The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) on 18 June 2019 sent an earnest message to the Holy See (Vatican) appealing for initiation of an appropriate international action to help end the prolonged suffering of Eritreans at home and abroad by their own reckless “government.”
Sent to Pope Francis and his Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the message cited the June 12 confiscation by Eritrean authorities of all health facilities of the Eritrean Catholic Church throughout the country.
It said this unjustified action will worsen the already “painful situation” of the Eritrean people and described the forcible seizure of the health facilities as another severe violation of human rights by the Eritrean authorities who are depriving thousands of needy people from obtaining medication treatment.
The message further called for the initiation of a global action “to stop the Eritrean authorities from cruelly abusing their own people and condemning to death an entire nation of six million, a third of whom are by now refugees, many of them languishing in the squalor of poorly organized reception camps in the Horn of Africa region.”
The EPDP memorandum appealed to the Vatican and its Apostolic Nuncio in Geneva to initiate an action on Eritrea at the upcoming 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council which is scheduled to open in Geneva on 24 June 2019.
In addition to a cross-border humanitarian action for Eritrea, the message also appealed that the UN Secretary General the UN Security Council must be reminded to act on the 2016 conclusions of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea.
It was estimated that the Church’s 22 health facilities, like the one in picture, are big and were providing medication service to tens of thousands per day, mainly in the rural areas.