US State Department Press Release : “We have repeatedly expressed grave concern about the human rights situation in Eritrea, & that concern has been reinforced by the COI’s findings.”

UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC June 10, 2016 The United States takes note of the recently issued report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Eritrea,

UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
June 10, 2016

The United States takes note of the recently issued report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Eritrea, in particular its conclusion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea. We have repeatedly expressed grave concern about the human rights situation in Eritrea, and that concern has been reinforced by the COI’s findings.We strongly encourage the Government of Eritrea to engage fully with the international community and UN bodies to address the human rights situation. The Government’s willingness to work on several Universal Periodic Review recommendations is a step in the right direction. We also urge Eritrea to implement its constitution, hold national elections, honor its commitment to limit the duration of national service to 18 months, develop an independent and transparent judiciary, and release persons arbitrarily detained including political prisoners, journalists, and members of religious groups.

We continue to support international efforts to improve the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Eritrea and will work to promote these efforts within the context of the upcoming Human Rights Council session.

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  • Genet-orginal June 12, 2016

    Isayas and company are too far gone to be reformed. So let us not kid ourselves. There is nothing left for this geriatric devil, but hell.

  • Simon June 12, 2016

    I would like to thank the American government for acknowledging the report of the Commission of Enquiry. this COI has done great things for Eritreans that they have accused the Eritrean government as it is a criminal government. I give great credit to the US for supporting us in our struggle to topple Isayas and his regime. But we should not depend 100% on these foreign governments help. We have to fight ourselves to bring peace and prosperity in new and democratic Eritrea. Our case is getting acceptance in foreign countries. I think we have hope that Isayas will die soon. I think he is in his seventies, but I don’t know who is going to rule Eritrea after he is gone? Are we going to have another Isayas that will kill us? What should we do to eliminate Isayas and his party? Eritreans have been turned to slaves. This is obvious that we are treated like slaves in our exile. Why are we considered like slaves when we are free people? Our freedom must be honored by our struggle. We should not let our enemies take advantage of us.

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