Twenty-seven Christians released from jail in Eritrea
For most of the past two decades, Eritrea has had no foreign relations with any country other than Egypt and Iran. Then just last year, they reopened communication with Ethiopia, their brother country, from whom they gained independence in 1991.
Since that, the government in Eritrea has arrested hundreds of people, including journalists, members of the clergy and others who they consider as threatening their security.
Many of those that have been arrested have been held for decades or died without ever receiving a trial or due process. Due to this, they have been ranked as one of the worst human rights violators in the world and one of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Interestingly, last week, the Eritrean government released at least twenty-seven Christians on bail. Though these Christians have been released for the first time in years, they are still not free to do as they please. For instance none of them will be allowed to leave the country.
However, it is believed that they were only released due to fears of spreading COVID-19. If this is true, then it is likely that those who have been released at this time will be returned to prison as soon as the concerns related to the pandemic fade away.