* Arrests, torture common in Eritrea, rights
* Eritrea denies illegal detentions,
* Thousands flee country each year, groups
By Jeremy Clarke
ASMARA, April 1 (Reuters) - You can see
the wounds on the Eritrean woman's arms and legs. Torture wounds, she says.
She can barely walk without help.
"We spent 23 hours a day in a cell
underground. The heat was unbearable," she said. "We were barefoot
and made to walk on sharp rocks and thorns for one hour each day. If we
did not walk fast enough we were beaten with hard, plastic rods."