March 17, 2018

Ref: OM/043/18:  Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur Freedom of Religion or Belief, Genève

Dear Mr. Shaheed,

I refer to a rather curious communication (Ref. AL ERI 2/2017) that was sent to me jointly by your good selves on 17 January last month.
Let me first dwell briefly on the incident.

On the early afternoon of 31 October 2017 around 100 youth (students from the Al Diaa Private School and others in the neighborhood) marched from Akheria, a neighborhood in the northern periphery of Asmara to the al-Khulafa’ ar-Rashidun Mosque in the center of the city.  After the prayers, the unruly group, who were chanting sectarian and inflammatory slogans all the way, proceeded to Liberation Avenue and the Ministry of Education.  At this stage, they began to throw stones and to attack the Police.  In the circumstances, the Police fired warning shots into the air and dispersed the crowd before they could incur damage to lives and property.

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