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We are indeed very pleased to announce that Sheila B. Keetharuth,  IHRDA’s former Executive Director, was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.  The UN Human Rights Council confirmed her appointment during its twenty-first regular session, which ended on 28 September 2012. During her one-year mandate, which will start on 1 November 2012, Sheila’s task is to carry out investigations on the human rights situation in Eritrea and present her findings to the Human Rights Council. The Board and Staff of IHRDA wish her success in her new role.