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Eritrea: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 131375, tabled on 6 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights situation and (b) level of religious freedom in Eritrea.

Answered on

13 March 2018

‚ÄčEritrea remains a priority country in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's annual human rights report. The overwhelming majority of people can practise their religion peacefully and are allowed to do so, but legal restrictions and harassment on the practice of some religions undermines the harmony and freedom of religion or belief in Eritrea. We are concerned by the detention of individuals and groups from proscribed religious groups, and senior individuals from religious organisations. The UK will emphasise this concern during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea on 12 March during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council.