Tigrai Onlne - June 28, 2014
The UN's top human rights body launched an investigation on Friday into widespread abuses in Eritrea, including extrajudicial executions, torture and forced military conscription that can last decades.
"The human rights crisis in Eritrea has been forgotten for too long and the scale of violations is unparallelled, putting the country among the worst human rights situations worldwide," Somalia's representative to the UN in Geneva, Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, told the council.
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution tabled by Somalia and France establishing a one-year special commission of inquiry into the situation in the autocratic Horn of Africa state.
China, Pakistan, Venezuela and Russia refused to join the consensus, but the resolution passed without a vote, calling for the creation of a three-member investigation team to probe "all alleged violations of human rights in Eritrea."
The team will include the UN's current monitor on the rights situation in the country, Sheila Keetharuth, and is set to present its findings to the 47-member council during its February-March session next year.
Eritrea's representative on the council, Teestamicael Gehrahtu, slammed the resolution which he said was made up of "fabrications, wrong perceptions and baseless assumptions" used to create the illusion of a "fake crisis".
He accused Eritrea's arch-enemy Ethiopia of orchestrating the resolution in a bid to raise international pressure on his country.
Keetharuth told the council last week that brutal government repression and Eritrea's system of open-ended conscription of all men and women at the age of 18 was driving nearly 4,000 Eritreans to flee the country every month.
She told reporters that many in Eritrea are forced to toil for hardly any pay in the military and other state jobs, including in ministries and schools, until retirement age.
Finally the Ayder baby killer President-for-life of Eritrea might face justice. The old and sickly gangster has been the source of misery not only for the Eritrean people, but for many people in the region. The country is practically falling apart thanks for the brutal treatment of the people they are fleeing in every direction. The Eritrean youth are so desperate to get away from the fascist system they risk loosing their life to cross the heavily militarized Ethiopian border.
Eritrea which is also referred to as the African North Korea is the most isolated country in the world. The only friend the President of Eritrea has is the former Egyptian leader who is now in jail.
The United Nations investigation in to the human rights violations in Eritrea will reveal the corrupted Eritrean general are up to their chin in the blood of the people. A UN report a few months back found out the bloody generals are actively involved on selling their own youth for spare parts to the Sinai Arabs.