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Cablegate: Eritrean Seminar On Crime

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AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
AMEMBASSY DJIBOUTI
CDR USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
CIA WASHDC
JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK
SECDEF WASHDC
JICCENT MACDILL AFB FL
HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
CJTF-HOA J2X CAMP LEMONIER DJ
DIA WASHDC

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R 160504Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY ASMARA
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INFO AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
AMEMBASSY DJIBOUTI
CDR USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
CIA WASHDC
CJTF-HOA J2X CAMP LEMONIER DJ
DIA WASHDC
HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK
JICCENT MACDILL AFB FL
SECDEF WASHDC

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SUBJECT: ERITREAN SEMINAR ON CRIME

1. (SBU) The Eritrean government held a seminar last week on
crimes involving emotionally disturbed persons (EDPs) and
juveniles. The seminar was composed of court officials,
judges, police, and prison administrators and was held in
response to a rapid increase in criminal acts being committed
by these groups in Asmara. Eritrean officials blamed the
increase in crime involving juveniles on "weak parenting" and
urged Eritreans to closely monitor their children. The
Eritrean government (GSE) stated it was going to attempt some
form of vocational training for young offenders once they
were released from jail. The panel also discussed ways to
better handle EDPs who commit crimes. An embassy source
stated the Eritrean officials are concerned about the
continuing rise in crime in Asmara and the GSE's inability to
stop it. The panel members stated they don't have the
resources to arrest, prosecute, or detain the increasing
number of reported criminal acts they receive.

2. (SBU) Post Comments: Post continues to see an increase
in crime as economic conditions worsen, food/water/fuel
shortages persist, and unemployment rises. There numerous
EDPs in Asmara who randomly assault and threaten persons in
Asmara.
McMULLEN

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