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Eritrea Releases ‘pentecostal’ Prisoners

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Eritrea Releases ‘pentecostal’ Prisoners


Picture Nebey Surafel | Asmara

18 July 2018 – The Eritrean government has released hundreds of Pentecostal Church followers from Mai-Serwa prison.

In 2002, the government had passed a law prohibiting religious organizations other than the Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and Sunni Islam in Eritrea.

Picture Nebey Surafel | Asmara

It is to remember that, in the 1998-2000 border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Eritrean Pentecostal Church had ordered its followers not to serve in the military.

Picture Nebey Surafel | Asmara
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The Government of Eritrea ordered to close all prison centers has it been exercising for all prisoners accused of attempting to leave the country illegally or evading national service, where all are now released from Adi Abeyto prison.

The news is welcomed by families of those in detention, who spend hours queuing in the sun in the hope of being able to deliver food and clothing to their loved ones.

Adi Abeyto town is 4km from the capital Asmara.

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