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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL533, tabled on 16 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea regarding Aster Fissehatsion.

Answered on

24 June 2015

We remain concerned about the case of Aster Fissehatsion who is one of a group of prominent public figures in Eritrea who were arrested after calling for democratic reforms. We have directly, and through the EU, called on the Eritrean authorities to unconditionally release all political prisoners, including Aster Fissehatsion. The UK remains concerned about the human rights situation in Eritrea, including the arrests of opposition leaders, journalists and religious figures. Eritrea featured as a country of concern in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual human rights report.