Eritrean refugees hold placards during a protest against the Eritrean government outside their embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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The secretive Horn of Africa state of Eritrea claimed Monday that human rights activists were partly to blame for the hordes of migrants heading to Europe.In March United Nations human rights investigators said Eritrea was curtailing most basic freedoms, and that the iron-grip regime of President Issaias Afeworki uses "pervasive state control and ruthless repression" including extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances to silence critics.This has sparked a massive exodus from Eritrea, which after Syria is the second largest source of migrants risking their lives to get to Europe.
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