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Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia demonstrate supporting UN Inquiry

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The community of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia have staged a demonstration in front of the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, in support of findings and recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE).

"We are gathered here today to give our strong support for the Commission’s more rigorous findings and recommendations," said a statement from the community addressed to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

"The COIE findings have established what we, the victims, had already known and felt for years," the statement said.

"The COIE has now independently verified allegations that the Eritrean government officials have committed crimes against humanity and that they should be held responsible," said the statement.

"We believe that you recognize these injustices committed in Eritrea are indeed committed in the whole of Africa. And we invoke your responsibility to address, promote and protect human rights in Africa by condemning the grave violation of human rights thus ending impunity in Eritrea," the statement said.

On the occasion, representatives of the demonstrators also handed over a petition to AU representatives from the AU Political Affairs Department, namely John Ikubaje, and Nshimba Michel, a humanitarian and refugees expert.
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EARLIER REPORT:

141 migrants rescued by Djibouti coast-guard officers

DJIBOUTI (Xinhua) -- Djibouti coast-guard officers last week rescued 141 migrants within the waters of Seven Brothers Islands in northern parts of the country, an official source has told Xinhua.

According to the source, a Yemeni dhow in distress for 48 hours was spotted in the zone at around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, with 141 migrants most of whom were facing an alarming health situation.

After having received first aid, the migrants, most of them from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, were immediately handed over to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Their smugglers were taken into police custody and their boat seized.

Djibouti is the main route for illegal migrants heading to the Gulf countries.

According to IOM, about 75 to 80 percent of these migrants who arrive in Yemen every year, pass through Djibouti in very dangerous conditions, and continually pose humanitarian challenges for Djibouti authorities.

In 2011, IOM opened a migrant’s holding center in Djibouti’s northern town of Obock, to sensitize them on the risks and dangers of illegal migration.
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Djibouti says talks with Eritrea to depend on release of prisoners

           

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