Home | News    Monday 2 August 2010

Opposition conference in Ethipoia vows to bring democracy to Eritrea

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

Aug 1, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ten Eritrean opposition political organizations are holding a week- long conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss a framework of government should they manage to overthrow the current Asmara regime.

The week-long conference organized by Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) has brought together over 400 delegates from all nine Eritrean nationalities, as well as foreign Diaspora, experts, civic societies and international observers.

On June 6, Sudan Tribune reported that eight Eritrean opposition forces had formed a military coalition to launch a coordinated attack to depose President Isaias Afwerki and his government. Afwerki assumed power in 1991 after Eritrea’s 30 year war with Ethiopia came to an end.

Since officially becoming head of state in 1993 after a referendum supervised by the United Nations, Afwerki has kept a tight grip on power, citing the potential of another conflict with Ethiopia.

Afwerki’s party, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), is the only legal party in Eritrea. According to Reporters without Borders, Eritrea is the worst ranked country in the world in terms of press freedom.

One of the opposition groups at the Addis Ababa conference, the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), told Sudan Tribune that the conference is expect to agree to a federal system that embraces democracy, equality and self-governance for all nationalities.

According to the RSADO’s head of communication, Yasin Mohamed Abdela, all but one of the opposition parties at the conference were signatories to the military front.

“The conference is expected to pass common stance on when, how to collectively launch military attacks to depose the current dictatorial rule and ways of placing a democratic rule into a new Eritrea,” said Abdela.

Last week 800 members of the Afar ethnic group met last week in Samara, Afar Regional State in Ethiopia, to discuss their place in a new constitutional framework.

The Samara conference reached a consensus to press for the rule of law, equality, human rights, and democracy in Eritrea. Delegates signed a declaration condemning Eritrea’s human rights record and pledged that the Afar people would join with the other eight Eritrean nationalities to achieve a rule of law in a federal Eritrea.

“The Samara Declaration” was presented on Sunday to the Addis Ababa conference by the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO):

“We, the Nationalities of Eritrea, including all refugees from our homelands in Eritrea, together that condemns for the murder, torture, rape, disappearances, expulsions, forcible confinements and aggression perpetrated against us, and our Peoples, now living in our ancestral homelands in Eritrea.

“Our resolve to join hands with our fraternal nationalities in Eritrea and living as refugees elsewhere to establish with them in the state of Eritrea, a liberal democratic federation based on the principles of freedom, autonomy, and equality for all nationalities.”

Some 1,800 Eritreans cross into Sudan every month, prompted by Eritrea’s policy of indefinite military conscription, drought and poor economic opportunities, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

In December last year IRIN, the UN news agency, reported that more than 66,000 Eritrean refugees are registered in eastern Sudan.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s Independence: 19th of December should not go into Oblivion 2018-11-19 09:27:07 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman These important Reflections came to me against the backdrop of what was said about the date of the return of the Head of the Umma National Party (UNP), and the Imam of the (...)

Sudan’s removal from terror list taints U.S. values 2018-11-10 08:34:32 November, 9th, 2018 The Honorable Michael Richard Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520 USA RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SLM/A-AW) TO (...)

R-ARCISS: A Peace that divides the signatories and non-signatories 2018-11-10 07:58:28 By Tito Awen, Juba-South Sudan I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.