The Human Rights Council should strengthen its action on Eritrea

As human rights violations continue with impunity in Eritrea, authorities refuse to cooperate with the UN human rights system, and Eritrean forces are accused of atrocities in relation to the Tigray conflict, over 40 NGOs urge states to adopt a resolution that extends the mandate of the Special Rap­por­teur on the hu­man rights situation in Eritrea. 

The discussion will take place during the UN Human Rights Council’s 50th session (HRC50, 13 June-8 July 2022). 

The signatories also urge states to “move beyond merely pro­ce­dural reso­lutions,” that is, to strengthen the Council’s annual resolution on Eritrea by adding elements that clearly describe and condemn violations Eritrean authorities com­mit at home and abroad. 


Read the letter in English (French version / version française).


Human Rights Defender of the month: Agather Atuhaire

In late May this year, Agather Atuhaire, via her twitter account, broke the story that the Parliament of Uganda had spent a whopping Shs. 2.8billion to purchase two luxury vehicles for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

Aside from the fact that the expenditure was unnecessary – both the Speaker and her Deputy already have two luxury vehicles for their official duties, the purchase flouted all public procurement procedures, and when Parliament’s contracts committee could not approve the procurement, the members of the committee were fired and new ones immediately appointed to approve the purchase.