By Eritrea Mission to the UN,
The following is the full statement made by Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Eritrea’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur (SR) and the Commission of Inquiry (COI) at the third committee of the United Nations General Assembly on agenda item 72C: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
On the politically motivated reports presented by the Special Rapporteur (SR) on October 28 and the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on 29 October respectively, who have never been to Eritrea, my delegation wishes to refer to the distinguished members of the Third Committee to a document number A/HRC/29/G/6* of 19 June 2015, which extensively addresses Eritrea’s concerns and rejection of the country specific mandates.
Since the current reports are not different in motive, content and methodology from last year’s report of the Special Rapporteur, I will not waste your time in rebutting and rejecting these reports that lack professionalism, objectivity and neutrality.
The reports are full of fabricated information with sweeping and outrageous conclusions that defy the UN Charter, principles of objectivity and non-selectivity as well as impartiality. They completely contradict the verifiable and extensive reports that different UN agencies and diplomatic missions stationed inside Eritrea, send daily and regularly to their respective headquarters.
I would, therefore, take this opportunity to share with the Committee, the reality in Eritrea and thereby present Eritrea’s progresses and challenges in its efforts to advance human rights and I leave the distinguished delegations in this room to make their own judgments.