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Thu 19 May 2016By Alex Williams
A number of Christian organisations are gathering in Central London this afternoon to protest against human rights abuses in Eritrea.
The East African nation has one of the most repressive governments on earth and produces many of the world's refugees, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
It reports tens of thousands of people from different faith groups have been detained without trial or change, often kept in shipping containers and other makeshift facilities or in open desert pens.
CSW is being joined by Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Release Eritrea, the Evangelical Alliance, Church in Chains and the British Orthodox Church at a demonstration vigil outside the Eritrean Embassy in the Angel area of London.
Organisers say the event, being staged between 3.30pm and 4.15pm, coincides with the 14th anniversity since severe restrictions were imposed on churches in Eritrea.
A statement on the CSW website said: "Join us ...to let the world know we haven't forgotten about Eritrea."
Christian Solidarity Worldwide is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.
You can find out more about Christianity in Eritrea by watching the video below.
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Violence in Tel Aviv as 1000s celebrate Eritrean independence " dispels claims that they are asylum seekers" - Arutz Sheva
Illegal African immigrants in Tel Aviv
Violence broke out as thousands of illegal immigrants from Eritrean gathered on Friday at the Tel Aviv Convention Center to celebrate 25 years since their country gained independence.
The event, which was organized by the Eritrean embassy in Israel, drew supporters of the Eritrean government, while opponents of the current regime protested outside. Witnesses say brawls between pro- and anti-government Eritreans broke out near the entrance of the Convention Center.
Yonatan Jakubowicz, a senior official at the Israeli Immigration Policy Center, said the event highlights the close ties most Eritreans maintain with their home country, and dispels claims that they are asylum seekers who fled to Israel out of concerns for their safety. Jakubowicz noted that most Eritrean citizens living in Israel even paid a 2% income tax to the Eritrean government, in return for certain services.
“It’s time to end this bluff once and for all that the illegal immigrants from Eritrea are asylum seekers. The overwhelming majority of them are migrant workers who keep close ties with their families and native country, and even participate actively by the thousands in events organized by their home country’s embassy,” said Jakubowicz.
Tens of thousands of immigrants from Eritrea have infiltrated Israel over the past decade. While some have been returned to their home country, the majority have stayed, claiming that they are refugees seeking asylum and that their lives would be at risk if they returned home.
While some on the Israeli left have called for the normalization of most of these illegal immigrants, many on the right have argued that the overwhelming majority of asylum seekers are in fact migrant workers looking to benefit from higher wages and Israel’s generous welfare system.