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Eritrea

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made any representations on the recent deaths of Immanuel Andegergesh and Kibrom Firemichael in Asmara, Eritrea; and if she will make a statement. (97210)

We have raised the report of these deaths with the Eritrean ambassador in London and our embassy has made inquiries in Asmara. We have not been able to confirm the accuracy of these reports. We remain concerned by reports of state interference in religious affairs and lack of freedom of worship in Eritrea. We condemn the use of torture wherever it occurs. We monitor closely action taken by the authorities against minority religious groups. Together with EU partners, we make our serious concerns known to the Eritrean Government whenever possible.