Eritreans Across the Globe Reject Renewal of Rapporteur’s Mandate
For Immediate Release
The UN Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution that extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. It is shameful and disgraceful that the UN Human Rights Council chose to adopt a resolution that was literally drafted by mercenaries who are in the business, not to defend human rights, but to destabilize nations so that their powerful sponsors and financiers can spread their hegemonic tentacles of domination and exploit the natural resources of the poor by taking away their economic and social rights.
This is a deplorable act designed to continue to trample over the sovereignty of a small African nation. This is not about human rights; it is designed to punish the independent-mindedness of a very young nation struggling to defend itself from multi-faceted external threats coming from its historical archenemies and their collaborators.
That is why Eritreans from across the globe vehemently reject the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to continue her anti-Eritrean crusade in the name of human rights, someone who has neither the capacity nor the willingness to learn to understand the realities and contexts of Eritrea.
Her anti-Eritrean disposition, her starkly biased and offensive views and her selective approach in sourcing her May 28, 2013 report, draw a profile of someone who should not be put in a position that requires a credible investigator. In her first report, she did not go where the facts were; she instead went where she could find people who could reinforce her politically motivated agenda: Eritrea’s enemies (Ethiopia, Djibouti), collaborators, and army deserters. But, she purposely ignored the voices of the tens if not hundreds of thousands of Eritreans across the world, though many tried hard to be heard. Furthermore her report had bold fabrications designed to appeal to emotions, fictional stories like “children as young as 7 or 8 years of age are crossing borders unaccompanied, citing dysfunctional family circumstances … or forced military training as the reasons for flight”. If this is the kind of investigation the Human Rights Council is looking for, it won’t be disappointed when it sits down on this issue next year. The Council will get more of the same.