Forty-eight Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned in Eritrea

As of January 31, 2012 (Listed by Date of Imprisonment) Name of Prisoner Age Gender Prison Date Imprisoned Reason for Arrest Paulos Eyassu 38 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection Isaac Mogos 35 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection Negede Teklemariam 37 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection Aron Abraha 37 male Sawa Camp May 9, 2001 Conscientious objection Mussie Fessehaye 39 male Sawa

As of January 31, 2012
(Listed by Date of Imprisonment)

Name of Prisoner Age Gender Prison Date Imprisoned Reason for Arrest
Paulos Eyassu 38 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection
Isaac Mogos 35 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection
Negede Teklemariam 37 male Sawa Camp September 24, 1994 Conscientious objection
Aron Abraha 37 male Sawa Camp May 9, 2001 Conscientious objection
Mussie Fessehaye 39 male Sawa Camp June 2003 Conscientious objection
Ambakom Tsegezab 35 male Sawa Camp February 2004 Conscientious objection
Bemnet Fessehaye 40 male Sawa Camp February 2005 Conscientious objection
Henok Ghebru 27 male Sawa Camp February 2005 Conscientious objection
Worede Kiros 54 male Sawa Camp May 4, 2005 Religious activity
Yonathan Yonas 25 male Sawa Camp November 12, 2005 Religious activity
Kibreab Fessehaye 33 male Sawa Camp December 27, 2005 Conscientious objection
Bereket Abraha Oqbagabir 43 male Sawa Camp January 1, 2006 Conscientious objection
Yosief Fessehaye 22 male Sawa Camp 2007 Conscientious objection
Amanuel Abraham male Sawa Camp 2007 Conscientious objection
Mogos Gebremeskel 65 male Serejjeka July 3, 2008 Unknown
Bereket Abraha 64 male Meitir Camp July 8, 2008 Unknown
Goitom Gebrekristos 75 male Meitir Camp July 11, 2008 Unknown
Ermias Ashgedom 21 male Meitir Camp July 11, 2008 Unknown
Habtemichael Mekonen 70 male Meitir Camp July 17, 2008 Unknown
Tareke Tesfamariam 60 male Meitir Camp August 4, 2008 Unknown
Tesfai Teklemariam 58 male Meitir Camp August 5, 2008 Unknown
Goitom Aradom 67 male Meitir Camp August 8, 2008 Unknown
Habtemichael Tesfamariam 63 male Meitir Camp August 8, 2008 Unknown
Tewoldemedhin Habtezion 52 male Meitir Camp August 9, 2008 Unknown
Ghebrehiwet Ghebremichael 67 male Meitir Camp August 22, 2008 Unknown
Yohannes Haile 68 male Meitir Camp September 18, 2008 Unknown
Teferi Beyene 70 male Meitir Camp September 23, 2008 Unknown
Beyene Abraham 58 male Meitir Camp October 23, 2008 Unknown
Asfaha Haile 77 male Meitir Camp December 2, 2008 Unknown
Semere Negussega 74 male Meitir Camp December 22, 2008 Unknown
Muse Paulos 66 male Meitir Camp December 23, 2008 Unknown
Tsehaye Leghesse 72 male Meitir Camp December 23, 2008 Unknown
Tsegezeab Tesfazghi 62 male Meitir Camp December 23, 2008 Unknown
Tsehaye Tesfamariam 70 male Meitir Camp January 5, 2009 Unknown
Yoab Tecle 60 male Meitir Camp April 23, 2009 Rearrested
Yoel Tsegezab 35 male Meitir Camp August 26, 2008 Conscientious objection
Nehemiah Hagos 25 male Meitir Camp August 26, 2008 Conscientious objection
Samuel Ghirmay 29 male Meitir Camp March 2009 Conscientious objection
Teklu Gebrehiwot 36 male Meitir June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Isaias Afeworki 26 male Meitir June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Milen 21 female Meitir Camp June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Faiza Seid 26 female Meitir Camp June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Merhawit Tadesse 21 female Meitir Camp June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Yodit Mekonnen 29 female Meitir Camp June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Misghana Goitom Aradom 19 female Meitir Camp June 28, 2009 Religious meeting
Filemon Yemane 21 male Adi-Abieto November 23, 2010 Religious activity
Yonadab Yonas 21 male Adi-Abieto November 23, 2010 Religious activity
Tesfazion Gebremichael 69 male Adi-Abieto 5th Police Station Religious activity

Last updated 17 February 2011 20:48:05 GMT

Source: Jehovah’s Witnesses Website

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  • tegadalay February 24, 2012

    this is the best news for me idont know there were that meny spys in prison look isayed this befor how did this super power countrys send spy 1 ST BY THE NAME OF RELIGION 2ND BY THE NAME OF HUMN RIGHTS 3RD BY THE NAME JORNALISTS so this idiot JEHOVAH witnesses are send by eritrean enemy as teacher of god eritrean people know its religion they dont need some one to tell them abaout religion some of this DAM ASS JEHOVAH witnesses where in SAWA that semells fishi way SAWA from all this ather places so they diserve what they get & ASSENA thank you for posting this good news

    • Zeray February 24, 2012

      Tegadalay- your presentation and your way of thinking is that of a three year old. Let me tell you the basics. 1) If you have a civilized mind you accept “freedom of religion” and respect other people’s beliefs. 1) Religion did not bring starvation, human oppression, violation of human rights, etc.. PFDJ politics did. 3) You call yourself “tegadalay”, if you are and PFDJ trained, then based on the outcome you are a liability to the country. Your evil far outweighs than your good.

      While you have time you better disassociate yourself and join the democratic forces of Eritrea.

      I hope you can understand my English.

  • tegadalay February 24, 2012

    lets talk abaout this spy JEHOVAH wit nesses if they want to prich abaout god there was alot of cherch in eritra way are they go to SAWA dont they have ather plces becaus SAWA is amilitary trining & school for yang eritreans so they get what they diserve

    • Tecle2100@yahoo.com February 24, 2012

      Tegadalay: You need to go to school to learn how to write, to spell and listen before you start to insult those who are languishing in the prison.
      You asked why they went to Sawa.
      So called Tegadalay……….. They didn’t go to Sawa to preach, but they were jailed in Asmara and the government took them to Sawa.
      You need to learn on how to shut up your big mouth on issues that you don’t know about. Thanks

      .

      • john February 24, 2012

        Re: Tegadalay. I am sure you are not tegadalay. I agree with tecle. Your english is bad. I can see you are brainwashed by PFDJ. I may not agree with JWitnesses but they have all rights as Eritreans. Every eritrean has a right to defend himself in court of law. They are innocent until they are proven guilty. This is basic human right 101 for you mr fake-tegadalay

  • Kemal February 24, 2012

    thank u Tecle2100 for your short response……..he should better educate him self how to write simple words before judging others.
    Peace !

    • Facts-whose-facts February 25, 2012

      Do you think writing in English make you smarter dumb Ass. Any dumb ass like you can read and write English. So, please educate your donkoro mind before you tell others to educate themselves. May be he was busy liberated your Ass from your white-master donkoro. This post go to the luttie boy called Kemal.

      • ahmed saleh February 25, 2012

        Keep using your dirty languages anta SIDI UWALA wahed.

  • Mr. T February 24, 2012

    If Saudi Arabia can deny any religion (the exception of Islam) without facing any criticism from the powers that be, Eritrea has also the right to protect its identity. Any foreign imported religion that endangers the harmony of the Eritrean people should not be allowed to stick its roots in the country.

    • Jack_ben@live.co.uk February 24, 2012

      MR Ignormaous, And Protestant Christianity, Catholicism even Orthodox Christianity is not foreign Imported? next you will tell us Jesus and Mohammed were Eritreans lol And you are exposing your ignorance further when you brought the example of Saudi Arabia, the most repressive country in the world, to justify the actions of your master. Anyone who supports the detention of anyone based on their faith deserves to be thrown in to boiling hot oil. alive.

  • Semere February 24, 2012

    Tegadalay,
    Your English is awful. But your ideas are more awful. You repeat like a parrot what the dictator says. Are you not able to think for yourself? Do you know that freedom of religion is in the UN charter of which Eritrean is a signatory? I advise you to stop betraying your ignorance and arrogance.

  • tegadalay February 24, 2012

    to SEMERE meat head dam ass WHAT iam sying is countrys like USA UK use the world religion to send spy in some countrys like i sayed by the name 1 RELIGION 2ND BY THE NAME HUMANRIGHT 3RD BY THE NAME OF JORNALIST now let me ask you some thing eritreans know their religion way did this paid C I A agents JEHOVAH WITNESSES to teach eritrean people religion & look at the time some in 1994 be fore the eritrean & WEYANE WOR so they mast up to somthing

    • ahmed saleh February 24, 2012

      You poor souls what a waste. At least show a little remorse, humanity and consideration
      to your country men who are suffering under higher officials for something which is not
      constitutional. Jailing people illegaly without proven reason definitely, isolated from their
      own families for so long does bring psychological effects to the family members and society.
      It is sad to see HGDFwian to refuse not to reveal the true realities of our social affairs, please
      move beyond all these stupid tendencies as mature people and be honest human beings. You
      can not held hostage the people’s fundumental rights to defend HGDF failed political policies.

    • no@no.com February 25, 2012

      Jehovah’s Witnesses strive to be law-abiding, peaceful, and morally upright people. They do not oppose governments or seek confrontations with them, nor do they provoke persecution because they want to be martyrs. These Christians are politically neutral. This is in harmony with Jesus’ words: “[My followers] are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.” (John 17:16) Most governments acknowledge the Witnesses’ neutral stand. But totalitarian rulers have little respect for the Biblical requirement that Christians should be no part of the world.
      FYI they didn’t go to Sawa willingly the government took them by force!!!!!

      • Ahmed saleh February 25, 2012

        That is true we see them on our surroundings. They are spiritual
        Religious people who keep themselves on low. I do not understand
        why after I independence are treated this way . My out look on their
        case is bigotry nothing else.

  • dehay hager March 8, 2012

    I read your all comments guys and I wont correct nor insult as it is your personal views but let me put my comment this way.all people have to excersis his or her belife in a manner which doesnt harm the countrys low un like the johovas refused to vote for independent of eritrea in 1993.as no country on earth can serve citizens which doest aknowleged it.regarding politics and religen most of europens used missioneries to distablized and invided as we have seen in the 18 -19th century.julies nearere of tanzania once said that when eurpeans start to come to africa they come holding a bible,they taught us to close our eyes to pray when we opened our eyes we found our selves holding the bible while they are holding our land.so guys becareful of those who come in the name of religion.but in generally in our beloved country eritrea there are innocent people detained in the name of religion for practising their belif from fulgospel,kalehiwot rema and so on.this is totally defeting every right of the victems.every one has a right to follow what he/she thinks good for him/her.the government has no right to teach us to follow.human right ,freedom of speech,freedom of press is some thing which we need to excersises no matter what with out put the security of the country in danger.we fought to be free from the derg but we found our self in tigringa speaker eritreanleader ship.please lets not apart each other and call the comareds of the liberation to lead us with diginity.

  • Guillermo perez February 12, 2013

    Que triste saber que un gobierno que se a preocupado tanto por el vineistar de sus ciudadanos y que lucha por ello ponga a testigos de jehova de todas las edades y sexo en la pricion cuando escuche esta noticia por primera vez no lo podia creer si ustedes no lo saben los testigos de jehova son un pueblo unido amoroso fiel seguidor de jesus cristo que siempre esta precente para ayudar al projimo y que siempre despues de un desastres lo puedes ver precente ayudando a los nesecitados,no se mete en auntos politicos,ni militares no tienen que preocuparce ellos nunca iran encontra de su nacion,solo que ellos como mostro jesus cuando pedro corto la oreja del guardia que la puso para atras en muestra de que los cristianos no guerrean. Yo me crie dentro del cistema revolucionario cubano y por algun tiempo en su afan de lucha la revolucion no entendia por que aquel pueblo no tomaba las armas pero hoy son respetados y admirados por todas sus buenas cualidades yo espero que ustedes al igual que el gobierno cubano le concedan la libertad a este precioso pueblo y no lo persigan mas nunca olvidaremos este jesto de bondad gracias por leer mi comentario guillermo perez

  • petuerey online January 1, 2014

    Blanco cuello de peluche chaqueta corta abajo, muy pequeña versión del tipo, vestía de manera limpia. Diseño de bolsillo de la cintura, delgada y práctica. Con una falda negro, combinado con medias y botas, el clásico blanco y negro, para siempre, sino cuándo.

  • Fnan May 18, 2019

    Religion and poletics has been mixed for many years !
    Is jehavsh witness a christian religion ?
    Read
    rev 1-8 , 1-18
    2 col 3.17
    Rev 14.10-14
    Am saying jw book it self

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