Date: 01 Dec 2009
On the morning of 30 November 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Eritrea was represented by the Economic Advisor for the Ministry of National Development, Mr Girmai Abraham. The majority of African States participating in the discussion took the opportunity to praise Eritrea for its commitment to human rights and their achievements within their current reality. However, a number of other States expressed concern about the following issues:

Michael Abraha                                                                                                  

The international community is on the verge of meting out a collective punishment on the Eritrean political and military leadership. The proposed UN sanctions will be the harshest ever imposed on an African nation in recent memory. The Eritrean government says it is not concerned.

Michael Abraha                                                                                                  

The international community is on the verge of meting out a collective punishment on the Eritrean political and military leadership. The proposed UN sanctions will be the harshest ever imposed on an African nation in recent memory. The Eritrean government says it is not concerned.


 Mogos Tekeste

We know that there is no rule of law in Eritrea, worse; there are no known rules of any kind, only arbitrary edicts and decrees. In fact the very People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) itself does not abide by the rules of its own organization. It is an organization that is gliding haphazardly without political radar even of the socialist kind.


 Mogos Tekeste

We know that there is no rule of law in Eritrea, worse; there are no known rules of any kind, only arbitrary edicts and decrees. In fact the very People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) itself does not abide by the rules of its own organization. It is an organization that is gliding haphazardly without political radar even of the socialist kind.

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Overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage. With the exception of a brief window in the 1990s, the US has seen Ethiopia as its primary strategic ally in the region and treated Eritrea as something of an afterthought to be sacrificed when its actions or interests ran counter to Ethiopia’s.

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Overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage. With the exception of a brief window in the 1990s, the US has seen Ethiopia as its primary strategic ally in the region and treated Eritrea as something of an afterthought to be sacrificed when its actions or interests ran counter to Ethiopia’s.

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) in partnership with civil society leaders from the Horn of Africa and the Italian Institute for Political Science organized a two-day conference on EU and US policy on Eritrea and the Horn of Africa. The Conference, held in Brussels on 9th and 10th November 2009, was attended by high-ranking officials and academics from Europe, the European Union, the United States, the Horn countries, Eritrean political leaders in diaspora, human rights activists and civil society leaders from across the Horn of Africa. The attendants adopted the following concluding statement:

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) in partnership with civil society leaders from the Horn of Africa and the Italian Institute for Political Science organized a two-day conference on EU and US policy on Eritrea and the Horn of Africa. The Conference, held in Brussels on 9th and 10th November 2009, was attended by high-ranking officials and academics from Europe, the European Union, the United States, the Horn countries, Eritrean political leaders in diaspora, human rights activists and civil society leaders from across the Horn of Africa. The attendants adopted the following concluding statement:

Berhane M Tekeste

 

In an open letter addressed to the president of the EU on the eve of the meeting, a major opposition alliance comprised of 13 opposition organizations, the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), condemned the two-day (9-10 Nov) closed Brussels Gathering as divisive, discriminatory, and interference in its internal affairs.

Berhane M Tekeste

 

In an open letter addressed to the president of the EU on the eve of the meeting, a major opposition alliance comprised of 13 opposition organizations, the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), condemned the two-day (9-10 Nov) closed Brussels Gathering as divisive, discriminatory, and interference in its internal affairs.

Michael Abraha

European and American officials are joining hands with Diaspora Eritrean politicians and activists aimed at ending relentless human rights abuses under a ruthless dictatorship in Eritrea. In a two-day conference beginning tomorrow in Brussels, delegates from the three sides will, among other things, discuss the urgent need to coordinate EU and US policies on Eritrea and the Horn Region.

Michael Abraha

European and American officials are joining hands with Diaspora Eritrean politicians and activists aimed at ending relentless human rights abuses under a ruthless dictatorship in Eritrea. In a two-day conference beginning tomorrow in Brussels, delegates from the three sides will, among other things, discuss the urgent need to coordinate EU and US policies on Eritrea and the Horn Region.

Omar Jabir is one of the most forthright Eritrean critics of the unelected rulers in Asmara. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Omar Jabir has very harsh words against the regime’s refusal to call for emergency food aid although the UN says close to 70 percent of the population is malnourished.

One of the frustrations with which Africa’s friends have had to repeatedly cope over the years has been the seemingly utter incapacity of the African leaders to deal with their more problematic peers: witness the annual African Union (AU) summit’s literal embrace of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe last year on the very morrow of a farcical “re-election” criticised the pan-African organisation’s own monitors or, with a few honourable exceptions, its circling of the wagons around Sudanese despot Umar Hassan al-Bashir earlier this year after the International Criminal Court indicted him for crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the humanitarian disaster in Darfur.

One of the frustrations with which Africa’s friends have had to repeatedly cope over the years has been the seemingly utter incapacity of the African leaders to deal with their more problematic peers: witness the annual African Union (AU) summit’s literal embrace of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe last year on the very morrow of a farcical “re-election” criticised the pan-African organisation’s own monitors or, with a few honourable exceptions, its circling of the wagons around Sudanese despot Umar Hassan al-Bashir earlier this year after the International Criminal Court indicted him for crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the humanitarian disaster in Darfur.