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Eritrea: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 5636, tabled on 6 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Government has made to the report of the UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, published in June 2015.

Answered on

9 July 2015

The Commission of Inquiry’s report was discussed during the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council. In the UK statement we made clear that we shared the Commission’s concerns about human rights in Eritrea and noted that Eritrea continues to fall short of domestic implementation of its international human rights obligations. We urged Eritrea to release all those arbitrarily detained and hold those responsible for violations to account. We will continue to call on the Eritrean Government to honour its obligations through discussions held under the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as well as the EU Article 8 Dialogue. We also regularly raise human rights concerns with the Eritrean Government through our bilateral engagement.

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