Asmara (HAN) February 2, 2015 – International Security issues. The United States continues to urge that the president of Eritrea, Isyas Afwerki to release Eritrean prisoners of conscious.
Press Statement: Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson, Washington, DC.
The US Department Spokesperson said it “welcomes” the news from the rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that six journalists have been released from prison in Eritrea after being held for six years, but also called for swift changes to the system.
“The most dramatic event in the February 2009 wave of arrests was a raid on Radio Bana, a small radio station in the centre of the capital that broadcast educational programmes sponsored by the education ministry. All of its staff – about 50 journalists – were taken to Dobozito detention centre on the outskirts of the capital without any explanation being given.”
The United States has an Strategic Concerns:
“We note with deep concern that the government continues to detain other journalists, reportedly as many as 17. We encourage the government to take immediate steps to release these additional detainees, all persons detained on the basis of their religious beliefs, members of the G-15, and all other political prisoners.”
The United States continues to urge that the president of Eritrea, Isyas Afwerki to take comprehensive steps to respect human rights and avail its citizens of their fundamental freedoms.
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