Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Eritrean religious persecution denounced

Amnesty International criticized religious perseuction in Eritrea. Over 1700 people have been arrested by dictatorship for belonging to an 'unofficial' religion, according to the NGO. Many have been tortured and churches have been shut down.

The regime's information minister denounced the criticism saying that western NGOs are in no position to criticize the regime.

Given the autocracy's lamentable human rights record, it seems that those outside the country are the ONLY ones in a position to criticize the regime... at least without getting arrested

1 Comments:

At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the amnesty link is dead.

In some ways, living in the States, it's hard to believe that something as terrifying as state-sanctioned religious persecution could still happen. I guess the nightmare scenarios we read about in Orwell as schoolchildren are played out on the world stage in places like Eritrea. Pointless wars, humans rights abuses, corrupt dictatorships.


It's a scary world, and thanks for keeping me posted on it.

 

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