Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Global Assault On Religious Liberty | JWnews II

Eritrea. This relatively young country emerged from years of conflict with Ethiopia with independence, not liberty. The Commission wrote: "Systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations continue in Eritrea. These violations include: torture or other ill-treatment of thousands of religious prisoners; arbitrary arrests and detentions without charges of members of unregistered religious groups; a prolonged ban on public religious activities; revocation of citizenship rights of Jehovah's Witnesses; interference in the internal affairs of registered religious groups; and inordinate delays in responding to registration applications from religious groups."

No one is safe from the brutal attentions of the authoritarian government, but minority sects are particularly vulnerable. Noted USCIRF: "The situation is particularly dire for Jehovah's Witnesses and members of other small and non-traditional religious groups, such as Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians."

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