The Eritrean government has made a submission to the African Commission on People’s and Human Rights and – can you believe it? – they report everything is just fine!
You can find the report here: Africa Charter Eritrea Report
Remember the Constitution?
This is what the Eritrean report has to say: “The Constitution was adopted on May 23, 1997 by an 862 member Constituent Assembly established under Proclamation No 92/1996 and constituted a milestone in the political process of nation building of independent Eritrea.”
Errr….yes. And then President Isaias Afwerki refused to implement the Constitution and ordered that another Constitution should be written!
As the president declared in May 2014: ““I would thus like to announce in this occasion that a constitution drafting process will be launched in order to chart out the political roadmap for the future government structure.”
This is what the report says: “Equality before the Law is guaranteed and the process and administration is based on an independent judiciary comprising of hierarchical courts and a Public Prosecution institution headed by an Attorney General.”
Really? And what of the thousands held indefinitely, for political reasons, without recourse to the courts? The document is silent.
Review by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
The report will now be reviewed by the Commission. It has the responsibility to consider the Eritrean government’s submission and provide its own findings.
Should you wish to be involved in the review or make a submission to it here is the address:
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
P.O. Box 673
Telephone: (220) 4392962
Fax: (220) 4390 764