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Eritrea: Towards Unity in Diversity

1 July 1997

Emerging from a devastating 30-year war, the new Eritrean government’s efforts to reconstruct its multi-ethnic society and transform its economy have been hailed as a model of nation-building. MRG’s Report Eritrea: Towards Unity in Diversity discusses the drawing up of a constitution which will aim to ensure a variety of rights. However, the question remains, how far will these rights be guaranteed in practice? For example, how far can Eritrea protect the rights of minorities and, at the same time, promote the unity of the state?

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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David Pool