Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation in Eritrea on International Human Rights Day , Dr. Nicole Miller
Excerpt outlining the EU Delegation’s commitment to work with the State of Eritrea
The EU Delegation is pleased to partner with the State of Eritrea in the enhancement of the living conditions of the Eritrean population in the framework of a rights-based approach.
The coming year looks set to be very active in the field of human rights for Eritrea. Membership of the Human Rights Council, review within the UPR Process as well as the Chairmanship of the Khartoum Process.
Eritrea is just about to embark on a three year membership of the UN Human Rights Council. We wish Eritrea success throughout its membership, which is no mean feat and is an important responsibility. We are looking forward to working with Eritrea throughout this journey.
Furthermore, Eritrea will, next month, undergo its Third Review within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review, an instrument of the Human Rights Council that Eritrea has been fully committed to. We encourage individual states to make structured recommendations that will result in the Government undertaking viable steps to ensure the continued improvement of human rights in Eritrea.
The EU also commends Eritrea on its upcoming chairmanship of the Khartoum Process and looks forward to close cooperation in this regard. Also known as the EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative, The Khartoum Process is a platform for political cooperation amongst the countries along the migration route between the Horn of Africa and Europe, aimed at addressing the root causes of migration and fighting human trafficking and smuggling, which remain a serious concern for us all.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In conclusion, hectic and exciting months are ahead of us, full of challenges as well as opportunities in terms of protection and respect of human rights worldwide. The European Union will continue to stand on the frontline to fully support every individual, every entity and every country committed to defending and implementing the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.