When President Isaias Afwerki said it was #GameOver for the TPLF regime last year, his prescient analysis had both literal and figurative dimensions. Indeed, the “Black Swan” event in the Horn of Africa sent shock waves that brought with it far reaching consequences. Continue reading Eritrea: Tail Wagging at the UN→
H.E. Mr. Vojislav SUC, President of the Human Rights Council, Twelfth Cycle (2018)
I have the honor to write you in relation to the “enhanced interactive dialogue” on Eritrea scheduled for 12 March 2018. For over a month, the Eritrean delegation has engaged with Your Excellency, in your capacity as the President of the Human Rights Council, and the Secretariat – OHCHR, seeking clarification on the nature of the interactive dialogue and the composition of the panelists. Continue reading Eritrea Snub UNHRC Enhanced Interactive Dialogue→
Ladies and Gentlemen
In May last month, the Eritrean people celebrated their 26th Independence Anniversary. The celebrations were held throughout the breadth and length of the country, as well as in the Diaspora, with spectacular public events amid undiminished enthusiasm that has few parallels elsewhere. Asmara’s Liberation and Martyr’s Avenues were thronged with tens of thousands of residents during the Carnival Show on May 22nd and the overnight street party on the eve of Independence Day. This was invariably the case in all the cities, towns and villages all over the country. For a country that had to wage Africa’s longest and most difficult armed struggle for liberation, the honeymoon of independence could not but be still vibrant, still mesmerizing 26 years on.
Eritrea has come full circle, and the events during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) brought a lot of issues to a head. As I watched the proceedings, it dawned on me that words like “impartiality”, “politically motivated” and “bias” were meaningless, as each game (against the member state) had its own rules.
It was normal to be impartial in one game and ruthlessly partial in another; it was normal to decry political bias in one case, and ensure it in another; it was normal to cry foul about faulty methodology by some states in one case, but employ it to make a case against another. Truth was in the hands of the beholder, double standards and hypocrisy ruled… Continue reading UN Sclerosis and Role of NGOs at the Human Rights Council→