Eritrea: Ten Years After the Crackdown {Side Event HRC}

Ten years after the crackdown:

What prospects for human rights in Eritrea?

Tuesday 20th September
14:00-15:00
Room XXIII – Palais des Nations
Geneva

Panellists
• Elsa Chyrum, Director, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea
• Ben Rawlence, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch
• Matthew Jones, Public Affairs Officer, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Chair
• Hassan Shire, Executive Director, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

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