OEA mourns loss of a civil rights hero and friend of Eritrea

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2015

OEA mourns loss of a civil rights hero and friend of Eritrea

It is with great sadness that the Organization of Eritrean-Americans mourns the death of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond who was a friend of Eritrea and the Eritrean people. Mr. Bond passed away at the age of 75 years.

Eritrea at 24 -- It Still Rises

May 24, 1991, a sacred day in the annals of Eritrean history, symbolizes the determination that no one or nothing can stop this young nation from rising again-- no matter how daunting the challenges are. It is also a sacred day in the history of all those who rise, in the face of overwhelming odds, to determine their own destiny and defend their basic rights. This is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit in the quest for freedom against all odds. This day embodies what the essence of Eritrea represents: the spirit of unflinching determination, unwavering dedication and, when necessary, unyielding and principled defiance. However, May 24 is also a day of renewal, a day of recommitment to ensure the realization of the promise enshrined in the spark that launched the armed struggle on September 1, 1961, and the solemn pledge given to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that the Eritrean people can determine their own destiny and enjoy what May 24 represents.

A tale of three U. S. sanctions, one in Africa, the others in the Americas

A cursory view of the responses of the continental organizations to three U.S. sanctions, one in Africa and the other two in the Americas, shows in a stark way the abysmal lack of independence among the African nations in setting their foreign policies. The nations in question are Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela. The focus here is on the responses of the nations and organizations of the two continents the targeted nations represent to the imposition of the sanctions by the United States — directly or through the United Nations. When African nations, individually and collectively, were told to jump, all they wanted to know was “how high!” History usually judges harshly those who bend the truth and sacrifice those who trusted them to appease the powerful and for some diplomatic crumbs.

An Open Letter: Here is Another Fake Story for the SEMG’s Next Report on Eritrea

Here is a fabrication worthy of your attention. It is one more fake story on Eritrea that you can feature in your upcoming report and please do not disappoint us. In the past, you never found a fake story on Eritrea you didn’t like or milk to the maximum to tar the young and independent-minded nation of Eritrea and we expect you to do same with this newfound bounty of fakery. It has all the qualities you like in an effective fabrication: a lot of fake details to give it an air of authenticity, names of actual places to reinforce the lies it intends to convey, the fingerprints of the professional lying operatives and their enablers most of whom you met before in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, and other capitals. All in all, it is ready made for your next report on Eritrea.

OEA Calls on the UN Security Council to lift 5-year old Unjust Sanctions

As the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables clearly show, Resolution 1907 (2009) was incubated in the U.S. and hatched in Ethiopia. Though the pretext for the unjust sanctions was to “serve” peace and security in Somalia, as the past five years have made it clear, punishing innocent Eritrea based on false premises has neither brought peace to Somalia nor security to the Horn of Africa. Eritrea, as a nation that has faced its fair share of destabilization attempts by foreign religious extremists, is the most reliable partner the UN can have for peace and security in the Horn of Africa. It deserves the Security Council’s encouragement and positive engagement, definitely not sanctions based on lies. In addition, the UN Security Council, as one of the guarantors of the Algiers Agreement, has an obligation to compel Ethiopia to immediately and unconditionally vacate the sovereign Eritrean territories it is illegally occupying, including the town of Badme.

OEA Calls on President Obama to lift 5-year old Unjust Sanctions

As members of the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA), we would like to call upon your administration to lift the two UN Security Council Resolutions 1907 (2009) and 2023 (2011) that the US helped impose sanctions on the innocent people of Eritrea. It is time to do the right thing. These two resolutions were politically motivated; they were based on naked lies and fabricated stories that came out of Ethiopia, Eritrea’s archenemy. There was no rational justification to impose the sanctions in the first place, and there is even less rational explanation to maintain them now.

On 5th Anniversary, the OEA Calls on the UN and US to lift Unjust Sanctions

Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve 2014, marks the fifth anniversary of another tragic day “that will live in infamy” in the history of the United Nations with regards to Eritrea. On December 23, 2009, Christmas Eve, the UN, led by Washington, adopted Resolution 1907 (2009), imposing sanctions on Eritrea based on groundless charges orchestrated by Eritrea’s traditional enemies, especially Ethiopia. This was a continuation of a history of UN betrayal of Eritrea and the Eritrean people. The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) has called on President Barack Obama and the members of the UN Security Council to lift the unjust and illegal sanctions.

OEA Deplores UN Security Council’s Extension of Monitoring Group’s Term

OEA Statement November 4, 2014
OEA Deplores UN Security Council’s Extension of Monitoring Group’s Term

We at the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) strongly deplore the UN Security Council’s decision to extend the term of the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group and its failure to consider lifting the unjust sanctions imposed on the young African nation five years ago based on charges that have long been proven to be groundless.

Happy Birthday Eritrea!

May 24, 1991 is a sacred day in the annals of Eritrean history and the history of all those who rise, in the face of overwhelming odds, to determine their own destiny and defend their basic rights. This is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit in the quest for freedom against all odds. This day embodies what the essence of Eritrea represents: the spirit of unflinching determination, unwavering dedication and, when necessary, unyielding and principled defiance.
Happy Birthday Eritrea! (PDF)

OEA Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

The Organization of Eritrean Americans will hold a forum this coming weekend on ‘The Quest for Peace in the Horn of Africa Continues.’ The program is set for Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm, at the Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C.

Headlining the program will be Bronwyn Bruton, the deputy director of the African Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. She will talk on “Shifting Dynamics in the Horn." Ms. Bruton has written and is published extensively on issues relating to U.S. foreign policy for the Horn of Africa.

Also speaking will be Dr. Ghidewon Abay-Asmerom, professor of mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a member of the Organization of Eritrean Americans. Dr. Ghidewon will speak on ‘Respect for International Law: a Catalyst in the Quest for Peace.’

Moderating the program will be Dr. Asgede Hagos, professor of communications at Delaware State University.

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Here again is the what, where and when of the program:

What: Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

Who: Featured Speakers: Bronwyn Bruton, of the Atlantic Council
Dr. Ghidewon A. Asmerom, VCU
Where: Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center
600 L Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001
When: April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm.

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