Human Rights and Democracy 2013-14

Eritrea

Eritrea is one of 28 Countries of Concern included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every three months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken. You can read the latest updates on Eritrea here.

Comments on the Eritrea Quarterly updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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2 comments on “Eritrea

  1. Seble Ephrem says:

    Concerned? Now? Why? Eritrea and Eritreans were subjugated to horrific atrocities over 30 years until they ended it singlehandedly in 1991. No one, not UN US USSR (then) UK OAU (then) or any religious missions, came to their rescue or raised a peep by way of human rights on their behalf. Instead the enemy was supplied with untold millions of $$$ worth of weaponry, military training, logistics and ‘development aid’. I find it hard to trust the
    motive of the current rush and drive is untainted with a political agenda.
    If Eritrea has indeed engaged, ratified, considered the several areas mentioned in your report, why is it being railroaded to fulfill orders from bodies that are guided by political motivations. It must be feeling like it is being sat upon and dictated by remote control.
    Surely a sovereign state has the right to allow/disallow entry of undesirables as persona non grata, which the nominated Rapporteur has amply and repeatedly been reported to be.
    Eritrea fought long and hard for its right to independence and all the inhumanity perpetrated on its people through colonial legacies. It will now not forsake the human rights and protection of its own people.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      The United Kingdom remains very concerned about the human rights situation in Eritrea. Eritrea’s human rights record remains poor, including such abuses as arbitrary and inhumane detention, indefinite national service and lack of religious freedom, freedom of the media and of speech.

      The UK supported the UN Human Rights Council resolution in June 2014 to extend the mandate of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. We regret the continued lack of access for the Special Rapporteur and will continue to lobby the Government of Eritrea.

      However, we welcome Eritrea’s accession to the UN Convention on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in September 2014 and their commitment to report more regularly to the international community.