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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


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

2015 in Review: Demystifying Human Rights

In this piece of “2015 in Review” series, we consider Eritrean human rights within the backdrop of the attrition war and attempts to isolate Eritrea, assessing the meaning of seminal events and forecasting the road ahead.

By Simon Keleta,

In June 2015, Eritreans around the world read with astonishment that the Eritrean state was accused of slavery, rape, and crimes against humanity.

Eritreans are the longtime witnesses and victims of some of the modern world’s worst atrocities. During the liberation struggle and the 1998-2000 war with Ethiopia, Eritreans were the victims of unrelenting, genocidal scorched-earth policies compounded by barbaric military campaigns that saw little international outcry from “human rights defenders”.

For this reason, Eritreans do not take lightly loaded words and phrases like “slavery,” “rape,” and “crimes against humanity” being thrown around with reckless abandon. Continue reading 2015 in Review: Demystifying Human Rights

Chairman: COI Eritrea Faces Challenges (Interview)

Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea said so far the case against the Eritrean government is not as strong as it would be due to challenges in getting access to the records of activities right from Eritrea and growing doubts over the anonymous nature of the testimonies.

By Julia Crawford,

IN JUNE, a Commission of Inquiry (COI) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) published a 500-page report detailing how Eritrea has created a repressive system in which people are routinely arrested at whim, detained, tortured, killed or go missing.

On July 2, the UNHRC extended the commission’s mandate to investigate whether such abuses could constitute crimes against humanity.  Continue reading Chairman: COI Eritrea Faces Challenges (Interview)

Eritrea Objects UN Monitoring Group’s Obsession with its Air Force

SEMG still obsessed with its agenda behind the state of the Eritrean Air Force and its various military facilities. But Why? Who pays the Piper?

By Eritrean Mission,

The Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN is aware that the Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) has submitted its February monthly report to the Sanctions Committee sometime early this month.

In spite of our repeated requests to receive, in time, a copy of the report, we have not yet formally obtained the document. This awkward state of affairs has no plausible explanation or logic. Continue reading Eritrea Objects UN Monitoring Group’s Obsession with its Air Force