Persecution, Mass Arrests, Churches Banned: Thousands Have Fled Eritrea

This summary is from Human Rights Watch, World Report 2011 for the East Africa country of Eritrea:

“By any measure, the unelected government of President Isayas Afewerki is oppressive. It allows no space for individual autonomy in any sphere-political, economic, or religious. Arbitrary arrests, torture, and forced labor are rampant. Rule by fiat is the norm. The Eritrean government refuses to implement a constitution approved in 1997 containing civil and human rights provisions. Many Eritreans conclude that they can avoid oppression only by fleeing the country at risk to their lives.”

The following story (from Bos News via International Christian Concern) gives an overview of the persecution experienced over the past 10 years by Eritrean Christians:

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