Eritrea’s gross religious freedom violations force many to flee, UN report says

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A migrant reacts next to others after their boat was sent back by the Libyan navy to the coastal city of Misrata on May 3, 2015. Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy's coast guard said, in one of the biggest rescue operations this year. Libyan state news agency Lana said authorities there detained 500 migrants in five boats off Tripoli and a further 480 migrants - from Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia were caught in a farm near the central town of Jufra, and another 170 were detained nearby. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-UN, originally transmitted on June 10, 2015.

A migrant reacts next to others after their boat was sent back by the Libyan navy to the coastal city of Misrata on May 3, 2015. Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy's coast guard said, in one of the biggest rescue operations this year. Libyan state news agency Lana said authorities there detained 500 migrants in five boats off Tripoli and a further 480 migrants - from Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia were caught in a farm near the central town of Jufra, and another 170 were detained nearby. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-UN, originally transmitted on June 10, 2015.

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(RNS) The religious abuses are among a host of widespread human rights violations that are forcing its citizens to undertake deadly voyages to Europe through North Africa, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights said.