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Eritrea must reveal fate of detained officials, reporters: UN expert

The government of Eritrea's leader Issaias Afeworki (pictured) has said those arrested in a 2001 purge were a threat to national security, and has never disclosed their whereabouts or health conditionA United Nations expert on Friday called on Eritrea’s government to urgently reveal the fate of around two dozen senior government officials and journalists arrested 15 years ago. The group of senior cabinet ministers, members of parliament and independent journalists, including a Swedish national, were seized in a draconian purge on September 18, 2001 and the days that followed. The government of Eritrea’s authoritarian leader Issaias Afeworki has said those arrested were a threat to national security, and have never disclosed their whereabouts or state of health.

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