The human rights situation in Eritrea is in focus at the 41st regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), under way in Geneva until July 12. A particular point of controversy is the extension of the mandate of the UN envoy tasked with monitoring the Horn of Africa country. Sheila Keetharut was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea in October 2012. The former Mauritian human rights activist recorded regular reports of human rights abuses in Eritrea. Despite repeated requests, however, she was always denied access to the country. “This sitting of the UN Human Rights Council is leaning at the moment toward not extending her mandate, because there is now a peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia,” Wolfgang Schreiner, an Eritrea expert at the German branch of Amnesty International, told DW. “Amnesty wants such a mandate to remain because it is known that nothing at all has changed with the human rights situation in Eritrea.” Eritrea and Ethiopia resumed diplomatic ties in 2018 after two decades of conflict Rogue state in HRC Human rights organizations continue to describe the situation in Eritrea as “worrying.” Despite the end of the state of warwith its neighbor Ethiopia, the country is still quite sealed… Read full this story
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