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Rights & Wrongs: Barack Obama, Eritrea, Child Soldiers and More

Friday, May 1, 2009

ERITREAN AUTHORITIES ACCUSED OF MASS ABUSES: Eritrean authorities have turned the small country in northeast Africa into a prison for the country's 4 million residents, Human Rights Watch charged in a 95-page report (.pdf) released April 16.

According to the report, the Eritrean government has orchestrated a multiyear campaign characterized by serious human rights violations that include arbitrary arrests, torture, dismal detention conditions and prolonged military conscription. The government has placed rigid restrictions on a host of other social, political and religious rights, and dissent is not tolerated. ...

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