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Non-Conformist Eritrea

Eritrea is non-conformist and focused on human rights as priority including the right to development.
Eritrea is non-conformist and focused on human rights as priority including the right to development. This article is, therefore, a ground reality perspective which debunks the current perception we have of Eritrea in the West.

BY RUBY SANDHU

Since time immemorial, there have been non-conformists and disruptors – they have made us look at the world through a new lens and progressed our evolution as a species. Captured as the David and Goliath myth. Today’s Goliath is a system where we continue to perpetuate policies which neither respect the planet, its ecosystem or its inhabitants. And a world where the disparity as between the “have” and the “have-nots” is widening and where to pacify the masses we have senseless media, consumption, and consumerism – entirely detrimental – as it is unsustainable to ours and the planet’s well being. In summary, we have “intelligence” and “cleverness” but we remain at times as a species bereft of wisdom and within a debilitating context. Continue reading Non-Conformist Eritrea

#HRC34: Eritrea’s Response to the Oral Update of the Special Rapporteur

Statement of the Delegation of the State of Eritrea to the 34th Session of the UNHRC in Response to the Oral Update of the Special Rapporteur.

Eritrea remain open and committed to constructive engagement to promote and protect human rights.

BY ERITREA MISSION – GENEVA

Mr. President,

My delegation does not wish to waste the time of this august body to indulge in acrimonious exchanges with the Special Rapporteur. The selective bias inherent in the so-called testimonies that she brandishes; the lack of professionalism in her overall approach; the political bias and agenda that have marred her recycled reports are these days too well known and acknowledged by a growing number of governments and neutral bodies. In this respect, we see no dividend in dwelling on her statement. Continue reading #HRC34: Eritrea’s Response to the Oral Update of the Special Rapporteur

Statement Delivered by the Foreign Minister of Eritrea on Human Rights Day 2016

Foreign Minister of Eritrea, HE Osman Saleh

By Foreign Minister Osman Saleh,

Honorable Ministers
Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen

The UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to set out common standards which every country should strive to achieve. The essence of this is promotion of the ideals of humanity. Human Rights Day is thus an opportunity to reflect on the human right situation globally and its implications to Eritrea.

As a country that emanated from the struggle for human right, Eritrea has mainstreamed it in nation building. Hence, equal rights and opportunities sanctioned by national laws are promoted. Dignified livelihood targeting poverty elimination is evolving and the equitable distribution of resources ensured. Above all the responsible participation of the people has prevailed.

In this vein, the rule of law is also instituted but fast tracking the political process to strengthen the infrastructure that enhances human rights is a vital goal. Revised national codes have been declared and writing a new constitution is on course. The initiative to reorganize government institutions and administrations is also ongoing to consolidate guidance and effective services. Continue reading Statement Delivered by the Foreign Minister of Eritrea on Human Rights Day 2016

Statement by Mr. Yemane Ghebreab at the Interactive Dialogue, UNGA 3rd Committee

Eritrea does not seek favored treatment. It seeks fairness.

Statement by Mr. Yemane Ghebreab at the Interactive Dialogue
(UNGA, Third Committee, New York, 27 October 2016)

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Eritrea sees little value in entering into a polemic with the Special Rapporteur. We prefer an altogether different and positive approach. We wish to explain our situation, point to our modest achievements, describe our challenges, elaborate on our programs, reaffirm our responsibility and commitment, emphasize the importance of solidarity and express our readiness for constructive engagement and cooperation. Continue reading Statement by Mr. Yemane Ghebreab at the Interactive Dialogue, UNGA 3rd Committee

What the UN Gets Wrong About Rights in Eritrea

INDEFENSIBLE. ”There are a lot of problems with the Commission of Inquiry’s research methodology in producing the original report. The Commission refused to consider the academic literature on Eritrea; refused to use press reports; refused to speak with experts who’d traveled recently to the country; refused to speak to UN staff and Western diplomats inside the country; and refused to consider the testimony of many thousands of Eritreans who supported the government. They spoke only to refugees who self-identified as having suffered violations of their rights, and because Sudan and Djibouti refused to host the COIE, the team was only able to do field research in Ethiopia, which is effectively at war with Eritrea. Obviously, this is shockingly poor scholarship—if a college undergrad tried to ignore all academic scholarship and spoke only to people who agreed with him, he’d get flunked out of school. “ – Bronwyn Bruton

By ASHISH KUMAR SEN

A UN panel’s expected conclusion that crimes against humanity are being committed in Eritrea would be legally indefensible because of the flawed methodology in the compilation of the report and would further erode the credibility of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa, said the Atlantic Council’s Bronwyn Bruton.

The UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE) will present its findings on June 8. “Based on my interactions with the Commission, I do expect the COIE to recommend that the government of Eritrea be referred to the ICC for crimes against humanity, despite the weakness of the evidence,” said Bruton, deputy director of the Council’s Africa Center. Continue reading What the UN Gets Wrong About Rights in Eritrea

‘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