President Isaias Afeworki, who has led the small east African country since independence 23 years ago, has turned the country into a one-party state and one of the most repressive nations in the world.

In a joint statement extended to the Sudan Tribune, the Eritrean refugees said the regime in Asmara has failed to implement democracy, human rights and freedom to its people and they don’t want to see the government extend its grip on power.

Despite gaining independence, the refugees said the younger generation in Eritrea has, during the past 23 years, become the victim of gross human rights violations including executions, imprisonment, disappearances, harassment and intimidation.

“Eritrea was liberated but not its people” reads part of the statement adding that “the tyrannical Eritrean regime is committed to further crimes and atrocities against innocent Eritreans” and it was time to take collective military action.

The Red Sea nation gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1991 after 30 years of struggle. The country will celebrate its 23rd Independence Day on Thursday.

Source: Awramba Times