They are on their way! From across Europe the Eritrean diaspora is converging on Geneva.

Their aim? To support the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea – whose devastating report has just been published.

Eritreans supporting the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights
Eritreans supporting the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights

Four busloads left London early this evening, with about 70 Eritreans on board.

“It’s a 12 hour drive,” Temesgen said. “But we are determined to make our voices heard.

Each of the Eritreans was ticked off by Asefaw, who arranged the trip – each of his passengers handing over the fare for the long journey.

So why are they going?

For Madhane, 33, it was his first demonstration. “I want to support the Commission. They took a lot of evidence from us!”

Others are veterans, like Mr Noor. “I have been on 75 demonstrations since 2001”.

So why does he keep going? “I love my country, but not the dictator! What is Eritrea without the rule of law?”

Across Europe

Eritreans supporting the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights
Eritreans supporting the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights

London is by no means the only British city sending a delegation. Others are making their way by planes and driving their own cars.

The first 4 buses left from Sweden earlier today. And 5 or 6 buses are going to make their way to Geneva from Italy on Friday.

But the largest number are expected to come from Switzerland itself.

Original estimates stood at around 800.

But the organisers expect as many as 1,000 Swiss Eritreans to be on the demonstration.