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

Special Rapporteur on Eritrea
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)

UN Sclerosis and Role of NGOs at the Human Rights Council

The notorious “researchers” with backgrounds in anti-Eritrea activism. A closer scrutiny of these “researchers” and Sheila Keetharuth’s association with them explains not just the flawed contents of the COIE report but also its hateful tone.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Eritrea has come full circle, and the events during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) brought a lot of issues to a head. As I watched the proceedings, it dawned on me that words like “impartiality”, “politically motivated” and “bias” were meaningless, as each game (against the member state) had its own rules.

It was normal to be impartial in one game and ruthlessly partial in another; it was normal to decry political bias in one case, and ensure it in another; it was normal to cry foul about faulty methodology by some states in one case, but employ it to make a case against another. Truth was in the hands of the beholder, double standards and hypocrisy ruled… Continue reading UN Sclerosis and Role of NGOs at the Human Rights Council

The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea is NOT “Dead” Yet

After three years of work, the COI report on Eritrea have failed miserably to impress its chief sponsor, the U.S, and many of the Council members for lack of accuracy, objectivity, partiality, integrity and credibility. But that doesn’t mean the report is defeated altogether. 

By Aghade*,

Two weeks ago, Eritreans around the world celebrated soon after it was announced that the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) did not accept the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE) as something accurate and well researched. Now that the dust has settled and the anti-Eritrea groups and their sponsors have begun to re-group again, it’s important for Eritreans and friends of Eritrea to know what happened at HRC meeting and what’s awaiting around the corner. Continue reading The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea is NOT “Dead” Yet

To the Editor: Eritrea’s Work on Legal Front

Michael (Mike) Smith, Chair of the Eritrea inquiry

Dear Editor:

Recently you had posted a video (see below) about a Somali businessman who hired a legal defense team to clear his name off the alleged link to Al- Shabaab.

His Lawyer not only succeeded in clearing his client of any wrong doing, but was also able to expose the criminal activities of some of the members of the UN Monitoring Group, which interestingly is the same group selected to investigate Eritrean link to the Somalia militant group Al- Shabaab. Continue reading To the Editor: Eritrea’s Work on Legal Front

Why COI Chose the Cut-off Date of 1991?

In the End, we’ll remember not only the atrocities and injustices of our enemies, but the silence of the United Nations.

By Bereket Kidane,

If you ever needed any proof that the UN Commission led by Mike Smith was directly challenging Eritrea’s sovereignty, you can find it in the date that he picked for his bogus investigation. The UN Commission announced to the world that they were only interested in crimes against humanity committed in Eritrea since 1991. One might ask why 1991? What’s the significance of 1991? Where there crimes against humanity committed on the Eritrean people before 1991? Continue reading Why COI Chose the Cut-off Date of 1991?