Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

24 December 2012

Eritrea: UN Special Rapporteur Urges Govt to Cooperate

Beedwantee Keetharuth, the newly-appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea called Eritrean authorities on Friday (Dec 21) to cooperate with her mandate, as required by the UN Human Rights Council.

She in particular requested to hold meetings with Eritrean diplomats in Geneva and in London at the start of her mandate. She said "The aim was to introduce myself and present my vision of the mandate in a spirit of openness, as well as to explore avenues for cooperation". Beedwantee Keetharuth has requested to travel to Eritrea in early 2013.

In her comments on her mandate she said "I hope that the Eritrean Government would consider the mandate of the Special Rapporteur as an opportunity to start a fresh and constructive dialogue on human rights issues that have been raised by the international community and other stakeholders,". The Special Rapporteuer also said she trusted the Eritrean Government would view her mandate as an opportunity "to carefully address Eritrea's compliance with its human rights obligations as contained in international treaties to which the country is a party."

She also noted that the primary concern of the Special Rapporteur is to provide an objective, fair and impartial picture of human rights in Eritrea. The Special Rapporteuer also said she trusted the Eritrean Government would view her mandate as an opportunity "to carefully address Eritrea's compliance with its human rights obligations as contained in international treaties to which the country is a party."

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