The Reporter (Addis Ababa)

9 August 2014

Eritrea: Government Accused of Committing Genocide

The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), which struggles for the realization of an Independent Red Sea Afar, renewed its genocide accusation against the "Rogue" regime in Eritrea.

On the eve of the organization's 4th public conference set to be held in Semera, the capital of the Afar Regional State from August 9 to 11. RSADO accused the Eritrean government and its ruling party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) of committing ethnic cleansing against the Red Sea Afar community, a letter received by The Reporter read. "Red Sea Afar people, mainly youth and women, are fleeing the country.

This is not the routine fleeing the country experience, but a new condition is worsened," the letter expressed. The number of people fleeing Eritrea has now reached 80 to 120 daily, according to the information obtained by The Reporter.

The letter added that the lives of the fleeing Eritrean Afar community have been endangered. The donors are shifting their focus to South Sudan and other parts of western and Sahel countries where civil war is worsening, the letter noted.

In its deliberation, the organization accused the PFDJ a.k.a. Sha'bia of continued repression, killing, and other acts of genocide that target not only people but their livestock too; sheep, goats, cattle, and camels in the last six months. The organizers told The Reporter that different public seminars, including those held in refugee camps, have been convened at all levels that will lead to an organizational congress planned to be organized a couple of months from now. The Reporter learnt that all stakeholders; including other Eritrean opposition organizations, civic association representatives and government officials from the neighboring countries are invited to the conference.

RSADO is among the few Eritrean oppositions in exile fighting militarily against the Eritrean regime. It is to be recalled that a few months ago, some European countries, including Sweden, accused the Eritrean government of committing genocide against its people.

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