Eritreans Fleeing Because of ‘Gross’ Human Rights Violations

My latest article examining the persecuted around the world focuses on Eritrea and the new United Nations report on the human rights violations in that African nation. It’s no surprised that hundreds of thousands have fled the country and become refugees.

The government of Eritrea rules its people by fear and control in a “totalitarian” state, according to a new United Nations report. Amid rampant human rights violations and religious persecution, Eritreans are fleeing the country in a wave of migration second only to the flood of Syrians trying to escape their country’s bloody conflicts.

President Isaias Afwerki tightly controls Eritrea, which gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993. The government maintains control through its security forces, a spy network, and an extensive surveillance state. According to the UN, the government uses a “pervasive control system” in “absolute arbitrariness to keep the population in a state of permanent anxiety.”

“It is not law that rules Eritreans—but fear,” UN officials said in the press release for the new report.

Continue reading at WORLD.

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