Tag Archives: Human Rights Council

Eritrea: Tail Wagging at the UN

The days of muzzling Eritrea’s voice are long gone.

Why are some politically motivated, anti-Eritrea NGOs and groups are frothing in desperation following Eritrea’s election at the UN Human Rights Council and Chair of the Khartoum Process?

BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM | SHABAIT

When President Isaias Afwerki said it was #GameOver for the TPLF regime last year, his prescient analysis had both literal and figurative dimensions. Indeed, the “Black Swan” event in the Horn of Africa sent shock waves that brought with it far reaching consequences. Continue reading Eritrea: Tail Wagging at the UN

EDITORIAL// Eritrea’s Election to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Eritrea strongly believes the promotion and protection of human rights should be based on impartiality, genuine dialogue, constructive engagement, and close cooperation …

Eritrea is a country that emerged out of a long and difficult struggle for human rights. Like any developing country, Eritrea has its own human rights challenges.

BY MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

Eritrea is pleased and highly honored to be elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC is the UN’s inter-governmental body that deliberates on issues pertaining to the development, promotion, protection, and fulfillment of international human rights law, norms, and standards. Continue reading EDITORIAL// Eritrea’s Election to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Eritrea Snub UNHRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue

Eritrea’s Geneva Mission Statement on Enhanced Interactive Dialogue

Eritrea’s rightful request for a transparent and balanced selection of panelists was once again denied by the UN Human Rights Council, which instead decided to make the selection process in collaboration with Djibouti and Ethiopia, two countries that are in conflict with Eritrea. No thanks. Eritrea sees no purpose to participate.

BY ERITREA MISSION GENEVA

H.E. Mr. Vojislav SUC,
President of the Human Rights Council, Twelfth Cycle (2018)

I have the honor to write you in relation to the “enhanced interactive dialogue” on Eritrea scheduled for 12 March 2018. For over a month, the Eritrean delegation has engaged with Your Excellency, in your capacity as the President of the Human Rights Council, and the Secretariat – OHCHR, seeking clarification on the nature of the interactive dialogue and the composition of the panelists. Continue reading Eritrea Snub UNHRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue

Eritrean Delegation Statement at the UN Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights

Human rights objectives are best promoted through engagement, underpinned by cooperation and mutual respect. So let’s not undermine UPR mechanism with proliferation of country specific mandates in the promotion and protection of human rights in all countries.

BY AMANUEL GIORGIO

Mr. Chairman

Distinguished delegates

This is the fifth time the Special Rapporteur is appearing before the Third Committee in an informal setting whose bias work against Eritrea has been clear. Her mandate was tabled and spearheaded by countries with known hostile stance against Eritrea with the aim of demonizing and isolating Eritrea under the guise of human rights concerns. Continue reading Eritrean Delegation Statement at the UN Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights

Eritrea’s Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council

Statement of H.E. Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu, Head of the Eritrean Delegation to the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 13 June 2017

Mr. President,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen

In May last month, the Eritrean people celebrated their 26th Independence Anniversary. The celebrations were held throughout the breadth and length of the country, as well as in the Diaspora, with spectacular public events amid undiminished enthusiasm that has few parallels elsewhere. Asmara’s Liberation and Martyr’s Avenues were thronged with tens of thousands of residents during the Carnival Show on May 22nd and the overnight street party on the eve of Independence Day. This was invariably the case in all the cities, towns and villages all over the country. For a country that had to wage Africa’s longest and most difficult armed struggle for liberation, the honeymoon of independence could not but be still vibrant, still mesmerizing 26 years on.

To read, against this backdrop, Sheila’s surreal report to this august body on a country she avidly hates but knows little to nothing about, can only evoke indignation and outrage. Continue reading Eritrea’s Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council

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 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

Statement by Ambassador Girma Asmerom During High Level Dialogue on Human Rights

By Ambassador Girma Asmerom,

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom,
Permanent Representative of Eritrea
During the High Level Dialogue on Human Rights
12- 13 July 2016

Thank you Mr.  President,

Excellences,  Ladies and Gentlemen,

Human Rights can only be adequately realized in an envirornnent of peace,  stability and inclusive development. Therefore holding a high-level discussion on human rights as we embark on the new phase of development initiative, the 2030  Agenda for sustainable development is timely.

The Eritrean people’s 30  years armed and political  struggle for independence was a struggle for human rights and economic  liberation. Therefore after independence at the top of Eritrea’s priorities have been the eradication of poverty, ensuring social justice, and building a sustainable development based society in an environment of peace and social harmony. Continue reading Statement by Ambassador Girma Asmerom During High Level Dialogue on Human Rights