Eritrea's human rights record in the spotlight at United Nations

Tigrai Online
Dec. 02 2009

States from every continent of the world have expressed concern at the extent of human rights violations taking place in Eritrea.

Appearing before the Human Rights Council, the Eritrean delegation faced broad-ranging, and yet consistent, questioning of their human rights record.

Statements by members raised concern at the ongoing use of torture, arbitrary and indefinite detention, the suppression of press freedom and freedom of religion and belief, the recruitment of child soldiers, the abuse of female conscripts and the indefinite term of national service.

Nations participating in Eritrea’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Rights Council repeatedly recommended that the country signs and adheres to the Convention Against Torture and other relevant international conventions, and creates a national human rights body.

Eritrea’s representative Dr Girmai Abraham subsequently confessed to being “overwhelmed” by the number of questions he had received, and responded to calls for open access to Eritrea for the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other special mandate holders with a guarded conditional acceptance.

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