Eritrea Continues Religious Freedom Abuses by Closing Down Church Initiatives

ICC Note:

Eritrea has for years been one of the world’s most restrictive and abusive governments in the world. Over the past several months, they have been restricting the already harsh religious freedom environment in the country. They have been closing most of the Catholic churches initiatives that support and assist the poor people of the nation. This little-known nation is called the “North Korea of Africa” due to their hermit like nature and complete disregard for human rights.

01/21/2018 Eritrea (WorldWatchMonitor)- In a further clampdown on religious groups in Eritrea, the government is closing all social initiatives run by the Catholic Church.

Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean priest now living in Italy, told Catholic news agency Fides that in the last few months the government closed five Catholic health clinics and has started to intervene in education.

He says that these changes will hit the population hardest. “In Xorona, for example, they closed the only dispensary in operation that was run by Catholics,” he said. “In Dekemhare and Mendefera, the authorities have banned the activity of Catholic medical centres by stating that they were a duplication of state ones. In reality, public facilities do not work: they do not have medicines, they cannot operate because they do not have suitable equipment and often not even electricity.”

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