The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea was established by the Human Rights Council through resolution 26/24 of 27 June 2014 to investigate all alleged violations of human rights in Eritrea, as outlined in the reports of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea.
The Commission presented its first report to the Human Rights Council on 23 June 2015.
The Human Rights Council extended the Commission's mandate for one year to June 2016 and mandated the Commission to investigate systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in Eritrea with a view to ensuring full accountability, including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity.
In line with its revised mandate, the investigation and documentation of possible crimes against humanity in Eritrea will be at the core of the Commission’s work during the second term. In addition, it will investigate and document developments with regard to the human rights situation in Eritrea since the finalisation of the Commission’s first report.
The Commission is publishing a call for submissions to encourage interested individuals, groups and organisations to share information with the Commissioners.
The Commission will present a written report with its findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in June 2016, and oral update on its work to the General Assembly in October 2016.
The Commission presented its first report to the Human Rights Council on 23 June 2015. Read more...
Members of the COIE
The Commissioners are not United Nations staff; they are not remunerated, and serve in their independent personal expert capacity.
Secretariat and Contact
An international secretariat of United Nations staff provides support to the COI. For any query relating to the COI or to provide information relevant to its mandate, please write to:
Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea
United Nations Office at Geneva
Oral Update by Mr. Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, at the 70th session of the General Assembly
29 October 2015
Note verbale dated 1 July 2015 from the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations Office at Geneva addressed to the Office of the President of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/29/G/8)
1 July 2015
Statement made at the Human Rights Council
23 June 2015
Report of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea (A/HRC/29/42) and supporting documentation
8 June 2015
Oral Update by Mr. Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea at the HRC 28th session
16 March 2015
Questions and Answers related to the Oral Update of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea
16 March 2015
UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea continues operations under revised mandate
10 November 2015
Systematic human rights violations persist in Eritrea leading to an increasing number of Eritreans to flee the country
29 October 2015
Human Rights Council receives report on ‘dire’ situation in Eritrea
24 June 2015
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