LONDON/ASMARA (Worthy News)– Activists from Britain and Ireland were taking part in a protest outside the Eritrean embassy in London on Thursday, May 17, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of mass detentions of Eritrean Christians, organizers said.
The “protest vigil” was followed by an evening of prayer for thousands of Eritreans who are currently detained “indefinitely without charge or trial and in inhumane conditions” in “a maze of detention centers situated throughout the country,” explained advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
Eritrea has one of the world’s most repressive regimes comparable to North Korea, activists said.
The African nation is a single party state dominated by an autocratic president with the military controlling every aspect of society, including the economy, according to local Eritrean Christians and Western observers.
“The regime demands total allegiance, thus Christians are perceived as a threat to national unity due to their ultimate allegiance to a higher being,” CSW added in a statement.