On invitation from PEN International, Eritrean ICORN Guest Writers, Dessale Behrekhet and Haile Bizen Abrha, will be around for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session on the human rights situation in Eritrea, in Geneva on 3 February.
The Government of Eritrea (usually the justice or foreign minister) will present the government's report on the situation there. This is a response to the UN's official submission and the UN summary of stakeholder information.
See PEN International’s report on Eritrea and a summary of their recommendations.
PEN International states in their UPR report on the situation in Eritrea: PEN International’s second UPR submission highlights the violations of the right to freedom of expression in Eritrea. Since the 2009 UPR, Eritrea has mostly failed to comply with recommendations it accepted. PEN has serious concerns about the lack of freedom of opinion and expression and the continuing practice of incommunicado detention without trial of writers and journalists as outlined in its report for the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Eritrea in 2009.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a Human Rights Council (HRC) review mechanism of the overall human rights situation in each UN Member State, conducted by all UN Member States. All of them participated in the first cycle of the UPR (2008–2011) and sent representatives to Geneva, Switzerland, to answer questions on their respective human rights records.
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