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Eritrea: Further information on: Fear of torture / fear of ill-treatment / Detention without charge

, Index number: AFR 64/007/2004

It is now known that 38 not 28 Jehovah's Witnesses were arrested at a religious service in a private home in the capital Asmara on 24 January. Of these, eight children, including one as young as six, have been released. Three children were released after three days in police custody, whilst five others were released in the following months. Eighteen adults have also been released without charge. They were, however, reportedly warned not to worship or conduct religious activities again.

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