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Will life change for Eritreans amid diplomatic dawn? | The Stream

Will life change for Eritreans amid diplomatic dawn? | The Stream

Will life change for Eritreans amid diplomatic dawn? | The Stream

Will life change for Eritreans amid diplomatic dawn? | The Stream

Will life change for Eritreans amid diplomatic dawn? | The Stream

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Eritrea's apparent rehabilitation and re-entry into the international community continues apace, following the UN Security Council’s vote to lift both an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against senior Eritrean officials. The decision comes just weeks after Eritrea signed a peace deal with its long-time foe Ethiopia and sought to normalise ties with Somalia and Djibouti. Yet while Eritrea’s rapprochements with its neighbours in the Horn of Africa have been praised by regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, millions of Eritreans are still waiting for President Isaias Afwerki to extend the same spirit of openness at home. Isaias' autocratic government has long been one of the most repressive on Earth, with a United Nations inquiry charging that it has committed crimes against humanity that include murder, enslavement and rape. The most recent general election in Eritrea was held in 1993 and the country’s national assembly has not convened since 2002. Effective political opposition inside the country to Afwerki’s government is virtually non-existent. So what are the prospects of daily life improving for millions for ordinary Eritreans as the country relaxes relations with its regional neighbours? Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream GOOGLE+: http://google.com/+TheStream
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