Country Profile

Location: Eastern Africa

Population: 6,380,803 (July 2014 est.)

Religion (%): Muslim (50.2), Christian (47.3)

Leader: President Isaias Afworki

Government type: Transitional government

Nearly 2000 Eritrean Christians are now believed to be under arrest because of their religious beliefs, held in police stations, military camps and prisons in various locations across Eritrea. Jailed Evangelical Christians are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs.