Situation of human rights in Eritrea

Year

2023

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

53

Session Type

Regular

Agenda Item

2

Country Concerned

Eritrea

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • Although the resolution was adopted under Agenda Item 2 rather than Agenda Item 4, it is highly critical of the government of Eritrea, particularly with respect to arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture, violations of the rights to freedom of expression and association, and forced conscription.
  • Moreover, the resolution extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea and calls for the government to implement the Special Rapporteur's recommendations.
  • Eritrea strongly objected to the resolution, voted against it, and called on other Council members to do the same.

Main Sponsors

European Union

Vote

Yes - 18, No - 7, Abstain - 21, Absent - 1

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing grave concern at the ongoing human rights violations and abuses, as outlined by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea in his report..."
  • "Expressing grave concern also at the policy of forced and indefinite conscription into national/military service and at the grave human rights violations committed in the context of national service."
  • "Expressing grave concern further at the lack of transparency and accountability to date of the Government of Eritrea regarding reported violations and abuses committed by Eritrean military forces."
  • "Decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a further period of one year."

Full Vote

  • Yes18

    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Czech Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Honduras
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Mexico
    • Montenegro
    • Paraguay
    • Romania
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • No7

    • China
    • Cuba
    • Eritrea
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
  • Abstain21

    • Algeria
    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Bolivia
    • Cameroon
    • Ivory Coast
    • Gabon
    • Georgia
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Morocco
    • Nepal
    • Qatar
    • Senegal
    • South Africa
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam
  • Absent1

    • Gambia