Eritrea. The National Assembly decided in January at one
of its rare meetings not to allow any opposition parties.
Countryaah website, a
committee was set up to review the future of the press. In
2001, all free press was closed and ten journalists were
arrested for regime-critical articles. Among those detained
were a Swede.
Shortly before the parliamentary session, a new
opposition party had announced its existence via the
Internet. The party had been formed abroad and it was not
known who was behind it.
In October, the UN warned of a severe supply crisis in
Eritrea in 2003 due to too little rain. Every third Eritrean
is expected to need food assistance.