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Critique of The UN Human Rights Commission on Eritrea

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Prepared for a Meeting at the House of Lords, United Kingdom [1]
On 18 June 2015
By Asmarom Legesse, Ph.D. (Harvard)
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Boston & Northwestern Universities and Swarthmore College

ALLOW me to express my gratitude for giving me the opportunity to address members of this august body and to Lord Rea and Lord Avebury for their efforts and attempts to hold the meetings at the House of Lords and especially despite Lord Avebury’s grave illness. The first meeting that was scheduled was cancelled at short notice, due to the concerted effort of Baroness Kinnock and to the dismay of the Eritrean Diaspora. We remain, however, always deeply indebted to Lord Avebury for his sustained support over the years. Continue reading Critique of The UN Human Rights Commission on Eritrea

Eritrea: The Working Method of the Human Rights Council Must be Respected

Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Eritrea’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA’S Permanent Representative to the United Nations today criticized a briefing on Eritrea delivered by the President of the Human Rights Council to G77 and China in New York.

Ambassador Girma Asmerom in his remark to the Council said that the President’s report was not only procedurally wrong but opinionated and judgmental.

“As Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Germany,” reads Ambassador Girma Asmerom’s remark, “he is the president of the Human Rights Council, no less no more; [as] he is neither the Special Rapporteur (SR) nor the Commission of Inquiry (COI).”

He also underline that no body, not the SR or the three COI members, have authority to speak on behalf of the Eritrean people other than the people it self. Continue reading Eritrea: The Working Method of the Human Rights Council Must be Respected

All Eyes Always On Eritrea

The latest ploy by the UN imposed Special Rapporteur to invite the diaspora to a “hearing” in the UK and Italy to lodge their complaints against the Government of Eritrea is patronizing as it is ludicrous

By Seble Ephrem,

SINCE pre-colonial times this small land on the northern coastline of the Horn of Africa has been eyed from multiple perspectives by all types of interested parties – always from the standpoint of a predatory self interest.

Mussolini needed to expand his Empire and with the help of the British, carved up a strategic stretch of the land and introduced infrastructure and industrial development by using and abusing the Eritrean people. Italy never expected their tenure to be so short lived.  The British then came and “liberated” the country but they “…didn’t do it for you [Eritrea]”.  The U.S. needed a satellite base to monitor USSR activities. The Amhara wanted “…access to the Red Sea, not the Eritrean people”.  Weyane’s hopes to aggrandise Tigray are ongoing. Continue reading All Eyes Always On Eritrea

India Calls for Promoting Human Rights Through Consensus, Impartiality

“Special Rapporteurs have to be truly independent, act with sensitivity and their recommendations should be specific, constructive and be relevant to the country and not ideologically driven. [They shouldn’t also make] … ‘sweeping generalisations’ [in their report] nor overstepping their mandates as that would not further the cause of human rights.” – Indian Ambassador to the UN, Asoke Kumar Mukerji
By Arul Louis,

INDIA has called for focusing UN human rights endeavours on advocacy and consensus building, while eschewing ideologically-driven pronouncements and striving for impartiality.

Indian Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Monday:

“The focus should be on advocacy and consensus building through promotion of better understanding of human rights issues” while ensuring “full respect for the sovereign equality, territorial integrity, and political independence of all UN member-states”.

He was speaking at the UNGA discussion on the report of the Human Rights Council (HRC), to which India was elected to a second term last month polling the highest number of votes for an Asian region state.  Continue reading India Calls for Promoting Human Rights Through Consensus, Impartiality

Statement of Ambassador Girma Asmerom During the Interactive Dialogue of Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth

Intimidation, threat or preconditions have not worked in the past and will not work in the future. Constructive dialogue and cooperation through the UPR mechanism are the only way forward

By TesfaNews,

THE Permanent Representative of Eritrea at the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom, today (28) delivered a statement on agenda item 68 (b,c): Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights during the Interactive Dialogue of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea at the third Committee of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Ambassador went on criticizing Special Rapporteur Ms. Sheila Keetharuth for presiding herself as the accuser, prosecutor, witness and the judge while she failed time and again to back up her sweeping statements and allegations with any evidence.

He said, Eritrea as the accused party has the right to question the credibility, objectivity and impartiality of the Rapporteur and by deduction the admissibility of her report. Continue reading Statement of Ambassador Girma Asmerom During the Interactive Dialogue of Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth

UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Ethiopia To Stop Using Anti-Terrorism Legislation To Curb Human Rights

A a group of UN Special Rapporteurs urged the Ethiopian government to stop terrorizing the people by misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression. It also urge the government to allow a group of Special Rapporteurs to visit the country.

By UNHR,

A GROUP of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily.

The experts’ call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of a series of recommendations made earlier this year by members of the Human Rights Council in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review which applies equally to all 193 UN Members States. These recommendations are aimed at improving the protection and promotion of human rights in the country, including in the context of counter-terrorism measures.  Continue reading UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Ethiopia To Stop Using Anti-Terrorism Legislation To Curb Human Rights

Rapporteur to Lead UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea?

Lost credibility. From the onset Sheila Keetharuth acts as an activist rather than a mandate holder. Her involvement will lead to a deadlock

By UN Watch,

THE 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council are expected to vote in favor or against creating a commission of inquiry into the alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea, as proposed in a draft resolution, sponsored by Somalia, that is slated for a vote today.

If adopted, the resolution would “strongly condemn” the Eritrean government for perpetrating “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The controversial text cites arbitrary and extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, the use of torture, arbitrary and incommunicado detention without recourse to justice, and detention in inhumane and degrading conditions.  Continue reading Rapporteur to Lead UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea?

FM Urges UNHRC to Terminate and Rescind Country-Specific Resolutions on Eritrea

FM questioning the legality and wisdom of circumventing UPR mechanism selectively at the 25th Session of UNHRC

By TesfaNews,

Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, on Monday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to unequivocally terminate both the Country-Specific Resolution and Country Mandate holder on Eritrea in order for the Council focus on strengthening engagement, dialogue and institutional linkage with Eritrea under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) framework that he described it as timely and legitimate.

The minister made the remarks at a speech he delivered at the 25th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (3 – 28 March, 2014) in Geneva. Continue reading FM Urges UNHRC to Terminate and Rescind Country-Specific Resolutions on Eritrea