“… the UN’s power derives primarily from its ability to persuade rather than its ability to coerce; that is, its normative power and legitimacy derive from the view that it is ‘above politics’ and is representative of the international community… ” – (Michael Bennett)
Last week was emotionally charged for Eritreans around the world. It began with Ghirmai Ghebresellasie at the New York Marathon, as the young 20 year old made history on the streets on NY. His impressive win, with the whole world watching, was truly amazing. The world would know Eritrea again.
Pursuant to Security Council resolution 1907 (2009), sanctions were imposed on Eritrea on 23 December 2009. Since then, the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has visited Eritrea twice, most recently in 2011.
Notwithstanding the initiatives and efforts of successive Chairs and other members of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea to facilitate access to Eritrea for the Group, it has therefore been five years, of a total of seven years of sanctions, since members of the Group have met officials of the Government of Eritrea, or any other interlocutors, within Eritrea. Continue reading Report of the UN Monitoring Group Pursuant to UNSC Resolution 2244 (2015): Eritrea→
The Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee provided an update to the Security Council yesterday (18) on the recent findings of its Monitoring Group and called Eritrea for “frank and sincere” cooperation over its reported involvement in the Yemen conflict, support for armed groups in Ethiopia and progress on the question of Djibouti prisoners of war.
The dysfunction of the UN’s sanctions committees is exemplified by the current Eritrea report. There was no consensus on releasing it, as some argued there was no evidentiary support for its claims. But it was, predictably, leaked to Reuters which rather than put it online cherry picked its view.
But tellingly, the country at issue, Eritrea, tells Inner City Press it has not been provided with a copy of the report. That is dysfunction.
The Goal Post Keeps Moving: Monitoring Group’s Charges against Eritrea shift from “destabilizing Somalia” to “destabilizing Ethiopia”
By Ghidewon Abay Asmerom,
By now, it has become abundantly clear that the two sanctions against Eritrea, 1907(2009) and 2023(2011), had nothing to do with stabilizing Somalia or reconstituting it as a viable state. It also had nothing to do with the “staged” Djibouti-Eritrea “border dispute“; it was rather an elaborate scheme to divert attention away from the string-puppet regime in Ethiopia and its lawless adventures in the region, including the invasions and occupation of Eritrea and Somali territories. Continue reading Eritrea: Charges Shift from “Destabilizing Somalia” to “Destabilizing Ethiopia”→
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni threw its support in backing Eritrea by dismissing the accusations labeled against the tiny red sea state for its alleged support to an al-Qaida affiliated group Al-Shabaab.