UN recommends Eritrean leaders should be tried for crimes against humanity
Tigrai Online, Ethiopian News, June 8, 2016
The UN report Shabiya was trying to prevent from becoming public is out. The following is a statement by Mr. Mike Smith, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.
The Commission has concluded that Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity. Crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, persecution, rape, murder and other inhumane acts – have been committed as part of a widespread and systematic campaign since 1991 aimed at maintaining control over the population and perpetuating the Eritrean leadership’s rule. The Commission has made every effort to investigate the situation impartially and to report fairly, including with respect to serious human rights violations in Eritrea since the publication of the our first report. Unfortunately, the gross human rights violations we have documented are continuing to take place, they often happen behind closed doors and continue to instil fear in Eritreans, not only in the country but also in the diaspora.