Home | News    Monday 24 December 2012

Eritrea urged to cooperate in human rights dialogue

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 23, 2012(PARIS) – The newly appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Beedwantee Keetharuth, urged the Eritrean Government to cooperate with an international mandate to provide “an objective, fair and impartial picture” of the human rights situation in the Red Sea nation.

JPEG - 14.6 kb
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Beedwantee Keetharuth

“I hope that the Eritrean Government would consider the mandate of the Special Rapporteur as an opportunity to start a fresh and constructive dialogue on human rights issues that have been raised by the international community and other stakeholders” said Keetharuth.

The UN independent expert further expressed her hopes that authorities in Eritrea would understand her mandate as an opportunity “to carefully address Eritrea’s compliance with its human rights obligations as contained in international treaties to which the country is a party.”

“The aim was to introduce myself and present my vision of the mandate in a spirit of openness, as well as to explore avenues for cooperation. Unfortunately these meetings have not yet taken place,” Ms. Keetharuth said. “I have now requested to travel to Eritrea in early 2013.”

As a start of her mandate Keetharuth will first meet Eritrean diplomats in Europe and will further engage with other civilians, civil society actors and other victims of alleged human rights violations.

The special Rapporteur is expected to present her primary report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013.

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after 30 years of armed struggle.

However, the current President Isaias Afwerki who assumed power since independence turned the tiny nation into one of the world’s most repressive nations.

He is accused of banning all independent human rights organizations as well as an independent press.

There are widespread allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention, as well as restrictions to freedom of speech.

Right groups have labeled Eritrea as world’s leading giant prisons and Africa’s foremost jailer for Journalists.

Afwerki led Eritrean government doesn’t allow any opposition group to function legally and the country has never had elections since independence.

The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council last July, adopted a resolution in which it strongly condemned what it said was “the continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights committed by the Eritrean authorities, the severe restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, and the forced conscription of citizens for indefinite periods” and then decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)

The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all 2017-02-20 07:19:22 By Sam Cheptoris River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.