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Ensure Continued Scrutiny of the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

11 June 2019
 To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
 Ensure continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Eritrea 

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

 Ahead of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Coun­cil”), we write to you as a cross-re­gional group of non-governmental organizations to share our serious concerns over the sys­te­ma­tic, wide­spread and…
Eritrean refugees hold placards during a protest against the Eritrean government outside their embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel May 11, 2015.

Submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Dear Commissioner King:
 Human Rights Watch has examined human rights violations in Eritrea since independence in 1991, but especially the steady deterioration of human rights since 2001. In that year, the government closed all independent…
Wendy Isaack, researcher at Human Rights Watch, delivers a statement at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Banjul, Gambia, November 6, 2017.
To Permanent Representatives of
 Members and Observer States of the
 UN Human Rights Council
 Geneva, 5 June 2017
 RE: Renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea 
Eritrean refugees in Sudan’s Shagarab refugee camp

To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
Dear SAARC Government Leaders: As the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet in New Delhi on April 3 and 4, 2007, the discussions will inevitably focus upon economics and regional security. At SAARC meetings, human…
Thomas Amolo Director of Political Affairs  Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Nairobi, Kenya  Dear Mr. Amolo, Human Rights Watch's research has found that the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, and the United…

Letter to President Issayas Afewerki

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the treatment of more than one hundred Eritrean citizens forcibly repatriated from Libya during the last two weeks of July. We respectfully request assurances from your government that they will not be…

Letter to Mu'ammar al-Gadaffi

Human Rights Watch has learned that your government may be in the process of forcibly returning Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Libya to Eritrea, where they face unlawful detention and probable torture. We have received reports that Eritreans are…
Dear Mr. President, In recent weeks, the Eritrean government has lobbied the United States to use Eritrea's Red Sea ports as military bases in the war against terrorism. Secretary Rumsfeld left open the possibility…