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10 – Eritrea


Region Africa
Leader President Isaias Afwerki
Population 5 482 000
Christian 50%
Main Religion Islam/Christian (Orthodox)
Government Transitional Government
Rank 10
Score 82
Previous Rank 3
Previous Score 89

The Eritrean regime is absolutely authoritarian and intolerant towards any form of association, dissent, and free expression. Persecution in Eritrea is shaped by three persecution engines: Dictatorial Paranoia, Islamic Oppression and Denominational Protectionism. Persecution is severe in every sphere of life, but strongest in the private, community and national spheres. The scores in these spheres of life are caused by the overlapping effect of the three powerful persecution engines in the country. Thousands have been imprisoned over the years and many have died as prisoners. Many have also been killed by security forces while attempting to flee the country.

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