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Procedure : 2017/2755(RSP)
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Texts tabled :

RC-B8-0464/2017

Debates :

PV 06/07/2017 - 8.2
CRE 06/07/2017 - 8.2

Votes :

PV 06/07/2017 - 11.4

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0309

Debates
Thursday, 6 July 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

8.2. Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak
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  Charles Tannock, author . – Madam President, given the brutal regime of President Afwerki in Eritrea and his role in ruining that country’s prospects, following its independence from Ethiopia in 1991, we often focus on the wider diplomatic picture. But today we are focusing on two individuals, Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak.

Antonios, the Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, has been under house arrest for the past decade. Isaak, a naturalised Swede and a journalist, has been in jail for more than 15 years and has not been seen since 2005. Jailed for his reporting of the corruption and injustices of the Afwerki regime, his case is emblematic of the totalitarian dictatorship that we now see in Eritrea, a regime that sees thousands of young men fleeing conscription and the brutalities of daily life. With 416 000 Eritrean refugees worldwide, this makes it the ninth largest country of origin for refugees, a staggering figure for a country with a population of only 6 million people.

Therefore I now call on Parliament and the Commission to consider consultation under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. I actually called for this almost 18 years ago for the first time and I am calling for it again.

 
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