Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights in Eritrea
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
Human Rights Council – 52nd Session
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Thank you, High Commission al-Nashif, for your alarming and moving appeal as well as your appreciation for the cooperation with your office’s most recent visit to Eritrea despite the lack of follow up and further cooperation by the government. And thank you, Special Rapporteur Babiker, for your sober presentation, including on enforced disappearance. Ms Tsehaye, I admire the courage of your emotional testimony.
Eritrea should respect the ongoing peace process in Ethiopia. We call on Eritrea to meaningfully engage with international human rights mechanisms, including investigations into reports of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by Eritrean troops, and to institute domestic accountability mechanisms. Eritrean Defense Forces have been implicated in serious human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, rape, and torture of civilians in northern Ethiopia, including the Tigray region.
We also condemn Eritrea’s documented human rights violations and abuses against its own citizens, including torture, arbitrary detention, and other abuses against those exercising freedoms of expression and religion or belief, and the indefinite national service system.
Question: Do you have any updates on the fate of the remaining G-15 political prisoners detained in 2001?
I thank you.