The Eritrean government has rejected the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur to the Red Sea nation.
UN Human Rights Council last July appointed Mauritian national
Beedwantee Keetharuth as Special Rapporteur to Eritrea to investigate
the situation of human rights in the Horn of Africa.
adopted the resolution in response to the continued and widespread gross
human right violations committed by the Eritrean authorities.
The appointee’s duty was to submit reports of its findings to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly.
the secretive East African nation has opposed the Council’s decision,
according to the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has declined
to allow the special Rapporteur carry out her duties in Asmara.
rejects the decision of the Council because it was politically
motivated and did not accept the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on
Neighbouring Ethiopia has welcomed the appointment and
called on the Eritrean Government to comply with the resolutions of the
Human Rights Council.
Eritrea, which also is referred by some right groups as a giant prison is one of the world’s leading human rights violators.
country has severe restrictions on freedom of press, freedom of
religious worship, freedom of expression. Conscription into the military
can be indefinite.