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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 Years Old Today

This year, Human Rights Day (10th December 2018) marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights of every human being. It is, therefore particularly important to look at how these rights are cared for and protected in every…

A Letter to Dr. Abiy Ahmed

Your Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   cc: The Honorable Ambassador Dr. Hailemichael Aberra Afework      London, United Kingdom    23 November 2018   Dear Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed, Re:  The peace process and relations between Ethiopia…

ERITREA: Angry Response to a Friendly Nation from the newest Member of the Human Rights Council questions about Eritrea’s Suitability as a Council Member

The government of Eritrea reacted most angrily to what it termed Germany’s “meddling in Eritrea’s affairs”, and “the hostile stance that the German Government has held against Eritrea”, and accused the German Government of being “Cynical about progress made in the peace agreement between Eritrea and…

A Travesty of Justice

The news that 160 nations’ representatives on 12 October 2018, voted for the state of Eritrea to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council must appall all who truly care about human rights and are working to see an end to abuses. Human Rights…

Open letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly

Dear members of the UN General Assembly, We are writing to you with a sense of considerable urgency to raise the issue of Eritrea’s possible future membership of the UN Human Rights Council. We understand that the Eritrean government has submitted an application to be elected…

Eritrea: Hopes for Democratic Change and Reform of National Service?

Following the recent rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia dated 7 July 2018, a number of media commentators, diplomats and foreign government officials have expressed hope that the political situation in Eritrea would be normalised soon. Attention must be given to the system of arbitrary and indefinite…

Is the Ethio-Eritrean Peace a Real Lasting and Sustainable Peace?

The two East African countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea, became independent from one another 25 years ago, but fought a war over their borders from 1998 to 2000, leaving around 100,000 dead. The so-called Algiers Agreement of 2002 brought an end to the conflict, and mandated a…

Oral Statement on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea

HRC 38 – Agenda Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea – HRC – Geneva Date: 26 June 2018 Thank you, Mr President, The International Fellowship for Reconciliation and Human Rights Concern – Eritrea thank the special rapporteur for her 5th report.…