A report condemning the government of Eritrea for domestic
human rights abuses charges that between 30,000 and 40,000 Eritreans are being
held in prisons in this nation of about 5 million people.
The report was released by the Oslo Center for Peace and
Human Rights.The center’s president and
a former Norwegian prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, called the results of
the study evidence of “overwhelming human rights abuses” and urges the United
Nations to investigate.
Bondevik told VOA`s Tigrigna reporter Tewelde Weldghebriel,
"The core message of the report is to help increase the attention of the
international community about the seriousness of human rights situation in
Eritrea."He added that Ethiopia
should be pressed to accept the UN’s proposed border settlement and Eritrea
should be engaged as an ally in the war on terror.
Bondevik, who has visited Eritrea three times, said he
first met Isaias Afewerki, Eritrea’s president, when he was a guerilla leader.He now says "the leader who had great vision
about democratic Eritrea has turned to autocrat after independence."
Listen to the Bondevilk interview on the Tigrigna broadcast
aired on Tuesday.