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    1. Eritrea urged the U.N. Security Council to help bring human traffickers to justice on Thursday and said smuggling groups, not human rights abuses, were causing an exodus of migrants to Europe. About 5,000 people flee Eritrea each month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says. "The principal objective of this organised crime is to prevent Eritrea and its people from defending ...

    2. Eritrea blames migrant exodus on human trafficking

      Al Jazeera via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsJul 31 12:54 AM

      Foreign ministry calls on UN to bring smugglers to justice, saying rights abuses not behind huge numbers leaving nation.

    3. Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state. A UN report last month detailed how the Horn of Africa nation, under Isaias Afwerki's iron-fisted regime for the past 22 years, has created a repressive system in which people are routinely ...

    4. Flydubai announces flights to Eritrean capital

      Gulf News via Yahoo Maktoob NewsJul 31 12:43 AM

      Flydubai is launching direct flights between Dubai and the African country of Eritrea from Ocober 25, the airline said on Thursday. The flights to Asmara, the Eritrean capital, will operate four times a week and will be the first direct link between Eritrea and the UAE, according to an emailed statement from the airline. Eritrea will be flydubai’s 13th destination in Africa and second African it...

    5. By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Eritrea faces a second year of scrutiny by human rights investigators after the U.N. body overseeing them extended their mission on Thursday, a decision that may put the government at risk of referral to the International Criminal Court. The U.N. Human Rights Council asked the independent investigators to use the time to consider if the Horn of Africa country was...

    6. By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A top Eritrean diplomat said human traffickers, not rights abuses, were driving people to leave the impoverished African country, after a U.N. body accused the government of presiding over forced labour, torture and other rights violations.     Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday there was an international "conspiracy" to tarnish ...

    7. By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A top Eritrean diplomat said human traffickers, not rights abuses, were driving people to leave the impoverished African country, after a U.N. body accused the government of presiding over forced labor, torture and other rights violations.     Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday there was an international "conspiracy" to tarnish ...

    8. The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to prolong an investigation into horrendous abuses in Eritrea, and widen it to include looking into suspected crimes against humanity. The 47-member rights body unanimously agreed to extend for another year the work of a special commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in the autocratic Horn of Africa state. The commission should ...

    9. Ethiopia police: 30 armed people killed on Eritrea border

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJul 10 10:44 AM

      ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian police have killed 30 armed people who tried to illegally enter the country's territory from Eritrea, an official said Friday.

    10. Eritrean commissioner hails historic day

      AFP via Yahoo! SportsJul 04 09:13 AM

      Eritrea's commissioner of culture and sports on Saturday hailed the historic participation of two riders from his country in the Tour de France. Daniel Teklehaimanot, 26, was first off at 1400 local time (1200 GMT) of all the 198 riders taking part in the Tour on the 13.8km opening stage timetrial as a heatwave hit the Dutch Grand Depart town of Utrecht. Teklehaimanot's fellow MTN Qhubeka ...

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