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→
Earlier this month, Eritrea was accused of crimes against humanity by a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) tasked with investigating allegations against the government. Unlike its first report last year, Council members approached the commission’s latest findings with caution as some of its recommendations have the potential to destabilize the country or even prolong repression, an issue that it was set up to prevent in the first place. Continue reading Eritrea Tabled Draft Resolution to Counter COI→