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Eritrea’s Context, Motivation, Sustainability and Intergenerational Equity

Eritrea’s context needs to be respected to ensure the genuine protection of the human rights of the Eritrean people

Any engagement with Eritrea, requires genuine concern – to ensure the protection of human rights through capacity building and best practices, that are fit for purpose – and for a nation that was built on the very premise and foundation of protecting human rights.

BY RUBY SANDHU

Any intelligent, meaningful engagement in the 21st century with a sovereign state can only occur first by understanding its context and hence a nation’s motivation.

Engagement otherwise, especially when utilizing just the lens of human rights cannot provide generative, sustainable and/or context-specific solutions and importantly peace. Continue reading Eritrea’s Context, Motivation, Sustainability and Intergenerational Equity

Eritreans Held Successful Demonstration in London UK

By Embassy Media,

On the occasion of the 14th Anniversary of the international ruling made by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, British-Eritreans and Friends of Eritrea held a demonstration in London on Monday 12th December 2016 outside the office of the Prime Minster, No. 10 Downing Street. Continue reading Eritreans Held Successful Demonstration in London UK

Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth Shameless Lie

By Aghade*,

After watching Friday’s bizarre question and answer session with Special Rapporteur Ms. Sheila Keetharuth, I am obliged to call out her deceptive response to an explicit question from the Inner City Press journalist, Mr. Mathew Russel Lee.

For the record, the session was arranged following Ms. Keetharuth’s oral presentation to the UN Assembly’s 3rd Committee on Thursday. The video posted online shows that the entire Q & A session lasted about 20 minutes with only two (2) journalists in attendance.

Lastly, only Mr. Lee of Inner City Press asked her pertinent questions – the most poignant of questions to be exact, enabling us to learn quite a bit about her attitude and understanding towards the role of a Special Rapporteur; economic sanction in relation to human rights; as well as, procedures of fact finding investigation, especially dealing with the views of the so called the “other side.” Continue reading Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth Shameless Lie

British Report Confirms Eritreans can Return Home Without Fear of Persecution

A new British government report have laid the controversial issue of migrant returnees to rest after its fact-finding mission to the country concludes that Eritreans can return home without any fear of persecution.

By TesfaNews,

The British government has published a new 285-page report that challenges the existing narrative of most Eritrean migrants, the UN and pro-migrant NGOs that their home country Eritrea mistreats them when they return.

Past British as well as Danish reports had contradicted the general narrative on the issue, but both reports were called into question. Continue reading British Report Confirms Eritreans can Return Home Without Fear of Persecution

The UN Human Rights Council’s Anti-Eritrea Agenda and the African Union

Why the African Union shouldn’t fall into the trap set by forces who wanted to pursue a political agenda against Eritrea through the mischievous use of the UN Human Rights Council.

By Aghade*,

On July 1, 2016, we learned that the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) did not accept the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE). The Commission asked the HRC to vote on its recommendations that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) refer Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged human rights violations.

The HRC did not accept the recommendations “as presented” not only because several stories of systematic “rape” and “murder” have been confirmed to be completely false, but also the poorly thought-out research methodologies used to construct the report posed huge risk to the Council’s already diminished credibility and the court at large. Continue reading The UN Human Rights Council’s Anti-Eritrea Agenda and the African Union

Blaming the Victim: The COI’s Bogus Case Against Eritrea

It is now abundantly clear that the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea has nothing to do with human rights or out of concern for the welfare of the Eritrean people. It had political intentions behind it and the objective was all along been sinister – i.e. regime change.

By Prof. Tesfay Aradom,

Eritrea has appeared twice in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, accepted 92 recommendations and is actively working to implement them. It has established fruitful cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Additionally, it has invited a number of thematic mandate holders to visit the country“. This is an excerpt from the address of Eritrea’s Head of delegation, Mr. Yemane Ghebreab, to the 32nd session of the UNHCR. Continue reading Blaming the Victim: The COI’s Bogus Case Against Eritrea

Isaias Afwerki – Eritrea’s Rock of Gibraltar

President Isaias Afwerki truly has been and still is Eritrea’s “Indispensable Man,” the essential man not only in winning independence but also in successfully keeping the country united and sovereign during its early vulnerable years.

BY BEREKET KIDANE,

A European ambassador posted to Asmara recently told the BBC that President Isaias Afewerki was the only African leader who cares about his people. Eritreans have always known that and that is why they continue to stand by him. Continue reading Isaias Afwerki – Eritrea’s Rock of Gibraltar

Commission of Inquiry Welcomes Resolution on Human Rights in Eritrea

The 32nd UN Human Rights Council passed a severely watered-down resolution on Eritrea after the draft resolution draws strong opposition from Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and Ecuador, while the U.S. degenerates the Commission’s report as “not precise and sophisticated” as expected.

By UN News,

A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the “people of Eritrea” who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized.

The resolution, passed without a vote by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the final day of its thirty-second session on 1 July, commends the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea for completing its work in a transparent, impartial and consultative manner.

[NOTE: As stipulated in paragraph 1, the resolution comes short of appreciating the Commission’s “report” probably for lack of the expected level of “precision and sophistication”, as the U.S. representative already put it.] Continue reading Commission of Inquiry Welcomes Resolution on Human Rights in Eritrea