Eritrean government supporters threatened members of the COI

Eritrean government supporters threatened members of the COI

Radio Erena: 26 June 2015

Report by Biniam Simon

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Eritrean government supporters are reported to have threatened the members of the UN Human Rights Council mandated Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea at a rally they held in opposition to the report by the commission that found a possible crimes against humanity committed by the Eritrean government officials, including President Isaias.

The supporters targeted the Special Rapportteur – Sheila Keetharuth and visited her at the hotel she was staying at and made the threat.

Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council, in the opening statement at the convention held on the 23rd of June confirmed the threats made against the members of the commission and stressed out that additional investigation would be launched on the threats.

As a result of this, more law enforcement personnel were said to be deployed.

The supporters of the Eritrean government are reported to have staged a demonstration in denouncing the commission’s report in the Swiss capital of Geneva on the 22nd of June.

The UN Human Rights Council mandated Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea after a year-long investigation published a 500-page wide-ranging report details how the country, under President Isaias Afwerki’s government for the past 24 years, had created a repressive system in which people were routinely arrested at whim, detained, tortured, killed or went missing; reports of widespread and notorious sexual violence against women and girls in the military camps; forcing Eritreans in droves to flee the country and detailed extrajudicial killings, torture, sexual slavery and enforced child labor; and systematic and gross human rights violations, in general.

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