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Eritrean Delegation's Statement of the report presented by Special Rapporteur on Eritrea


Main UN room in Geneva


STATEMENT PRESENTED BY THE ERITREAN DELEGATION ON 
THE OCCASION OF THE REPORT PRESENTED BY THE SPECIAL 
RAPPORTUER ON ERITREA to the 26th Session.


Geneva, 18 June 2014

Mr President,

My delegation expresses its best wishes for the successful conclusion of the 26th Session under your able leadership. Eritrea is encouraged by the support rendered and the acknowledgement of its prevailing situation by a number of Member States during its UPR Presentation.

Mr President,

In the last 70 years Eritrea has been a victim of the geopolitical agenda. As a pattern of that behaviour, the continued occupation of its territories, the unwarranted hostilities and the unjust sanction imposed on Eritrea are aspects of the reality that need to be considered as obstacles in its efforts to establish a life of prosperity and dignity for everyone.

Politically motivated allegations disguised as human right issues have also constituted another front, posing challenges to my country. Eritrea readily acknowledges, like all countries, that it faces human rights challenges which the government constantly fights and seeks to address. The categorization applied of gross violation of human rights in Eritrea is, however, totally unacceptable.

Mr President,

In the last few years Eritrea has worked to clarify the country’s situation and has responded to all allegations. I will not also respond directly to the current report with its sensational appeals which cannot mislead members in this house and which we totally reject. In this statement, my delegation will share with the Council the following issues which depict our principled positions rather than respond tin detail to the current report which is totally rejected:

  1. Strengthening Cooperation and engagement at international and regional levels has been the major focus of Eritrea in the last three years. The partnership with the UN has been consolidated through the signing of a strategic Framework of Cooperation. Cooperation with the HRC and High Commissioner has also been stepped up at various levels. Regular engagements and interactions with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and political dialogue with the EU resident representative and missions in Eritrea are also ongoing, within the framework of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. It has also been meeting its reporting obligations to the UN bodies.

  2. Eritrea’s commitment to the UPR process is a reflection of the internal dynamics that drives development in general and human rights in particular.In this context, the Government has accepted a broad range of recommendations that touch upon the civil and political as well as the economic, social, and cultural rights.

  3. The political process constituted a significant dimension of the development course of our nation building. The Constitution, the National Charter and the pertinent laws have served as the basis of this course. Hence, participatory political system at home and abroad has been evolving. To further enhance the political process and safeguard the well being of Eritreans in the full enjoyment of the bill of rights, as well as considering the progresses, experiences and challenges of the last two decades, H.E. the President of the State of Eritrea on May 24, 2014 has declared that a new constitution drafting process will belaunched to chart out the political road map for the future governmental structure in Eritrea.

  4.  In the Development agenda, revitalization of the economy and the integrated social sector transformations are manifested in the promising economic growth rate and in the improvement of living conditions by providing equitable and quality social services, including by focusing on the disadvantaged. The MDG achievements also have been nothing less than remarkable. But vicious attacks have been going on in order to undermine the growth of the economy, stifle the new mining sector and negate the development successes.

  5. The National Service system has been very critical to consolidate the hard won peace and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation, which is the legitimate right of every nation. Its role to accelerate the rehabilitation and development of a country that suffered from decades of war has been significant. Furthermore, it is contributing to the socialization, upbringing and development participation of a new generation. It must be born in mind, however, that the implementation of the programme is dictated by the prevailing reality, and allegations brought on the system are thus illegitimate. Furthermore, the accusation of children’s involvement in military service is totally unfounded.

  6. Fighting against the tragic phenomenon of Trafficking in persons and smuggling has also been a major task affecting the social fabrics of our society. The pull factor dimension is crucial and evident. There are involvements at various levels, including individuals, groups who claim themselves as human right defenders, and some governments with political agenda. The preferential treatment to Eritrean migrants in countries of destination is also an additional incentive and a pull factor. Given the seriousness of the issue, the President of Eritrea has called for an independent investigation in his letter to the UN Secretary-General.

Despite all these challenges, the Government, with its limited capacity, has been making every effort to address the issue through public awareness campaigns, punishing perpetrators and enhancing cooperation with countries of the region, the UN system and other relevant bodies. Such measures including the AU led initiative held in Khartoum in May 2014 with the participation of Eritrea will help the coordinated effort to prevent Horn of Africa youth from being lured to criminal networks of human trafficking and smuggling.

Mr President,

Having elaborated some of the essential issues let me now turn to the Special Rapportuer (SR) and her current Report. The Government has all along expressed its serious concerns about politically motivated country specific resolutions that undermine constructive engagement. Eritrea, therefore, reiterates its rejection of the resolutions that have established and renewed the mandate of the SR as well as her current report. The concerns of my delegation are:

  • The SR has continued to deny the actual realities in Eritrea by involving herself in a campaign trail to influence public opinion and act as an activist rather than a mandate holder. Her behaviour and position has been opposed, including through official communications of my delegation to the Council and the High Commissioner,
  • The selective and biased collection of information has continued as a pattern of compiling her report and has failed to accommodate diverse views which compromised her neutrality, and
  • Although the SR met a number of Eritrean Government officials since her appointment, she has not included the information she was provided with in her reports nor did she refer to the official responses of the government. This is a violation of Article 13 of HRC/RES/5/2.

Mr President,

Allow me now to give the following concluding remarks for consideration by the
HRC:-
  • Eritrea urges the Council to drop the Resolutions.
  • My delegation reiterates its call to address the continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories as a violation of the human rights of the Eritrean people in the relevant agenda item of the HRC
  • My delegation also urges the Council to refrain from accepting abusive languages of the kind, “forced conscriptions”, “forced labour”, “shoot to kill policy” and “guilty by association” in its documents that denigrate and undermine the national laws of a UN member state.


I thank you Mr President

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16 comments:

  1. She and the the whole U.N. also should be told are racist and indulge in the misery of the poor and defenceless.

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  2. Truth will prevail as usual always despite blindness. Eritrean stance will win as ever

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  3. A smelly indian, trying to be a racist? LOL

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  4. "segens risa tekeberet......".
    This should start in reality, free political prisoners, implement rule of law....etc.
    Then only then you can talk about Human rights.
    Because every nation in world knows your crimes and you cant run or hide.

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  5. Shhhh and shine my shoes now

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  6. Some highlights from the speech:

    1. On realities on the ground and Eritrea's rights

    "..My delegation reiterates its call to address the continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories as a violation of the human rights of the Eritrean people in the relevant agenda item of the HRC..."

    "..The National Service system has been very critical to consolidate the hard won peace and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation, which is the legitimate right of every nation...."


    2. On politically motivated and over all assigning of the mandate:

    " ....Politically motivated allegations disguised as human right issues have also constituted another front, posing challenges to my country...."

    "...The SR has continued to deny the actual realities in Eritrea by involving herself in a campaign trail to influence public opinion and act as an activist rather than a mandate holder...."


    3. On SR's handling of the issue and her disrespect and insult of Eritrea

    "...My delegation also urges the Council to refrain from accepting abusive languages of the kind, “forced conscriptions”, “forced labor”, “shoot to kill policy” and “guilty by association” in its documents that denigrate and undermine the national laws of a UN member state...."

    “…The selective and biased collection of information
    has continued as a pattern of compiling her report and has failed to
    accommodate diverse views which compromised her neutrality…:”

    “…Although the SR met a number of Eritrean Government officials since her appointment, she has not included the information she was provided with in her reports nor did she refer to the official responses of the government. This is a violation of Article 13 of HRC/RES/5/2….”

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  7. The mad dog is getting cornered from all directions. The regime is in it's 11 hour. I smell FREE Eritrea.

    The regime supporters, another one in your list to call names of Agame and CIA.

    Long live Eritrea
    Long live wedi Ali
    Long live pilot Dejen

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  8. Sir, you better buy new shoes, this Shoes that you are wearing can't be shined. They are worn out, can't you see.They are tatered, I know your arrogance comes from your wonded ego, I know you feelbad but that is the reality, ...... your shoes Stink to heavens.

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  9. Taco change is good so why not upgrade to a burrito? Look the meaning of burrito and it could not be more fitting a character for you. Small mind.
    1865 june 19.

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  10. Nah, he is flat like casadias.
    In his quest to pose as an Eritrean, look at his/her slogans. He couldn't even place out martyrs there, now being just the time June 20 and all
    See, these people are simply hopeless and to tell you the truth they are not a match to the Eritrean people and its government. I mean we are the ones giving them too much credit, otherwise, like I said - they are FLAT

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  11. Hey, deki abaity!

    Look at what Hilary Clinton has to say about introducing national service into the US system:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWKM0pFQvHs
    She is suggesting to do just like what Eritrea is doing! They can learn something form that small, but superb nation, her government is going out of its way to crash.
    Let us see the purpose of the noble national Service of our beloved nation Eritrea:
    1. Defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Eritrea. Every one, I mean EVERY ONE, has to do his/her share in protecting that nation
    2. It serves as a medium by which all 9 ethnic groups; all religions; all communities; from all walk of life; at all educational and professional level ; come together, know each other, know the culture of their multi cultural nation, know their county and country people, and be one - Simply lovely and noble!
    The youth from one place gets a chance to meat and socialize with his country man from other places. The Saho , Kunama, Nara, Rashaida, tigrigna, Afar, Tigre, Bilen, Hidareb - from cities and from countryside all come converge at SAWA.
    Clinton also stressed on this - USA is divided into groups such than one doesn't know the other at all. Which is an ingredient to disaster, particularly if you are a third world country located in a strategic and volatile location, at that.
    3.It is a transition period for the youth, where by they gain some experience, identify their potential, know their level and know how to gain from their talent. It is also a place where they develop their social consciousness, social life, learn to love and to tolerate.
    4. The youth got the chance to do its historic contribution in developing Eritrea economically. This is imperative as, Eritrea is a new county who came out from a prolonged war and devastation. There is no way Eritrea or any other nation at a similar position, can develop with out the service it gets from its people, at least at the initial stage
    All in all, Ms Clinton, you are welcome!

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  12. It so sad to read some the comment in this web site at list have a decency to respect our fallen hero on their memory eve Eritera suffered enough don't you guys think it's better to build nation than to tear it we all know for every hate their is issue behind it please please build your nation stop being a laughing stock of the world Eritera will move on with you or without you but better to part of it long live Eritera!!long live PFDJ!! for the record I am not a member of PFDJ I just love what they do

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  13. Let the bad elements try this once more thus they'll add some more cement for their burial.

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  14. Oh goody...
    Even your mama would not beleive that. It is like, sell your trash somewhere else, Only Eritreans are here, We pay our 2 %, we send money to our country, we participate in the economic development of Eritrea, we participate in protecting the national security of our country,
    So, flat head, sale that some where else

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  15. It has become the norm with the regime and regime supporters that the United States is behind all these and that.
    I think we should go to war with US to solve our issues.

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  16. Due to your respect mr Taco I don't think war is the solution for every problem ,what you seems to forgot is the United States is a major guarantor for Allegers agreement between Eritera and Ethiopia and this is major obstacle for every and every problem so the government has responsibility let the world know on every plat form possible

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