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).
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
"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.
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
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
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
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.
Djibouti says talks with Eritrea to depend on release of