Thursday, May 23, 2013

African Civil Society Organizations Call for Action on Eritrea

Embassy of Eritrea, Washington/Wikipedia
Forty African civil society and human rights organizations petitioned the African Union (AU) on 21 May 2013 to address the human rights situation in Eritrea.

In a statement titled "African Civil Society Call for Action on Human Rights Situation in Eritrea," the organizations asked the AU and its member states to:
  • Encourage Eritrea to ensure the effective implementation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights concerning Eritrea
  • Support the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea at the Human Rights Council in June 2013
  • Ensure the protection of Eritrean refugees

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