Eritrea Calls U.N. Human Rights Findings 'indecent Hyperbole'

Eritrea on Tuesday dismissed what it called "indecent hyperbole" in a U.N. human rights report that described alleged extrajudicial killings, torture and sexual slavery in the secretive Horn of Africa state. Suggestions the Asmara government had committed gross human rights violations against its own people was "totally unfounded and without merit," the foreign ministry said in a statement. The statement did not address the specific allegations made in Monday's U.N. Human Rights Commission report, which followed a year-long investigation.
The report concluded that slavery-like practices are routine in Eritrea and torture is so widespread that it was likely the government's policy was to encourage its use.