Eritrea commits crimes against humanity: UN

    Eritrea commits crimes against humanity: UN

    June 8, Asmara: Eritrea's government is guilty of committing crimes against humanity since independence a quarter-century ago with up to 400,000 people "enslaved", the United Nations said on Wednesday.

    According to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights, the crimes committed since 1991 to the present day include imprisonment, enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killings, and rape and murder. 

    The COI said that the forced labour of military conscripts is also a major problem in the country.

    Chief UN investigator Mike Smith told journalists in Geneva that, "We probably think that there are 300,000 to 400,000 people who have been enslaved."

    About 5,000 Eritreans risk their lives each month to flee the nation where forcible army conscription can last decades.

    Eritrea's Minister of Information Yemane Meskel denounced the UN's findings on Twitter.

    The Oslo Times


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