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It was learned in Geneva that the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a powerful global body with 349-member churches has been receiving messages of gratitude from important quarters for its strong statement in support of the pastoral letter of four Eritrean Catholic bishops issued in Asmara on 25 May 2014.

Libya allows 400 Eritreans to stay

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TRIPOLI — Libya said on Thursday that it has granted some 400 Eritreans permission to stay after human rights group warnings that refugees and asylum seekers among them risked abuse if forcibly repatriated.

"The relevant authorities have begun taking steps to welcome and integrate these clandestine Eritrean immigrants to prevent them being exploited or put in danger by human traffickers," a foreign ministry statement said.

The ministry said Libya would "ensure them a decent life and access to employment suitable to their professional abilities."