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Open Letter to the UN Security Council on the Need
for a Stronger Sanction on the Eritrean Government
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 15, 2011
UN SC President H.E Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri
We would like to begin our urgent letter by extending
our sincere appreciation to all members of the Security Council for
collectively accepting the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group's
exhaustive and thorough report and for extending the life of the
Monitoring Group for another year.
like to convey our admiration to the members of the Monitoring Group for
the exemplary professionalism exhibited in their prolific and detailed
report. They have done their part.
We feel the only thing
missing now is for the entire Security Council to take the recommendations
made by the Monitoring Group into serious consideration and pass a
stronger resolution to make it clear to the Eritrean government that itís
illegal actions and flagrant behavior cannot be tolerated or accepted.
As the first direct victims of the Eritrean governmentís disregard
for the rule of law and basic human rights we appeal to you to do what is
right and pass a resolution that will demand the Eritrean Government be
accountable and conform to the international standard by complying with
all the demands spelled out in Resolution 1907.
Almost two years
since Resolution 1907 has been passed the Eritrean government, according
to the last report, has not implemented or complied with a single part of
the requirements outlined by the resolution. Failing to come to terms with
this fact will only give psychological comfort and political green light
for the Eritrean government to further consolidate its support for
terroristic elements determined to destabilize the Horn of Africa and the
contingent areas. Without a strong sanction aimed at the sources of funds
that are sustaining the Eritrean governmentís illegal actions and
behaviors the Horn of Africa will not find peace.
extraterritorial taxation of Eritreans who have settled in Europe,
America, the Middle East and other parts of Africa, the undiplomatic and
illegal role played by the Embassies of the State of Eritrea around the
world, the vast Diaspora underground PFDJ cells and networks that are
illegally collecting and transferring funds contrary to the laws of the
nations they reside and have accepted citizenship: These illegal actions
and ways of doing business have to be checkmated by the UN Security
Council and by member nations.
International and national banks
which, knowingly and unknowingly, have become facilitators of all illegal
financial transaction of the Eritrean government have to be held
accountable. Companies that are engaged in business dealings with the
Eritrean government have to make sure that the funds they turn over to the
government are not used for an illicit activity to finance avowed
terrorists like Al-Shabab and other regional groups headquartered in
Asmara contrary to the spirit and letter of Resolution 1907.
UNSC must act and act decisively by accepting and adopting all the
recommendations of the Somalia and Eritrean Monitoring Group and send the
strongest unified message to the Eritrean Government. We feel no joy in
opposing the government of our ancestral homeland, yet based on its record
we have no choice but to stand with people of the Horn of Africa in
demanding that the Eritrean governmentís support for terrorist groups and
fomenting regional crisis must be stopped. This, we believe is the
paramount duty of the United Nations Security Council.
Eritrean government has turned Eritrea into an isolated and imprisoned
nation. Its internal behavior is more draconian than what is described as
illegal and extremist behavior in executing its belligerent foreign
policy. Before betraying and abusing the Horn of Africa the government of
Isaias Afeworki has betrayed, tortured, imprisoned and silenced the people
Eritrea. Because we know the very true nature of the government we
strongly appeal to the UNSC to reinforce its previous sanction and accept
and implement the recommendations of the monitoring group in itís
entirely. Failing to do so will mean appeasing a rouge government that
will continued spreading chaos in a fragile region.
Chairman of Eritrean Global Solidarity for Justice- Human