Prepared for a Meeting at the House of Lords, United Kingdom 
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’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).”
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 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”.
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.
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 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 resolutionwould “strongly condemn” the Eritrean government for perpetrating “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
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.