“ሕጂውን  ህዝቢ ኤርትራ
ብፍላይ መንእሰያት ኤርትራ ዝመጸ ይምጻእ ዝከበደ ይክበድ ተጻብኦን ሽርሕን እናሰገረ ኣብ ዝደልዮን ዝብህጎን ዕላማ ክንበጽሕ’ዩ”
ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ ወጻኢ
ንመንእሰያት ኤርትራ ንምግጋይ ብ Human Rights ዝተዘርግሐ.

Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea OHCHR

By resolution A/HRC/RES/26/24 adopted on 27 June 2014, the Human Rights Council (HRC) decided to establish, for a period of one year, a commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations of human rights in Eritrea. The mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI on Eritrea) includes violations of international human rights law committed since the country became an independent State, as outlined in the reports of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea.

The Commission will conduct its investigations with a view to identify possible patterns of systematic violations of human rights, make recommendations on how to improve the general human rights situation in the country and ensure accountability in the future. Through its work the Commission will also contribute to raising awareness of the situation of human rights in the country.

The legal framework that underlies the investigation will comprise of all obligations assumed by Eritrea under international human rights treaties and other relevant treaties as well as those applicable under customary international law.

The COI will present a written report with its findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in June 2015. It will provide oral updates on its work to the Human Rights Council in March 2015 and to the General Assembly in October 2015.

Methods of work

The COI will collect and document victims’ testimonies and the accounts of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators, including, where appropriate and feasible, through public hearings; and by visiting third countries.

It will seek the full cooperation of the Government of Eritrea and has issued a formal request to visit the country.

The COI will seek to develop regular dialogue and cooperation with the United Nations, including its specialized agencies, regional intergovernmental organizations, mandate holders, interested institutions, independent experts and non-governmental organizations.

The COI is also issuing a call for submissions to individuals, groups or organisations who wish to submit written information to the Commission. The call for submissions is open and will run until 31 January 2015.

Guiding principles
In carrying out its work, the COI and its secretariat will be guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity and the principle of “do no harm”, including in relation to guarantees of confidentiality and the protection of victims and witnesses.

Members of the COI

The Commission of Inquiry is composed of:
•           Mr Mike Smith, Chairperson
•           Ms Sheila B. Keetharuth, and
•           Mr Victor Dankwa

The Commissioners are not United Nations staff; they are not remunerated, and serve in their independent personal expert capacity.

Secretariat and Contact

An international secretariat of United Nations staff provides support to the COI. For any query relating to the COI or to provide information relevant to its mandate, please write to:
coieritrea@ohchr.org

or

Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea
OHCHR
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva
Switzerland

“Eritrea is not for sale”