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Free Dawit Isaak

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The FreeDawit organisation works to bring about the release of Dawit Isaak and other prisoners of conscience. The Swedish-Eritrean writer has been detained in Eritrea for 14 years now.  

Dawit Isaak fled to Sweden in the late 1980s, to escape the aggression in his native country. He was granted Swedish citizenship. After the Eritrean War of Independence he returned to his fatherland and supported its reconstruction, amongst others through the weekly called Setit. It was a plea for journalistic independence and freedom of speech, an internationally recognised human right and precondition for a democratic society. While Eritrea began to show more dictatorial characteristics, Isaak kept fighting for democracy and freedom of press. In 2001 he was imprisoned without any form of indictment, charge or trial. The same values Europe advocates brought this journalist in grave difficulties. Nobody knows for certain whether he is still alive.

The project has support from Amnesty International and PEN. Many politicians and leaders and artists are supporting the FreeDawit organisation including Michael Cashman, John Cleese, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Aminatou Haidar, Kerry Kennedy, Madonna, Cecilia Malmström, Martin Schulz, Bruce Springsteen, Desmond Tutu, Guy Verhofstadt, Cecilia Wikström,  amongst many others. 

The petition will be delivered to the Eritrean Embassy in Brussels. 

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