MADRID, Apr 12. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Eritrean authorities have recently released 36 Christians detained in the African country because of their faith, including more than ten who have been imprisoned for nearly four years on the island of Dahilik.
Sources quoted by the British television channel BBC have indicated that fourteen people have been released from Dahilik prison, while another 22 people released had been arrested at the end of March. They all follow the evangelical or Pentecostal faith.
The Eritrean government passed a law in 2002 banning all churches except Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran, while Sunni Islam is equally recognized. Over the past few years, it has released several people detained for their religion.
Thus, in September 2020 he released 20 people imprisoned for years and in December he proceeded to release 28 members of Jehovah’s Witnesses, although many Christians remain in prisons in the African country. The Executive accuses the evangelical and Pentecostal churches of being foreign tools.
The Isaias Afewerki regime, in power since the country’s independence in 1993, has detained dozens of detractors and opponents, including eleven politicians and 17 journalists arrested in 2001 and who have never been heard from again, according to International Amnesty.