On 5th Anniversary, the OEA Calls on the UN and US to lift Unjust Sanctions

Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve 2014, marks the fifth anniversary of another tragic day “that will live in infamy” in the history of the United Nations with regards to Eritrea. On December 23, 2009, Christmas Eve, the UN, led by Washington, adopted Resolution 1907 (2009), imposing sanctions on Eritrea based on groundless charges orchestrated by Eritrea’s traditional enemies, especially Ethiopia. This was a continuation of a history of UN betrayal of Eritrea and the Eritrean people. The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) has called on President Barack Obama and the members of the UN Security Council to lift the unjust and illegal sanctions.

OEA Deplores UN Security Council’s Extension of Monitoring Group’s Term

OEA Statement November 4, 2014
OEA Deplores UN Security Council’s Extension of Monitoring Group’s Term

We at the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) strongly deplore the UN Security Council’s decision to extend the term of the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group and its failure to consider lifting the unjust sanctions imposed on the young African nation five years ago based on charges that have long been proven to be groundless.

Happy Birthday Eritrea!

May 24, 1991 is a sacred day in the annals of Eritrean history and the history of all those who rise, in the face of overwhelming odds, to determine their own destiny and defend their basic rights. This is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit in the quest for freedom against all odds. This day embodies what the essence of Eritrea represents: the spirit of unflinching determination, unwavering dedication and, when necessary, unyielding and principled defiance.
Happy Birthday Eritrea! (PDF)

OEA Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

The Organization of Eritrean Americans will hold a forum this coming weekend on ‘The Quest for Peace in the Horn of Africa Continues.’ The program is set for Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm, at the Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C.

Headlining the program will be Bronwyn Bruton, the deputy director of the African Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. She will talk on “Shifting Dynamics in the Horn." Ms. Bruton has written and is published extensively on issues relating to U.S. foreign policy for the Horn of Africa.

Also speaking will be Dr. Ghidewon Abay-Asmerom, professor of mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a member of the Organization of Eritrean Americans. Dr. Ghidewon will speak on ‘Respect for International Law: a Catalyst in the Quest for Peace.’

Moderating the program will be Dr. Asgede Hagos, professor of communications at Delaware State University.


Here again is the what, where and when of the program:

What: Forum on ‘Quest for Peace in the Horn Continues’

Who: Featured Speakers: Bronwyn Bruton, of the Atlantic Council
Dr. Ghidewon A. Asmerom, VCU
Where: Eritrean Civic and Cultural Center
600 L Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001
When: April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm.

Veteran former U.S. envoys urge refocus on U.S., Eritrea, Ethiopia relations

OEA Statement
January 18, 2014

We at the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) applaud the former U.S. ambassadors and diplomats who are trying publicly to get American foreign policy makers to revisit and refocus on the festering issues at the root of the crises plaguing the troubled Horn of Africa. Between them, they have many years of experience on the ground in Africa.

‘No Intelligence, Real or Fabricated, Since 2009’

“In view of the absence of any intelligence, real or fabricated, linking Eritrea with Shabaab for over four years, the UN Security Council should terminate sanctions imposed in 2009 by UNSC resolution 1907.”

Group recycles discredited disinformation to blame Eritrea

In an article on the heinous terrorist attack in Kenya last week published on the Heritage Foundation website, an ill-informed group of writers tries to recycle disinformation that was universally condemned as baseless and highly politicized in an attempt to tar the young Africa nation of Eritrea as a sponsor of terrorism.

The article, labeled as Issue Brief #4059, rightly calls for vigilance to combat the terrorist Somali group al-Shabaab that killed more than 60 innocent men, women and children in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.

Terrorism is Terrorism—by any other name or under any veil

February 27, 2013

On 25 February 2013, in the middle of the night, three Eritrean community centers in Stockholm, Sweden, were set on fire.  According to a statement issued by Eritrean Communities in Stockholm, these centers were places where the community gathered for all forms of its social life. These were centers where children took lesson in their mother tongue during the weekends, and "women’s gatherings, family celebrations, community meetings and all sorts of social functions" also took place at these centers.

The Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group: More of the Same Fiction on the Way?

A little over six months ago, three key members, including two of the 5 permanent representatives, of the UN Security Council raised serious questions about the integrity and veracity of the 2011 report on Eritrea of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group. The challenges from the Russian, Chinese and South African representatives questioned the veracity of the key charges by the group against the young African nations, and some of them urged the monitoring group to do a better job in its future report.

Demarcate Now! 10 Years is Long Enough. Peace Yes, War No.

Demarcate Now! 10 Years is Long Enough. Peace Yes, War No.
By Mike Seium


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