Hyndburn MP speaks out on behalf of persecuted christians in Eritrea

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones spoke out to ask if the government was probing the issue of mistreated Christians in Eritrea. Reports say people are fleeing the tiny Red Sea state because of religious persecution, including raids

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones spoke out to ask if the government was probing the issue of mistreated Christians in Eritrea.

Reports say people are fleeing the tiny Red Sea state because of religious persecution, including raids and torture.

Mr Jones raised the issue on the floor of the Commons and quizzed the staff of the foreign secretary about what was being done.

He said: “I would ask the secretary when he last discussed the persecution of Christians in Eritrea with firstly the government of Eritrea, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the United Nations’ human rights bodies.”

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Mark Simmonds replied: “We raise human rights issues, including the persecution of Christians, with the Government of Eritrea at every opportunity and work closely with our partners to coordinate on these issues.

“In June our ambassador in Asmara raised the persecution of Christians with senior representatives of the Eritrean Government. “We work closely with the EU on Eritrea. In December last year, our ambassador alongside EU colleagues called on the Eritrean Government to release all prisoners held for their religious beliefs. We also expressed our concern about freedom of expression and opinion in Eritrea at the UN Human Rights Council.”

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48 COMMENTS
  • Lone Selam August 11, 2013

    No one Can denay the persecution in Eritrea . Those under the persecution are live evidence . It is true event stlii going on. The banned churches worship and serve only God the almighty . They don’t worship , serve , praise ,belive to any other names ,humans ,or other creatures like what the other churches do in Eritrea

    • Genet August 11, 2013

      Lone Selam
      Are you against other churches in Eritrea or against the dictator? You are probably an agent of the dictator. You are hear to divide Eritrean based on religions.
      Genet

  • Lone Selam August 11, 2013

    Belay nega. . . . Can you answer this question ?
    1 Who said celebrate Friday the 6th day and when ?

    2. Who said celebrate Sunday the 1st day of the week and when ?

    2. Who said celebrate only Sabbath ( senbet ) now saturday the 7th day of the week and when ?

    Please quote the verses from the Bible as you are proud in celebrating Sunday and Friday

    • belay nega August 11, 2013

      Lone Selam

      I was refering to the two big religions CRISTIAN and ESLAM.

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