Solidarity with the Persecuted Nation

25 years 5 months 0 days since Eritrean independence hijacked and the rule of tyranny begun.

Since 2001, Eritrea has been experiencing what may best be described as a crisis of human rights. A group of 15 senior officials, also known as the G-15, of the ruling PFDJ, in May 2001, wrote an open letter to PFDJ members criticizing the government for acting in an "illegal and unconstitutional" manner. The letter also called upon "all PFDJ members and the Eritrean people in general to express their opinion through legal and democratic means and to give their support to the goals and principles they consider just."

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Pastor Kidane Woldu - POC

Subsequently, 11 members of the G-15 and 60 of their supporters were arrested on 18 and 19 September 2001. The same day the government announced that all privately-owned newspapers were shut down. Over the days following the arrests, many journalists were arrested by the police.

In early 2003 arrests of members of minority religious groups began, without any explanation, and have continued up to this moment. There are numerous innocent citizens remained imprisoned on religious grounds in Eritrea.

At the moment there are thousands of Prisoners of Conscience (POC) in Eritrea in numerous known and secret prison cells inside camps, dungeons and shipping containers. POCs are people who have been jailed because of their political, religious or other conscientiously-held beliefs, ethnic origin, sex, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, or other status, provided that they have neither used nor advocated violence.

The current status of the Eritrean government is one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world. There is a leadership and overall crisis in Eritrea. An estimated 35 percent of Eritrea's population is reported to be in active military service. 10 percent is the generally accepted figure beyond which a society ceases to function normally. Eritrea becomes major refugee producing country in the world and many precious ones are perishing on this process.

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Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 B.C.) was born in Stagira, a northern Greek city in the Kingdom of Macedonia, but he lived most of his life in Athens, generally considered the greatest of all Greek poleis. From 367 B.C. to 347 B.C., he was a student in Plato's Academy in Athens, and after twelve years abroad he ran his own school on the steps of the Lyceum in Athens from 335 B.C. until a year before his death. His admiration for the Greek polis shows itself very clearly in the Politics. He argues that the polis is the highest form of human association, and all of his discussions of political theory are based on the assumption that the polis is the best and only sensible political system. You can download Politics by Aristotle and read it with Shepherds.

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