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38th Session of the Human Rights Council: Eritrean Delegation Statement

council should revoke Sheila Keetharuth's mandate and rescind all her reports on Eritrea. 
Given Sheila Keetharuth’s long-standing record of animosity towards Eritrea and her history of anti-Eritrea activism, the council should revoke her mandate and rescind all her reports on Eritrea.

BY AMBASSADOR TESFAMICAEL GERAHTU

38th HRC Session – Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur

Geneva, 26 June 2018

Mr. President,

In the last six years, Eritrea has been subjected to harassment under the country-specific resolutions and mandates of the Human Right Council.

As pointed out on many occasions, this is not driven by concerns of “grave human rights violations”.

The over-arching political objective of the principal architects has always been to villify, destabilize and isolate Eritrea and human right mechanisms have been misused as an extension of regional conflict.

It is unfortunate that the Council is discussing the final but unwarranted and recycled report of the Special Rapporteur. The lack of objectivity and professionalism is again manifested in the unsubstantiated allegations, denial of Eritrea’s achievements and the myths of “no tangible progress, continued concern, lack of genuine commitment, etc.”. Continue reading 38th Session of the Human Rights Council: Eritrean Delegation Statement

Eritrea: UNHRC Special Rapporteur in Cahoots with Subversive Groups

Enough is Enough. Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, has been engaged in activities that constitute a flagrant abuse of her mandate and continues to act with blatant violation of the principles of impartiality, non-selectivity and objectivity that govern the work of Special Rapporteurs. But her continued entanglements with sworn anti-Eritrea regime-change elements have compromised her position beyond repair. Eritrea, is therefore, requesting the UNHRC to take swift action without further delay.

BY ERITREA MISSION- GENEVA | SHABAIT

In mid-October this year,  Eritrea’s avowed detractors convened a meeting in Brussels under  the rubric of “Human Rights Situation  in Eritrea”. Principal  speakers at the event – which was open to limited and selected invited  guests during the first day (October 19th) included  the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea (SR) Ms. Sheila Keetharuth; Ms. Mirien V. Reisen (European  External  Policy Advisor) – who has publicly and vocally opposed Eritrea’s independence from the outset – as well  as a number of notorious “regime-change” activists and their foreign mentors.  Continue reading Eritrea: UNHRC Special Rapporteur in Cahoots with Subversive Groups

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

Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth Shameless Lie

By Aghade*,

After watching Friday’s bizarre question and answer session with Special Rapporteur Ms. Sheila Keetharuth, I am obliged to call out her deceptive response to an explicit question from the Inner City Press journalist, Mr. Mathew Russel Lee.

For the record, the session was arranged following Ms. Keetharuth’s oral presentation to the UN Assembly’s 3rd Committee on Thursday. The video posted online shows that the entire Q & A session lasted about 20 minutes with only two (2) journalists in attendance.

Lastly, only Mr. Lee of Inner City Press asked her pertinent questions – the most poignant of questions to be exact, enabling us to learn quite a bit about her attitude and understanding towards the role of a Special Rapporteur; economic sanction in relation to human rights; as well as, procedures of fact finding investigation, especially dealing with the views of the so called the “other side.” Continue reading Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth Shameless Lie

Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – I)

Why the UN Human Rights Council must restore the integrity and impartiality of the council by terminating the politically motivated mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, has engaged in activities that constitute a flagrant abuse of her mandate and continues to act with blatant violation of the principles of impartiality, non-selectivity and objectivity that govern the work of Special Rapporteurs, thus breaching the equality principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

The manner with which she presented her statement at the UN Third Committee on 27 October 2016 exposed her long held anti-Eritrea stance and deceptive nature. Her continued referral to the discredited and disbanded Commission of Inquiry, and attempt to present its rejected recommendations, in public forums, in academia, in Press Conferences etc. says a lot about her deceptive character and bias against the Government of Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – I)

Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – 2)

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Why the UN Human Rights Council must restore the integrity and impartiality of the council by terminating the politically motivated mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Authorship of the Commission of Inquiry Report on Eritrea

A careful reading of the Report shows that the COIE “investigated” by collecting accusations against Eritrea from known anti-Eritrea groups and individuals. The Report dismissed contrary physical, photographic, documentary, and testimonial evidence as unreliable, then rewrote the accusations in narrative form and “concluded” that they were true. Where necessary, the Report made up additional facts in place of missing evidence. Continue reading Eritrea: Deconstructing the Commission of Inquiry’s Report (Part – 2)