On July 1, 2016, we learned that the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) did not accept the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE). The Commission asked the HRC to vote on its recommendations that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) refer Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged human rights violations.
Two weeks ago, Eritreans around the world celebrated soon after it was announced that the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) did not accept the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE) as something accurate and well researched. Now that the dust has settled and the anti-Eritrea groups and their sponsors have begun to re-group again, it’s important for Eritreans and friends of Eritrea to know what happened at HRC meeting and what’s awaiting around the corner. Continue reading The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea is NOT “Dead” Yet→
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→
A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the “people of Eritrea” who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized.
The resolution, passed without a vote by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the final day of its thirty-second session on 1 July, commends the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea for completing its work in a transparent, impartial and consultative manner.
The UN Human Rights Council has approved the draft resolution L.5/Rev.1 without a vote and decides to submit the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report and all oral recommendations to the United Nations and its relevant organs for consideration and urgent action.
On June 8, 2016, the three-member Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second and final report that suggested Eritrea, essentially, is not and never was a legitimate nation. This conclusion is a full-frontal assault on the nation of Eritrea and its people, to say the least.
We know a number subversive Eritrean groups, closely tied with the US and Ethiopian governments, have contributed to the report, which includes certain former top Eritrean disgruntled officials who now lead “opposition groups” based in Europe. We have seen their meeting schedules and photos, heard their testimonies, and noticed a great deal of similarities as it relates to their talking points. Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For: COI’s Unintended Consequences→