Eritrea reviewed at 6th session of UPR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:13


On the morning of 30 November 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Eritrea was represented by the Economic Advisor for the Ministry of National Development, Mr Girmai Abraham. The majority of African States participating in the discussion took the opportunity to praise Eritrea for its commitment to human rights and their achievements within their current reality. However, a number of other States expressed concern about the following issues:

  • Women in Eritrea still undergo discrimination and have low rates of political and social participation. Female genitalia mutilation is widespread in the country despite laws being drafted to combat the practice.
  • Returning migrants in Eritrea suffer from social and employment discrimination. They are also harassed by Government officials and seen as traitors for having left the country in the past. Furthermore, the inhumane conditions of asylum seekers in provisory camps on the border with Ethiopia are of concern to the international community.
  • Further efforts should be made to avoid military conscription for minors and a fixed term of military service for adults.
  • A number of States raised concerns over freedom of religion, including allegations of harassment especially against Christians. In 2002, the Government banned all minority religious groups and over 3,000 members of religious minority groups are believed to be have been detained without charge or trial.
  • Several States claimed that the Eritrean authorities have frequently arrested suspected Government critics, including journalists. Also the Government prohibits the formation of private associations, including labour unions, and gatherings of more than three persons require Government permission.
  • The United States alleged that the Special Court, created to investigate and prosecute corruption, was being used to detain persons in secret prisons. The delegation claimed that there were no secret prisons in the country.
  • A large number of States called for the ratification on the Convention against Torture and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • A number of States urged Eritrea to establish a national human rights institution in the country.
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