Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Eritrea's record of tyranny

The Independent - October 24th 2007

Sir

Your report on violence in Ethiopia (17 October) is disturbing, but the human-rights situation in neighbouring Eritrea is hardly better. Eritrea routinely locks up opponents and journalists. Reporters Without Borders ranks Eritrea the worst country in the world for press freedom.

Tensions between the two countries are increasing rapidly and the prospect of another disastrous war in the Horn of Africa is looming in a region that is a breeding ground for terrorism. Gordon Brown's rose-tinted view of Africa, coupled with an apparently boundless desire to shower "aid" unconditionally on Africa like confetti, seems to achieve little for Africans but bolsters the tyrants who oppress them.

Dr Charles Tannock MEP
Conservative - Greater London