February 10, 2010

World-wide demonstration to denounce the UN Security Council's illegal and unjust resolution against Eritrea

World-wide demonstration to denounce the UN Security Council's illegal and unjust resolution against Eritrea

On 23 December 2009 the UN Security Council took an illegal and unjust resolution (1907/2009) imposing sanctions on Eritrea. The sanctions adopted include an arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes for both officials and individuals.

This resolution was adopted on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations and has therefore no legal ground. It aims at punishing Eritrea for its alleged support of Islamist insurgents in Somalia, although no evidence was ever provided. Eritrea is also accused of a fabricated “border dispute” with Djibouti, designed to tarnish Eritrea's reputation.

From the perspectives of regional peace and security, one should keep in mind that:

* The Security Council has given no heed to the ongoing occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories by Ethiopia which continues to act in total defiance of the internationally accepted ruling of April 13, 2003.

* Since the early 90s, Eritrea has been one of the first countries to fight terrorism masterminded by extremist groups in the Horn of Africa.

* This resolution is not only another attempt against Eritrea’s freedom and sovereignty, but it will further render elusive the prospects of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

To oppose this shameful and unjust decision, the Eritrean community in Europe, the friends of Eritrea and all global citizens who care about international peace and justice are invited to sign the petition and take part in the peaceful demonstration to be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other demonstrations will be held on the same day in the United States and Australia. The aim of these demonstrations and of the petition is to both condemn this resolution and call on the UN Security Council to annul and repeal it without delay.

The demonstration will be held in Geneva on 22 February 2010 (from 13:00 – 18:00 CET)

The cortege will start to move at 14:00, from the Parc de Cropettes, behind the train station of Cornavin (the main train station in Geneva), then continue towards the street of rue de Montbrillant, join Avenue de France and will follow the direction towards UN (Palais des Nations, Geneva) at Avenue de la Paix.

Victory to the people!

Organizing committee

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