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ERITREA: Joint submission for the UPR

Thursday 12 July 2018 - 2:23pm

United Nations Human Rights Council

Today, PEN International jointly with PEN Eritrea in Exile and the Committee to Protect Journalists made a submission in the framework of Eritrea's upcoming Universal Periodic Review.

Among other things, the coalition calls on the Eritrean government to:

  • Clarify the fate and whereabouts of all disappeared journalists and other writers, and provide all of those still alive with independent medical assessments and access to adequate medical treatment;
  • Return the bodies of any detained writers and journalists who have died in custody to their families;
  • Release immediately and unconditionally all disappeared journalists and other writers, and politicians arbitrarily detained;
  • Re-establish an independent media without constraints or interference and allow international media unfettered access to the country;
  • Encourage literary, artistic and cultural production;
  • Implement the 1997 Constitution and the rights it enshrines, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press and access to information;
  • Fully cooperate with the special procedures mandate holders, in particular the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.
  • Implement all constitutional provisions and international obligations relating to the right to life, liberty and security of person, including by unconditionally releasing all political prisoners, civil society activists and journalists;
  • Guarantee the physical integrity of all prisoners, improve conditions of detention in accordance with international standards and allow unhindered access by international monitors to all detention facilities;
  • Take all necessary steps to fully implement the principles of CAT in particular the duty to investigate allegations of torture and the right to redress;
  • Implement the 1997 Constitution and the rights it enshrines, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press and access to information;
  • Fully cooperate with the special procedures mandate holders, in particular the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.