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Young people are leaving the Eritrea since their dreams are destroyed, Smith - Cihan World News

Young people are leaving the Eritrea since their dreams are destroyed, Smith

| ADDIS ABABA - 30.10.2015 11:37:56
Young people are leaving the Eritrea since their dreams are destroyed, Smith
The Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea said that young people are leaving the country because their "dreams are destroyed" and "have no future." 

At a press briefing on human rights conditions in Eritrea today (29 Oct) Chairperson, Mike Smith was asked whether sanctions are having an impact. He answered, "In our interviews with people and I really like to emphasize that what we've reported on and what we've drawn our conclusions from is the stories which people tell us. Frankly the economic side of it has not been a significant factor. What people have talked about, they haven't said, ah, you know, we couldn't get this, we couldn't get that because of sanctions. What they're saying is that we get put into training at the age of 17 and our dreams are destroyed because we have no future. That's the story we're getting and that's why they say they're leaving the country." 

Smith explained that, "In our report we've described systematic and widespread human rights abuses particularly associated with the national service system. Any country of course, is at liberty to have a national security system whereby young people come and do training and so on, do their national service."

But, "In the Eritrean context this was originally for 18 months which seems like a reasonable period but the problem in that country is that after 2001 I think it was this was extended perhaps a bit earlier. This was extended and has turned into almost, at least for some people, many people into an unending national service."

For its report, the Commission interviewed 550 people and asked each for their own personal stories and experiences. Commission members were in New York to present the report to the General Assembly, the same report presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland to the Human Rights Council in June, 2015. 

STORY: UN / ERITREA COI
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 29 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

SHOTLIST:

RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UNHQ

29 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Smith, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea:
"In our interviews with people and I really like to emphasize that what we've reported on and what we've drawn our conclusions from is the stories which people tell us. Frankly the economic side of it has not been a significant factor. What people have talked about, they haven't said, ah, you know, we couldn't get this, we couldn't get that because of sanctions. What they're saying is that we get put into training at the age of 17 and our dreams are destroyed because we have no future. That's the story we're getting and that's why they say they're leaving the country." 
4. Med shot, journalists 
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Smith, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea:
"In our report we've described systematic and widespread human rights abuses particularly associated with the national service system. Any country 
of course is at liberty to have a national security system whereby young people come and do training and so on, do their national service. In the Eritrean context this was originally for 18 months which seems like a reasonable period but the problem in that country is that after 2001 I think it was this was extended perhaps a bit earlier. This was extended and has turned into almost, at least for some people, many people into an unending national service."
6. Wide shot, press room 

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