Reflections on the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Oral statements to the Council Advocacy documents and press releases Side-events at the Council Outcomes and resolutions My delegation took an active part in the last UN Human Rights Council session of the year, the HRC’s 42nd regular session (HRC42, 9-27 September 2019). The session witnessed a record number of resolutions adopted by the Council for […]

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.

ACHPR59: Updates from the East and Horn of Africa (April – October 2016)

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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.