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18 Sep 2018 description

GENEVA (18 September 2018) – The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia raises hopes that human rights will be at the centre of Eritrea’s path towards a society respectful of all fundamental rights, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth.

10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
Excellencies,
Colleagues and friends,

It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

06 Jul 2018 description

MORNING
6 July 2018

(excerpts)

Requests Two-Day Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights

26 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA (26 June 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea expressed concern that patterns of violations identified over the past six years persist, namely arbitrary and incommunicado detention, indefinite military/national service amounting to forced labour and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms.

19 Jun 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-eighth session
18 June–6 July 2018
Agenda item 4 Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Summary

14 Mar 2018 description

MORNING

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Provides Oral Updates on the Democratic People’s republic of Korea and on Eritrea

GENEVA (14 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this morning heard oral updates from Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and on Eritrea, then began its general debate on human rights situations requiring its attention.

14 Mar 2018 description

GENEVA (14 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation human of rights in Eritrea has deplored the arbitrary arrest and detention of hundreds people who have challenged the Government’s restrictions at a school, and expressed concerns about continued human rights violations across the country.

13 Mar 2018 description

AFTERNOON

GENEVA (12 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.

01 Mar 2018 description

GENEVA (1 March 2018) – The new policy by Israel to deport Eritrean and Sudanese nationals violates international human rights and refugee law, UN human rights experts* have said, calling on the authorities to immediately suspend and revise the policy and its implementation.

07 Nov 2017 description

Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
Mr. Vice-President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to present the annual report of the Human Rights Council to this General Assembly. I would like to begin by congratulating the fifteen recently elected Members of the Human Rights Council. I have full confidence that all Members will work hard to uphold the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr. Vice-President,

27 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA (27 October 2017) – The people of Eritrea are suffering unending brutal human rights violations, and thousands continue walking for days in a desperate bid to reach the borders with neighbouring countries, the UN General Assembly has heard.

Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth listed multiple severe violations of people’s human rights, pleading with the international community to show compassion to those who risked death to cross the border, where shoot-to-kill orders were allegedly carried out by the military.

28 Jun 2017 description

ROUNDUP

Decides to Dispatch a Team of International Experts to the Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Creates new Mandate on Persons Affected by Leprosy, Renews 10 Mandates including on Eritrea, Belarus and Extrajudicial Executions, and Appoints Four Special Procedures Mandate Holders

23 Jun 2017 description

AFTERNOON

Council Extends Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

GENEVA (23 June 2017) - The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted two resolutions in which it extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a period of one year, and in which it urged States to ensure that counter-terrorism measures were not discriminatory. The Council also appointed four Special Procedure mandate holders, and then closed its regular thirty-fifth session.

15 Jun 2017 description

GENEVA (15 June 2017) – Eritrea must stop delaying action to tackle the severe human rights abuses meted out to its citizens, a United Nations rights expert has warned in a new report to the Human Rights Council.

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, stressed that citizens continue to suffer arbitrary arrest, incommunicadodetention, enforced disappearances, and a national service system that amounts to enslavement.

08 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council

Thirty-fifth session

6-23 June 2017

Agenda item 4

Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth

Summary

13 Mar 2017 description

Conseil des droits de l'homme
APRES MIDI

13 mars 2017

Mme Keetharuth dit craindre qu'en échange d'accords migratoires de court terme, certains États ne ferment les yeux sur les crimes commis en Érythrée

13 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON

13 March 2017

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held separate interactive dialogues with Sheila Keetharuth, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, and with Fatsah Ouguergouz, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

28 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (28 October 2016) – States must heed the pleas of countless victims of crimes against humanity for justice and accountability, Sheila Keetharuth of the former UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea urged the UN General Assembly today. The Commission has recommended that the situation in Eritrea be referred to the International Criminal Court.

05 Jul 2016 description

Human Rights Council 

4 July 2016

Geneva (4 July 2016) – The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea welcomes resolution 32/24, which passed without a vote on Friday, 1 July during the thirty-second session of the Human Rights Council.

22 Jun 2016 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in Eritrea.