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Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea


The Human Rights Council established the Commission through resolution 26/24 of of 27 June 2014 and extended its mandate for one year to June 2016.

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On 8 June 2016, the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea released its second and final report and presented it to the Council on 21 June 2016.


From HRC resolution 26/24: To investigate violations of international human rights law, as outlined in the reports of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea

From HRC resolution 29/18: 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.

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The Commissioners are not United Nations staff; they are not remunerated, and serve in their independent personal expert capacity.

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UN Inquiry finds crimes against humanity in Eritrea
8 June 2016
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Media advisory: The Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea will hold a press conference on Wednesday 8 June 2016
1 June 2016
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UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea continues operations under revised mandate
10 November 2015
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Systematic human rights violations persist in Eritrea leading to an increasing number of Eritreans to flee the country
29 October 2015
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Human Rights Council receives report on 'dire' situation in Eritrea
24 June 2015
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More satellite images to assist human rights work
Satellite imagery plays a vital role in helping to substantiate and help corroborate other sources of information, including witness testimonies, of human rights violations. A recent agreement between the UN Human Rights Office and UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) hopes to expand the use of this technology for human rights work.



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:
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Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea
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