I the undersigned, categorically and unequivocally reject the politically motivated report of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE) and the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea.
The resolution and the appointment of the SR and establishment of the COIE are in fact a continuation of an orchestrated 16-year long political campaign that seeks to demonize and delegitimize Eritrea in the international arena, and erode the final and binding Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commissions delimitation and demarcation decisions.
The resolution on Eritrea was discriminatory from the get go. No country specific mandate should presume the existence of violations and prejudge guilt in advance, which is the case with Eritrea. How can a mandate co-authored and sponsored by Eritrea’s arch enemy Ethiopia be considered fair and impartial? The mandate also designates individuals who have a long record of making anti-Eritrea statements in the past, undermines the credibility, impartiality and integrity of reports produced. The mandate, therefore, is inherently discriminatory, and must be annulled.
As reflected in reports to the UN Human Right Council, the discriminatory acts include political bias in the mandate and the appointment of commissioners, the secrecy that surrounds the investigation, the lack of information on the backgrounds and professional capabilities of the researchers and consultants, an apparent absence of expertise on Eritrea, its history and reality, and reliance on unqualified and highly politicized sources. This history indicates a high probability of unverifiable allegations, distortions of fact and international law, and selective omissions, producing documents that are exploited in political, academic, media and legal frameworks, including submissions to the UN Human Rights Council
The SR and COIE reports ignored central dimensions, such as Ethiopia’s 16-year long occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories, the illegal and unjust sanctions imposed against the State of Eritrea, also engineered by Ethiopia and its handlers. Due to this and other blatant omissions, it was impossible for the SR and COIE to produce accurate and credible description and analysis of events in Eritrea. These fundamental failures characterized the Reports which were based on false premises and allegations by dubious individuals and groups, and asylum seekers and refugees.
I urge the UN Human Rights Council to reject its findings and terminate its politically motivated mandate.