New Publication: Eritrea - A Country Under the Sway of a Dictatorship

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Connection e.V., Förderverein PRO ASYL, Eritrean Law Society (ELS), Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), and War Resisters’ International have published a new booklet, Eritrea: A Country Under the Sway of a Dictatorship.

The booklet provides a comprehensive overview of the situation in Eritrea, the situation of Eritrean refugees in Europe and elsewhere, as well as introducing their initiatives and activities. The publication is largely based on the presentations at the conference, Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis, which was organised in Brussels on 19 October 2017 by the same organisations.

Download the booklet here.



  • Rudi Friedrich: Eritrea: A Country Under the Sway of a Dictatorship
  • Publication: Mining and Repression in Eritrea
  • Eritrea: Factsheet and Map
  • Conference Participants: EU Condemned for Refugee Policy


  • Hotline for Refugees and Migrants: Ruling: Major Victory for Eritrean Asylum Seekers
  • Mirjam van Reisen and Gilad Liberman: Thousands are Threatened by Deportation
  • Europe External Policy Advisor (EEPA): African Migrants in Israel will Not be Deported, Government Says

United Nations and Eritrea

  • Sheila B. Keetharuth: Crimes Against Humanity Continue to be Perpetrated by Eritrea
  • Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN: Reaction to the Conference
  • PRO ASYL: Numbers about Eritrean Refugees

Personal Story of an Eritrean Refugee

  • Filmon Debru: My Personal Story

Eritrea: State, Government and Causes of Displacement

  • Gaim Kibreab: Reflection on the Causes of Displacement
  • Dawit Mesfin: Government in Perpetual Crisis

European Union: Eritrea and Asylum Regime

  • Daniel Mekonnen: Understanding the EU Asylum Regime
  • Swiss Refugee Council: Difficult Situation for Fact Finding Mission
  • European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE): Switzerland: Eritreans Face Possible Deportation
  • Martin Plaut: The European Union and Eritrea
  • Project of the Conference: Eritrea Hub - A New Blog
  • J. Nastranis: Security Council Back Dutch Sanctions Against Eritrean and Libyan Traffickers
  • Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA): Adressing Criminalisation of Refugees and Impunity of Human Trafficking
  • Europe External Policy Advisor (EEPA): Head of Eritrean Embassy Office in The Hague declared ‘Persona non Grata’
  • Europe External Policy Advisor (EEPA): Sweden: Eritreans No Longer Required to Go to Eritrean Authorities for Family Reunion
  • Europe External Policy Advisor (EEPA): Eritreans March Peacefully outside UNHCR Office in Cairo
  • Naomi Stocker: Ethiopia ‘Fully Accepts Peace Deal’ to End Eritrea Border War

Situation of Women

  • Asia Abdulkadir: The Situation of Women and Girls in Eritrea
  • Selam Kidane: Military Service and Women
  • Martin Plaut: Eritrean Women: “Take Human Rights Abusers to International Criminal Court!”

Human Rights

  • Alex Jackson: Human Rights Abuses and Religious Persecution
  • Sarah Ogbay: The Eritreans’ unaccompanied Child Migrants

Eritrean Refugees in African Countries

  • Adane Ghebremeskel; Precarious State of Eritrean Refugees in Selected African Countries

Publisher and Organizers of the Conference

Connection e.V., Eritrean Law Society, Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Europe External Policy Advisors, Förderverein Pro Asyl e.V. and War Resisters' International  (ed.): Booklet „Eritrea: A Country Under the Sway of a Dictatorship - Desertion, Refuge & Asylum“, July 2018

Programmes & Projects

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