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AN ERITREAN Migrant ‘dies in Channel Tunnel train incident’

AN ERITREAN migrant has reportedly died on the French side of the Channel Tunnel after trying to board a moving freight train. The man died after attempting to get on a train at Coquelles, according to firefighters quoted by the daily Le Parisien newspaper. A spokesman for Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said a suspected migrant was apparently found unconscious at the terminal at around 5am local time. “I understand that the person was pronounced deceased but we haven’t had any official confirmation of that,” he added.“We don’t know what the circumstances are just yet, but obviously this is a very regrettable incident.”

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Eritrea: A Torture Survivor’s Drawings

In one small East African country, the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of fear. That was the conclusion of a yearlong investigation by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, which released its report this week. The report lays out in horrifying detail the mass surveillance, torture, enslavement and disappearances under Eritrea’s totalitarian regime since that country gained independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s. The U.N. investigators said systemic human rights abuses in Eritrea are on a scale rarely seen anywhere else in the world and may constitute crimes against humanity.

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Eritrea slams UN for ‘slander’ over rights report

President Isaias Afewerki has governed the East African nation for 22 years, and the country has never held elections since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993. Eritreans account for the second-largest group of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, after Syrians, with an estimated 5,000 fleeing every month.

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Eritreans: Fleeing a Nightmare

Eritrea is a small and isolated country; conditions in the “North Korea of Africa” probably would not have attracted much attention if they weren’t a major driver of the worst migrant crisis facing Europe in decades. Eritreans account for about a quarter of the migrants trying to reach Europe and are the second-largest group by nation, after Syrians. More than 300,000 people have fled the country since 2000 and 4,000 leave each month—incredible numbers for a country of just 6 million people, despite the government’s shoot-to-kill policy at border crossings.

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North Korea on the Red Sea

Besides Syrians, no refugee population is trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in greater numbers than Eritreans — or paying so heavy a price in lives lost beneath the waves. There’s been scant attention paid to why, but a 500-page U.N. report published Monday offers a detailed and disturbing explanation for why citizens of Eritrea are fleeing their country en masse: The country, the world body’s researchers concluded, is a modern-day police state where basic freedoms are restricted, and the population lives in fear that they will be informed upon by the secret police’s ubiquitous network of informants.

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Libya: Isis Kidnaps 86 Eritrean Christian Migrants, Sparks Beheading Fear

he abduction of 86 Eritrean Christian migrants by the Islamic State (Isis) militants from Tripoli on 3 June has sparked beheading fears, a Swedish-Eritrean activist has revealed. Meron Estefanos, human rights activist and co-founder of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees in Stockholm, said that the abduction took place two days ago in Tripoli. On Friday, Meron Estefanos tweeted: "Breaking: 86 Eritrean refugees most from one town in #Eritrea got kidnapped by #ISIS in #Libya two days ago."

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Isis in Libya: Islamic State militants kill two Eritrean migrants

Islamic State militants in Libya have killed two Eritrean migrants after stopping a truck carrying 75 Africans of different nationalities. The extremist group shot the migrants after holding them at an intersection 5km from their stronghold of Nawfliyah. Military sources quoted by Libyan news website Bowabat Al Wasat said the pair were killed "in cold blood".

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Gunmen kidnap Eritrean asylum seekers

The United Nations says unidentified gunmen have attacked a group of Eritrean asylum seekers in the eastern part of Sudan, kidnapping 14 of them. On Thursday, the spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Nicolas Brass, said based on the information provided by Sudanese authorities, a lorry of the Sudanese Commission of Refugees, which was taking 49 people to the Shagarab refugee camp, was targeted by the gunmen who were on a pickup truck. "We have been informed by the authorities that there was an abduction of 14 Eritrean asylum seekers on their way to the Shagarab camp from Kassala,” located near the border with Eritrea, Brass added.

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