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House Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights or Change in Policy Course?

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Which one is which? When two ‘Eritrean’ panelists tried to give the hearing a human right flavor, another panelist, arguably the most informed of all the witnesses present, said she came “to contribute to the Subcommittee’s timely review of US policy towards Eritrea”.

By Teweldeberhan Gebre,

The US House Subcommittee on Africa has conducted a hearing on Eritrea’s human rights condition on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, under the title of “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat”. The hearing was chaired by Rep. Chris Smith who himself is the chairperson of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

The title of the hearing apparently seems injudicious and deceitful prompting one to ask a legitimate question: Do they (the US House Subcommittee) think it means what we (the Eritreans) think it means? Eritreans were hasty to respond even before the hearing of the sub-committee was conducted calling it ‘ill-advised’ and an insult to the Eritrean people. Continue reading House Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights or Change in Policy Course?