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Eritrea - paths out of isolation


Weber, Annette

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Two decades after achieving independence from Ethiopia, Eritrea is back in the European headlines – above all for a wave of refugees arriving in Europe. At the same time, a recent United Nations Commission on Human Rights report accuses the Eritrean regime of gross human rights violations. President Isayas Afewerki sees Eritrea’s regional and international isolation since its war with neighbouring Ethiopia (1998–2000) as evidence of a conspiracy between Ethiopia and influential Western states. Every month between three and five thousand Eritreans attempt to flee the total mobilisation instituted for national defence. Reintegrating the country in regional structures could build trust and neutralise the Eritrean narrative of Ethiopian aggression and international conspiracy. (author's abstract)
Keywords Eritrea; domestic policy; political development; oppression; repression; human rights violation; military service; economic crisis; socioeconomic development; emigration; flight
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 37/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications