No trace of journalists, politicians 15 years after arrest

ethiopia-journosFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – FIFTEEN years after their arrest by Eritrean government for allegedly posing national security threats, there is no information on the whereabouts and state of health of local senior government officials and independent journalists.

The Eritrean authorities arrested and detained the group of senior cabinet ministers, members of parliament and t journalists without charge or trial.

To date, the government has refused to share any information on their location and state of wellbeing.

Those arrested have been detained incommunicado and in solitary confinement.

Even family members have never been allowed to have any contact with them.

On Sunday, at the commemoration of 15 years into the arrests of the politicians and journalists, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, called on the Eritrean Government to urgently provide information on those detained.

“Furthermore, the Eritrean authorities should allow independent monitors to have unhindered access to all detainees in the country as a matter of priority.”

The violations by government have continued despite the East African country being party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Convention against Torture.
– CAJ News

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