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The Samara Declaration



1. WHEREAS the Red Sea Afar Peoples Conference was held in the City of Samara, Afar Regional State, Ethiopia on 15th May 2009;

2. WHEREAS all delegates to the conference convened in order to discuss the atrocities and current challenges facing the Red Sea Afar People in Eritrea;

3. WHEREAS it was agreed at the said Red Sea Afar Peoples Conference that each participant would do everything possible to draw attention to the atrocities and injustices being visited upon the Red Sea Afar People in Eritrea.

NOW THEREFORE, THE PARTICIPANTS AND DELEGATES TO THE RED SEA AFAR PEOPLES CONFERENCE HELD AT THE CITY OF SAMARA, AFAR REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA ON 15th MAY 2009 BY THEIR SIGNATURES BELOW HEREBY:

1. CONDEMN the ongoing killings, persecution, torture, repression, expulsion, and other unlawful mistreatment of the Red Sea Afar People by the Eritrean Regime;

2. CALL upon the international community, including governments and non-government organizations, to immediately intervene by taking decisive action to stop the ongoing atrocities being committed by the Eritrean Regime which are having the effect of causing the Red Sea Afar People to flee, thereby violating their ancestral rights to a homeland, stripping them of their dignity, impoverishing them, placing them at severe risk of malnutrition, disease and death, and causing a refugee crisis, all of which is a violation of both domestic and international law; and

3. CALL upon the international community, the UNHCR, and non-governmental organizations, to immediately respond to the horrible injustices facing the Red Sea Afar refugees by providing international standards of aid, including shelter, food, health care, education, and other relief services to those in need so as to protect life and relieve suffering.

Dated at the City of Samara this 15th day of May 2009.

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