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.
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 United Nations Human Rights Council holds its thirty-first regular session from 29 February to 24 March in Geneva. Highlights of the four-week session include an interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, an enhanced interactive dialogue on Burundi, and individual interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Iran and Myanmar.
The “Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea” has recently issued invitations to “interested individuals, groups and organizations” to submit alleged human rights violations, “including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity perpetrated in Eritrea since its independence”.
The Special Rapporteur (SR) and the Commission of Inquiry (COI) presented their reports on 28 and 29 October respectively. As the Eritrean Ambassador to the United Nation’s said in his presentation, it was basically the same report being presented twice, since the SR is also a member of the 3 person COI.
It is not this author’s intention to revisit the New York proceedings or the orchestrated media and other activities that accompanied the COI in the United States. Suffice it to say that it has been an eye opener for many naïve Eritreans, especially the youth, who are at the center of the issues being raised by the COI in its reports. Continue reading Eritrea and the Commission of Inquiry – Irreconcilable Differences→
OVER the course of our history, we have seen some Powers with ill intent towards Eritrea come and go. Some actively worked hard against Eritrea’s quest to co-exist as a family of nations. Some collaborated with the invading Ethiopian army in exchange for a military base or other favors. While others just simply dismissed Eritrea’s call for self determination as a case of “civil unrest” and did not want to get involved. Continue reading UNHRC’s Shenanigan at the 11th Hour: An Act of Desperation→