Eritrea tyrant et al withdrew Ethiopia Rights abuse Res. for fear of embarrassment!

25 June 2017

On the final day of the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Friday, 23 June 2017, Eritrea tyrant & Co. were forced to withdraw a Resolution they tabled calling for investigation of Human Rights abuses in Ethiopia for the second year in a row for the same reason: Fear of embarrassment for there was not a single co-sponsor of the said resolution let alone find something even near a consensus again. Below video clip of Eritrea tyrant's agent de jour mumbling the painful and shameful death of Res. A/HRC/35/L.38 then and there until yet another attempt to resurrect it in future Session!
Below also original report of the Agentinian website in Spanish and a software English translation of same.



Eritrea withdraws resolution condemning abuses in Ethiopia

22 jun 2017

Eritrea today withdrew from the agenda of the Human Rights Council a resolution condemning the abuses and abuses committed by the Ethiopian government, urging it to lift a state of emergency and urged it to restore civil and political rights.

 The decision was taken at the last moment and the Eritrean representative simply said that they withdrew the resolution in order to be able to reach a greater consensus around it and that they would present it again.

 Today and tomorrow, the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council are voting resolutions submitted by their members on a wide range of issues and, essentially, violations of fundamental freedoms.

 Ethiopia, along with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was one of the "two country situations" that most expected to be able to vote, given the widespread and systematic abuses that are discussed in both.

 The DRC case will be voted on tomorrow, but Ethiopia's case has been postponed.

 The text drafted and then withdrawn by Eritrea - a country that split from Ethiopia in 1993 - "strongly condemns the persistent, widespread and systematic violations and abuses against fundamental rights committed in Ethiopia by the Government."

 In particular, the document cites excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against peaceful demonstrators, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, and extrajudicial executions.

 The resolution also condemned the ban on peaceful assembly, all expressions and symbols of political aspirations, as well as the "abusive application" of the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Act.

 The text particularly denied that the Ethiopian government uses the state of emergency "to suspend fundamental freedoms and rights and to crush by force any independent political expression."

 The state of emergency was declared in October 2016 and renewed in April 2017, and its provisions suspend all civic and political rights, prohibit public meetings, further limit freedom of expression, criminalize Internet access, and Impose the curfew from dusk to dawn.

 Against this background, the resolution urged the Ethiopian authorities to "cancel the state of emergency" and establish the rights of the Ethiopian people.