A Special Rapporteur Engaged in a Smear Campaign
The conduct and presentation of Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, over the last two years has been neither that of an independent expert, nor that of an impartial observer. She has instead been one of an activist that is publicly engaged in an anti-Eritrea campaign on and off the cameras. If in the beginning we were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, today, after two years of her vocal and public campaigns against our country, we are certain she is not interested in fact finding or working to advance Human Rights in Eritrea, but as a hired agent of a smear campaign against Eritrea. We thus call on the UN Human Rights Council to end this politically motivated country specific mandate and work with Eritrea through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.
A Special Rapporteur Engaged in a Smear Campaign
“In view of the absence of any intelligence, real or fabricated, linking Eritrea with Shabaab for over four years, the UN Security Council should terminate sanctions imposed in 2009 by UNSC resolution 1907.”
Thirteen years ago this day, on December 12, 2000, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a Peace Agreement in Algiers, Algeria with representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the President of Algeria as guarantors and witnesses. Based on this historic Agreement an independent EEBC (Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission) was mandated to delimit and demarcate the disputed Eritrea-Ethiopia border and the parties had said they “agree that the delimitation and demarcation determinations of the Commission shall be final and binding.” When they signed the Algiers Agreement they were committing themselves that they “shall respect the border so determined, as well as the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the other party.”
Thus, it is about time that those who put their signatures on the Agreement see to it that the Agreement is meticulously implemented. They should help the parties, Ethiopia and Eritrea, travel the path of peace and bilateral cooperation.
Eritreans Across the Globe Reject Renewal of Rapporteur’s Mandate
The UN Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution that extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. It is shameful and disgraceful that the UN Human Rights Council chose to adopt a resolution that was literally drafted by mercenaries who are in the business, not to defend human rights, but to destabilize nations so that their powerful sponsors and financiers can spread their hegemonic tentacles of domination and exploit the natural resources of the poor by taking away their economic and social rights.
It is indisputable that foreign occupation results in the violation of the fundamental human rights of the occupied people. It creates a situation in which the people are victimized in many different ways, ranging from gross violations of their fundamental freedoms to physical abuse of especially women and children. This has been one of the principles that guided the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council in the past.
Crocodiles are known to shed tears as they eat their victims. In this case they have a lot in common with those ruling Ethiopia today who are shedding fake tears over human rights of the Eritrean people whose rights they have been violating the last 15 years in ways rarely seen before in the world: ethnic cleansing, mass expulsion, property expropriation, occupying their sovereign land, among other inhuman forms.
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May 31, 2013
Human Rights: War by Other Means Continues. Stop Politicizing Human Rights
The Global E-SMART Movement today sent a letter to all the members of the UN Human Rights Council to urge them to reject the politically-motivated report by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea submitted earlier this week. Here below is a copy of the letter:
In an effort to undermine Eritrea's sustainable development in general, and its promising mining industry in particular, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued yet another report based on the usual fabrications and deliberate distortions of Eritrea’s cultural norms and national realities.
“We’ve never had a foreign policy. Our foreign policy was always there for the highest bidder. We don’t have a foreign policy. Our foreign policy is always hijacked by another state –whether a superpower or another country in the region. … It’s like our foreign policy, as far as the region is concerned, has been hijacked by Ethiopia. There’s no IGAD; IGAD is Ethiopia.”
The US and Ethiopia seem to be employing the “if you want to avoid talking about something, change the subject adage in yet another futile attempt to divert attention away from Ethiopia’s numerous violations of international law, the African Union and UN Charters and most importantly, the Algiers Agreements, which were signed by Eritrea and Ethiopia in December 2000. The United States is not only one of the witnesses and guarantors of the Algiers Agreements; it is US State Department lawyers that authored the Agreements