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The truth about human rights in Eritrea
Mon 27 March 2017, 17:30 – 18:30 BST
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting has been moved to Committee Room 16, Houses of Parliament. All other details remain the same.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea invites you to a briefing with Sheila B Keetharuth, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea.
The meeting will be chaired by Patrick Grady MP, International Development Spokesperson for the SNP.
Eritrea, one of the world's most secretive states, is increasingly entering the public consciousness.
In 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea published its final report. It concludes that Eritrea is likely guilty of widespread crimes against humanity, including the use of rape, torture, forced disappearance, and indefinite national service, which amounts to enslavement. Private companies operating within Eritrea are facing legal challenges over the prospect that they are profiting from forced labour. The Commission of Inquiry calls for Eritrea to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
Sitting on the Commission, Sheila B Keetharuth was at the centre of the wide-ranging Inquiry. As Special Rapporteur for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, she is one of the world’s foremost experts on the situation in Eritrea.
Sheila will provide a briefing on the situation of human rights on the ground in Eritrea, in addition to her expanded mandate to follow up on the Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.
Time has been allotted for audience members to put questions to the Special Rapporteur following the briefing.
NB This is the APPG on Eritrea’s Annual General Meeting and will begin with the election of our chairperson and officers for the next 12 months.