A Special Rapporteur Engaged in a Smear Campaign

A Special Rapporteur Engaged in a Smear Campaign
The conduct and presentation of Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, over the last two years has been neither that of an independent expert, nor that of an impartial observer. She has instead been one of an activist that is publicly engaged in an anti-Eritrea campaign on and off the cameras. If in the beginning we were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, today, after two years of her vocal and public campaigns against our country, we are certain she is not interested in fact finding or working to advance Human Rights in Eritrea, but as a hired agent of a smear campaign against Eritrea. We thus call on the UN Human Rights Council to end this politically motivated country specific mandate and work with Eritrea through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

Peace Held Hostage by Ethiopia for Thirteen Years

Thirteen years ago this day, on December 12, 2000, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a Peace Agreement in Algiers, Algeria with representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the President of Algeria as guarantors and witnesses. Based on this historic Agreement an independent EEBC (Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission) was mandated to delimit and demarcate the disputed Eritrea-Ethiopia border and the parties had said they “agree that the delimitation and demarcation determinations of the Commission shall be final and binding.” When they signed the Algiers Agreement they were committing themselves that they “shall respect the border so determined, as well as the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the other party.”

Thus, it is about time that those who put their signatures on the Agreement see to it that the Agreement is meticulously implemented. They should help the parties, Ethiopia and Eritrea, travel the path of peace and bilateral cooperation.