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Country Update: Eritrea — August 2019

On July 9, 2018, Eritrea crossed a new milestone in its history—the signing of the “Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship” agreement with Ethiopia. In September, the two countries reaffirmed their commitments in Saudi Arabia. The signing of the agreement marked the beginning of renewed engagement within East Africa and the international community after decades of being heavily isolated and militarized, in a constant state of conflict....

State Department Names the World’s Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

USCIRF welcomed the State Department’s naming of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) for severe religious freedom violations.  This group comprises nations that violate religious freedom in a “systematic, ongoing, egregious” manner and includes Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Religion News Service - Stripped of his title and illegally replaced, Eritrea’s spiritual leader languishes in detention

Commissioner Thomas J. Reese, S.J.: I implore the Eritrean government to do the right thing: Release Patriarch Antonios. Allow him to take his duly elected position as the head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and let the Eritrean people exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief.


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