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Eritrea today is like one giant prison where hope has disappeared and where the majority of people are denied simple freedoms, basic human dignity
Our partner in Eritrea has identified 35 Eritrean prisoners of faith by name. Now we are calling on the Eritrean government to release these 35 Eritrean prisoners of faith, including those who have been detained in appalling conditions for more than 10 years. Those prisoners are without visitation rights, without any real hope of being released, having never been charged or been granted a trial. These prisoners are men, women and even children. There are other prisoners whose names we don’t know.
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Eritrean Country Profile
In 1952, Eritrea joined Ethiopia as part of a federation. When Ethiopia annexed Eritrea as a province 10 years later, a struggle for independence began that ended with
There was a general freedom to practice religion in Eritrea until
A November 2010 religious liberty report says that Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki wants to restrict and pre-empt any formation of people’s association. He fears that religious freedom will lead to evangelism by Christian groups and thereby cause social tensions that can be exploited by “outside forces” to destabilize the nation. Additionally, he views democracy as a threat to the nation’s unity and stability.
Despite open persecution, the government continues to support its statement issued in May 2003 that "no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion." Of thousands of Christians in detention, not one has been charged with a crime or faced trial. While concerns over Christian persecution have been raised at various international forums, there has been little change in the attitude and policy of the one-party government.