A voice for Eritrean refugees
Eritrea is a country with no independent media and severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in power since independence in 1991 and on-going human rights violations have forced people to flee the country. A number of journalists, human rights advocates and those who have asked for a political reform, end up in prison or exile.
Meron Estefanos is an Eritrean/Swedish journalist and human rights activist, campaigning for freedom and democracy. She contributes to the leading Eritrean diaspora news site Asmarino and is a presenter for Radio Erena, with her own show “Voices of Eritrean Refugees”. She is also the co-founder of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees. Because of her work, she has been threatened and harassed. On the 27 September Meron was host for a breakfast seminar at Civil Rights Defenders and she spoke about prospects for democracy and human rights in Eritrea.
You can catch a glimpse of her activism to expose the plight of Eritrean refugees in the Sinai in this interview she had at “This American Life” show: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/502/this-call-may-be-recorded-to-save-your-life
The seminar was held in English and moderated by Mesfin Negash, Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.
You can view the whole seminar at our Bambuser channel.Categories: Events and News.