Friday, 3 February 2012

Ethopian Christians arrested in Saudi

The following is from taken Human Rights Watch:

Saudis Arrest Praying Christians

Ethiopian Christians Abused in Prison and Set to be Deported

Thirty-five Ethiopian Christians had gathered to pray during the advent of Christmas, in the home of one of the Ethiopians, when police burst in and arrested them. The men and women remain in prison and have been told they will be deported, including those with valid residency papers. Of those arrested, 29 were women. When they were jailed, the women were forced to strip and were subjected to a body cavity search. Officers kicked and beat the men in prison, and insulted them as “unbelievers.”

The Ethiopians, speaking via telephone from prison, said that about 10 days after being arrested, some in the group were taken to court, where they were forced to affix their fingerprints to a document without being allowed to read it. Officials told the group that they were being charged with “illicit mingling” between unmarried people of the opposite sex. In October, Saudi Arabia, together with Austria and Spain, founded the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, located in Vienna.  The Saudi government should start interreligious dialogue by ensuring toleration of freedom of all religions at home.

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