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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The EU fully supports the peace and cooperation process between Eritrea and Ethiopia as an opportunity which could trigger the strengthening of civil rights shared growth and development in the whole Horn of Africa. These positive developments should go hand in hand with tangible efforts to improve the human rights situation and to carry out internal reforms.
The EU remains concerned about the human rights situation in Eritrea, in particular about, restrictions to civil and political rights and the issue of the indefinite national service.
It is crucial that the Human Rights Council is able to respond to and address situations of concern raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures of the Council.
We appreciate the work which was done by the Special Rapporteur in monitoring the human rights in Eritrea and in developing concrete benchmarks which can guide the authorities in improving the human rights situation in the work. This work should befollowed up and we support the initiative in this respect.
Following its election to the Human Rights Council, we reiterate our call on Eritrea to fully cooperate with mechanisms that are established by the Council as well as other international and regional human rights mechanisms.
I thank you.