In this 21stC, every new day is expected to be much better for human rights, at least at the level of understanding and governance. Nevertheless, what the human rights index is proving is otherwise. Worst, it is becoming a norm to see abusers of human rights to come together and praise each other for the so-called “human rights improvement in their respective countries.
On 28 January 2019, The UN Human Rights Council covered Eritrea’s Session of Universal Period Review during its 32nd session which is going on from 21 January to 1 February 2019 in Geneva. Although the Human Rights Council recommended Eritrea in a number of serious issues(please find the link here, page 8 to 9), some countries who have worst human rights record praised Eritrea for its human rights improvement. Some of these countries include; Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, China, Russia, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bahrain, Mexico, and Pakistan. These countries have one of the worst human rights records. When Eritrea is praised by these countries, the indication is clearly visible why they are backing Eritrea.
Just recently, Saudi Arabia, not only its domestic brutal nature, it has expanded its brutal crimes beyond its borders. Its recent victim was Jamal Khashoggi. He was murdered brutally in a Saudi Consulate office found in Turkey in an inhumane by well-trained killers. Myanmar is accused of its alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims. In spite of its economic growth, China is continuing to be the champion of the worst abusers of human rights. Sudan is another country where its leader is wanted by International Criminal Court(ICC) for committing genocide for his own citizens.
Some highlights of the crimes committed by these countries
- Sudan – Human Rights Watch has put:
"Sudan’s human rights record continued to be defined by government repression and violations of basic civil and political rights, restriction of religious freedoms, and disregard for obligations on civilian protection under international humanitarian law.
In Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and other government-aligned forces attacked civilians. Sudan failed to provide accountability for serious crimes committed during the conflicts, or other serious human rights violations."
For more please read from this Human Rights Watch link
2. The Philippines:
"President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s. His “war on drugs,” launched after he took office in June 2016, has claimed an estimated 12,000 lives of primarily poor urban dwellers, including children.
Duterte has vowed to continue the abusive anti-drug campaign until his term ends in 2022. Throughout 2017 and the latter part of 2016, he engaged in harassment and intimidation of individuals and agencies tasked with accountability—including United Nations officials."
For more please read from this Human Rights page link
"The broad and sustained offensive on human rights that started after President Xi Jinping took power five years ago showed no sign of abating in 2017. The death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a hospital under heavy guard in July highlighted the Chinese government’s deepening contempt for rights. The near future for human rights appears grim, especially as Xi is expected to remain in power at least until 2022. Foreign governments did little in 2017 to push back against China’s worsening rights record at home and abroad.
The Chinese government, which already oversees one of the strictest online censorship regimes in the world, limited the provision of censorship circumvention tools and strengthened ideological control over education and mass media in 2017. Schools and state media incessantly tout the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party, and, increasingly, of President Xi Jinping as “core” leader."
For more, please read the whole content from this Human Rights Watch page link
To get more information about the countries who praised Eritrea can be followed by opening the link provided in the respective country:
- China: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/china-and-tibet
- Sudan: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/sudan
- Philippines: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/philippines
- South Africa: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/south-africa
- Zimbabwe: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/zimbabwe
- Eritrea: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/eritrea
- Russia: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/russia
- Bahrain: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/bahrain
- Saudi Arabia: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/saudi-arabia
- Mexico: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/mexico
- Myanmar/Burma: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/burma
These three are just some of the highlights to indicate how far these countries are abusive to their own citizens. Therefore, if Eritrea receives any praise or appreciation, it is not because Eritrea has shown any improvement for its human rights record but to send a message to the whole world abusing human rights is part of their governance system.
For Eritreans, we do not expect any sympathy from these abusive countries. They should better improve the lives of their own citizens. If they are supporting Eritrea’s crimes for its own people, then, history will not give them mercy when Eritreans are freed from the existing system of oppression.