The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba raises awareness of, and seeks solutions for, human rights violations in Eritrea, human trafficking and the plight of Eritrean refugees. It also fights for the rights of Eritrean-Canadians to live free of any oppression or intimidation.
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba employs Canadian laws and resources in its work as it strives to contribute to harmonious race relations between the Eritrean community and the Canadian public at large, and to fight for human rights, security and peace in the troubled Horn of Africa.
The group has supported the Eritrean community living in Canada. It has also combated antisemitic events and other activities it sees as oppressive.
Most members of the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba fled to Canada to obtain safety and security.
The group reaches out to the media, the Canadian authorities, and human rights and justice groups, to partner with them.
The focus of the group's initiatives is to ensure compliance with Canadian laws that deal with harmonious race relations and the security of all Canadians.
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba believes harmonious race relations are only possible when ethnocultural communities, including its own, are free from the tentacles of tyrannical and sanctioned regimes, and able to exercise their rights as groups and individuals to participate with confidence in the Canadian way of life.
Victims who have come to Canada to escape regimes with horrible human rights records – including regimes that have been sanctioned by Canada and the international community – have to be protected.
Making a Difference
The group has succeeded in many of its endeavours and has received considerable media coverage. Though much remains to be done, the group believes it has restored the confidence of Eritrean-Canadians to uphold core Canadian values, participate in the Canadian way of life and make use of Canadian institutions.
Due to many factors, the group has faced unique challenges.
Empowering victims to speak out has been difficult. The Eritrean-Canadian story was virtually unknown and community members had legitimate fears of reprisal.
Moreover, apart from financial and organizational challenges, the group has met with coordinated attacks against its reputation by some other groups and individuals.
Vision for the Future
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba will continue its work to ensure that all regimes abide by international law.
About the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba
The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group is an advocacy group whose main focus is to raise awareness of gross human rights violations while reaching out to the Canadian government and public.