Jul 072012
 

ADDIS ABABA, Jul 7 – Eritrea on Saturday denounced as unfounded US sanctions imposed on two Eritrean government officials accused of links to al-Qaeda affiliated Somali rebels.

They had been targeted “not because there is a shred of truth or material evidence to the false accusations heaped upon them” but because the US wanted to give the impression it was tightening its sanctions, said a statement.

The United Nations had failed to establish the truth of the allegations, the foreign ministry statement added, describing the imposition of sanctions a “sinister ploy.”

On Thursday, the US imposed sanctions on six alleged backers of the Shebab rebels in Somalia, including Eritrean military officials Tewolde Habte Negash and Taeme Abraham Goitom. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 8:33 pm
Jul 072012
 

1. The current UN Human Rights Session in Geneva was virtually turned into a venue for intensive lobbying by US State Department officials in their dogged attempts to sully Eritrea’s image and to ram through a “resolution” to condemn it for numerous, fabricated, allegations of “gross violation of human rights”.   This new ploy originates from the desire to open a “new front” so as to tighten, or at least maintain, the unwarranted UN Security Council Resolutions (1907 and 2023) that the US had managed to impose against Eritrea in the past three years.  The timing is deliberately calibrated to coincide with the pending review of these resolutions by the UN Security Council in July or August. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 3:32 am
Jul 072012
 

The current UN Human Rights Session in Geneva was virtually turned into a venue for intensive lobbying by US State Department officials in their dogged attempts to sully Eritrea’s image and to ram through a “resolution” to condemn it for numerous, fabricated, allegations of “gross violation of human rights”. This new ploy originates from the desire to open a “new front” so as to tighten, or at least maintain, the unwarranted UN Security Council Resolutions (1907 and 2023) that the US had managed to impose against Eritrea in the past three years. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 3:30 am
Jul 072012
 

July 6, 2012

The United Nations Human Rights Council [4] took bold action to address the chronically poor human rights situations in Belarus [5] and Eritrea [6], Human Rights Watch said today, at the closing of the council’s 20th session.

The council unanimously condemned the “widespread and systematic violations” in Eritrea and appointed a UN [7] expert to investigate rights violations in the country. The council also appointed an expert to monitor the human rights situation in Belarus, in a vote of 22 to 5, with 20 abstentions.  Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:53 am
Jul 072012
 

[Global: Horn of Africa]

Since the establishment of the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) with Matt Bryden in the lead, there have been several calls on the UN Security Council to address the apparent double standards, anti-Eritrea bias, the SEMG’s lack of independence and undue US and Ethiopian influence on its work

In light of the fact that the SEMG is due to once again produce its Report on Eritrea and Somalia, readers should be forewarned and be prepared for a report that will undoubtedly seek to advance the long sought US and Ethiopia agendas vis-à-vis Eritrea’s economic, social and political development. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:38 am