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Situation of human rights in Eritrea considered at the 21st session of the Human Rights Council

At its 21st session, the Human Rights Council considered, under its confidential complaint procedure, the situation of human rights in Eritrea kept pending since its 20th session. The Council decided in accordance with paragraph 109 (d) of its resolution 5/1, to discontinue reviewing the human rights situation in Eritrea under its confidential complaint procedure in order to take up public consideration of the same in the context of the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 20/20. The Council adopted a confidential resolution on Eritrea and decided to make it public as Human Rights Council resolution 21/1.

The Council decided that the documentation it considered under its complaint procedure relating to the situation of human rights in Eritrea should no longer be considered confidential, with the exception of the names or any other identifying information of specific individuals who not consented, and should therefore be transmitted to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.

The Council further invited the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea to investigate further the allegations contained in the submitted complaints and the circumstances of the individuals mentioned in the submitted communications whose names may be disclosed consistent with provisions of paragraph 2 above, and to report thereon to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-third session and in accordance with its programme of work.

The Council urgedthe Government of Eritrea to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur, in particular to permit access to visit all parts of the country and to provide the information necessary for the fulfilment of the mandate, as reflected in Human Rights Council resolution 20/20.

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