38th HRC Session – Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur
Geneva, 26 June 2018
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.
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→
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.
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→
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)→
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)→