Eritrea Must Free Ex-Minister Critical of President, Group Says

  • Former finance chief arrested this week after publishing book

  • Detention comes as Africa nation faces new calls for democracy

By Nizar Manek, September 19 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Eritrea’s government must release a former finance minister who was arrested this week after publishing a book criticizing President Isaias Afwerki and then challenging him to a debate, Amnesty International said.
Berhane Abrehe should be given an immediate and unconditional release, the London-based rights group said Wednesday in an emailed statement, describing his Sept. 17 detention as “disappointing.” Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
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