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Eritrea rejects appointment of UN Special Rapporteur


October 5, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Eritrean government has rejected the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur to the Red Sea nation.

The UN Human Rights Council last July appointed Mauritian national Beedwantee Keetharuth as Special Rapporteur to Eritrea to investigate the situation of human rights in the Horn of Africa.

The Council adopted the resolution in response to the continued and widespread gross human right violations committed by the Eritrean authorities.

The appointee’s duty was to submit reports of its findings to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly.

However, the secretive East African nation has opposed the Council’s decision, according to the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has declined to allow the special Rapporteur carry out her duties in Asmara.

“Eritrea rejects the decision of the Council because it was politically motivated and did not accept the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.”

Neighbouring Ethiopia has welcomed the appointment and called on the Eritrean Government to comply with the resolutions of the Human Rights Council.

Eritrea, which also is referred by some right groups as a giant prison is one of the world’s leading human rights violators.

The country has severe restrictions on freedom of press, freedom of religious worship, freedom of expression. Conscription into the military can be indefinite.


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  • 6 October 2012 16:40, by H/Ab

    To be frank, both Ethiopia and Eritrea are the top gross human right violaters in the world.However, the UN human Rights Council appointed special rapporteur only for Eritrea. Why not for Ethiopia? Red Cross even don’t have access to visit political prisoners in "Maekelawi" and "Kaliti" prisons in Addis Ababa where thousands of Oromo and Amhara political prisoners are torchured day and night.

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    • 7 October 2012 22:19, by henok

      Hahaha dude, Ethiopia is by too big a country both economically and politically, leaving aside its land size for your little Eritrea to compare with it. Are you not ashamed of to try to talk about Ethiopia? Eritrea dos not hace a constituion at all,alternative political parties, freedo of press and religion. You cannot even consume crops that you cultivate eko in that little country.Soshut u

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