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Adopt appropriate measures to end impunity in Eritrea!

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ኣብ ኤርትራ ይፍጸም ዘሎ ሕልፍ ዝበለ ምግሃስ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት መታን ከብቅዕ፡ ማሕበረሰብ ዓለም ኣብ ልዕሊ ስርዓት ህግደፍ ተሪር ስጉምታት ክወስድ፡ ነቶም ቀንዲ በደለኛታት ድማ ኣብ ፍርዲ ከቕርቦም ንጽውዕ! 

ندعو المجتمع الدولي إلى اتخاذ إجراءات صارمة ضد الحزب الحاكم في إريتريا، وتقديم المسؤولين عن انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان إلى العدالة.

To the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva

Your Excellency,

This letter is addressed to you by a huge crowd of justice-seeking Eritrean exiles, who are congregating in Geneva on the 26th of June 2015, for a mass demonstration that coveys our unflinching support to the report of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE).

We are conducting our mass demonstration at a time when the crisis of human rights in Eritrea has reached a very crucial level, which involves a possible situation of crimes against humanity. We are glad to know that the international community is now paying due attention to the dire state of human rights in Eritrea. While we see this as a very important development in our fight to end impunity, we also note that some crucial measures still need to be taken urgently in order to avoid further human suffering in our country.

We therefore call on the Human Rights Council to ensure that those most responsible for a possible situation of crimes against humanity in Eritrea are held accountable pursuant to the existing legal framework of international criminal justice. Indeed, it is time for the international community to devise appropriate methods by which accountability for gross human rights violations is ensured meaningfully. Such measures shall include, among other things, the adoption of effective targeted sanctions against those who appear to be most responsible for a possible situation of crimes against humanity in Eritrea.

As noted by the report of the COIE, we also urge the Human Right Council to adopt appropriate follow-up measures, with a view to providing conclusive findings on the issue of crimes against humanity in Eritrea. In this regard, we also believe that the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur (Ms. Sheila B Keetharuth) is another important step.

Pending the adoption of appropriate accountability measures, we urge the Human Rights Council to give due consideration to the Eritrean refugee crisis, by advising recipient countries to continue providing appropriate legal protection to all Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees wherever they are.

Your Excellency, we hope that you will give your utmost consideration to the issues of concern we have pointed out above, and we look forward to reading a resolution of your Council that adequately captures these considerations.

Thank you in anticipation of your kind cooperation, and we will look forward to hearing from you.

Coordinating Committee of the Demonstration of Eritreans in Geneva

26 June 2015

Geneva

Email: demogeneva@gmail.com

CC: To all Members of the Human Rights Council (through their diplomatic missions in Geneva)



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