Eritrean Law Society Secures the Grant of Provisional Measures from the African Commission
Based on a request for an urgent appeal, filed on 12 October 2018, ELS has just secured the grant of Provisional Measures, delivered by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Provisional Measures,
Mr. Kidane was unlawfully detained and subjected to incommunicado detention on 17 September 2018, few days after he published a two-volume book and released an audio-recorded message, critical of the President of Eritrea. His whereabouts remain unknown. He had not been brought before a competent court of law, nor has he been allowed to contact his family, a doctor, or a lawyer of his choice. No official account has been given about his predicament. He has a very poor medical history, necessitating the request for urgent appeal, based on which the Commission issued the Provisional Measures.
The Commission granted the Provisional Measures in exactly the same fashion as requested in the urgent appeal. Having decided to be seized of the matter, the Commission formally registered the complaint as: Communication 704/18 – Berhane Abrehe Kidane (represented by Solomon Weldekirstos and Eritrean Law Society) v. The State of Eritrea. The Commission also adopted the following Provisional Measures, requesting the State of Eritrea to:
End the incommunicado detention of the victim by disclosing his location, providing him with access to legal representation of his choice as well as regular and unhindered access to his family;
Inform the victim of the reason for his arrest, and bring him before a competent court of law within the shortest possible time, or alternatively if no charges are brought against the victim, to ensure his immediate release;
The complainants are very grateful for the Commission’s swift action, given that the matter requires urgent intervention as requested in their joint application.