Eritrean-Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who was taken away from his family 20 years ago, becomes one of the longest detained journalists in the world and is yet to be charged.
RSF hopes the complaint leads to a serious criminal investigation that results in the eight officials being prosecuted and convicted for the torture, abduction and enforced disappearance of Isaak.
Paris-based radio station is still the only source of independent news for Eritreans for the last decade
In a country that has no independent media and a handful of media outlets, Radio Erena which has been broadcasting from Paris for 10 years is considered the only independent and apolitical news source that Eritreans have access to.
Björn Tunbäck of Reporters Without Borders (Sweden) and Swedish PEN has been involved in the campaign for journalist Dawit Isak’s release from the start. He told Cathal Sheerin about the campaign in Sweden and what states and intergovernmental organisations could be doing, but aren’t.
As Eritrea undergoes Universal Periodic Review with UN Security Council, the government is being asked to proof of life of the journalists who have been detained over the years.
There’s a wide gulf between the Eritrean government’s national report submitted to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and a shadow report compiled by RSF.
ARTICLE 19 is disturbed that the denial of freedom of expression, assembly and association rights remains “systematically entrenched” in Eritrea.
That’s the question 33 NGOs are asking Eritrea this World Press Freedom Day, after the Cano prize-winning journalist remains unheard from since 2005.
In September 2001, Eritrean security forces arrested 11 government officials, 10 journalists, and numerous other dissidents, all of whom had one thing in common – they had criticized President Isaias Afeworki’s leadership. None of them have been seen since.
Following Eritrea’s announcement this week that Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak is alive after nearly 15 years behind bars without trial or official charge, the International Press Institute renewed its call for the release of Isaak and all journalists detained there in connection with their work.
Dawit Isaak – co-owner of the weekly newspaper Setit – has spent half of his time in detention in solitary confinement, has been tortured and is in very poor physical and mental health.
Six Eritrean journalists, who had been held since a wave of arrests in February 2009, have been released on bail.
A Swedish prosecutor has closed an investigation into a complaint accusing the Eritrean authorities of crimes against humanity, torture and abduction in the case of Dawit Isaak.
Eritrea: UN human rights review is opportunity for government to lift severe restrictions on free expression
As the human rights record of Eritrea comes under review for the second time under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations on 3 February 2014, PEN International calls on the Eritrean government to end violations of freedom of expression and the continuing practice of incommunicado detention without trial of writers and journalists.