ACHPR Comm 233/99 and 234/99 : Interights and others / Ethiopia & Eritrea

Published: 1/May/2003
Source: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

ACHPR Comm 233/99 and 234/99 : Interights (on behalf of Pan African Movement and Citizens for Peace in Eritrea) v Ethiopia and Interights (on behalf of Pan African Movement and Inter African Group) / Eritrea

Summary of Facts

1.The Complainant alleges that sometime in the second quarter of 1998 there was an international armed conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia that led to the beginning of active hostilities between the two countries.

2.During this period it is alleged by the Complainant that thousands of persons of Ethiopian nationality were expelled from Eritrea, either directly or constructively by the creation of conditions in which they had no choice other than to leave Eritrea. In particular, over 2,500 were forcibly expelled and dumped at the border where there was ferocious fighting and heavily infested with anti-personnel land mines.

3. It is also alleged that between June 1998 and July 1999, more than sixty one thousand people of Eritrean ethnic descent who are legal residents or citizens of Ethiopia were deported from Ethiopia. Most of these are urban deportees.

[The Commission decided to suspend consideration of the communications, awaiting the decision of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission]

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Themes: African standards, Mass Expulsions, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality, State Succession, New States, Statelessness
Regions: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Pan Africa
Year: 2003