Eritrea investigator calls for International Court probe

Investigator Mike Smith said people could be taken from their homes and detained without knowing why or by whom. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Eritrean government faced renewed pressure over allegations of crimes against humanity on Wednesday, as UN investigators repeated their call for an international criminal probe into abuses.

In a high-level report compiled for the UN Human Rights Council, chief investigator Mike Smith detailed systematic and widespread alleged abuses against civilians in the Horn of Africa nation.

Mr Smith said that in the absence of an independent judiciary in Eritrea to provide justice for victims of abuse, the only option was to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court.

Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva.

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