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    1. Eritrea gives green light for Tour de France team

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsJun 27 04:57 AM

      Eritrea's president has given his backing to the first two cyclists from his country to ride in the Tour de France, despite a spate of defections by sports stars at past international events, state media said Saturday. Having received a wild card invitation to the Tour, South African team MTN-Qhubeka have an unprecedented five African riders in their nine-man team for the July 4-26 event ...

    2. Migration experts say Home Office advice that Eritrean asylum seekers can now safely go home is ‘marred by serious methodological concerns’ British guidance that Eritrea is a safe country for asylum seekers to return to after leaving illegally is “marred by serious methodological concerns”, a government-appointed watchdog has said in a scathing report that comes as record numbers of Eritreans ...

    3. Eritrea defends conscription as thousands flee

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsJun 22 03:01 AM

      Eritrea has defended its controversial policy of decades-long national service from which some 5,000 people flee each month, saying it has "no other choice" due to threats from long-standing enemy Ethiopia. Dismissing a United Nations commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea -- which said the government is responsible for systematic and widespread human rights abuses on an...

    4. Cycling: Eritrea gives green light for Tour de France team

      AFP via Yahoo! India NewsJun 27 04:02 AM

      Eritrea's president has given his backing to the first two cyclists from his country to ride in the Tour de France, despite a spate of defections by sports stars at past international events, state media said Saturday,. Having received a wild card invitation to the Tour, South African team MTN-Qhubeka have an unprecedented five African riders in their nine-man team for the July 4-26 event ...

    5. By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss police were guarding three U.N. investigators into Eritrea's human rights record in Geneva on Wednesday after a top official said they had received threats on the street and at their hotel. The inquiry's report published earlier this month showed human rights violations in Eritrea that may amount to crimes against humanity, including extrajudicial killings ...

    6. By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Eritrea on Thursday denied that it subjects its citizens to indefinite national service or kills people trying to flee the country, two of the most serious allegations among the findings of a year-long United Nations investigation. The 484-page U.N. Commission of Inquiry report, published earlier this week, said the government of Eritrea may have ...

    7. By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Eritrea on Thursday denied that it subjects its citizens to indefinite national service or kills people trying to flee the country, two of the most serious allegations among the findings of a year-long United Nations investigation. The 484-page U.N. Commission of Inquiry report, published earlier this week, said the government of Eritrea may have ...

    8. Eritrea on Tuesday dismissed what it called "indecent hyperbole" in a U.N. human rights report that described alleged extrajudicial killings, torture and sexual slavery in the secretive Horn of Africa state. Suggestions the Asmara government had committed gross human rights violations against its own people was "totally unfounded and without merit," the foreign ministry said in a statement ...

    9. Eritrea calls UN accusations of rights violations unfounded

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJun 10 02:41 PM

      UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eritrea's foreign ministry is calling accusations by a U.N. commission that its government is responsible for systematic and widespread human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity "totally unfounded and devoid of merit."

    10. Eritrea on Tuesday dismissed a UN investigation detailing systematic human rights abuses as "outrageous claims" aimed at destabilising the isolationist Red Sea state. The UN commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea described horrific torture, including electric shock, near drowning, sexual abuse and forcing people to stare at the burning sun for hours. Its nearly 500-page...

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