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The UN keeps a spotlight on Eritrea’s abysmal human rights record

The UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”) showed its resolve to address the crimes committed in Eritrea by extending the mandate of its top expert on the country today. A new Special Rapporteur on Eritrea will soon succeed Ms. Sheila Kee­tharuth, who has served for six years on the position and played a key role in shi­ning a light on the country’s human rights record, which remains one of the most abysmal in the world.
 

HRC38: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Mr. President, Madam Special Rapporteur, We thank you for your final report to the...
 

HRC37: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

UN Human Rights Council: 37th Session Item 4: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Oral Intervention CIVICUS and DefendDefenders Delivered by Estella Kabachwezi on 12 March 2018 Mr. President, on behalf of CIVICUS, DefendDefenders, Eritrean Law Society, Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Information...
 

ACHPR60: State of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa

In an oral statement, Executive Director Hassan Shire updates the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on the situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and calls to end the climate of impunity that has prevails in many countries across the sub-region.
 

EHAHRD-Net: Final Communiqué on third General Assembly

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) held its third General Assembly from 21 to 22 February 2017 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda. The General Assembly (GA) brought together development partners, coalition representatives, country focal points and human rights...
 

Eritrea: 15 years of silence

Today, Eritreans in London and Stockholm demonstrate to once again draw attention to the actions of one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Among those protesting are people who have not heard from family members since they were arrested in September 2001. Some are part...
 

UNHRC32: Oral statement during Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

DefendDefenders calls upon the UNHRC to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea and for the establishment of a structure by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with a protection and promotion mandate, to assist in ensuring accountability for human rights violations in Eritrea.
 

UNHRC32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

In light of the Eritrean Government’s continued and egregious violation of human rights, 22 CSOs urge the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea and support the establishment of robust accountability mechanisms to facilitate access to justice to the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Eritrea.
 

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

On 8 June 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. The Commission found that “Crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, persecution, rape, murder...
 

ACHPR57: Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Africa

57th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Banjul, Gambia Public Session, Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates, representatives of NHRIs and...
 

Human Rights Defenders Timeline 2005-2015 #10YearsDefending

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project has been working to protect African human rights defenders for ten years. Join us on this tour of developments, highlights and emblematic cases in the African system supporting human rights defenders.   EHAHRDP was established...
 

ACHPR: Human Rights Situation in Africa

55th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Luanda, Angola Public Session Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Delivered by John Foley Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates,...
 

Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

The Government of Eritrea should accept recommendations to cooperate fully with the United Nations human rights system, said Human Rights Concern-Eritrea, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, following its examination at the Universal Periodic Review yesterday.
 

Submission on Eritrea for Universal Periodic Review

Eritrea's human rights record will be examined in January 2014, at the 18th session of the Universal Periodic Review by other UN member states. Eritrea will declare what actions it has taken to improve its human rights situation and fulfill its human rights obligations. A review of a State is based on a national report prepared by the State under review; a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors), also prepared by OHCHR.The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Civil society actors can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report which is considered during the review. EHAHRDP submitted this report in June 2013.
 

ACHPR:Oral intervention on Human Rights Situation in Africa (Item 5)

Presented at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, October 2013, by Hassan Shire, Chairperson, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network Honourable Chairperson, On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, I thank you for the...
 

La Société Civile Africaine appelle à une action pour répondre à la situation des droits de l’homme en Erythrée

Reflétant le thème général de l'année 2013 comme l'année du Panafricanisme et de la Renaissance Africaine, nous vous écrivons pour demander à l'Union Africaine de prendre des mesures urgentes pour répondre à la situation dramatique des violations généralisées et systématiques des droits de l'homme en Erythrée, en particulier dans le cadre du sous sous-thème de la commémoration de promouvoir la paix et la sécurité en Afrique.
 

African Civil Society Call for Action on Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

Reflecting the overall theme of 2013 as the year of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, we are writing to call on the African Union to take urgent action to respond to the appalling situation of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Eritrea, especially in light of the commemoration’s sub-theme of promoting peace and security in Africa.
 

Resolution of Sub-Regional Journalists Conference 2012 and Human Rights Defenders for the East and Horn of Africa

WE, the journalists and human rights defenders from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, meeting at the Sub-Regional Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Conference organised by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in Mukono, Uganda, 12-16th November 2012:
 

Eritrea: Establishment of New UN Special Rapporteur Welcomed

The establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Eritrea by the United Nations Human Rights Council is a historic move, said Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRC-E) and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). In a resolution adopted by...
 

Call for Action on Eritrea at UN Human Rights Council

To: Members of the Human Rights Council Excellency, The undersigned non-governmental organisations are writing to express their utmost concern about the ongoing widespread and systematic human rights violations in Eritrea and to call on members of the Human Rights Council to take urgent action at...
 

Eritrea: Human Rights Council Must Increase Attention to Widespread and Systematic Violations

44 countries yesterday called on the Government of Eritrea to end its use of arbitrary detention and torture of its citizens. Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Concern - Eritrea and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcome this long overdue attention paid to the widespread and systematic human rights violations continuing in Eritrea for over a decade.
 

NGOs Call for Robust UN Action in Face of Eritrea’s Human Rights Violations

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to conduct a thorough investigation into the wide-ranging human rights violations...
 

Eritrea: Ten Years After the Crackdown {Side Event HRC}

Ten years after the crackdown: What prospects for human rights in Eritrea? Tuesday 20th September 14:00-15:00 Room XXIII – Palais des Nations Geneva Panellists • Elsa Chyrum, Director, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea • Ben Rawlence, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch • Matthew Jones, Public Affairs Officer,...
 

Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Brussels: Prioritising Human Rights in Eritrea Eritrea has had no independent civil society or media to speak of since 2001 when the authorities responded to calls for transparency and democratic change by clamping down on reformist...