Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Fears over fate of 11 lawmakers imprisoned without charge in Eritrea •Last seen 12 years ago

By News Express on 17/01/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 6,259


GENEVA, Switzerland, January 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A former Eritrean Defence Minister has urged IPU and the international community to do its utmost for 11 fellow MPs imprisoned without charges in Eritrea in 2001.

At a hearing before IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, Mesfin Hagos, one of 15 politicians who had written an open letter to Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki in 2001, feared the worst for the 11 MPs, known as the G-11. Hagos and three others had avoided arrest following the publication of the letter calling for the Eritrean parliament to be able to implement the new national constitution, but the others had not been so lucky.

Describing the environment of the highly secure prison where the G-11 are allegedly being held as extremely hostile and difficult for anyone to survive, Hagos said only President Afewerki and a very few individuals around him knew the true fate of the G-11 as even the prison guards were not allowed to leave the area. The prisoners have not been seen or heard of since their arrest in September 2001.

Hagos called on every IPU member parliament to take action to shed light on the fate of the G-11, fearing that the combination of the hot and arid environment, maltreatment, age and medical illnesses would have taken their toll on the MPs. The IPU Committee remains deeply concerned over reports some years ago that only two of the 11 MPs may still be alive.

In a resolution adopted at its 129th Assembly on the G-11 case, IPU deplored Eritrea’s contempt for the most basic human rights of the detained and urged the authorities again to provide information on the 11 MPs. It has also asked all its members to put pressure on Eritrea to release them and end the silence.

During a four-day session in Geneva, the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians took on new cases in Colombia, Iraq, Oman and Yemen. It also adopted decisions on cases involving the human rights abuses of 145 MPs in 21 countries. This includes Sri Lanka where Tamil MP Sivaganam Shritharan who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, is facing renewed threats against his life.

IPU is concerned over allegations of harassment and intimidation of both Sivaganam and his family by law enforcement officers and is convinced that those wanting to harm him will eventually succeed as long as they believe they will not be held to account.

IPU calls upon the Sri Lankan parliament and authorities to ensure action is taken against those behind the assassination attempt.

IPU also expressed deep concern that the perpetrators of the killing of four Lebanese MPs between 2005 and 2007 have still not been brought to justice. The MPs were among a string of political assassinations that followed the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The trial against four men accused of the death of Hariri opened at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague on 16 January.

•Photo shows President Isaias Afewerki.

Source News Express

Posted 17/01/2014 9:40:55 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
N1.162bn Fraud: Court adjourns Dariye’s trial to April...

Worshippers killed as Yobe mosque is bombed during...

Oppose godfatherism, imposition of political leaders, CCBA urges...

BLOODBATH AS SOLDIERS, BOKO HARAM EXCHANGE BULLETS •15...

Kidnap suspect nabbed inside aircraft — Thanks to...

NAFDAC to sensitise farmers, others on poisonous cassava...

2018 Budget Cuts: South East, Niger Delta worst...

Could Africa become the next Silicon Valley?

Suspect dead, 20 hurt in shooting at US...

NAICOM, Kaduna Govt. to collaborate on compulsory insurance...

Kidnappers force university to suspend operations

Red Cross trains SARS personnel on humanitarian principles...

 

Latest News 2019 general elections to cost N242.4bn 3,000 protesters shut down Imo over impeachment plot to oust deputy governor 'Half trillion naira locked in corruption cases' Human Rights Lawyer writes ICC Prosecutor, seeks interrogation of Buhari during visit You’re a failed Senator, Okorocha replies Umeh EFCC fails to present witnesses in Sen Jang’s case Katsina engages 5,000 teachers Dasuki: Court serves warrant of release on DSS, AGF •Family, friends, associates await release Buhari declines assent to 4 Bills Reps to IGP: Beef up security in Adamawa EFCC re-arraigns Orji Kalu, raises charges to 39 counts Buhari assures ICC of free and fair elections in 2019

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (361,767 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (358,283 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (286,620 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (235,215 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (214,403 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (212,495 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (186,369 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (168,305 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (156,248 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (152,628 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (147,524 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (138,771 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (52) Business & Economy (3,345) Business Verdict (45) Columnists (886) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (516) Features (614) Global Business Monitor (284) International (2,135) Interview (157) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (127) News (37,197) Opinion (1,024) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,591) Religion (783) Sports (1,612) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

FRANCE vs CROATIA 4-2 Highlights & Goals 2018

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement