Eritrea: Human rights central to brighter future, says expert

NEW YORK (24 October 2018) – Eritrea’s recent peace deal with Ethiopia is positive for bilateral relations and the region, but much remains to be done on human rights and allowing full participation in rebuilding

NEW YORK (24 October 2018) – Eritrea’s recent peace deal with Ethiopia is positive for bilateral relations and the region, but much remains to be done on human rights and allowing full participation in rebuilding the country, a UN human rights expert said today.

“The Eritrean Government continues to lock up or forcibly disappear dissenting voices, thus silencing analytical discussions and critical debates,” the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea told the General Assembly. “Without any space for the Eritrean people to participate in shaping the country’s future, there is little scope for progress,” Sheila B. Keetharuth said in a report. “Human rights must be put at the heart of peace.”

The Special Rapporteur said July’s peace declaration ending two decades of conflict between the African nations should be celebrated as potentially improving human rights in Eritrea. “Whether it will also transform the relationship between the Government and the Eritrean people as far as human rights are concerned remains to be seen,” Keetharuth said.

The Special Rapporteur said so far Eritrea’s overall legal and institutional context remains unchanged. She said the country still lacked a constitution and an independent judiciary and had no legislative assembly or institutionalised checks and balances protecting citizens from abuse of state power. An environment without free press or avenues for citizens to express their opinions is compounded by non-respect for the rule of law and existence of weak institutions. “The people of Eritrea have seen little improvement in their human rights,” Keetharuth said.

Since the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia opened last month, the number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Ethiopia has spiked. According to the latest UNHCR figures, between 12 September and 12 October 2018, a total of 9,905 refugees were registered.

The average daily rate of arrivals has jumped from 53 to more than 300. A key reason cited for leaving Eritrea continues to be the indefinite military/national service. Despite the peace with Ethiopia, the Eritrean Government is yet to announce if it intends to limit conscription to the statutory 18 months and whether it plans any demobilisation.

The Special Rapporteur said Eritrea should implement its 1997 Constitution to build a solid national legal framework and a society governed by the rule of law. “Such enactment would also demonstrate that Eritrea takes the responsibilities attaching to its membership to the Human Rights Council seriously,” Keetharuth said.

“Eritrean authorities will also need to take stock and account for the violations of the past. Justice and accountability are twin pillars, reinforcing each other, on which peace can be built, strengthened and security achieved,” she said. “The impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of crimes against humanity and human rights violations must be addressed through effective measures, the more so at this particular moment in time, for lasting and sustainable peace.”

ENDS

** Ms Sheila B. Keetharuth** (Mauritius) was appointed as the first Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea in October 2012. From 2014 to 2016, she also served as a member of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. Since May 2014, Ms Keetharuth has been an expert member of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Until 2012, Ms. Keetharuth was the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa in Banjul, The Gambia. She also worked with Amnesty International in Kampala, Uganda, and as a lawyer and broadcaster in Mauritius. In 2017, Ms Keetharuth was awarded with the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Leicester, in recognition of her human rights work.

_ The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Proceduresof the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity._

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  • Simon G. October 30, 2018

    ኢሳያስ ጭጋዕ ከዚቡ
    ጸባ ካብ ብዕራይ ሓሊቡ
    ን የዋሃት ብዘይከውን ሓሶት የዕጊቡ
    ኣቤት ፈጠራ! ሰማይን መሬትን ኣላጊቡ
    ንደቂ-ባት ግን ኣጥፈኦም ብጸላም ተጎልቢቡ
    ———————

    በብሓደ ኣጽኒቱ ደቂ-ባት በላሕቲ
    ንብረቶም መንዘዐ ንሰብ-ሃብቲ
    ሓዊ ኣጎደላ ሃገር
    ብሰላም ከይትነብር
    ስውኣት ከይቀስኑ
    ውጉኣት ከይድሕኑ
    ኣንቱም ርጉማት ኤርትራውያን! ክብል ሓንሒኑ
    ከጥፈኣና ወጢኑ
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    ነዚ ጋኔንስኳ ቀቢጽናዮ
    ሃይለስላሴ ዝተኸሎ ዋህዮ
    ከይጻረና ኣሚናዮ
    ኣጥፈኣና በብሓደ
    ጓና ምዃኑ ረሲዕናዮ
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    ኣንቲ ሳባ!
    ኣንቲ ሳባ ገለ ዘይትገብሪ
    ዓዲቦኺ ከምቀደሙ ክልምልም ብሳዕሪ
    ዓዲ ዴኺ ከይኣትዎ ቁሪ
    ገለ ዘይትገብሪ
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    ኣንጥጥጥጥጥጥጥብ! ዘይተብልሉ ኣብቲ ዊስኪ
    ገለ ግበሪ በጃኺ ኢልናኪ
    ዓቢ ሰብኣይ ተጠሊዑ ክበኪ
    ኣድ ስውኣት ኣምሪራ ክትበኪ
    ስውእ ሓውኺ ስምዕዮ ዝብለኪ
    ነዚ ኣረሜን ቅዘፍዮ! ኢሉኪ
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    መታን ሰብ ከዕርፍ
    መታን ስውእ ከዕርፍ
    መታን ክንከፍት ሓድሽ ምዕራፍ
    ኣኸሪብዮ ነዚ ጭጋዕ-ዓፋፍ

    • Gezae October 30, 2018

      Unity and Reconciliation

      I walk all the way along this path
      Seeking peace, love instead of wrath…
      Truth has become my aide who I am,
      Releasing those illusions creating a mental clutter jam…
      My heart is glowing brilliant and bright,
      Spreading serenity to all with great might…
      I am forever indebted my people to grow
      For a peace, love so beautiful and not askew…
      So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge.
      Believe that a further shore is reachable from here.
      Believe in reconciliation, cures and invigorating wells.

      Unity is plural and, at minimum, is two.
      Buckminster Fuller

      • HdriswuE halalmariet October 30, 2018

        Gezae,

        Z’Aklen T’Hinens BealeMariam Ybla. You cannot benefit both ways, in crime and peace. You had opportunity to stand with the people of Eritrea but decided to serve as permanent apologist and eulogist of those who, to this day, are committing Genocide on our people. No genuine Eritrean will be deceived by your cut and past soothing poems.

        Let me remind you already close to 1000,000 Eritreans have pershed in the hands of these evil villians. It is still on going. But thanks God, the tide has shifted to flow gainst them and the light has began revealing the magnitude and horrors of the crimes they have been concealing for twenty seven years. They have no place to hide any more.

        Genuine Eritreans have no need for reconciliation with each other because they were victims not perpetrators. What each of us must start to do now is list the names of those who abetted and aided the criminlas and also list eye witnesses where, when and the crimes were committed. Of course, the UNHRC must reopen the case of xCommission of Inquiry to conduct it’s investigation in Eritrea.

    • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ October 30, 2018

      ሳባ ሰይቲ ኢሳያስ እንተኾይና ዓደቡኣ ለምሊሙን ማዕቢሉን ኣሎ ዓዲግራት እኮ ካብ ኣስመራ ጸቢቓን ማዕቢላን ኣላ ካብኡ ንላዕሊ እንታይ ደልያ

      • HdriswuE halalmariet October 30, 2018

        Zberqe Tsehayey,

        But remember Adigrat and the whole of tigrai may have looked greener for now having been sucking the blood of Ethiopia for twenty seven years but not any more thanks to the qero who have now routed out the woyane thieves.. But that is not. all. The Amhara will so very soon drive them out from Alamata and Welqait. Now you can imagine what a scary future awaits tigrai. What goes round comes round.

        • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ October 30, 2018

          Hidriswue Halalmeriet ,
          I agree with you 100%. In amhara region they are blocking trailer trucks from crossing to Tigray.The woyanes were not very smart & now these daylight hyenas are taking their people with them.By the way Saba is from adigrat & I would assume her loyalty lies there.

          • Simon G. October 30, 2018

            Don’t fabricate stuff out of the thin air…Saba is 100% Eritrean.

          • HdriswuE halalmariet October 30, 2018

            Zberqe Tsehayey,

            You are absolutely on the mark, Saba Haile, the impostor isaias afewerk’s wife, is 100% of tigrai descent. But she is not to blame for the sin of her husband. Former tegadelti remember her as strong tegadalit and that her brother gave his life for Eritrea.

            Descent is not by itself a crime, only when she/he uses his/her position to advance his/ her ancestral country against her/his adopted country.
            Any way, we will very soon know who is who for sure as the downfall of the impostor isaias afewerk is fast approaching.

          • Haregot October 30, 2018

            You must also be 100% descent of Arab or Chinese then or of Mars!

      • Simon G. October 30, 2018

        She has nothing to do with Adigrat or Tigray, in general. She is Eritrean and we want her to do the final job.
        If she does that, we will forgive her.

        • Haregot October 30, 2018

          All your Akeleguzays are 100% of Tigray descent just like yourself and Saba.
          When are going to be a man enough to do the final job yourself coward boy?
          Poor old Saba will never do the final job as the disblo DIA happen to be the father of her beloved children, can get this to your thick/brick head?

          • Haregot October 30, 2018

            Correction: disblo to be read as “diablos” DIA.
            Furthermore on the last line add “you”, can you get this …………..

          • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ October 30, 2018

            Dearest Haregot,
            ንኢሳያስ ካብ ማእከል ሓማሴን ጓቲቶም ትግራዋይ ዝገብርዎ ነዛ ካብ ዓዲ ግራት ጭርጭር ክትጻወት ኢላ ሰንዓፈ ምስ ተሓብኤት ኣብኡ ተሪፋ ዝኤርትረወት ሳባ ናትና ይብሉዋ ኣለዉ ምናልባሽ ካብ ዓዲ ግራት ንኻርነሽም ሰፊራ እንተትኸውን ዘይኤርትራዊት ምተባህለት. እዚን ወድዝን እዩ ናብ ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ ዝነገሰ ንጉሰይ ኣቢሉኒ.

          • Haregot October 30, 2018

            Inded, Zbereqe Tsehayeye, you’ve said it all beautifully/brilliantly. please keep educating the most arrogant damaged/messed up zombies.

  • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ October 30, 2018

    HdriswuE Halalmeriet ,
    Again I agree with you on the point descent should not be a sin , however the way the recent tegaru immigrants like Isaias & his wife kisha monkey charlie etc. being our leaders makes one think there seem to be some hidden agenda that does not equate with the eritrean case.I am just saying ,otherwise as my cyber name indicates ዝበረቐ ጽሔየይ

    • Haregot October 30, 2018

      Zbereqe Tsehayey, when did kisha become his wife????!!!!!!! otherwise, well said as usual.

    • Simon G. October 30, 2018

      ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ AKA Teclay and with many nicks,
      Don’t try to act as Eritrean. You are just your cousin Isayas, imported from Tigray and grew up in Eritrea, fed by Eritreans but betrayed Eritreans in a day light.
      For those newbies at Assenna, they may think you are but for some of us who have been here for many years, we know all your tricks.
      Oh, BTW, don’t equate the Eritrean Saba with your snake Tembienay uncle.

  • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ October 30, 2018

    Haregot ,funny …I was making a point that the recently immigrated like Isaias saba yemanes (monkey & charlie) & kisha being in the leadership position.

  • aditekelezan October 31, 2018

    “ኣምባሳደር ዓንደብርሃን ነቲ ዝተቓለስካሉ ዕላማ እንተተግበረ ንምንታይ ትኹንኖ ኣለኻ”?

    ጂሃዳዊት ጀብሃ ነቲ ነጅስ ሃይማኖትና ክርስትና ደቕዊሳ ሓቀኛ እስላማዊት ኤርትራ ንምምስራት እቶም “ብቐትሪ ሳርቶ ክዳውንቲ, ምስ መሰየ ድማ ክርስትያን ሓረድቲ” ዝነበሩ ንሃጸዮም ሃጸይ ዮውሃንስ ከዲዖም ምስ ባዕዳዊ ሓይሊ ደርቡሽ ወጊኖም ካብ ኣኽሱም ንኤርትራ ዝተሰጉ ነገር ምስ ጸንከረት ድማ “ወዲ ኽስታን ንሜዳ ወዲ ጀ#&ቲ ንጅዳ” ኢሎም ዝተሰደዱ ቃልሲ ጅሃዳዊት ጀብሃ ክጅምርዎ ኸለዉ ህዝቢ መታሕት ኣኪቦም “ኣላህ የንስር ኣል ዲን ኢስላምያ” ማለት [ኣምላኽ ንሃይማኖት እስልምና ልዕል ኣብሎ] ኢሎም ዘጨርሑ ኣጀንድኦም እንታይ ከም ዝነበረ ግሁድ እዩ.
    እዛ ኣምባሳደር ዓንደብርሃን ብረት ተሰኪሙ ዝዞረላ ዝነበረ ኣረሜናዊት ውድብ ሻዕብያኸ እንታይ ኔሩ ዕላምኣ ? ጠሪጣስ እንተትሓንከልኩምከ በለት ኣሞይ ጸጉ , እቲ ዓንደብርሃን ንኢሳያስ ዝኹንነሉ ዘሎ ዕላማ 1) ምፍራስ ቅርጺ ቤተሰብ/ስድራ ኤርትራን 2) ምፍራስ ባህልን ስረዓተ ከብርታትን ኤርትራ….ኣይ ንሱ እንድዩ ኔሩ እቲ ሱር ቃልሲ ሻዕብያ……ማለት እቲ ኣቦታትና ነሽሓት ዓመታት ዘመሓዳደሩሉ ሕጊ እንዳባ ኣፍሪስካ ማሕበራዊ ህንደሳ/social engeenering ኣተኣታቲኻ ምድምሳሱ ደይኮነን ኔሩ.???/? መርዓ ዓወት ንሓፋሽ ኢልካ ብቐሊሉ ትኣትዎ ድሕሪ ምስታይ ብርቱዕ ስዋ ንሳ ካብ 5 ብሄራት 7 ቆልዑ ተንጠብጥቦም ,ንሱ ድማ ብወገኑ ኸምኡ.!!!!!! ዝተወልዱ ህጻናት አዲኦም ናብ ኣሃዱኣ ምስ ተመደበት ህጻን ብዘይ ኣዲኡ ዓብዩ zero school ዝብሃል ተማሂሩ መንነቱን ትውልዱን ኣጥፊኡ ውላድ ሰውራ ተባሂሉ ብጥፍኣት ዓብዩ ሎሚ ኣመት ዘይብሉ ኾይኑ ዝሳቐ ዘሎ እንድዩ !!!. ንኤርትራ እውን ብሞዴል ቻይና እዚ ደይኮነን ኔሩ እቲ ውጥን ?????? ኣብ ወጻኢ ምሁራትኩም ኣብ መጀመርያ 90 ታት “garbage culture” ዝብል ሰነድዶ ኣየዳለዉን እዮም ነቲ እሩም ሕጊ እንዳባና ዝኹንን!!!. እዛ ክሳዕ ጊዜ መርዕኣ ክብረት ንጽህንኣ ሓልያ ትነብር ዝነበረት ጓለንስተይቲ ትግርኛ ንስኻትኩም ብዝሃንደስኩሞ ዕላማ ደይኮነትን ክብራ ስኢና ” ገና ከምዓልኪ እዛ ሓፍተይ ኢልካ ኸይወዳእካ ከለኻ ክዳውንታ ከተውጽእ ትጅምር” ዘላ. ናይ ጾታ ባርነት ደቀንስትዮ ኣቦታቱ ንስኻትኩምዶ ኸይኮንኩም ??? እታ ብኽብረት ተሸሊማ ትምርዖ እንተተፈትሔት ድማ መፋርቕ እትረክብ ዝነበረት ክብርቲ ጓለንስተይቲ ትግርኛ ካብ ሜዳ ምስ ኣተኹም ከም ናይ ትማሊ ፒሳ ዝደርበኹማ.,,,, እዚኮ እቲ ቅዳሴና ,ቅርጺ ቤተሰብና,መርዓና,ሓዘንና ተዝካርና ገና ኣሜሪካውያን ኣብ በዓቲ እንዳነበሩ ኸለዉ ሊቃውንቲ ኣቦታትና ዝሃነጽዎ ቅዱስን ስሩዕን ሕጊ እንዳባ ደምሲስኩም ዝሩግ ጾታዊ ሕብረተሰብ ,immoral sexual society ዝሃንደስኩምልና እዩ. !!!!ሕጂ ድማ ኣምባሳደር ዓንደብርሃን ‘ኣድግስ ካብቲ ሙማታስ’ ምግውታታ’ ነቲ ዲግድጊት ተዓጢቕካ ሕግና ሕጊ እንዳባ ድሑርዩ ኢልካ ብእንስሳዊ ስርዓት ንኽትትክእ ኢልካ ብረት ሒዝካ ጎተት ዝበልካዮስ ተመሊስካ ‘ዝብእስ ኣብ ዘይፈልጥዎ ዓዲ ኸይዱስ “ኣንታ wifi የብልኩምንድዩ” ዝበለ ነቶም ሓሙሽተ ኣቢልና ንኸውን ኣዝዊርና ንሓስብ ኤርትራውያን ኣይተዐሽወናን ኢኻ !!!
    ምስ ኤረይ ኩሕሎ ንዘልኣለም”

  • aditekelezan October 31, 2018

    Dearest Assenna ,
    I am aditekelezan & you are right I tend to be repeatetive .I have anger why people could not see the obvious.Not my opinion , but the real history & attrocites that happened by our “liberators” ,guilty of being repeatetive .I will try to improve on that.
    thank you 4 ze opportinity.

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