The UN diplomat requested an extension of the investigation into this small country adjacent to Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.
On Monday, June 21, many Western countries expressed serious concerns about the ongoing human rights violations by Eritrea and the human rights violations committed by the Eritrean army in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
Diplomats speak at regular debates in 47 countrieselectronic The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) meeting will be held online until July 13. Some countries have requested the extension of the annual mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. This decision will be made by the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council on July 12 or 13.
During the debate, Rapporteur Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker admitted that“It is difficult to talk about the progress of the human rights situation in Eritrea”, in spite of “The authorities are continuing their policy of arbitrarily detaining individuals”.
“Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are held in solitary confinement indefinitely under inhumane conditions. In this regard, I have received corroborating testimony from the families of detainees, people who fled Eritrea, and former detainees in secret detention facilities.”, He continued.
According to human rights defenders, Eritrea is a small, poor country in the Horn of Africa. Although it began to relax significantly with neighboring Ethiopia in 2018, it is still one of the most closed and repressive countries on the African continent.