Visit Eritrea Briefing Paper No.1

The EU allocated € 122 million of development funds for the military dictatorship of Eritrea under the 10th European Development Fund. With President Isaias controlling almost every aspect of political and economic life, serious questions are raised over who exactly are the beneficiaries of this EU aid. This paper explains how the European Union aid has a significant role in bolstering the legitimacy and economic sustainability of the regime which runs the world’s largest prison.

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Further Reading

There is a wide range of recommended further reading.

For an excellent summary of the political background to Eritrea’s current situation, co-authored by Sally Healy who used to work on the relevant desk in the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, go to:

For an comprehensive study of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Eritrean government, go to Human Rights Watch: