Posted by: becketfund | January 23, 2007

Eritrea: Religious Arrests Continue

Compass Direct reports that during raids by Eritrean police and military personnel in early January, 68 Christians were arrested, including 35 conscripts at the Sawa Military Center on January 4 and eight government workers in Keren on January 5. The conscripts had were subjected to severe physical punishment and torture, while government workers have been under interrogation with the aim of identifying the leaders of a renewal movement within the Coptic Orthodox Church known as Medhane Alem.

In 2002, the Eritrean government ceased to recognize any religious organizations not affiliated with the Eritrean Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church of Eritrea, or traditional Islam.

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