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Human Rights Concern - Eritrea (HRCE) is an independent non profit making, human rights organization based in UK. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of Eritreans at home and all over the world. HRCE believes that all human beings are equal regardless of race, religion, gender and political affiliation and strives for a peaceful Eritrea where fundamental human rights are respected.
Sheila B. Keetharuth

Statement by Sheila B. Keetharuth, Member of the Former COI & Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

On October 27, 2016, Sheila B. Keetharuth, member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, gave the following statement at the 71st session of the General Assembly, Third Committee. (Item 68 b, c)

Honourable Chair,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I will brief you in my capacity as a member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. I will present the final report of the Commission (A/HRC/32/47), which was jointly presented to the Human Rights Council by the three Commissioners, Mike Smith as Chair, and Victor Dankwa and myself as members, in June 2016.

In its work, the Commission has been at all times guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, and the principle of “do no harm”; the protection of witnesses and victims was a central concern for the Commission. Continue reading

A Moving Speech Delivered by Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon giving her moving speech about her jailed parents and her own heartbreaking story at a UN side-event

Hanna Petros Solomon, the daughter of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohaness who have been both imprisoned incommunicado since 2001 and 2003 respectively, gave the following moving speech at the side-event, organized by Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Co-sponsored by: Article 19, DefendDefenders, and International Fellowship for Reconciliation, during the 32nd Human Rights Council Session, 22nd June 2016, Palais de Nations, Geneva: Continue reading

HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum Reflects back on Journey to UN COI on Eritrea

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum reflects on the 7-year long journey that culminated with the establishment of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. With a humble note, Ms. Chyrum remebers her personal experience and expresses her deep gratitude for all the support and help that brought the journey to fruition. This is what she shared on her experience while lobbying at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, starting “from Nothing to the Establishment of the Commission on Inquiry (COI)…

It started with visiting the Human Rights Council, in Geneva in September 2008, and after 6 years of non stop lobbying and advocacy, a Commission of Inquiry was established on 27 June 2014, to investigate and document the human rights violations from 1993 to the present time.

Continue reading

The Report Of the Commision of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

The report was released publicly throught a press conference on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 10:30 AM.

This page contains a short and long (detailed findings) version of the COI report, a press release on the report, an updated fact sheet and visual material – satellite photos, a map and drawings from an Eritrean torture survivor.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIEritrea/Pages/ReportCoIEritrea.aspx

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE Delivered a Speech at the UN Human Rights Council, 28th Session

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE at the UN Human Rights Council

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE at the UN Human Rights Council

Elsa Chyrum, director of Human Rights Concern, Ertrea, delivered a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council, 28th Session, on 16th March 2015 on Agenda Item 4, Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea. Here is the full content of the speech: Continue reading

Elsa Chyrum’s Speech at the Ohio University African Student Union 2014 Heroine Lecture on April 13, 2014

elsa_speechMy name is Elsa Chyrum, and I am an Eritrean human rights activist, and a Director of
Human Rights Concern – Eritrea, a London based NGO which advocates for the rights of all Eritreans.

I would like first to congratulate the African Studies Programme at the Ohio University on their 50th anniversary and its achievements.  I would also like to thank the Ohio University’s African Student Union for inviting me, and hosting me during my stay in Athens. I thank all those who worked hard to make yesterday’s event successful. Continue reading

Sheila B. Keetharuth

Statement by Sheila B. Keetharuth, Member of the Former COI & Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea

On October 27, 2016, Sheila B. Keetharuth, member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, gave the following statement at the 71st session of the General Assembly, Third Committee. (Item 68 b, c)

Honourable Chair,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I will brief you in my capacity as a member of the former Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. I will present the final report of the Commission (A/HRC/32/47), which was jointly presented to the Human Rights Council by the three Commissioners, Mike Smith as Chair, and Victor Dankwa and myself as members, in June 2016.

In its work, the Commission has been at all times guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, and the principle of “do no harm”; the protection of witnesses and victims was a central concern for the Commission. Continue reading

A Moving Speech Delivered by Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon

Hanna Petros Solomon giving her moving speech about her jailed parents and her own heartbreaking story at a UN side-event

Hanna Petros Solomon, the daughter of Petros Solomon and Aster Yohaness who have been both imprisoned incommunicado since 2001 and 2003 respectively, gave the following moving speech at the side-event, organized by Human Rights Concern-Eritrea and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Co-sponsored by: Article 19, DefendDefenders, and International Fellowship for Reconciliation, during the 32nd Human Rights Council Session, 22nd June 2016, Palais de Nations, Geneva: Continue reading

HRCE’s Elizabeth Chyrum Reflects back on Journey to UN COI on Eritrea

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum with colleagues

Elizabeth Chyrum reflects on the 7-year long journey that culminated with the establishment of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. With a humble note, Ms. Chyrum remebers her personal experience and expresses her deep gratitude for all the support and help that brought the journey to fruition. This is what she shared on her experience while lobbying at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, starting “from Nothing to the Establishment of the Commission on Inquiry (COI)…

It started with visiting the Human Rights Council, in Geneva in September 2008, and after 6 years of non stop lobbying and advocacy, a Commission of Inquiry was established on 27 June 2014, to investigate and document the human rights violations from 1993 to the present time.

Continue reading

The Report Of the Commision of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

Memebers of the UN CoI on Human Rights in Eritrea

The report was released publicly throught a press conference on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 10:30 AM.

This page contains a short and long (detailed findings) version of the COI report, a press release on the report, an updated fact sheet and visual material – satellite photos, a map and drawings from an Eritrean torture survivor.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIEritrea/Pages/ReportCoIEritrea.aspx

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE Delivered a Speech at the UN Human Rights Council, 28th Session

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE at the UN Human Rights Council

Elsa Chyrum of HRCE at the UN Human Rights Council

Elsa Chyrum, director of Human Rights Concern, Ertrea, delivered a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council, 28th Session, on 16th March 2015 on Agenda Item 4, Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea. Here is the full content of the speech: Continue reading

Elsa Chyrum’s Speech at the Ohio University African Student Union 2014 Heroine Lecture on April 13, 2014

elsa_speechMy name is Elsa Chyrum, and I am an Eritrean human rights activist, and a Director of
Human Rights Concern – Eritrea, a London based NGO which advocates for the rights of all Eritreans.

I would like first to congratulate the African Studies Programme at the Ohio University on their 50th anniversary and its achievements.  I would also like to thank the Ohio University’s African Student Union for inviting me, and hosting me during my stay in Athens. I thank all those who worked hard to make yesterday’s event successful. Continue reading