FINAL II. Ms. Senait Lijam, Member, Executive Board, National Union of Eritrean Women; and Mr. Ibrahim Abdu, Legal Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. POSITIVE ASPECTS The Commission: 5. Takes note of the effort made by Eritrea in preparing and presenting its overdue Initial periodic report, in accordance with the provisions of Article 62 of the African Charter; Ratification of regional and international human rights instruments 6. Notes that Eritrea has ratified the following regional and international instruments on the promotion and protection of human rights: - The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; The Convention on the Rights of the Child; The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict; The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Civil and Political Rights Right to Life 7. Welcomes the de-facto moratorium on the death penalty for the past ten years; Police, prisons and conditions of detention 8. Commends the initiatives of the Eritrean Police Force, including introducing Community Policing with the aim of improving public safety, law and order, conducting a weekly regular radio program on civil order, public safety and crime prevention, and issuing a weekly newsletter on crime, prevention and public safety also appears in the official print media; 9. Notes the provision of education programs in prisons, including basic education up to secondary level, computer training and vocational programs in graphics and arts, as well as Arabic language programs which are offered on request; 2

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