Published May 09, 2013
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – A rights group says Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents for several years without charge or trial.
Amnesty International says in a new report that those in detention include suspected critics of the government, politicians, journalists, and "anyone who refuses to comply with the repressive system."
Among those behind bars are 187 people detained since January, when a group of more than 100 soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information, demanding the release of all political prisoners.
According to Amnesty International, Eritrea has become "one of the most repressive, secretive and inaccessible countries in the world."
The African Union and the United Nations have both imposed sanctions on Eritrea.
The Eritrean government says in a statement that the report is a "political assault" on Eritrea.