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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

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

FM Osman Saleh Addresses the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

“Patently false attacks have been made not so much against the Government but a tolerant, humane & civilized people” – Foreign Minister Osman Saleh

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.

During the High-Level Segment, Foreign Minister of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Osman Saleh addresses the 47-member Council on human rights matters of Eritrea. Continue reading FM Osman Saleh Addresses the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

‘Commission of Inquiry’ : Unwarranted Witch-Hunting of Eritrea

Rejected and Challenged. The “Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea” (COI’s) mission, working modalities and objectives have nothing to do with the promotion of human rights in Eritrea. Instead, it is an entity that essentially has set out to undermine Eritrea’s inalienable sovereign rights under the pretentious umbrella of human rights.

By Ministry of Information,

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”.

This act constitutes yet another campaign of unwarranted witch-hunting of Eritrea by an entity which has clearly opted to instrumentalize human rights to serve political agendas. Continue reading ‘Commission of Inquiry’ : Unwarranted Witch-Hunting of Eritrea

Eritrea and the Commission of Inquiry – Irreconcilable Differences

The Commission of Inquiry (COI), since its inception has been operating on a politically motivated agenda that prevents it from accepting any deviations from the prepared narrative. Therefore, the differences in the COI’s report with that of the reality in Eritrea, will remain permanently irreconcilable.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

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

UNHRC’s Shenanigan at the 11th Hour: An Act of Desperation

Asylum seekers as “Credible source of information”? How come the “Commission” executes its fact-finding mandates with out finding or proving its “facts” right from the ground? Why does reports from similar fact finding missions from Denmark, Norway, Canada, UK, and Italy shows a completely different narrative than that of the ‘Commission’? Is the Commission Independent, partial and Objective? Of course, the whole exercise was political and the goal was to fit in to the intended generalization that Eritrea is a country with no “Rule of Law”.

By Bruh Tesfa,

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