Dozens of people in the east African nation of Eritrea have reportedly been arrested in recent months for attending Christian gatherings.
According to The Christian Post, recent reports indicate up to 30 people were arrested in the capital Asmara in June while attending a wedding.
Human rights and religious freedom group Release Eritrea says this follows an incident in April where 15 Christians who’d been attending a worship service were taken to a prison camp.
The group has told Christian Solidarity Worldwide, while the government will excuse these detentions by saying that COVID rules had been broken, the response is heavy-handed.
The organisation has questioned why a warning or fine would not be issued for such conditions.
CSW says it comes amid increasing concerns over the fatal impact of the coronavirus on Eritrea’s overcrowded prison system.
Eritrea ranks sixth on the Open Doors World Watch List of the hardest countries to live as a Christian.