Friday, May 14, 2010

Consulate decline to meet rights body over exiled journalist

Kampala -14th/May/2010; Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is dismayed with the concealing behavior of the Eritrean Consulate to Uganda his excellence Issaias over the plight of the Eritrean exiled journalist Yonas Embye. Mr. Embye who fled
Eritrea to Uganda following the government’s continuous clamp down on private media, allegedly received threats from H.E Issaias. “While on streets of Kampala, Mr. Issaias raised his head from the window of car and threatened with kidnap and to deport me back to Eritrea within 24 hours” Mr. Embye reported.

Upon receiving the reports, efforts have been made by HRNJ-Uganda to meet the consulate but audience has been denied. “Such acts violate UN refugee treaty and diplomatic rules” HRNJ-Programmes Coordinator G.W. Ssebaggala said. The secretary to the consulate M/s Adriam has delayed the appointment from 07th/May/2010 when the incident was reported until today 14th/May/2010 when she informed HRNJ-Uganda office that the consulate deals only with public service not everyone which is outrageous.

We are concerned about the status of Mr. Embye who has taken upon himself to hide as a precaution measure to save his life from the alleged threats despite his harsh conditions

HRNJ-Uganda calls upon the government of Eritrea to investigate the alleged conduct of Mr. Issaias and bring him to order

For More information Contact;

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Plot 16 Clement Hill Road – Nakasero
P.O.Box 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079
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