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Blaming the Victim: The COI’s Bogus Case Against Eritrea

COI Blaming the Victim
It is now abundantly clear that the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea has nothing to do with human rights or out of concern for the welfare of the Eritrean people. It had political intentions behind it and the objective was all along been sinister – i.e. regime change.

By Prof. Tesfay Aradom,

Eritrea has appeared twice in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, accepted 92 recommendations and is actively working to implement them. It has established fruitful cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Additionally, it has invited a number of thematic mandate holders to visit the country“. This is an excerpt from the address of Eritrea’s Head of delegation, Mr. Yemane Ghebreab, to the 32nd session of the UNHCR. Continue reading Blaming the Victim: The COI’s Bogus Case Against Eritrea

Eritrea Tabled Draft Resolution to Counter COI

In light of the unfairness of the accusations leveled against it and the gravity of its ramifications, Eritrea tabled its own draft resolution and called member states to support it.

By TesfaNews,

Earlier this month, Eritrea was accused of crimes against humanity by a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) tasked with investigating allegations against the government. Unlike its first report last year, Council members approached the commission’s latest findings with caution as some of its recommendations have the potential to destabilize the country or even prolong repression, an issue that it was set up to prevent in the first place. Continue reading Eritrea Tabled Draft Resolution to Counter COI

Eritrea Warns Ethiopia is Contemplating Full-scale War

“As we speak, Ethiopia is making preparations for a bigger military offensive and contemplating a full-scale war.” – Yemane Ghebreab

By Tom Miles | for Reuters,

Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, an Eritrean official told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, as he defended his country against allegations of crimes against humanity.

Eritrean and Ethiopian troops clashed along their border on June 12. Each has accused the other of starting the hostilities.

Last week, Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry blamed the United States for playing a role, referring to “Washington’s instigation” of the attack by Ethiopian forces. Eritrea also said at least 200 Ethiopian troops were killed. Continue reading Eritrea Warns Ethiopia is Contemplating Full-scale War

Mass Demo in Geneva – Denouncing COI Report

21 June 2016, An Eritrean Global Action Day of Defiance in Geneva

By Eritrean Global Action for Justice,

Eritreans and friends of Eritrea in Europe and the rest of the globe will hold a mass rally in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, to protest against the latest sickening report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, a three-man panel that has never set foot in the country and has little direct knowledge of its people and culture. Continue reading Mass Demo in Geneva – Denouncing COI Report

Eritrea to UNHRC: Committed to Constructive Engagement for the Promotion of Human Rights

“Eritrea shall remain open and committed to constructive engagement to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.” – Foreign Minister Osman Saleh

STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. OSMAN SALEH
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA
DURIG THE 32ND SESSION OF THE UNHRC

GENEVA, 14 JUNE 2016

Mr. President,

I wish to seize this opportunity to stress Eritrea’s continued engagement with the Human Rights Council with the hope that its aspirations for better and higher standards for the respect of human rights will be progressively achieved, despite the fact that the much anticipated full adherence by the Human Rights Council to the principles of objectivity, non-selectivity and non-politicization remains elusive. Much work has been done to advance human rights through the UPR mechanism, yet the proliferation of country mandates has become a cause of concern that continue to undermine the objectives of the Human Right Council which was established 10 years ago.

Yesterday’s comments by the various presidents of the human rights council since its existence highlighted the challenges faced by the Human Right Council in its mandate to promote human rights across all countries and regions. The decisions and directions of the Council are skewed in favor of the major players very often leading to politicization of human rights issues, an approach that effectively disbanded the Commission of Human Rights. Humanity would greatly benefit if we challenge each other on the effective application of the principles, ideals and practices without targeting countries on the basis of political consideration. Continue reading Eritrea to UNHRC: Committed to Constructive Engagement for the Promotion of Human Rights

Ethiopians Appeal to Sign Petition Against COIE

Eritreans and Ethiopians are calling to categorically and unequivocally reject the politically motivated reports of the Commission of Inquiry (COIE) and the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea.

By Neamin Zeleke,

Why lending support and sign the petition? A strong and stable Eritrea is vital for Ethiopia and the stability and security of the Horn in strategic ways.

A./ Unlike most countries in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Eritrea is the most stable, peaceful and secure country that has managed to keep the harmony and peaceful co-existence of its society that is multilingual and multiethnic with varied religions. Continue reading Ethiopians Appeal to Sign Petition Against COIE