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Eritrea Intrigued by Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed’s Action

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

BY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed
Special Rapporteur
Freedom of Religion or Belief
Genève

Dear Mr. Shaheed

I refer to a rather curious communication (Ref. AL ERI 2/2017) that was sent to me jointly by your good selves on 17 January last month.

Let me first dwell briefly on the incident.

On the early afternoon of 31 October 2017 around 100 youth (students from the Al Diaa Private School and others in the neighborhood) marched from Akheria, a neighborhood in the northern periphery of Asmara to the al-Khulafa’ ar-Rashidun Mosque in the center of the city. Continue reading Eritrea Intrigued by Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed’s Action

Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – I)

Why the UN Human Rights Council must restore the integrity and impartiality of the council by terminating the politically motivated mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, has engaged in activities that constitute a flagrant abuse of her mandate and continues to act with blatant violation of the principles of impartiality, non-selectivity and objectivity that govern the work of Special Rapporteurs, thus breaching the equality principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

The manner with which she presented her statement at the UN Third Committee on 27 October 2016 exposed her long held anti-Eritrea stance and deceptive nature. Her continued referral to the discredited and disbanded Commission of Inquiry, and attempt to present its rejected recommendations, in public forums, in academia, in Press Conferences etc. says a lot about her deceptive character and bias against the Government of Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – I)

Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – 2)

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Why the UN Human Rights Council must restore the integrity and impartiality of the council by terminating the politically motivated mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Authorship of the Commission of Inquiry Report on Eritrea

A careful reading of the Report shows that the COIE “investigated” by collecting accusations against Eritrea from known anti-Eritrea groups and individuals. The Report dismissed contrary physical, photographic, documentary, and testimonial evidence as unreliable, then rewrote the accusations in narrative form and “concluded” that they were true. Where necessary, the Report made up additional facts in place of missing evidence. Continue reading Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – 2)

“Commission of Inquiry” Oversteps its Remit

The Government of Eritrea strongly urges the UNHRC to take requisite action and instruct the “Commission of Inquiry” to strictly adhere to normative ground rules and refrain from releasing its forthcoming “report” before the official opening of the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Commission.

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Eritrea has received credible information that the “Commission of Inquiry” (COI) intends to publicly release its forthcoming “report” in advance; well before it is duly submitted to the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Commission. The latter is scheduled to take place from 13 June to 1 July, 2016.

This unlawful act is not, unfortunately, without precedent as far as this outfit is concerned. Continue reading “Commission of Inquiry” Oversteps its Remit

Representing Eritrea: Geopolitics and Narratives of Oppression

INSIGHTS: Interrogating the crime-against-humanity narrative and its discontents; Eritrea as the main cause of instability in the Horn of Africa?; What the future holds between Eritrea and Ethiopia?

Tanja R. Müller from the School of Environment and Development, Global Development Institute, and Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK have the following interrogation against the geopolitics and narratives of oppression in relation to Eritrea and how those feed into a wider conceptualization that regards Eritrea as the main source of instability in the Horn of Africa.

Introduction:

Two seemingly unrelated events occurred in mid 2015 that in different ways relate to the public representation of Eritrea and its function within the wider geopolitical context of the Horn of Africa. The first was the publication of the Report of the detailed findings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea in June 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC 2015) that in its summary suggests human rights violations in Eritrea may constitute crimes against humanity (the ‘may’ has disappeared in most media coverage where those alleged crimes are taken as facts). Continue reading Representing Eritrea: Geopolitics and Narratives of Oppression

2015 in Review: Demystifying Human Rights

In this piece of “2015 in Review” series, we consider Eritrean human rights within the backdrop of the attrition war and attempts to isolate Eritrea, assessing the meaning of seminal events and forecasting the road ahead.

By Simon Keleta,

In June 2015, Eritreans around the world read with astonishment that the Eritrean state was accused of slavery, rape, and crimes against humanity.

Eritreans are the longtime witnesses and victims of some of the modern world’s worst atrocities. During the liberation struggle and the 1998-2000 war with Ethiopia, Eritreans were the victims of unrelenting, genocidal scorched-earth policies compounded by barbaric military campaigns that saw little international outcry from “human rights defenders”.

For this reason, Eritreans do not take lightly loaded words and phrases like “slavery,” “rape,” and “crimes against humanity” being thrown around with reckless abandon. Continue reading 2015 in Review: Demystifying Human Rights

2015 in Review: Eritrea – Escaping ‘Isolation’

Why is the now-defunct, politicized, pro-migration policies existed in the first place and how the new, responsive policies towards Eritrea will inevitably change the situation in Eritrea.

By Simon Keleta,

Focused on providing perspective, this current piece will shift some attention to the changing geopolitical context to answer questions as to why the now-defunct, politicized, pro migration policies existed in the first place; how new, responsive policies towards Eritrea will inevitably change the situation in Eritrea.

Witnessing the aimless stroll of frizzy-haired youth down palm-lined boulevards during siesta may have given Asmara’s 2015 visitors the false impression of a nation at peace. Despite the tranquility, let us be clear about one thing: Eritrea is at war. Let us not relegate it to a border “dispute” or the oft confusing “no-peace-no-war” situation, politicized descriptions forwarded by newspapers and governments. Continue reading 2015 in Review: Eritrea – Escaping ‘Isolation’

No Dodo Court for Eritrea

Eritrea is no Kangaroo! Eritrea is no Dodo! Eritrea is no “North Korea of Africa”! ERITREA IS A SURVIVOR!

By Andemariam Gebremichael, PhD

Eritrea is once again subjected to the never ending onslaught by an unfettered three-person hung jury dubbed as “Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights” with the ultimate aim to bring the country to The Dodo Court, through a “supreme” venue in the enactment of injustice, which by any means of imagination dwarfs The Kangaroo Court.

The selection of the judges in itself is also interesting as much as it is wanting. Mr. Mike Smith, Chairman of the Commission, is from Australia, the home of Kangaroos and Aborigines, while Ms. Sheila Keetharuth, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission, is from Mauritius, the onetime home of the dodo, an avian species, a bird, which today is extinct. However, Mr. Victor Dankwa, a third member of the Commission, contrary to the Kangaroo and Dodo courts’ legal practices in the selection procedures for the job, is from Ghana, Africa, the home of the human species and untamable animals. Continue reading No Dodo Court for Eritrea