UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry for Eritrea
According to the UN resolution, unanimously adopted at its 26th Session (June 27) on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, there is a
- “continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms committed by the Eritrean authorities including,
- arbitrary and extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances,
- widespread use of torture and other cruel or inhuman treatment;
- severe restrictions on freedom of opinion, expression, religion and peaceful assembly,
- forced conscriptions of citizens for indefinite periods of national services
- reported forced military conscription of children;”
After a press release made on June 27th, the Human Rights Council decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a period of one year. It also decides to establish, for a period of one year, a commission of inquiry comprising three members (one of whom should be the Special Rapporteur, with the other two members appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council) to investigate all alleged violations of human rights in Eritrea.
HRC calls upon the Government of Eritrea to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur and the commission of inquiry, and to permit them unrestricted access to the country. The Commission of Inquiry is expected to present an oral update and written report at the 27th and 28th Session of the Human Rights Council.