|Eritrean government has unleashed another wave of arrest against Christians|
|Monday, 07 December 2009 00:00|
ICFC has learned from sources in Asmara that the government of Eritrea has of late unleashed another wave of arrest against Christians. On Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 4:00pm, one group of thirty women were rounded up in Asmara by security agents and hauled off to prison.
Multiple sources confirm that the women were mostly elderly and were praying together when they were apprehended and arrested. Most of the women were believers of Faith Mission Evangelical Church with a Methodist background. The denomination has been in existence since the early 1950s. Until it was closed down along with many other churches in 2002, it operated orphanages and several schools throughout Eritrea.
The Eritrean government is known for its policy of religious repression. As a consequence, the US State Department has designated the Marxist nation as one of eight Countries of Particular Concern'' (CPC). At the moment, the United Nations is considering sanctions against it.
ICFC once again calls on the government of Eritrea that these and the thousands of other Eritreans who are languishing in prison for their faith be immediately released.