|Ms. Beedwantee Keetharuth, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea|
The visit comes as the regime in Asmara has rejected her appointment, describing it as politically motivated and blocked her from entering the country. Following this, Keetharuth, in a statement issued by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said she "will engage with all others concerned by human rights in Eritrea, including those who consider themselves to be victims of alleged human rights violations, human rights defenders and other civil society actors" due to "a lack of access to Eritrea".
The10-day fact-finding mission to Ethiopia and Djibouti would be her first field mission since her appointment in November 2012 with a one-year mandate. In her one-year mandate, she is tasked with carrying out investigations on the human rights situation inside Eritrea and reporting her findings to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Her findings will be published in her first report to the UNHRC in June.