On December 12, 2018 I wrote an article under a title “What is expected from the Brussels Conference?” in regard to a conference held from 13/12 to 14/12/2018 organized by concerned international organizations to discuss about the current situation of Eritrea and convey their findings to the EU Commission so that EU can have a broader understanding of the current and most pressing situation about Eritrea.
In my article, I criticized the organizers of this conference for being non trasparent about the their programs. Nevertheless, I wished them a good luck for its success. I was not one of the participant. But, I visited there to see how successful was their conference and to discuss with the participants which I actually did.
I entered the conference room freely and got an opportunity to observe the last minutes of writings their declaration. What I observed was very encouraging. The environment was friendly, open and serious about every words uttered. I did a short report about my observation (please follow the facebook video below). And, the declaration is provided below the video.
In general, I can say that based on my short time observation, discussions I did and after reading the declaration, it is easy for me to conclude the conference was successful.
This declaration was extracted from Martin Plaut’s page. Please follow the origin publication by clicking here.
Declaration: Call to stop Human Trafficking in Eritrea, Sudan and Libya and ensure that the migrants in Europe and Israel are properly welcomed
“We the People: Peace in the Horn & the Safety and Future of the Eritrean People.”
Brussels Conference, 12-14 December, 2018
The conference “We the People, Peace in the Horn & the Safety and Future of the Eritrean People” was held with over 200 representatives and members of the Eritrean diaspora, delegations from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States, Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland and the representatives of the 25,500 Eritrean asylum-seekers in Israel who were not allowed to travel due to lack of legal status. The situation of the Eritrean people following the peace process in the Horn was considered. The conference coincided with the EU Summit which discussed a multi-annual financial package for migration.
Hearing new witness evidence, the conference welcomed the peace process in the Horn, but expressed grave concern that the Eritrean people continue to suffer under the desperate and slave-like conditions during indefinite national service, arbitrary detentions and that political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are still held in incommunicado detention.
The conference heard first-hand witness reports of the situation in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, the wider African continent, Israel and Europe. The conference heard of the increased influx of Eritrean refugees into Ethiopia, and for many the onward movement to other countries while in the hands of human traffickers.
The conference considered the evidence of the involvement of Eritrean officials in the human trafficking of its people and the protection of those involved in human trafficking of the Eritrean people. The conference welcomed the UN and EU sanctions adopted in June 2018 on those responsible for the criminal organisation and harbouring of human trafficking including Eritrean authorities who are implicated in these abuses. Based on the evidence heard the conference:
The conference calls on the African Union, the European Union, Israel and the international community to:
We pledge to strengthen our networks and continue dialogue and make a positive contribution to the Improvement of the situation in Eritrea. We call on the EU, AU and international community to support our objective in promoting dialogue.
For more please follow:
Conference declaration: EU must end support for the Eritrean dictatorship