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Arrests In Eritrea Continue

ICC Note

Eritrean authorities have continued to imprison Christians in the country.Over the past few years,more than 3000 Eritrean Christians have been detained for their faith in Christ. Most of them are kept in underground dungeons, metal shipping containers, and military barracks. Several Christians have died while imprisoned due to torture and lack of medical attention.

By Joseph DeCaro

08/01/2011 Eritrea (Worthy News)– Authorities recently arrested 90 believers in Eritrea as part of a campaign against Christians that began back in December. Although six were eventually released, the whereabouts of the other 84 is unknown.

In June, police arrested 26 college students from the Mai-Mefhi College of Technology, supposedly because they didn’t participate in Eritrean Independence Day Celebrations. The previous month, 64 Christians in a village near the capital were arrested and detained at Asmara’s 6th Police Station; some sources believe they either remain in custody at the station, or have been moved to Mitire Prison in northeastern Eritrea.

More than a decade ago, Eritrea banned all Christian groups not belonging to official government recognized churches. To date, the government has imprisoned several thousand worshippers. Many Christians still remain in custody without ever having gone to trial; 16 have died in prison due to torture, illness and malnutrition.

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