Open letter to Christine N. Umutoni, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Eritrea
Christine N. Umutoni UN Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative Asmara, Eritrea Dear Ms. Umutoni, This is to register my deepest regret at repeated statements you’ve made in support of the Eritrean regime, the most brutal system of
Christine N. Umutoni
UN Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative
Dear Ms. Umutoni,
This is to register my deepest regret at repeated statements you’ve made in support of the Eritrean regime, the most brutal system of government our people have had to endure for more than two decades.
As you’re well aware, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) rendered its verdict in a final report of a painstakingly- documented pattern of egregious human rights violations in the country.
The combined crimes of Eritrea’s previous colonizers pale in comparison to the level of atrocities, imprisonments, physical and psychological abuse and wanton disregard for life perpetrated by the PFDJ.
While you’re at liberty to discuss views consistent with your assignment as a UN rep, you have repeatedly veered off to political territories that undermine your credibility as a member of the world body.
The objectives of your assignment are chiefly to support the women and children of Eritrea, ironically the two constituents that are the most grievously impacted by the regime’s open- ended conscription, imprisonment without trial, shoot- to- kill policy, mass immigration and danger and death across the Sahara and the Mediterranean waters.
We Eritreans are currently alarmed and distraught at the loss of thousands of our people who are leaving the country, hundreds perishing in the seas while others fall prey to unscrupulous merchants of human organs and trafficking.
The singular cause of our current crisis is the regime of Isaias Afwerki, a dictatorial ruler whose government you have publicly and repeatedly supported. No such diplomat or member of regional or international organization has endorsed this tyrannical regime in a nation that is consistently referred as the North Korea of Africa.
Indeed, so rare and few are its supporters that the government has repeatedly featured you as a character reference during public events including when communicating with the international media.
One can understand and even appreciate a foreign official’s reluctance to get involved in the internal affairs of a host nation. Much to our dismay, you have opted instead to stand squarely behind the government, giving succor and comfort to one of the most notorious despots in the world.
As a concerned citizen, I would like to inform you that your comments undermine our current struggle to remove the dictatorship and install a democratic system of government. At the very least, we would like you to maintain a neutral stand by sticking exclusively to your domain of expertise and assignment.
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