leadership and its people!

The “cut and paste” contents of the 5-page report to the UN is a continuation of the Us State Department sponsored Jubilee Campaign’s 6-year long campaign against the people and government of Eritrea. Notwithstanding the fact that Jubilee Campaign is in violation of the UN’s own rules and has repeatedly abused its “consultative status”, there is nothing in the report that we haven’t seen or heard before. In May 1968, ECOSOC Resolution 1296 (XLIV) specified that NGOs:

“…should have a general international concern with this matter, not restricted to the interests of a particular group of persons, a single nationality or the situation in a single State…”


The underhandedness and attempt to corrupt the UN process is evident in its futile attempt to conceal the status of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). For those who do not know, CSW lost its “consultative status” for its campaign of vilification and defamation against the Government and people of Sudan in 1999 and it has yet to be re-instated. More on CSW and the Jubilee Campaign on another day…


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