Léonard Vincent: Refused a Conference on Behalf of Eritreans for the Eritrean Cause

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I do not have the detail but it is sad to hear people like Léonard Vincent to retreat from being public figures and and refusing to attend conferences for matters that concern Eritrean current suffering because of continued threats and defamations they receive daily from European politicians and regime supporters in trying to block and silence him to be the voice of the voiceless.

Léonard has contributed tremendesely for the Eritrean tragic humanitarian crisis for the last 8 – 9 years. He is a dedicated man for the Eritrean cause, a journalist, a writer, an activist and humanist Léonard Vincent for his refusal of an ivitation he received to hold a conference on the Eritrean Situation.

He didn’t mention directly what threats he is receiving to make a decision so saddenly  but it seems that it is really worrisome. To stop such noble men from being the voice of the voiceless is a hult for human rights advocators.

According to his post, the main reason of refusing to speak publically seems that the treatment he usually encounters from the regime supporters and European politicians who are solely interested on their political interest and agenda. Léonard mentioned that he is a victim of direct defamation, verbal assualts and threats simply because he stands for the suffering of Eritrean youth.

Neverthless  he strongly believes that Eritrean Issue can be reflected truely if Eritreans themselves become the actors of their affairs. Having a confidence on Eritreans themselves to handle their situation, Léonardo indicated that there are capable Eritreans who can conduct conferences across Europe, for example, people who he knows personally from Radio Erena(Paris) for such a long time.

Léonard stressed that he will continue to speak about the Eritrean suffering not by becoming at the head but as a human being who cares about the freedom of his fellow human being. He conveyed a strong message to those who invited him for the conference that it is the Eritrean themselves who can be the masters of their agenda.

Léonard Vincent has a blog who frequently publishes his well reseacrhed and opinionated articles about Eritrea (since 2009) – https://erythreens.wordpress.com/ and has published two books that focus one on current Eritrean situation and suffering of Eritrean youth during their never ending journey of immigration to Europe and other areas of the world (Les Erythréens) and other about his experience of visit in Greek (Athènes ne donne rien) . He is a French citizen and a journalist at RFI

I salut Léo for his courageous work and reject detractors who try to silence him from being the voice of the voiceless Eritreans.

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PS:

Books published

  1. Les Erythréens
  2.  Athènes ne donne rien

Documentary

Erythrée : Biniam, la voix de la liberté »

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Original Post by Léonard Vincent

Réponse à une invitation à tenir une conférence sur l’Erythrée envoyée à l’instant :

“Bonjour,

Avant tout, je vous remercie pour votre invitation. Malheureusement, je suis obligé de la refuser, et ce pour plusieurs raisons que vous pourrez comprendre, j’en suis sûr. D’abord, mon exposition personnelle autour de la situation de l’Erythrée me vaut beaucoup trop de contrecoups à mon sens : agressions verbales de toutes formes, diffamation, dénigrement, provenant non seulement des partisans du régime, mais aussi de militants politiques européens qui défendent leur propre agenda et non celui des indigents qu’ils prétendent assister, de fonctionnaires sans culture et sans projet autre que la gestion étroite des priorités de leurs chefs, d’universitaires jaloux qu’on empiète sur leurs plate-bandes, de journalistes soucieux de se hausser du col en manifestant publiquement du mépris pour un confrère. Cette situation désagréable me place face à un dilemme. Je ne suis plus disposé à subir cela en silence mais, si je venais à répondre aux invectives ou aux rabaissements, le sujet essentiel sortirait du cadre de la conversation publique : je veux dire les Erythréens eux-mêmes et leurs appels à l’aide. Je suis donc arrivé à ce stade où, paradoxalement sans doute, je me cantonne au retrait de la parole publique autant que faire se peut, pour au moins préserver intact l’intérêt que la terrible situation de l’Erythrée suscite depuis quelques années en Europe, aussi mince soit-il. Peut-être ma position sera-t-elle amenée à changer, mais ce raisonnement me semble cohérent à ce stade.

Ensuite, je suis convaincu que, pour parler de l’état d’esprit et de la marche tragique et héroïque de la jeunesse érythréenne, les mieux placés sont les Erythréens eux-mêmes. J’ai donc pris la résolution de m’effacer à leur profit, et de me tenir littéralement derrière eux, pour les soutenir au besoin, mais certainement pas pour marcher à leur tête. Je vous invite donc à chercher des voix érythréennes pour parler à vos collaborateurs. Il en existe de précieuses en Europe, comme mes amis de Radio Erena par exemple.

Très cordialement,

Léonard Vincent”

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