Asmara, 23 May, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of several United Kingdom- (UK) based Christian entities have expressed concern about “continuing unjust” human rights violations in the Northeastern African country of Eritrea.
In a letter sent to the Eritrean Ambassador in the UK and Ireland, officials of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Church in Chains - Ireland, Release Eritrea, Human Rights Concern - Eritrea, and the Eritrean Orthodox Church in the UK highlight multiple indicators of human rights violation and say the situation deters Eritreans from enjoying their independence.
“We remain concerned at the continuing unjust, arbitrary, and indefinite detention of tens of thousands of Eritrean citizens in harsh conditions, including hundreds of Christians imprisoned solely on account of their faith,” officials of the Christian entities say in their May 20 letter addressed to Ambassador Estifanos Habtemariam Ghebreyesus.
The Christian leaders also say they are “dismayed by reports of Eritrean lives being lost in the war in neighboring Ethiopia, including those of conscripts and minors.”
They say that it is “deeply regrettable that an army previously associated with a heroic liberation struggle is now implicated in the gravest of international crimes, both domestically and in Ethiopia’s Tigray and Oromia regions.”