Eritrea: Isyas Faces Another Step Closer to ICC Global Court

Asmara (HAN) July 5, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Security News – The Hague, the first permanent global criminal court moves another step closer to being fully operational to investigate human rights violations in Eritrea and Eritrea’s strong man, Isaias Afwerki.

Updates: Eritrea faces a second year of scrutiny by human rights investigators after the U.N. body overseeing them extended their mission on Thursday, a decision that may put the government at risk of referral to the International Criminal Court.

The U.N. Human Rights Council asked the independent investigators to use the time to consider if the Horn of Africa country was committing “crimes against humanity” – a level of offence that can be prosecuted by the global tribunal.

Eritrea’s envoy to the Geneva-based rights council described the decision as “politicised” and dismissed an earlier report detailing testimony of widespread torture, sexual violence, forced labour and mass surveillance as unfounded and biased.

Eritrea is one of the poorest countries in the world and around 5,000 of its citizens flee every month to try and join migrants heading towards Europe, according to the United Nations.

Somalia, which formally asked the U.N. council to extend the investigation of its near neighbour Eritrea, has regularly accused Eritrea of backing militants on its a territory, a charge Asmara rejects. Djibouti, which shares a border with Eritrea, also backed the resolution.

The investigators, who submitted a report last month, had recommended that the council extend their remit to decide whether crimes against humanity had been committed.

In the past they have said such a finding could lead later to a case before the Hague-based global court – a tribunal set up to investigate the worst crimes when local courts fail.

Thursday’s resolution told the investigators to look into “systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in Eritrea with a view to ensuring full accountability”.

Eritrean envoy Tesfamicael Gerahtu told the 47-member Council that his country believed that “the draft resolution is a recipe for sustained confrontation with no dividend for the promotion of human rights”.

He called Djibouti and Somalia “the usual bidders… on behalf of the main known architects”.

Gerahtu said Eritrea was “redoubling its development efforts to achieve a qualitative leap in the next three to four years,” and was strengthening human rights as part of this effort.

The three U.N. investigators were given police protection, even inside the secure U.N. complex, after a senior official said they had received threats on the street and at their hotel. AFP, HAN and Reuters.


 

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Isayas and his network of criminal Hamasen and akaleguzay must be stopped by killing more and destroying more lives . I plead to the good people of Ethiopia to intervene and stop this madness . He is worse than Iddi Amin, Mengistu , khemer rouge of cambodia , and sisay Bare of Somalia . Please Ethiopia and djibouti save us from this devil on earth who robbed us of normal life. This Pscycho and the Hamasen gangs must go . We need help from the United States and th good people of the world .

    • THE TRUE ERITREAN WISH YOU WOULD, WE WILL SLAUGHTER YOU WEAKLING LIKE WE ALWAYS DO ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, 123,000 OF YOUR TROOPS AND TWO THIRD OF YOUR ARMAMENT WERE DESTROYED, AND THAT WAS CONFIRMED FOREIGN OBSERVERS. ALSO, YOUR GENERALS WERE LITERALLY CRYING FOR SUCH A FAILURE.

  2. Axmed I know u are from tigraig ethiopa , but u have to know all eritrean people they are ambassader to on country. pls afrika with afrkan solution not with united states .

  3. axmed pls go away with your crippled and nonsense ideology, The UN must negotiate with Eritrean abroad who are praying day and night to come peace and democracy in their country. Eritrea and Eritreans are not Libians or Iraqis, they don’t have rooms to entertain outsiders.

  4. Lol, these 2 dysfunctional ‘countries’, Djibouti and somalia. One is basically a military outpost for foreign powers, not even a real country. The other hasn’t had any ruling government in over 20 years.

    • THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. ERITREA WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL. IT HAS NEVER AND WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED.

  5. NO MATTER HOW MANY ARTICLES THESE WESTERN WHITE SUPREMEST ENEMIES AND THEIR COONS SLAVES/PUPPETS WRITE, YOU WILL NEVER SEPARATE THE ERITREAN GOVERNMENT FROM THE ERITREAN PEOPLE, YOU WILL NEVER HINDER ERITREA’S PROGRESS, AND WILL NEVER DESTABILIZE THE ONLY PEACEFUL NATION ON THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA IF NOT THE WORLD. ERITREA WILL NEVER KNEEL. TO ALL YOU UNDERCOVER ETHIOPIANS THAT SURF THE INTERNET TO COMMENT NEGATIVELY ABOUT ERITREA, CREATE VIDEO’S TO PORTRAY ERITREA IN A NEGATIVE MANNER, OR ANY METHODS YOU COWARDS USE IS FUTILE. ERITREA IS HERE TO STAY, SHABIA/EPLF IS HERE TO STAY.

    MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO THE ERITREAN PRESIDENT ISAIAS AFWERKI, ERITREAN GOVERNMENT, AND “REAL” ERITREAN PEOPLE.

    DEATH TO THE ENEMIES

    GLORY TO OUR MARTYRS

    VICTORY TO THE MASSES

  6. Ahmed, Akeleguzay is scared territory never was with this dictator or will be, check most of the G-15 are from Akeleguzay and Metahit, just like some Metahit are Korakur like some Akele are but majority are seen as non followers of this criminal thugs. He hides behind Hamasien and confuse Seraye so let’s speak the truth her if you don’t know check with your elders. All tribes and regions that denounce this killers Akele is align with them, our elders thought us better..

  7. This has to be a joke, right? UN has lost credibility with the people of Eritrea since 1952 when they sold us off to the highest bidder as a strategic interest.

    The only people who want’s President to ICC are the want seeking regieme changed.

    DON’T BE FOOLED… we’ve had our “arab spring” for the last 60yrs and there’s nothing you could to Eritrea the world (UN) has committed.

  8. Wow, finally I find something that really give us information. In Mexico, many people doesn’t even know that Eritrea it’s a country! Pretty sad…

  9. Message to all Eritreans inside and outside Eritrea!
    The dictatorial regime of Isayas afeworki is deteriorating.It has reached on the level of not operating even its day to day ordinary missions let alone bringing higher performances of the government.Isayas is starting to hide him self from any government and party members at higher level .The public is unaware of the current situation in Eritrea.Some of the military and government officers are consulting their nearest relatives and friends how to exit from Eritrea.Some of the diplomats of Eritrea abroad are said that they have arranged to defect but until their last time they do not stop to count their salaries.
    There fore we(members of the Eritrean army) here by reuest and urge every Eritrean inside and outside Eritrea to cooperate the country from failing.Eritrea is at the verge of collapse!every Eritrean inside and outside Eritrea to take a continous protest!

  10. The fact the UN report was partially plagiarized and now the ICC innuendos are comical. How such a great organization has become a medium to intervene politically for the interest of it’s main benefactors and calls itself a medium is sad history. Some laugh at these matters, but Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Congo, from EAST to WEST, NORTH to SOUTH , we are AFRICA! Let’s leave this nonsense calling each other tribal names and looking for the approval of outsiders, let’s get it done ourselves and let the western powers deal with their own, social , economical and environmental issues. For those that seek foreign interventions outside of Africa, please emigrate to Europe or the Americas and let us AFRICANS do what we do best, chill and share stories of good!

    Let there be peace in AFRICA! ONE AFRICA FOR ALL AFRICANS!

  11. Dear

    What do you mean human right violation?

    First UK should be but in trail since UK never gave Eritrea independence in 1960′ . Let’s first punish the cause of problem. We know every country have problem and Eritrean problem can be solved by Eritreans.

    Superpower countries do want country that changes them in system of governance. If they let Eritrea to continue other Africans will follow.

    Eritrean government created policies out of fear and they allows the citizens to suffer .

    Eritreans should demand from UN borders with Ethiopia to be inforced.

    When there is fear no economic development and no freedom of religion

  12. Jumbo , attacking the messenger and name calling is not smart way of thinking . I am sure you feel sorry for those of us who dump dive to get some thing to eat , or serve as maids in the lands of racist Arabs, die in the oceans and seas of the world ,prostitutes in Europe and Americas .If you are a Hamasen , you should condemn your brother and save your own legacy . While you are calling me names Isaias is still killing my people . What else can you do ?

  13. This psycho Isaise is the worst ever dictator on the planet.Tens of thousands of citizens are killed and detained. . The crimes mentioned by CoIE are just a spoon from an ocean.This person should have to be refered to the criminal court otherwise he will be a problem to the world. This criminal person has the biggest mafia network in the region.

  14. Human right has been used by USA as genocide, human right is crippled and work perfectly as an agency by money. They do not care about Eritrea,Shiela collected her tales from Shemelba Tigrai/Ethiopia/ and translated by few Eritrean criminals who are more than happy to see Eritrea to wash by blood. He assignment is done, she sat on wheel barrow pushed by CIA all the way to corrupted UN Head quarter/under USA administration/,Eritrea is an easy apple for Sheila to do the dirty drama. When she was invited to stream, she was very emotional, but of course CIA is encouraged her to have huge money if she win the drama.

    Human right dirty does not allow to speak about the biggest catastrophes committed by USA and Western in IRA,AFGANISTAN,LIBYA now cluster bomb are falling in children Yemen. Human right is simply USA a sun Glass.

  15. Elias : fool, you need to know that The USA is beacon of light in the otherwise dark world run by criminal Hamasen Mafia headed by Isaias ” The Psychopath. You logic is crippled for suggesting the whole world is picking on Prophet ISAIAS AFewerki. Think hard and smart ! I think regime change is what we need from all the good people of the world and specially from Ethiopia and djibouti .

    • AXMED,were you drunk when you write this rubbish, First when you mention Iseyas,he did not get power simply by coup or USA corruption method, but by crushed the biggest army in Africa who supported By USA and Soviet union. I have never deny that we have some holes to cover and we will do it.We are closely followed the criminal propaganda by CIA with help of western….this is shit and disgusting biased, they used for Iraq and Libya to destroy.

      You said USA is light of the world, which country got light? or all middle east is being burn even Libya ,can you justify this you dirty lemani.I respect the great Ethiopian people I never mention their name though the leaders who beg food and weapons to kill Eritrean for years.But sick and dirty like you never represent single Ethiopian person, you insult Eritrean people.
      Write sensible that any body can learn or shut your sticking mouth, always useless and hopeless case person is good for nothing but insult.Komal dirty

      • Dear Elias, You don’t need to insult him if you are to teach him & others. We all should respect the great people of both countries, Ethiopia & Erotrea. But, Elias, you are wrong when we say Isayas got power by demolishing his enemy, as Shabeya did it alone. Had he been that strong, they wouldn’t hung there for 30 years. The victory is a result of joint struggle of both people, and mainly a result of strong opposition of the Ethiopian people. Finally, I solicit all Eritreans to unite & find solution to the horrible life our families are suffering from in our beloved country, Eritrea.

        • I share with you Brother Ibrahim, but he came to insult people, I did not mention Ethiopian people, but irresponsible person like him pushes people to say back.

      • Dear Elias, You don’t need to insult anyone if your intention is to give explanation to him & / others. We all should respect the great peoples of both countries, Ethiopia & Erotrea. But, Elias, you are wrong when you say Isayas got power by demolishing his enemy, as Shaebya did it alone. Had Shaebya been that strong, it wouldn’t hung there for about 30 years. The victory over Dergue is a result of joint struggle of both peoples, and mainly a result of strong opposition from the Ethiopian people. We should admit the truth. Finally, I solicit all Eritreans to unite together & find solution for the horrible life our families are suffering from in our beloved country, Eritrea.

  16. No matter what Eritrean people is Isays and Isayas is Eritrean people. Please stop talking about Eritrea We Eritreans do not want any suggestion on how to solve our problem not begging to western countries like the rubbish country Ethiopia. Eritreans do not mention the name of that country since our Independence Day because we doing our business not have enough time to beg western country so leave us alone we do not want you mind your business solve your problem go your land is sold for foreigners go ask your Wonaye. Isays never beg and kneel down to western as a result we know how the future Conner stone built in Eritrea if you want we can teach you self reliance instead wearing salvage (left over cloth of western countries

  17. You try to divide the country by awreaja because you understand how Eritrean people is strong . Every effort done to down Eritrea was not working now staring a new method to divide Eritrea by awraja. It is a dead idea. Whole country is one do not tell us what is going on in Ethiopia. The first country in the world violet human right is Ethiopia but Ethiopia is always begging from western country do every thing what western country desire so go collect western left over do not bother us do not mention our country. We showed you our power so you have to admit you lost . Because you could not make it by power. Now you try to declare war of identity do not work in Eritrea

  18. Message to all eritreans inside and out side eritrea!
    We members of the eritrean military(and known as the eritrean military movement) have allready finished our full strategy to topple the dictator Isayas and his hand full elites through military quedeta.The quedeta will be operated at any time between july 2015 up to april 2016.we urge every eritrean people inside and outside eritrea to support the operation.Theoperation is intended to bring a democratic government in eritrea elected by the mass.

  19. Alem, fear God ,when did your mother rape, you can write as much as you can of any body but such immoral language is not good for you. When you write, please write with norms and value of the people. And try to show evidence, otherwise it just show what sort of person you are nothing else.

  20. Timali Shaebia, Lomi Shabie, Tsibah Shabia … please remember this. All this propaganda is absolute non-sense and most Eritreans are not fooled. Ethiopia trying to attack Eritrea will only result in the downfall of the current Ethiopian regime. I pray that there is no more war but like Isayas said once, if war with Eritrea was difficult in 98, it will be impossible today.

  21. Hello !!! Mr. Forever Eritrean
    Are you crazy? You try to defend this mad dog Isias Afewerki because you are same tribe with him. OK but think about it, Issias Aferwerki is destroying your tribe and all ‘Eritrea including Hamessin. So, it is your foolishness to praise and defend destroyer of Eritrea.
    Issias is not and cannot harm Ethiopia because they have strong army. But, the only he destroys is Eritreans.
    look back and see what your country is today, is what you fought for 30 years?
    Eritrea is isolated from all other world.
    Eritrea is military weak today and even this government cannot stop Ethiopia to hold Badama and Sala Ambasa.
    You can see how economy and freedom is suffering under this mad dog

    Eritrean should stop self denial which is foolish concept.

  22. From what I read the above comments, I realize how much most Eritrean are decided n suffered psychologically. Pls don’t take my comment as if it were insult. Some ppl want to show how strong eritrea army is. The time is was to far from that kind of mentality. Now most African countries are struggling to improve their quality of life. Eritrean I knew back in a days were very quality n bright minded when they were living in Addis. Now I see some ppl still talk about 19t2 UN decision. Call a person “slave” one time, then he will call himself the rest of his life if he is really … . sad but true! Almighty God help u …

  23. I’m really sad for Eritreans half brothers and Ststers they are living in the Death Zone the World know what’s going on there

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