Eritrea "responsible for crimes against humanity"

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Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea chairman Mike Smith said the government’s denials of human rights abuses did not stand up to scrutiny. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Johnson

Widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since it gained independence in 1991 for which the perpetrators should face international justice, leading UN human rights investigators said Wednesday.

The recommendation is just one of 40 made by a UN probe into human rights in the Horn of Africa country in response to hundreds of testimonies from expatriate Eritreans indicating offences ranging from unending national service to arbitrary execution.

The Eritrean government has denied the report's findings ahead of its presentation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, describing them as "sensational" and "patently false".

Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Duration: 2’35″

 

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