Thursday, January 22, 2015

Release Abune Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, under house arrest since 2007 | Petition2Congress

882 Letters Sent So Far

We, the undersigned, urge Congress to express outrage and call for the immediate release of His Holiness Abune Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, who has been under house arrest since 2007. There have been egregious violations of freedom of worship in Eritrea and His Holiness has been illegally and forcibly removed from his position for his opposition to government interference in religious affairs. His Holiness, who is in his late eighties, suffers from severe diabetes and is reported to be in deteriorating health condition.

We would appreciate your help in securing immediate freedom for his Holiness so that he would regain his rightful place among his compatriots from other faiths who have been loud in raising their voices.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

South Boulder Mines in Eritrea raises $2M at premium for Colluli Potash - Proactiveinvestors (AU)

South Boulder Mines has raised funds through a placement to assist definitive feasibility work at Colluli Potash Project
South Boulder Mines has raised funds through a placement to assist definitive feasibility work at Colluli Potash Project
South Boulder Mines (ASX:STB) will raise $2.05 million through a private placement of 10 million shares at $0.205 per share to Hong Kong based Special Purpose Vehicle, Well Efficient Limited.

South Boulder's shares will resume trading after a trading halt to finalise the raising.

Notably, the shares will be issued at a 6% premium to South Boulder’s 30 day VWAP and the funds will be used to complete the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) work for the Colluli Potash Project located in Eritrea in 2015.

Well Efficient Limited is associated with well-known resource and private equity industry executive, James Huang, who is based in Hong Kong.  Huang has experience and a network of relationships in Greater China and Eritrea with international resource companies, private equity funds and governments.

The placement will be completed within seven days. South Boulder will have around 150 million shares on issue following completion of the placement.

South Boulder’s managing director, Paul Donaldson said: “This placement to another sophisticated international investor further demonstrates the attractiveness of the Colluli Potash Project, particularly as it was achieved at a premium to the recent share price and did not require the payment of fees or commission.

“This year we are on track to deliver a high quality pre-feasibility study, followed by a definitive study. As the project continues to advance further along the development path towards production, we anticipate that other international groups, particularly those based in Greater China, North America and Europe which have consistently shown great interest in the Colluli project, will become involved with the development of our potash project.

“Alongside our partner in Eritrea, ENAMCO, we are firmly committed to developing the Colluli project as efficiently and safely as possible with the objective of delivering excellent outcomes for all our stakeholders.

"We look forward to keeping the market informed on our progress at Colluli and ongoing discussions once agreements are concluded,” Donaldson said.
Project background

In late 2014, the company commenced pilot testing of the Colluli process design at the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon, Canada.

The Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea now hosts a highly-favourably suite of potassium bearing salts for low cost production of potassium sulphate (SOP or sulphate of potash) using simple mineral processing units (flotation and mixing).

Commercial grade SOP has already been produced from Colluli salts at the Saskatchewan Resource Council.

SOP achieves a substantial price premium over the more common potassium chloride.

Colluli is strategically located closer to port than potassium sulphate peers with trucking a low cost option to access port, with deepwater access at Anfile Bay suitable for loading vessels up to Panamax size.

Commercial grade SOP has already been produced from Colluli salts at the Saskatchewan Resource Council.

The Pre-Feasibility Study is expected to be completed in February 2015.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prison Break and Shootings

Asmara: Prison Break and Shootings
Eritrea Freedom Friday(Asmara 12/01/2015) Details emerging from Asmara following yesterday’s shootouts in Hadish Adi, indicate that there was a prison break at the Police Station in Edaga Arbi and the shootings were a result of guards trying to stop the attempts by prisoners who were being transferred from Police station #3 (Salsay Medeber Police), there are no reports of fatalities.
Members of Team Arbi Harnet said ‘we ourselves counted about 11 shots yesterday and although we have not had as much information as we hoped to get, we have established that there was a prison break when prisoners were being loaded onto trucks that were transferring them to an unknown location, the shots can only be from guards contrary to what we heard yesterday, we are told that several prisoners have escaped and not been caught back’.
On a separate news the military training calls that were rescheduled for today from the 3rd of January, were once again foiled as only a handful of people, out of the thousands called, reported to their local administrative authorities.
In some areas like Adi Abeyto, on the outskirts, not a single person turned up while in others between5 and 8 people reported in accordance to the calls.
Asmara appears calm on the surface and shops and businesses are open as usual and there is nothing to indicate a clampdown from the regime.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Campaign to End Slavery in the Guise of National Service in Eritrea

Record number of refugees left Eritrea in 2014; UNHCR reports indicate that the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea nearly tripled in the first 10 months of the year. The numbers in Ethiopia and Sudan also saw a sharp rise with close to 6,000 refugees arriving in Ethiopia in the month of October alone. UNHCR records also indicate that a majority of those who flee are within the national service recruitment age range and claim to be fleeing the indefinite national service, which has become a form of modern day slavery.
Building on its success last year, highlighting the nature of the Eritrean National Service, Stop National Service Slavery Campaign is today launching an initiative to highlight the plethora of human rights violations that are making it possible for the regime in Eritrea to maintain such an abusive system enslaving an entire generation.
Titling their campaign ‘Time to Break the Chain of abuse’ Eritrean activists from Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, UK and Italy will, over the next six months, call upon European governments and the UN to address the cycle of grave human rights violations being perpetrated against conscripts, forcing them to leave their country in droves. They will also invite Eritreans inside the country and in the diaspora to break the cycle of abuse by exposing and resisting the human rights violations in Eritrea.
Organisers of the campaign state: ‘we are alarmed by the magnitude of the exodus of young Eritreans and understand the cause to be the abusive and indefinite national service, indeed many of us have fled it too, we would like the world to understand the multi-layered cycle of abuse that maintains the national service. As recruits we had no freedom of expression, we had no rights to family life, we were denied rights of association or religious freedom, we were forced to engage in hard labour and were paid next to nothing, in short we were treated as slaves in our own country’.

Campaigners believe that unless these violations are addressed adequately young Eritreans will continue to leave the country at great risk to their lives and will continue to create a refugee crisis in the region and further afield.
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