UN Human Rights Council Extends Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Where Christians Face Increasing Persecution

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed arrive for an inauguration ceremony marking peace between their countries.

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, where Christians have been subjected to a fresh wave of intimidation.

The resolution was tabled by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and ensures that the role of Special Rapporteur continues for another year.

The Special Rapporteur is responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in Eritrea, but the country has failed to cooperate by refusing successive requests to visit, despite its obligations as a Council member.

In a recent report, the current Special Rapporteur for Eritrea, Daniela Kravetz, said that recent steps towards peace in the region had “raised expectations” of political and institutional reform within the country.

Eritrea has signed peace agreements with neighbouring Ethiopia and borders between the two countries re-opened earlier this year.

The developments led Catholic bishops in the country to write to the Eritrean government calling for a national reconciliation process to ensure justice for all.

Despite this plea, the government has seized nearly a dozen Catholic-operated health centres in recent months, many of them in remote areas.

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SOURCE: Christian Today