Thousands of Diaspora Eritreans Rally Against COI Report in Geneva


By Daniel Berhane,

Thousands of Eritreans from across Europe flocked to Geneva to protest against the recent manoeuvre by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in Eritrea, which is making a false politically motivated accusations and request the referral of Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Since early morning the scenery of the quiet city, Geneva, was getting jam-packed with many Eritreans colourfully decorated with Eritrean flags, who arrived in many busses, cars, and planes from all parts of European countries including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and some from other parts of the world.

The protesters are angry at the harassment of their country by the USA sponsored three-member commission of inquiry and view the recent move as sinister with the intention to destabilize the country in the name of human rights.

Emotions are running high – as the mass of banner-holding protestors march in the city and finally settling at the UN headquarters, demanding not only for the rejection of the politically driven action by the commission, but also for all the hostilities to be stopped and demand the UN address the fundamental cause of the problem in the region namely the aggression and violation of international laws by the Ethiopian minority regime with full supported of the USA.

Eritreans are extremely fed up with the world system, referring to the decision of the UN well over half a century ago that resulted in so many deaths and suffering, the injustices of the recent times including the sanction imposed on Eritrea and the current plot in the name of human rights.

Fundamentally, Eritreans view the United Nation as a tool for the most powerful countries in the world, in particular the USA, to enforce its policies on other countries. Beyond looking at the consequences, the main causes of the havoc and instability in the Horn of Africa region is the direct role of USA and the roles of the governments and international organizations including the United Nations that are employed to implement these policies.

Here in Geneva, ironic questions are being asked – Is targeting Eritrea in the name of human rights really out of concern for the human rights of the Eritrean people or a pretext to impose a specific agenda against Eritrea?

Why does Eritrea qualify for such scrutiny whereas, for example, the “Ethiopian” regime that has been gunning down hundreds of people in day light and committing horrific genocide against the Ethiopian people protected and defended by the USA?

Is targeting Eritrea in the name of human rights really out of concern for the human rights of the Eritrean people or a pretext to impose a specific agenda against Eritrea?

The feeling here is it is the United States that has been violating the collective human rights of the Eritrean people through becoming the main obstacle in resolving a legally concluded border problem and encouraging its allay, the “Ethiopian” regime to continuously occupy Eritrean territories.

Furthermore, the United Nations has been the main tool in implementing hostile policies against Eritrea including imposing sanctions with the intention to bring it to its knees and at the same time protect its ally, Ethiopia.

The human rights commission of inquiry is, therefore, one of the hostile measures, just as the so called “independent” monitoring group that manufactured fictional stories to justify the sanctions that were imposed on Eritrea in the name of United Nations.

In a bid to get maximum publicity with the intention of tarnishing Eritrea’s image that would serve as groundwork for taking further hostile measures against Eritrea, the commission presented the summary of the report to the media, which was in great contrast with the recent times development, where distorted perception and narration of Eritrea, has been challenged by visiting groups, officials and diplomats who reside in Eritrea.

While, here at the UN headquarters, the anger, the sense of injustice and the desire to make their voices are extremely strong, the sense of patriotism, solidarity and resilience, amongst the thousands of Eritreans are even stronger.

Representatives of the protesters are expected to meet with UN officials to deliver the message and discuss their demands.