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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea regarding the ongoing detention of the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch Abune Antonios.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The Government remains concerned about the human rights record of the Government of Eritrea. We have raised these concerns consistently, most recently during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 16 June 2017. One of the issues highlighted was that of arbitrary detentions in Eritrea. On 26 June 2017 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a tweet specifically calling attention to the detention of Patriarch Abune Antonios.

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