At a press conference held in Geneva on Thursday, 28 March, the 18-person UN Human Rights Committee monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of peoples (ICCPR) released its report on six countries including Eritrea. The committee’s concluding observations showed that Eritrea is still a desperate case in regard to implementing the political and human rights obligations enshrined in that Covenant the government signed in 2002.

Eritrea in the Eyes of Independent Law Experts 1UN Palais Wilson, Headquarters of the Human Rights Commission, Geneva

Composed of independent experts, the Committee demanded that the Eritrean authorities tell soon the true situation and whereabouts of all the reported cases of prisoners and disappeared persons.

The report  accused the Asmara authorities of ‘’widespread impunity, in particular with respect to serious human rights violations, including alleged cases of enslavement, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and rape.’’ It further exposed that, in total absence of political and legal institutions in the country, perpetrators of heinous crimes are allowed to go free and ‘’no adequate remedies’’ are made for  victims of those crimes.

The Eritrean regime was charged of failing for 17 years to respond to queries sent to it by the Committee, and finally sending a delegation to this year’s meeting without a written report. Worse still, the Eritrean delegation’s responses at the ICCPR committee meeting consisted only of ‘’blanket denials.’’

The Committee of 18 international experts on the ICCPR regretted the suspension of the Eritrean National Assembly since 2002 and the absence of a working constitution in the country which ‘’poses a serious challenge to the implementation of the Covenant.’’ It also took note of the ‘promised’ new constitution said to be under drafting and was deeply concerned about the ‘’lack of clarity in the time frame and modalities of the drafting process’’ and the secrecy surrounding the reported drafting process.

Below are excerpts of some salient points of the Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations:

  • The Committee urges Eritrea to put the 1997 constitution into effect until a new one is drafted and ratified;
  • Eritrea should establish an independent national human rights institution with a broad human rights protection mandate;
  • Asmara authorities are asked to take all necessary measures to end impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations;
  • To end as soon as possible the de facto state of emergency and ensure that any state of emergency applied on its territory and measures taken in pursuance to it comply with the provisions of article 4 of the Covenant.
  • The Committee expressed concerned about allegations that arbitrary detention, torture and extrajudicial killings have been committed against members of the Muslim community as a group for their alleged links with terrorist groups and asked Eritrean authorities to refrain from designating any specific community as linked to terrorism;
  • It was concerned that women are unrepresented in senior government positions and that temporary special measures aimed at ensuring women’s representation in legislative and judicial bodies benefited only women affiliated with the political party in power;
  • Furthermore, the Committee expressed deep concern about  lack of legal standards and relevant procedures on appropriate use of force and asked that measures are taken to prevent and eliminate all forms of excessive use of force by police and security officers;
  • Concern was expressed about the extensive and methodical use of torture in civilian and military detention centers, including reports of torture to punish criticism of the government, practicing of religions non-recognized by the government, attempting to leave the country or failing to perform duties during national military service;
  • The Committee cited several reports of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings allegedly committed by governmental actors. The Committee is deeply concerned about the reports of widespread arbitrary arrest and detention, including incommunicado detention, failing to meet basic minimum legal safeguards.
  • Conditions of detention in Eritrea and lack of data pertaining to the prison population, and the number of detention facilities were cited as grave issues of concern in light of the reports about  over-incarceration and over-crowding, poor hygiene, inadequate nutrition and water supply, lack of health care in detention facilities;
  • The Committee expressed frustrations in regard to lack of basic liberties and rights to freedom of expression, assembly, the holding of election, free thought, free movement and the right to practice one’s own religion.

The Committee also hoped against hope when it asked the authorities in Eritrea to  seize the new opportunities of peace with Ethiopia ‘’as the beginning of a new era to build a more peaceful, inclusive and resilient future for the people of Eritrea.’’

መበል 11 ርክብ ጀነቫ፡ ንሰብኣዊ መሰልን ዲሞክራስን ብ26 መጋቢት 2019 ኣብ ጀነቫ  ተጋቢኡ።ኣብዚ ኣኼባ ኣስታት 800 ዝኾኑ ካብ መላእ ዓለም ዝመጹ፡ ናይ ሰብኣዊ መሰልን ዲሞክራስን ተሓለቕቲ፡ ፖለቲካዊ ተቓወምትን ግዳያት ወጻዕቲ መንግስታትን ተሳቲፎም። ኣብዚ ኣኼባ ኣብቲ ደሓን ዝበሃል ዝነበረ ማሕበረሰባት ከይተረፈ ብዛዕባ መሊሱ እንዳጠጠዐ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ ጭቆና ዝሓደረ ስኽፍታ ተንጸባሪቑ።

ኣብዚ ርክብ ብዛዕባቲ ዝረአ ዘሎ ናይ ሰብኣዊ መሰልን ዲሞክራስን ምንቁልቋል ብናይ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ሓለዋ ዲረክተር ኣቶ ሂለል ኑር ኣገዳሲ መብርሂ ተዋሂቡ። ንሶም ኣብ ዝሃብዎ መብርሂ ኣብዚ ከም በዓል ኤርትራን ሳዑዲ ዓረብን ኣብ ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ዝኣተዋሉ እቲ ትጽቢት ዝግበረሉ ምምሕያሽ ኣዝዩ ውሑድ ከምዝኸውን ጠቒሶም።

ብሩንዳዊት ተሓላቒት ሰብኣዊ መሰል ወይዘሮ ከቲ ኒቪባንዲ ብዛዕባቲ ኣብ ሃገረን ዝፍጸም ግህሰት ሰብእዊ መሰል መግለጺ ሂበን። መብዛሕትኡ ዝገለጸኦ ከኣ ምስቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝረአ ግህሰታት ዝመሳሰል ነይሩ። ንሰን ኣተሓሒዘን ኩሎም ምእንቲ ሰብኣዊ መሰልን ዲሞክራሲን ዝነጥፉ ወገናት ንድሕሪት ከይብሉ ጸዊዐን። ኣብዚ ዝሃበኦ መግለጺ “ዋላ ለይታዊ ናይ ጸልማት ሰዓታት እንተነውሐ፡ ብርግጽ ጸሓይ በሪቓ ብርሃና ክትልግስ እያ” ዝብል ናይ ብሩንዲ ምሳልያዊ ኣበሃህላ ጠቒሰን።

ኣንጻር ጾታዊ ወጽዓ ዝነጥፋ ገጣሚት ብሪታንያዊ ሶማልያዊት ኒምኮ ዓሊ ብወገነን ቃል ኣስሚዐን። ንሰን ከም ዝበለኦ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ኣብ መላእ ዓለምና 200 ሚልዮን ደቂ ኣንስትዮ፡ ብሰንኪ ጾታዊ ጸቕጢ ኣብ ጸገም ይነብራ። ክሳብ ክንድዚ ዝኣኽላ ዜጋታ ኣብ ከምዚ ጸገም እንዳሃለዋ  ሓቀኛ ራህዋ ክህልው ኣይክእልን እዩ ኢለን። ኒምኮ ዓሊ ናይዚ ዓመት ናይ ርክብ ጀነቫ ተሸላሚት እየን።  

25 ዘይመንግስታዊ ማሕበራት ብሓባር ዝወደባኦ ናይዚ ዓመትዚ ርክብ ጀነቫ ፍሉጣት ናይ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ፈላጣትን ፖለቲካዊ ባእታታትን ቃሎም ዘስምዕሉ እዩ። ኣብዚ ኣኼባ እሱራት ዝነበሩን ቤተሰብ እሱራትን ነቲ ኣጋጣሚ ብምምስጋን ቃሎም ኣስሚዖም። ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ኣብ ሃገር ካናዳ ዝነብራ ራኢፍ ባዳዊ ብዓልቲ ቤት ኣብሳዑዲ ዓረብያ ን7 ዓመታት ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ዝሳቐ ዘሎ ተሓላቒ መሰል ምስ ሰለስተ ደቀን ቃል ካብ ዘስምዑ ነይረን።

ኣብዚ ርክባት ካብተን ኣብ ጭቆና ዝርከባ ዘለዋ  ኤርትራ፡ ኢትዮጵያ ወይ ሱዳን ቃል ዘስመዐ ኣይነበረን። ኣብዚ ርክብ ናይ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሓላፊ ኣህጉራዊ ዝምድናታት ኣቶ ወልደየሱስ ዓማርን ኣብ ሰብኣዊ ጉዳያት ዝነጥፍ ሙሴ ኤፍረምን ዝርከብዎም ውሑዳት ኤርትራውያን ተሳቲፎም።

The 11th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy  was convened at Geneva’s Palexpo on Tuesday, 26 March, attended by estimated 800 human rights advocates, pro-democracy activists, political opposition leaders and victims of despotic regimes all over the globe. Deep concerns were expressed about the resurgence of authoritarianism everywhere, even in formerly liberal societies.( https://www.genevasummit.org).

The general mood of anxiety over the decline of democracy and human rights was well expressed by the director of UN Watch, Mr. Hillel Neuer, when he stated that little can be expected to be okay at a time ‘’when countries like Eritrea and Saudi Arabic… join the UN Human Rights Council’’ to promote rule of law and democratic values in the world.

The Burundian democracy activist, Ms Ketty Nivyabandi, narrated disturbing details about the human rights abuses in her country, most of which sounded too familiar to Eritreans, but urged all pro-democracy activists to never let down. To this end, she quoted a Burundian proverb which goes: ‘’how long the dark hours of night may be, the sun will for sure rise in the morning and make it bright.’’

British-Somali Nimco Ali, who is a poet and human rights activist against female genital mutilation of which she was a survivor, said there are 200 million women in the world living with grave consequences of the FGM and that ‘’ there can never be true prosperity when the most vulnerable citizens in our society are subject of most brutal forms of violence’’. She is this year’s award winner of the Geneva Summit.          

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This year’s Geneva Summit, organized by an alliance of 25 NGOs, was addressed by prominent human rights activists intellectuals and political figures. Also taking the podium to tell harrowing stories were former prisoners and families of imprisoned political and social activists. The wife of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger now languishing in prison for seven years, was one of the panelists with her three children. They are currently in Canada as political refugees.

There were no victim-presenters from the hard-pressed states of Eritrea, Ethiopia or the two Sudans. Attending the conference were a few Eritreans, among them EPDP foreign relations head,  Woldeyesus Ammar, and the human rights advocate Mussie Ephrem from Sweden.   

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Earlier in the morning hours, the opening address of the Summit was presented by Mr. James Kirchick,  journalist,  author and visiting fellow of the Brookings Institute, who spoke on the challenges facing liberalism today. He said, “Democratic nations and democratic peoples must stand for the liberal idea, which means we must stand for human rights.”  His must read address is printed below. Good reading.

Full Remarks

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 In my work as a journalist reporting on struggles for democracy and freedom around the world, I have met an inspiring array of people. 13 years ago in Zimbabwe, when that country was in the depths of its repression under the dismal regime of Robert Mugabe, I interviewed a blind radio cricket commentator, purportedly the world’s first blind sports broadcaster. After criticizing the politicization of the country’s national cricket team live on air, he was visited at his place of work by government agents, who escorted him to a secret room where they beat the soles of his feet until they bled. A few weeks later, in South Africa, I met an exiled, former Zimbabwean policeman, who, after refusing to partake in organized election fraud, was seized upon by colleagues who mutilated his genitals with a knife.

In Cuba, I have visited the home of Berta Soler, leader of Las Damas de Blanco, or The Ladies in White, a coalition of wives, sisters, daughters, and mothers of political prisoners. Their peaceful, Sunday protests are regularly met with violence by state security agents, who drag the women by their hair through the streets. “The problem that Cuba has had isn’t the embargo,” Soler told me. “It’s the system that’s not working. Fidel and Raúl just sold a story that’s not true, internationally and domestically.” That corrupt and oppressive system persists in Cuba, and is working overtime to maintain an equally unjust system in Venezuela.

Near the Demilitarized Zone which divides North and South Korea, under dead of night and withstanding sub-zero temperatures, I joined a group of North Korean defectors in launching giant hot air balloons ferrying thousands of pro-democracy leaflets and a giant poster for the comedic film, The Interview, over the border into the world’s most repressive state. In the past, Pyongyang called the defectors who organize such covert launches “human scum” and promised to “physically eliminate” them. The man who organized this operation, the son of a former high-ranking North Korean regime official named Park Sang Hak, has been targeted as “Enemy Zero” by that government, which dispatched a double agent to kill him with a poison-tipped pen in 2011.

Belarus has been described as the “last dictatorship in Europe,” and it was there in December 2010, also in sub-zero temperatures, I witnessed the brutal aftermath of a stolen election. Special police units deployed by President Alexander Lukashenko mercilessly beat unarmed demonstrators, young and old, with truncheons. I witnessed one police officer repeatedly club a person who was trapped against a wall. Visiting the country 6 months later, I attended a performance of the Belarus Free Theatre, an acting troupe that must perform its politically subversive plays in abandoned buildings and in forests, and which advertises its performances via text message, sometimes just hours in advance.

And in Serbia, I covered the first, successful gay pride parade in that conservative, Orthodox Christian country. Though the demonstration transpired relatively peacefully, it required the protection of some 5,000 police officers, who had to guard marchers from violent protestors rioting across the city.

The individuals I’ve told you about just now speak a variety of languages, hail from diverse cultures, have different skin colors, pray to different gods – or no god – and represent an assortment of political and social causes. Yet despite these superficial differences, they all share something in common, something which, to my mind, is far more important than the many things which distinguish them: They are committed to the liberal idea, the belief that all human beings are endowed with fundamental rights which no government can take away. Some believe that these fundamental rights are granted by God. Others are convinced that a higher power has nothing to do with the matter. Whether one thinks that our rights to expression, self-determination, and freedom of conscience are God-given or not, however, has no bearing upon the fact that they are humanrights, by which they are rights inherent to us because we are human.

This liberal idea is a relatively new one. For most of human history, the notion that men – never mind women – possessed rights that were inviolable and safe from the whims of a king, or a regent or a tribal chieftain or some other absolute ruler was nonexistent. As my Brookings Institution colleague Robert Kagan recently wrote in The Washington Post, before the liberal idea took hold in the 18th century:

Generations of peasants were virtual slaves to generations of landowners. People were not free to think or believe as they wished, including about the most vitally important questions in a religious age — the questions of salvation or damnation of themselves and their loved ones. The shifting religious doctrines promulgated in Rome or Wittenberg <https://www.britannica.com/event/Reformation>  or London, on such matters as the meaning of the Eucharist, were transmitted down to the smallest parishes. The humblest peasant could be burned at the stake for deviating from orthodoxy. Anyone from the lowest to the highest could be subjected to the most horrific tortures and executions on the order of the king or the pope or their functionaries. People may have been left to the “habitual rhythms” of work and leisure, but their bodies and their souls were at the mercy of their secular and spiritual rulers.

It was only in the 19th century that slavery was abolished in the United States, and only in the 20ththat African-Americans and women were given full voting rights. Today, across most of the world, the freedoms that we enjoy in places like Geneva, or Washington, or Tokyo are a distant dream.

The liberal idea is a precious idea, and it is under threat from all sides like at no time since the Cold War, when Europe was divided into free and unfree halves and international communism posed an ideological and systemic challenge to liberal democracy. Though the global conflict between the communist and non-communist worlds may have brought us, on more than one occasion, to the brink of nuclear Armageddon, I believe that the struggle to protect and expand the liberal idea will be more difficult over the coming century than it was in the previous one. Today, the rulers of countries that used to be communist, like Russia, or ones that are nominally communist, like China, have shorn the failed economic model of the command economy yet maintain and regularly enhance authoritarian political practices. They offer a seemingly attractive bargain to not only their own citizens, but to those around the world: surrender some of your democratic freedoms in exchange for political stability, economic growth, and cultural cohesion.

The leading state exponent of this new ideology of authoritarianism is China, which is using its economic prowess to harness technology in troubling and, frankly, Orwellian ways. Facial recognition technology, a pervasive social credit system that could have been lifted from an episode of the dystopian TV series “Black Mirror,” the Great Firewall of China – such tools smother individual initiative and enforce societal control. Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jingping has removed presidential term limits, effectively making him president for life. With its Belt and Road economic development program, Beijing is flexing its muscles around the world and gaining political influence in regions traditionally hostile to its wiles, like Europe. According to the U.S. State Department, anywhere from 800,000 to 2 million Muslim Uyghur citizens are languishing in re-education camps. If China were just a giant Switzerland, we would have no reason to fear its rise. But in its current form, China presents a threat to the liberal world order and the liberal idea.  

Repressing their citizens at home, authoritarian states like China are using their long reach to attack critics abroad. In some cases, like Russia’s poisoning of the ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil last year, the tactics are audacious and deadly. Since publishing a paper two years ago documenting the extent of Chinese political influence in New Zealand, the academic Anne-Marie Brady has had her home and office broken into, her car damaged, and she has received threatening letters, emails and phone calls. “It is meant to scare me,” she recently told the Guardian newspaper. “To cause mental illness or inhibit the kinds of things I write on – to silence me. So I win by not being afraid.”

The individuals whom we will hear from today are similarly not afraid. Many of them have served time in prison for expressing their political beliefs or engaging in the sorts of peaceful, democratic activism which those of us who live in open societies take for granted. We are honored to be joined by the family of Raif Badawi, a Saudi advocate for freedom. After creating a website and discussion forum called “Free Saudi Liberals,” he was convicted by his country’s government of “violating Islamic values and propagating liberal thought.” Originally, the Saudi government recommended Raif be tried for apostasy, a crime punishable by death, merely because he liked a Facebook page which stated that “Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists are all equal.” Raif’s plight is especially meaningful to me; we are the same age, and “propagating liberal thought” is basically what I do for a living. Yet for Raif, it brought upon hundreds of lashes and a prison sentence.

At the age of 7, Nimco Ali was subjected to the barbaric practice of FGM, or female genital mutilation. This non-medical procedure affects an estimated 3 million girls every year around the world. It is gruesome and misogynistic; and is meant to exert control over women, deny them autonomy, and put them in their place. Nimco has devoted her life to stopping FGM and will explain to us how we can help her in this important task.

Yiang Jianli was a dutiful member of the Chinese Communist Party who became disillusioned with that country’s authoritarian system while witnessing the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, when the regime massacred thousands of his fellow students who were peacefully demonstrating for democracy. He has been imprisoned for his political activism and now resides in the United States.

These are just some of the voices you will hear from today. Different causes, different races, different countries, different languages, different traditions, different cultures, different political convictions. But they all share the same fundamental belief in human freedom. Don’t let anyone tell you that certain cultures are immune to democracy, or individual rights, or the liberal idea. The best argument against that hidebound prejudice are the testimonies you will hear today. 

Indeed, if there is one message I wish for us to glean from today’s discussions, it is an acknowledgement of the universality of human rights, which is really just an expression of the universality of the human experience. Across the world, and especially in the West, we are seeing a rise in what’s commonly referred to as “identity politics.” This is the belief that one’s identity – whether racial, religious, national, sexual, gender – is the key determinant in one’s life. Identity politics has the tendency to create unbridgeable divisions between people, emphasizing superficial differences over universal similarities.

The salience of identity as a determinant in global political trends is growing.  If the major world conflicts of the latter half of the last century were over economics, today, they are increasingly determined by identity. According to the political scientist Francis Fukuyama, who 30 years ago was prophesying The End of History, “Identity politics is no longer a minor phenomenon, playing out only in the rarified confines of university campuses or providing a backdrop to low-stakes skirmishes in ‘culture wars’ promoted by the mass media. Instead, identity politics has become a master concept that explains much of what is going on in global affairs.”

While our diverse identities are important to recognize and respect, we must not let it overwhelm our sense of what it is that unites us. By arguing that humans are ultimately defined by their irrevocable traits, the more extreme forms of identity politics are fundamentally opposed to the liberal idea; they are anti-Enlightenment. One hears the arguments of Western practitioners of identity politics replicated in the words of dictators who say that ideas like freedom and individual rights and democracy don’t apply to their cultures. But as the people in this room can attest, the rights of man are non-negotiable.

It is often said that a society should be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members – the aged, the infirm, the poor. The same metric applies to a world order beset by various forms of dictatorship – how do we treat the most vulnerable people, and the most vulnerable states? At a time when democracy is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise – when the world’s democracies are becoming less democratic and less powerful, and the world’s authoritarian states are becoming more internally repressive and externally assertive – it is all the more important for democratic nations, and democratic peoples, to work together. That is what we all are doing here today. Democratic alliances like the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and bilateral relationships between democratic countries, must be strengthened if human liberty is to flourish. Leaders of democratic countries must support these alliances and institutions, and speak out forthrightly in defense of liberal values wherever and whenever they are under attack.

With great freedom comes great responsibility. As a citizen of a free country who has been provided with a public platform, I believe that it is my responsibility to speak out when the fundamental rights of my fellow human beings are being repressed, especially when those fellow human beings are denied the right to speak for themselves. Freedom of expression is the most fundamental right of a liberal society – the right upon which all others are contingent. The founders of my country, the United States, understood its centrality, which is why they enshrined it as the First Amendment to our Constitution. Those of us who live in free societies are incredibly lucky to have this right; most of the world’s population does not.

Earlier this month in Washington, where I live and work, I listened to a speech from the president of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Hers is a small country in Eastern Europe, which for decades was occupied by the Soviet Union. Today, it is a dynamic, open, tech-savvy liberal democracy which tops global rankings for democratic participation, transparency, female participation in politics and the workplace and other leading indicators of societal advancement. Reflecting on a previous visit to the U.S. capital, she recalled walking along The National Mall, the grand park in downtown Washington where our monuments to presidents and war memorials are located. She recalled reading “the thoughts displayed on the walls of these monuments, and then I told myself, this is the place you have to always remember should life bring you among the decision makers in politics.”

ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ንኵሉ ብስርዓት ኢሳያስ ዝወረዶ ሓሳረ-መከራ ተጻዊሩ፡ ሓንቲ መዓልቲ ግዲ ትወግሕ ትኸውን ብዝብል ተስፋ እናተጸበየ እንከሎ፡ ብስም ውዕል ሰላም፡ ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኢትዮጵያ ዶክተር ኣብዪ ኣሕመድ ኣባ ጓይላ ኰይኑ ኣብ ዝመርሖ ናይ ምድማር ጭፈራ ኣይከሰርናን፡ ጕዳይ ዶብ ካልኣዊ ኢዩ፡ ዶር ኣብዪ ኣሕመድ ክመርሓና ኢዩ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያን ሓደ ህዝቢ ኢዩ …ወዘተ እናበለ ተዓጢቑ ከዅድድን ብሓጐስ ተፈንጪሑ ኣፍልቡ ክሃርምን ተራእየ። 

ብድሕር’ዚ ኢዩ እምበኣር ኣብ ውሽጢ ይኹን ኣብ ግዳም ዝርክብ ህዝብና “ደጊም ይኣክል” ኢሉ ዕምሪ ስልጣኑ ንምሕጻር ተላዒሉ ዘሎ። ስለ’ዚ፡ ሎሚ ጭርሖና “ይኣክል ተኣለ” ዝብል ደኣ’ምበር፡ ንኢሳያስን መጋበርያታቱን ቅዋም ክትግብሩልና፡ እሱራት ክፍትሑልና፡ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ከኽብሩልና ምልማን ወይ ምምሕጻን ኣይኰነን። ለባማት ኣቦታትናን ኣደታትናን ከም’ዚ ምስ ረኸቡ ኢዮም “ኣብ ዘይሰምዓካ ደብሪ ኣይትማህለል” ዝበሉ።

ኣብ ክፍለ-ዓለምና ኣፍሪቃ እኹል ዘይጕዱል ተመኵሮ ምስ ዲክታቶርያውን ስርዓታት ኣሎና ኢዩ። ዲክታቶራውያን መራሕቲ ኣፍሪቃ፡ ብቅዋም ዝግዝኡን ንቕዋም ዝምእዘዙን ኣይኰኑን። ስለዝዀኑ ድማ ኢዮም፡ ናይ ግዜ ገደብ ዘለዎ ቅዋም ከም ቍሪ ዝፈርሕዎን ተወዳደርቲ ሰልፍታት ክህልዉዎም ዘይደልዩን።

ህዝብና 'ይኣክል፡ ቅዋም ይተግበር' ክብል ከሎ: ገለ ክፋል ናይ ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ኰነ ገለ ካብ ትካላት ንመስርሕ "ተኣዘዝ-ፈጽም''ምንጻግ ክጅምር እንከሎ: ሃገር ብመላኡ ድማ (ዋላ'ውን ካብ ሰዓቢ ምልኪ ዝነበረ ከይተረፈ) 'ልዑላውነትና ልዕሊ ኩሉ' ብምባል ከድምጽ እንከሎ: ስልጣን ናብ ዋንኡ ህዝቢ ንክምለስን ቅዋም ንክትግበርን ምልካዊ ስርዓት የልግስ ማለት እምበር: እቲ ስርዓት ይቐጽል ማለት ኣይኰነን።  ደጊም ኤርትራ ብግዝኣተ ሕጊ'ምበር ብዊንታ ውልቀሰብ እይትመሓደርን ዝብል እምንቶ ህዝብን ሰዲህኤን እዩ።

ምልካዊ ስርዓት ኢሳያስ ኣብ መጻብቦ ኣትዩ ኣብ ዘለወሉ እዋን፡ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኰነ ንኣህጉራዊ ማሕበረሰብ ዳግማይ ንምትላል ውዲታዊ መደባት ሰሪዑ ክንቀሳቐስ ምዃኑ ፍሉጥ ኢዩ። ድሮ እኳ ቅዋም ክትግብር ኢየ፡ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ኤርትራውያን ክሕሎ ጸኒሑ ኢዩ፡ ሕጂ ድማ ብዝያዳ ክስርሓሉ ኢዩ እናበለ ንዕድመ ስልጣኑ ንምንዋሕን ነቲ ተጀሚሩ ዘሎ ተቓውሞታት ንምቝጻይን ፋሕተርተር ክብል ይርአ ኣሎ።

ከም ኣብነት ንምጥቃስ ዝኣክል፡ ኣብ’ቲ ብ11-13 መጋቢት 2019 ኣብ ዝተኻየደ ኣኼባ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ሕቡራት ሃገራት፡ (International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).) ተስፋሚካኤል ገራህቱን ኣደም ዑስማንን ዝርከብዎም ልኡኽ ስርዓት ኢሳያስ፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ናይ ፖለቲካ እሱራት የለውን፡ ናጽነት ናይ ርእይቶ ምግላጽ ኣሎ፡ ፓትሪያርክ ኤርትራ ብመንግስቲ ዘይኰነስ ብቤተ-ክርስትያን ኢዮም ተሓይሮም፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ 11 ኣብያተ-ማእሰርቲ ጥራሕ ኢዩ ዘሎ፡ ኣብያተ-ማእሰርቲ ኤርትራ፡ ናይ ጥዕና ኣገልግሎት መዘናግዕን ናይ መራኸቢ ብዙሓንን ኣገልግሎት ኣለዎ…ወዘተ እናበለ ነቲ ጽሓይ ዝወቕዖ ሓቅታት ክኽሕድን ብሓሶት መሬት ክጐብእን ዝተሰምዐ።  ካብ’ዚኦምሲ እንታይ ትጽበ?!!!!!!!!!

ህዝብና ግን፡ ድሕሪ ደጊም ብኸም’ዚ ዝኣመሰለ ሽጣራታት ክታለል የብሉን። እንታይ ደኣ፡ ክሳብ ሕጂ ዘታለልካና ይኣክል፤ ሕጂ ግን ተኣለየልና ጥራሕ ብምባል ጸኒዑ ክብድሆ ኣለዎ። ምኽንያቱ ድማ፡ ካብ  ስርዓት ኢሳያስ  ቅዋም  ክትግበር ምጽባይ ካብ ማይ ምሕቋን ሓሊፍካ ካልእ ትርጕም ክውሃቦ ስለዘይከኣል ኢዩ።

ኣብ መደምደምታ፡ ሕላገት መራሕቲ ስርዓት ኢሳያስ፡ ጥልመት፡ ሓሶት፡ ምብሓት ስልጣን፡ ምንጋስ ፍርሕን ራዕድን ምዃኑ ተረዲእና “ተኣለ ይኣክል” ኣብ ዝብል ካልኣይ ሳልሳይ ዘይብሉ ጭርሖ ተኣኪብና፡ ኣብ ውሽጥን ኣብ ግደምን እንርከብ ኤርትራውያን ነዚ እኩይ ስርዓት ንምእላይ በብንኽእሎ ኣገባብ ተወዲብና ክንቃለስ ይግብኣና።  

ስለ’ዚ፡ ሎሚ ጭርሖና “ይኣክል ተኣለ” ዝብል ደኣ’ምበር፡ ንኢሳያስን መጋበርያታቱን ቅዋም ክትግብሩልና፡ እሱራት ክፍትሑልና፡ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ከኽብሩልና ምልማን ወይ ምምሕጻን ኣይኰነን። “ኣብ ዘይሰምዓካ ደብሪ ኣይትማህለል” ዝብል ምስላ ለባማት ወለድና ከይንዝንግዕ ሓደራ።

ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ (ሰዲህኤ) ብ16 መጋቢት 2019 ፍሉይ ኣኼባ ኣካይዱ። ኣብ መኽፈቲ ናይዚ ኣኼባ ኣቦመንበር ማእከላይ ባይቶ ብጻይ መንግስተኣብ ኣስመሮም ናይ እንኳዕ ደሓን መጻእኩም ቃል ምስ ኣቕረበ፡ ብዛዕባ ናይቲ ኣኼባ ኣጀንዳታት ሓጺር መግለጺ ኣቕሪቡ።

ማእከላይ ባይቶ ኣብዚ ኣኼባ ካብ ዝተመያየጠሎም ዛዕባታት ሓደ፡ ኣብ መስርሕ ዘሎ ሓድነት፣ ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ኤርትራ-ሕድርን ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ዝምልከት ነይሩ። ባይቶ ነዚ ብዝምልከት ነቲ ኩነታት ክከታተል ብዝጸንሐ ኣካል ሰዲህኤ ሰፊሕ መብርሂ ሰሚዑ። በቲ ዝቐረበ መብርሂ መሰረት  ዳርጋ ኩሉ ኣቐዲሙ ክውዳእ ዝግበኦ ስረሓት ከም ዝተኸምተአን እቲ ካብ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ዝተመዘዘ ኣካል ብዝተኣማምን ምውህሃድን ስምምዕን ይቕጽል ከም ዘሎን ገሉጹ። ባይቶ ኣብቲ ዝቐረበ መብርሂ ብዕምቆት ድሕሪ ምዝርራብ እቲ መስርሕ በቲ ዘለዎ ናህሪ ክቕጽል ዝሕግዙ ሃነጽትን ሓገዝትን ሓሳባት ኣቕሪቡ።

ብዘይካዚ መጻኢ፣ 3ይን ሓድነታውን ጉባኤ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ዘዳሉ ዘሎ ሓባራዊ ኣሰናዳኢ  ሽማግለ በጺሕዎ ዘሎ ደረጃ ብዝምክትውን መብርሂ ቀሪቡ። ብመሰረት መብርሂ ኣደ-መንበር ሓባራዊት  ኣሰናዳኢት ሽማግለ፡ ስረሓት ሰልስተ ንኡሳን ሽማግለታት በጺሕዎ ዘሎ ደረጃ ብዝርዝር ቀሪቡ።  ብመሰረ ት እቲ ዝቐረበቶ መብርሂ፡ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ናብ 3ይን ሓድነታውን ጉባኤ ዝቐርብ ንድፊ ቅዋምን ፖለቲካዊ መደብ ዕዮን ንዝያዳ ዘተ ናብ መሰረታት ክልቲኡ ውድባት ብመንገዲ ኣቦ-መንበራት ተዘርጊሑ ከም ዘሎ ተጠቒሱ። ምስዚ ብዝተተሓሓዘ ኣባላት ክልቲኡ ውድባት መጻኢ ጉባኤ ንምዕዋት ኣባላት ዘሕብን ወፈያታት የካይዱ ከም ዘለዉ ተገሊጹ። ብዘካይዚ ኣብ ጉባኤ ዝሳተፉ ኣካላት ንምንጻር ቅዋማዊ ዳህሳስ ኣብ ምጥንቓቕ ደረጃ በጺሑ ከም ዘሎ ተሓቢሩ። ነዚ መብርሂ ዝተኸታተለ ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶን ንዘቕረቦም ኣገደስቲ  ሕቶታትውን፣ ብኣባላት ኣሰናዳኢት ሽማግለ በሪህሉ። ድሕሪዚ ባይቶ እቲ መስርሕ ምድላው ጽፉፍን ዕዉት ንክኸውን ዝሕግዙ ሓሳባት ኣቕሪቡ ኣብ ምዕዋቱ ካብኡ ዝድለ ንኸበርክት  ድልውነቱ ኣረጋጊጹ። መሰረታት ክልቲኡ ውድባት ክሳብ ሕጂ ንዘርኣይዎ ተወፋይነት ንኢዱ እዚ ተወፋይነት ንክቕጽል ከኣ ጸዊዑ።

ኣብዚ ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ምስ ሓድነት ኤርትራውያን ንፍትሒ ቀጻሊ ዘሎ ናይ ምቅርራብን ሓቢርካ   ምስራሕን መስርሕ ዘለዎ ደረጃ ዝዳህሰሰ ሓበሬታዊ ጸብጻብ ሰሚዑ። በቲ ነቲ መስርሕ ብሓላፍነት ሒዘምዎ ብዘለዉ ዝቐረበ ጸብጻብ መሰረት እቲ ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ መዳያት ሓቢርካ ንምስራሕ ተታሒዙ ዘሎ ውጥን ግዜ ብዘይምብኻን ተቐላጢፉ ንክቕጽል ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ኣተሓሳሲቡ። ከምኡ እውን  ሓባራዊ ጽላል ንምምስራት ምስ ዝተፈላለዩ ኣካላት ተታሒዙ ዘሎ መደባት ብዓንተቦ ክትግበር ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሃናጺ ሓስባት ኣቕሪቡ።

ኣብ መወዳእታ ማእክለይ ባይቶ ሰልፊ ዲሞክራሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ንህልዊ ኩነታት  ሃገርናን ከባቢናን ዝምልከቱ ሓበሬታትት ዳህሲሱ። በዚ ዳህሳስ መሰረት ሃገርናን ህዝብናን ብሰንኪ ዘይሓላፍነታዊ ኣካይዳ ጉጅለ ህግደፍ ኣብ ሓደጋ ከም ዘለዉ ብምጥቃስ፡ ሃገርናን ህዝብናን ካብዚ ኣንጸላልይዎም ዘለዉ ሓደጋ ንምድሓን ኤርትራውያን ብሓባር ክሰርሑ ኣብ ዝግደድሉ ደረጃ ከም ዘለና  ኣኼባ ማእከላይ ባይቶ ሰዲህኤ ባይቶ ኣመዝጊቡ።

ኣብዚ ሰሙን ኣብ ኣኼባ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ናይ ዝተሳተፈ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ኣቀራርባ እንደጋና ኣብ ቅድሚ ክኢላታት ሕቡራት ሃገራትን ተሳተፍትን ናይ ዝለዓለ፡ ስንባደን ጽልእን መርኣያ ኮይኑ። እቲ ቀዳማይ ርክብ ናይቲ ልኡኽ ምስ ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት፡ ብ11 መጋቢት 2019 ነይሩ። ኣብዚ ርክብዚ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ዓይኑ ኣዕሚቱ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ዕስራ ዓመታት ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝተፈጸመ ግጉይ ኣተሓሕዛ ሰብኣዊ መሰል የለን ኢሉ። እቲ ካለኣይን ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ኣዝዩ ዝተወጠረሉ ከኣ ኣብ 12ን 13ን መጋቢት 2019 ምስቲ 18 ኣባላት ዘለዉዎ፡ ምትግባርን ዘይምትግባርን፥ ዓለም ለኻዊ ስምምዕ ሲቪላውን ፖለቲካውን መስል (ዓስሲፖመ) ዝከታተል ኮሚተ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ዝነበሮ ርክብ እዩ።

ኤርትራ ነዚ ዓለም ለኻዊ ስምምዕ፡ መባእታዊ ሰብኣውን ፖለቲካውን መሰላት ህዝባ ከም እተኽብር፡ ቃል ብምእታው ብ2002 እያ ፈሪማትሉ። እንተኾነ ክሳብ ሕጂ ነቲ ዝኣተወቶ ቃል ብምጥሓስ፡ በዚ ናይ ምትግባርን ዘይምትግባርን እቲ ስምምዕ ናይ ምክትታል ሓላፍነት ዘለዎ ኣካል ንዝቐርበላ ሕቶታት ኣብ ምምላስ ዓንቂጻ እያ ጸኒሓ። ኤርትራ ኣብዚ ዓመትዚ’ኳ ኣብ መበል 125 ርክብ ናይቲ ኮሚተ ክትርከብ እንተተሰማምዐት፡ እንተኾነ ክሳብ ሕጂ ልኡኻ እቲ ዝተሓተቶ ሓበሬታ ብስኑድ ኣገባብ ከቕርብ ኣይከኣለን።

መራሒ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ኣቶ ተስፋሚካኤል ገራህቱን መጋይሽቱ ኣቶ ኣደም ዑስማንን፡ ምስቲ ኮሚተ ኣብ ዝገበርዎ ነዊሕ ግዜ ዝወሰደ ርክብ፡ ካብ ናይቲ ኮሚተ ሕቶታት ብምህዳምን ብዘይሕፍረት ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘየለ ሓቂ ብምዝርዛርን ኣባኺነምዎ። እቲ ዝለዓለ ክኢላታት ዝኣባላቱ ዓለምለኻዊ ላዕለዋይ ኮሚተ፡ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ግሁድ ክሕደት ገዲፉ ሓቂ ንክዛረብ’ኳ እንተጸዓረ፡ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ግና ናብቲ ቅኑዕ መንግዲ ክመጽእ ኣይከኣለን።

እዚ ኣብ ታሕቲ ተዘርዚሩ ዘሎ ካብቲ ኣቶ ተስፋሚካኤል ገራህቱን ኣቶ ኣደም ዑስማንን ዝኣባላቱ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ንሕቶታት ናይቶም በተን ንኤርትራ ወሲኽካ ነቲ ስምምዕ ሲቪላውን ፖለቲካውን መሰል ዝፈረማ ሃገራት ዝተመርጹ እሞ መዝነቶም ብባይቶ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣብ ጀነቫ ዝጸደቐ፡ ዓለምለኻዊ ክኢላታት ካብ ዝሃቦ መልስታት እዩ።

1፡ ኣብ መላእ ኤርትራ 11 ኣብያተ ማእሰርቲ ጥራይ እየን ዘለዋ።

2፡ ብዘይካ ውሱናት ኣብ ጉዳይ ሃገር ገበን ዝፈጸሙ፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ፖለቲካዊ እሱራት የለን።

3፡ ፕትርያርክ ሃገረ ኤርትራ ዝነበሩ ኣቡነ ኣንጠኒዮስ ኣብ ናይ ገዛ ማእሰርቲ ከም ዝተሓዙ ዝወሰነት ባዕላ ኦርተደኩሳዊት ቤተክርስትያን እያ።

4፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ኢደወነናዊ ማእሰርቲ የለን።

5፡ ማእሰርቲ 11 ኣባላት ጉጅለ 15፡ በቲ ፈጻሚ ኣካል ዘይኮነ፡ ብሃገራዊ ባይቶ ኤርትራ ዝተኣዘዘ እዩ።

6፡ ካብ 1991 ጀሚሩ ኣብ ኤርትራ ንሞት ዝተፈርደ የለን። ብዛዕባ ብዘይፍርዲ ምቕታል ዝቐርቡ ክስታት ከኣ መሰረት የብሎምን።

7፡ መንግስቲ ክቡር መሰል ወዲ ሰብ የኽብር እዩ። ኣብ ልዕሊ ንጹሃት እሱራት ምስቓይ ኣይፍጸምን።

8፡ ኣተሓሕዛ እሱራት ብመንጽር ምርካብ ኣገልግሎት ጥዕና፡ መዘናግዕን  ሚድያን ጽቡቕ እዩ።

9፡ ናይ ሚድያ ምቁጽጻር የለን። ፖለቲካዊ ርኢቶኡ ብምግላጹ ዝተኣስረ የለን።

10፡ ምቲ ናይ ጸላእቲ ግጉይ ጸብጻባት ዝሕብሮ፡ ኤርትራ ህዝቢ ዘየብላ ኣይኮነትን። ናይ ከተማታትና ጐደናታት ብመንእሰያት ዝተመልኣ እየን።

11፡ ኣብ ህዝቢ ስግኣትን ምቁጽጻርን የለን። ዝኾነ ዓይነት ምክትታል የለን። ኤርትራ ረቂቕ ጸጥታዊ ትካል የብላን። ፖሊስ ንቡር ስራሑ እዩ ዝሰርሕ።

12፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ፍርዳዊ ኣካል ናጻ እዩ። ፍትሒ ብግቡእ እዩ ዝወሃብ።

13፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ 190  ማሕበራት ኣለዋ። እዚ ድማ ናይ ምውዳብ ናጽነት ኣብነት እዩ።

14፡ ኣብዛ ሃገር ሕገመንግስታዊ ሃጓፍ የለን። ናይ ግንባር ቻርተርን ኣብኡ ተመስሪቱ ዝወጽእ ሕግታትን ኣለና። ሓዲሽ ሕገመንግስቲ ከኣ ኣብ መስርሕ ምንዳፍ ኣሎ።

15፡ ካብ ናጽነት ንደሓር ብላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ ዝተፈጸመ ጥሕሰት የለን። ስለዚ ናይ ዝይነበረ ሕሉፍ ገበን ተሓታቲ ዝኸውን የለን።

ከምዚ ተጠቒሱ ዘሎ ልኡኽ ኤርትራ በቲ ኮሚተ ንዝቐርበሉ ሕቶ እንዳጓሰየ፡ ናቱ ሓሳብ ዘቕረበሉ፡ ምስማዑ ዘስደምም ነይሩ። ማለት ካብቲ በቲ ኮሚተ ክኢላታት ዝቕርበሉ ዝነበረ ተባራዒ ሕቶታት ዝሃቦ ግቡእ ምላሽ ኣይነበሮን 

An Eritrean delegation to UN human rights meetings in Geneva this week was once more a source of shock, disgust and intense frustration to UN experts and the participant audiences. The first meeting was the interactive dialogue with the UN Human  Rights Council on 11 March when the delegation claimed that nothing went wrong in Eritrea in the past two decades. The second two-day meeting at which the delegation was grilled on 12 and 13 March was held with the 18-person UN committee responsible for monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Eritrea signed the ICCPR convention in 2002 by promising to respect and promote the fundamental human and political rights of its people. But since then, Eritrea refused to respond to any queries coming to it from the ICCPR Committee in charge of follow up of implementation by signatories of that international covenant. Eritrea this year agreed to meet the Committee at its 125th Session. Yet, the Eritrean delegation failed to submit the required written report.

Mr. Tesfamichael Gerhatu, the head of the Eritrean delegation,  and his colleague, Mr. Adem Osman, spent long hours with the ICCRP Committee evading its questions and shamelessly listing none existent "facts". The distinguished international experts of the ICCPR Committee at times begged the Eritrean envoys to be kind enough to known facts about Eritrea and stop "blanket denials." The Eritrean regime delegates were not willing to bend.

Below are a few samples of the Eritrean delegation's responses to questions of the international experts on human and political rights elected by all UN signatories of the ICCPR convention, including Eritrea, and approved by the UN General Assembly. Mr. Tesfamichael Gerhatu and his colleague said as follows:

  1. Eritrea has only 11 detention centers and the entire country;
  2. There are no political prisoners in Eritrea but a few detainees who committed "crimes against the state".
  3. It was not the Government but the Eritrean Orthodox Church itself that condemned to house arrest His Grace Abune Antonios, the Patriarch of the Eritrean church;
  4. No arbitrary arrests are made in Eritrea;
  5. The arrest and detention of the eleven members of G-15 in 2001 was ordered by the Eritrean National Assembly itself, not by the executive branch;
  6. No person has been condemned to death in Eritrea since 1991 and that allegations of extra-judicially executions have no basis whatsoever;
  7. The government fully respects the dignity of the human person and no torture is practiced against prisoners;
  8. Prison conditions are quite good with health and recreation facilities, and access to the media;
  9. Press censorship does not exist in Eritrea; no Eritrean is detained for expressing his political views;
  10. In spite of wrong reports by enemies, Eritrea is not emptied of its people; our cities are thriving with huge numbers of our young population;
  11. There is no state of fear or population control in Eritrea. No control, no surveillance of any sort. Eritrea has no sophisticated security apparatus but a police force doing normal duties;
  12. The judiciary system is independent in Eritrea and justice is well served;
  13. There exist 190 trade unions as an example of the freedom of association in the country;
  14. There is no constitutional vacuum in the country; we have a charter of the front and laws based on it; a new constitution is now in its drafting process;
  15. No abuses were committed by government officials in Eritrea since independence and no one will be submitted to accountability of none existent past crimes.....

Simply put, it was difficult to listen to the wild babble of the Eritrean delegates who ignored pertinent  queries of the ICCPR Committee and talked presented their alternative facts. No responses were given to several burning questions of the Committee members whose names are given in the table below.  

Name of Member

Nationality

Term expires on 31 December

Ms. Tania María
ABDO ROCHOLL
 Vice-Chair

Paraguay

2020

Mr. Yadh BEN ACHOUR

Tunisia

2022

Ms. Ilze BRANDS KEHRIS Rapporteur

Latvia

2020

Mr. Christopher Arif BULKAN

Guyana

2022

Mr.  Ahmed Amin FATHALLA, Chair

Egypt

2020

Mr. Shuichi FURUYA

Japan

2022

Mr. Christof HEYNS

South Africa

2020

Mr. Bamariam KOITA

Mauritania

2020

Ms. Marcia V.J. KRAN

Canada

2020

Mr. Duncan MUHUMUZA LAKI

Uganda

2022

Ms. Photini PAZARTZIS Vice-Chair

Greece

2022

Mr. Hernán QUEZADA CABRERA

Chile

2022

Ms. Vasilka SANCIN

Slovenia

2022

Mr. José Manuel SANTOS PAIS

Portugal

2020

Mr. Yuval SHANY, Vice-Chair

Israel

2020

Ms. Hélène TIGROUDJA

France

2022

Mr. Andreas ZIMMERMANN

Germany

2020

Mr. Gentian ZYBERI

Albania

2022

Friday, 15 March 2019 10:06

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The 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, currently holding chain of meetings in Geneva, has once more witnessed that Eritrea is not showing any signs of change in its bad human rights record. 

Speaking at the interactive dialogue on Eritrea on 11 March 2019, senior UN human rights officials and vast majority of country delegates reprimanded the Eritrean regime of its continued failure to implement hundreds of recommendations urging it to improve the human rights and political situation in the country. 

Deputy UN Human Rights Commissioner Kate Gilmore made yet another desperate yet strong appeal to the Eritrean regime to listen to international calls to be kind to its own people by correcting its past. She hoped that the Eritrean authorities  will consider  "shifting from security to development" of their nation.

The newly appointed Eritrea Human Rights Rapporteur, Daniela Kravez, also presented her first ever oral report to the  Human Rights Council and asked Eritrean authorities to take the new opportunities opened with the peace accord with Ethiopia. She regretted the absence of basic human and political rights in Eritrea for such a long time and the only prospect for change depends on starting to introduce the rule of law in the country. The Eritrean delegate, the same Tesfamichael Gerhatu, denied all charges and repeated cried out that "there is no human rights crisis" in the country.   (For full story, see link: http://www.harnnet.org/index.php/articles-corner/english-articles/item/5426-human-rights-council-holds-enhanced-interactive-dialogue-on-the-situation-of-human-rights-in-eritrea).

UN 4On the other hand, an event on Eritrea was organized at the UN Geneva offices on 12 March coordinated by Dr. Daniel Mekonnen, Director  the Eritrean Law Society. Panelists were Mr. Habteab Y. Ogubazghi, former judge of the Last  Court of Appeal in Eritrea, and  Ms Jelena Aparac,  a member of UN Working Group on mercenaries. The former spoke on the situation of the existing judiciary system in Eritrea and the latter updated the audience on the ongoing legal case of Eritrean victims against the Canadian Nevsun company. 

Meanwhile, another important two-day meeting on Eritrea is underway at the Wilson Palace, headquarters of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). A committee of experts is grilling  the Eritrean delegation with very difficult questions  on human, political and civil rights on Eritrea. (Full report on those critical meetings will follow soon).

ኣብ ጀነቫ ዝካየድ ዘሎ ተኸታታሊ፡ መበል 40 ርክብ ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝኾነ ንሰብኣዊ መሰል ዝምልከት ናይ ለውጢ ምልክት ከምዘየለ ተዓዚቡ።

ብ11 መጋቢት 2019 ኣብ ዝተኻየደ ሓጋዚ ምይይጥ፡ ላዕለዋይ ክኢላ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራትን መብዛሕተኦም ናይቲ ምይይጥ ልኡኻትን፡ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ፡ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ፖለቲካዊ ኩነታትን ከመሓይሽ ክቐርበሉ ንዝጸንሓ ኣማኢት ምሕጽንታታትን መጸዋዕታታትን ክትግብር ከምዘይበቕዐ ጠቒሶም።

ምክትል ኮሚሽነር፡ ኮሚሽን ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኬት ጊልሞረ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ዓለልም ለኻዊ ምሕጽንታ ብምስትብሃል፡ ሓላይ ህዝቡ ኮይኑ፡ ዝሓለፈ ጌጋኡ ብምእራም፡ ላዕለዎት ሓለፍቲ እታ ሃገር ካብ ክቱር ጸጥታዊ ምቁጽጻር ናብ ልምዓት ሃገር ከድህቡ ተስፋ ከም ዘለወን ብምጥቃስ፡ ሓያልን ዘስደምምን ምሕጽንታ ኣቕሪበን

ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣብ ጉዳይ ኤርትራ ሓጋዚ ምምይይጥ እናካየደ

ጉዳይ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ኤርትራ ክከታተላ ዝተመዘዛ ሓዳስ ተኸታታሊት፡ ዳኒየላ ክራቨዝ ብወገነን ብዛዕባ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ኣብ ኤርትራ፡ ናይ መጀመርያ ናይ ቃል ጸብጻበን ናብ ባይቶ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣቕሪበን። ኣብዚ ጸብጻበን ላዕለዎት ሰብ መዚ ኤርትራ፡ ነቲ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ተፈጢሩ ዘሎ ናይ ሰላም ስምምዕ፡ ኣብ ምኽባር ሰብኣዊ መሰል እውን ክጥቀምሉ ሓቲተን። ኣተሓሒዘን ከኣ ንክንድዚ ዝኣክል ግዜ ኣብ ኤርትራ ሰብኣውን ዲሞክራስያውን መሰል ምብኳሩ ከም ዝሻቕለን ጠቒሰን። ኣብዚ መዳይዚ እቲ ለውጢ ብምትእትታው ግዝኣተ-ሕጊ ክጅምር ከም ዝግበኦ ኣብሪሀን። ልኡኽ ኤርትራ ግና ከምቲ ተስፋሚካኤል ገራህቱ ዝበሎ፡ ንኹሉቲ ናብ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ዝቐርብ ክስን ኣውያትን “ኣብ ኤርትራ ቅልውላው ሰብኣዊ መሰል የለን” ብዝብል ነጺግዎ።

UN 2ብኻልእ ወገን ከኣ ብ12 መጋቢት 2019 ብዶ/ር ዳንኤል መኮነን ዳይረክተር  ኤርትራዊ ማሕበረሰብ ሕጊ ዝተወደበ ኣብ ጉዳይ ሰብኣዊ መሰል ኤርትራ ዝዘተየ ጠቓሚ ርክብ ተኻይዱ። ኣብዚ ርክብ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዳኛ ዝነበሩ ኣቶ ሃብተኣብ ዑቕባዝግን ወ/ሮ ጀለና ኣፓራክ ካብ ሕቡራት ሃገራትን ቃል ኣስሚዖም። እቶም ቀዳማይ ተዛራቢ ብዛዕባ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ናይ ፍርዲ መስርሕ ክገልጹ እንከለዉ፡ እተን ቀጺለን ቃል ዘስመዓ ወይዘሮ ከኣ፡  ብዛዕባ መስርሕ ፍርዲ ጉዳይ ኤርትራውያን ግዳያትን ካናዳዊ ኩባንያ ነቭሱንን ንተሳተፍቲ ኣብሪሀን።

ብዘይካዚ፡ ካልእ ኣገዳሲ ብዛዕባ ኤርትራ ዝዝቲ ናይ ክልተ መዓልታት ኣኼባ፡ ኣብ ዊልሰን ማእከላይ ቤት ጽሕፈት ላዕለዋይ ኮሚሽን ሰብኣዊ መሰል ተኻይዱ። ኣብዚ ኣኼባ ሓደ ናይ ክኢላታት ኮሚተ፡ ንልኡኽ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ኣብ ወሳኒ ንሰብኣዊ መሰላት ዝምልከቱ ጉዳያት ወጠርቲ ሕቶታት ኣቕሪብሉ።

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