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

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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

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

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

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

Resolution to Refer Eritrea to UN Security Council Rejected

VICTORY. An element of the resolution that called the involvement the UN Security Council to hold the Eritrean government accountable via the “appropriate international and/or regional criminal justice mechanism” have been rejected.

By TesfaNews,

The UN Human Rights Council has approved the draft resolution L.5/Rev.1 without a vote and decides to submit the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report and all oral recommendations to the United Nations and its relevant organs for consideration and urgent action.

In other words, an element of the resolution that called Eritrea to be referred to the Security Council and ICC has been REJECTED. Continue reading Resolution to Refer Eritrea to UN Security Council Rejected

Be Careful What You Wish For: COI’s Unintended Consequences

UN inquiry finds the “Eritrean government” has committed crimes against humanity and other inhumane acts such as torture, rape and murder since 1991. Legally speaking, the accusations are so expansive that anyone who was or is part of the “government” should be held to account for the crime.

By Aghade,

On June 8, 2016, the three-member Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second and final report that suggested Eritrea, essentially, is not and never was a legitimate nation. This conclusion is a full-frontal assault on the nation of Eritrea and its people, to say the least.

We know a number subversive Eritrean groups, closely tied with the US and Ethiopian governments, have contributed to the report, which includes certain former top Eritrean disgruntled officials who now lead “opposition groups” based in Europe. We have seen their meeting schedules and photos, heard their testimonies, and noticed a great deal of similarities as it relates to their talking points. Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For: COI’s Unintended Consequences