The persecution of Christians in Eritrea is taking place in a “widespread and systematic manner”, a report for the United Nations has found.
A Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea found that crimes against humanity have been committed in the country since 1991.
Those included the persecution of Christians, forced labour, rape, murder and unlawful detention, the report said.
Chair Mike Smith confirmed it has concluded that “crimes against humanity have been committed in a widespread and systematic manner in Eritrean detention facilities, military training camps and other locations across the country over the past 25 years”.
Perpetrators were identified as high-ranking members of the government, ruling party and the military.