Radio Erena: 30 January 2015
The British parliament debated on the conditions in Eritrea in its formal meeting held on the 27th of January.
The parliament’s discussion focused on the exodus of Eritrean immigrants and Eritrea’s human rights violation records.
Great Britain is reported to have strengthened its security on its border with France in an effort to block the flow of immigrants to the country though it also welcomes political asylum seekers who successfully cross over to its country.
Some members of the parliament recalled promises made to them at their recent meeting with the government of Eritrea that it would reverse the unlimited national service, which has been believed to be one of the causes of emigration, to its original 18-month-period. However, this is reported to have gotten little traction by many members of the parliament saying it was false pretense made out by the Eritrean government.
The parliament’s debate on issues that pertain to Eritrea came in the wake of an upcoming visit to gather evidences of human rights violations from Eritreans in the United Kingdom by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Eritrea – Ms. Sheila B. Keetharuth.
The British parliament has also raised the stalled peace talks between Eritrea and Ethiopia and that the parliament has to make an effort to bring the two countries to the round table again and that Ethiopia has to pull its troops from what is declared to be Eritrea’s sovereign land.
The British parliament has further debated on conditions in Ethiopia that centered on the upcoming election in the country set for May of this year.