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Eritrea

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from PEN, Reporters without Borders and others concerning arrests and possible disappearances or deaths in custody of journalists in Eritrea, in particular in the case of Mr Dawit Habtemichael, who was arrested in 2001 in Asmara and reported to be held in prison in 2006. [HL4823]

We have no record of any representations from PEN or Reporters without Borders concerning arrests and possible disappearances or deaths in custody of journalists in Eritrea in recent years. However we have received letters on the persecution of Christians and on human rights abuses generally.

We recently received a letter from a member of the public raising the case of Mr Dawit Habtemichael.