Dissident Eritrean troops demand release of political prisoners
Dissident Eritrean troops laying siege to the Red Sea state's Ministry of Information forced the director of state television on Monday to demand on-air the release of all political prisoners, a senior intelligence source said.


The United Nations last year estimated that 5,000-10,000 political prisoners were being held in the secretive Horn of Africa country, which is accused by human rights groups of carrying out torture and summary executions. (Reuters)