Freedom for Dawit Isaak

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Mr Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations
Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
United Nations, S-378, New York, NY 10017
Tel. 212-963-7162, Fax. 212-963-7055 April 26, 2009

The Honorable Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon!
Subject: Dawit Isaac hospitalised, denied visits


Dawit Isaak, a journalist,writer and playwright born 1964 in Eritrea came to Sweden as a refugee from the war in 1987 and became a Swedish citizen in 1992. When Eritrea gained independence, Dawit Isaak returned to his native country and became a part-owner of the country's first independent newspaper, Setit. Dawit Isaak was taken into custody on 23 september 2001. He has not been either charged formally or given a fair trial. Neither his family nor Swedish authorities nor international human rights organizations, International Journalist Association or International PEN have been allowed to visit him.
The Eritrean-Swedish journalist and author Dawit Isaac has been detained incommunicado without charge for over seven years. Recently, there has been new alarming information about Dawit Isaak. He is alleged to have been taken to a military hospital. He is kept isolated and his only human contact is with a doctor. No relatives are allowed to see him. His health has also deteriorated because of diabetes.

Mr Secretary General, we are urging you to secure the immediate and unconditional visit of Dawit Isaak and his release. We would appreciate your considered reply.


Copy: Mr Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea, Asmara, Eritrea

Copy: Mr Ali Abdu, Ministry of Information of the State of Eritrea
Shabait.com, P.O.BOX 872,Asmara, Eritrea
Tel:(291-1) 120478,(291-1) 201820, Fax :(291-1) 126747

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