Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights - 62nd Ordinary Session, 25 April – 9 May 2018

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Eritrea acceded to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 14th January 1999 and deposited its instrument of accession on 15th March 1999. Although it is close to two decades late, Amnesty International welcomes Eritrea’s submission of its initial report covering the period 1999-2016 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Amnesty International hopes that this submission by Eritrea is the first of many more to come, and encourages the authorities to continue engaging with the ACHPR.

This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International’s research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.

Eritrea’s initial report refers to the improvements and priorities the authorities have made about national resource exploitation, celebration of people’s and communities’ cultures, and access to water.

Amnesty International notes and welcomes these improvements. However, the improvements do not mean much if citizens do not enjoy the freedom to live with dignity, choice and the ability to express themselves. The overall human rights situation in Eritrea is deplorable. Yet, the Eritrean government consistently refers to any human rights analysis of the country, as it does in the initial report, as politically motivated, exaggerated or unfounded