A Report to The Comission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea


This report provides narratives, gathered during formal and informal conversations and focus group discussions with Eritrean men and women who recently fled the country. It presents testimonies of mass migration of Eritreans through illegal and often undocumented channels, of Eritrea’s heavy-handed crack down on human rights work and civil society, lack of voter-centered approaches to selecting government leadership, dismal economic indicators and expanding poverty, overwhelming absence of basic social services, and continued militarization and ever-expanding spending on defense.

The report discusses the disproportionate impact of the harsh conditions in Eritrea, along escape routes, in transit countries and within asylum countries to women and girls and makes very urgent recommendations for the Eritrean state, the International Human Rights Community, Asylum countries and the countries in the Horn of Africa region to act upon.