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Critique Of The Human Rights Commission On Eritrea

The world is buzzing with media commentary in response to the report by the Commission of Human Rights on Eritrea.
“If Eritreans have no country, no other rights matter. If the boundary decision were implemented today, there would be no need for Eritrea to maintain a large standing army, no need for extended military service, and no drivers for large scale emigration. The belligerent posture assumed by Ethiopia continues unchecked by the United Nations. That is the elephant in the room that cannot be ignored, however hard the US, UN or the COI attempt to do so” – Prof. Asmerom Legesse

By Prof. Asmerom Legesse,

THE world is buzzing with media commentary in response to the report by the Commission of Human Rights on Eritrea. Allow me to offer my reflections on this report as a researcher and a defender of the rights of Eritrean victims of war. Continue reading Critique Of The Human Rights Commission On Eritrea

Five Key Things About the UN’s Commission of Inquiry Report on Eritrea

The credibility, objectivity, integrity and partiality of the report made by the Commission of Inquiry has been seriously questioned, not because of the inherent flaws in its mandate itself but because of its flawed methodology and its past and present entanglements with known anti-Eritrea, regime-change elements

By Ray Ja Fraser,

Days ago, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI), created to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea, produced its final report. This article outlines several of the key items to understand regarding the COI and its final report. Continue reading Five Key Things About the UN’s Commission of Inquiry Report on Eritrea

Why the UN Human Right Council Must Dismiss and Reject the Special Rapporteur’s Report on Eritrea


The SR’s report on Eritrea was neither thorough nor accurate or impartial so can not be taken at face value

By TesfaNews,

The Government of Eritrea has already given an elaborate and clear response to the report of the Special Rapporteur.

But when we observed the basic tenets of the rules of procedure of the Council being violated and abused by the Rapporteur and the very Council that is supposed to protect and respect the rule of law, we felt that we should write something on the issue.

1)  Any testimony collected from any person or group under duress or blackmail etc … cannot be admitted as bonafide evidence. It is automatically dismissed and rejected.  Continue reading Why the UN Human Right Council Must Dismiss and Reject the Special Rapporteur’s Report on Eritrea

UN Rights Expert Set to Gather Information from Eritrean Refugees

After deciding to gather information from refugees that were encouraged to flee in the first place and later tainted by Ethiopian propaganda and false promises, the context of her upcoming report is a forgone conclusion.

Somalia, Djibouti and Nigeria, the worst human right abusers on the continent, sponsored Ms. Sheila B. to become special rapporteur on Eritrea. How ironic?

By High Commissioner for Human Rights,

The [controversial] United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, will carry out an official visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti from 30 April to 9 May 2013 to collect information directly from Eritrean refugees on the human rights situation in their country.

Since her appointment in November 2012, the Special Rapporteur has made several requests to visit Eritrea, which has so far not been granted. She has repeatedly urged the Eritrean authorities to collaborate with her mandate with a view to addressing its human rights challenges. In her view, the mandate offers an opportunity for the Eritrean Government to engage in a fresh and constructive dialogue on human rights issues brought to the fore by an array of stakeholders.  Continue reading UN Rights Expert Set to Gather Information from Eritrean Refugees