Lost Rights in Eritrea

Reports of human rights abuses in Eritrea are coming into focus this week, Deutsche Welle reports, at the United Nations Human Rights Council underway in Geneva and in a new report by Amnesty International.
In mid-June, the government cracked down on Christian churches; the German charity Kirche in Not (Aid to the Church in Need) told Deutsche Welle that soldiers occupied 21 Catholic-run clinics and health facilities—forcing their way in, in some cases.
The Amnesty International report highlights “the routine and widespread use of harassment and threats by the Eritrean government and its supporters against Eritrean human rights defenders,” noting that despite the end of war with neighboring Ethiopia, the “country is still quite sealed off and the degree of political and civil freedom very limited,” with frequent torture and arbitrary arrests.

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