Dawit Isaak and his colleagues are the longest detained journalists in the world today. September 23, 2022 will mark 21 years of detention. Their cases and causes are not only heartbreaking and egregiously unjust, but emblematic of the global assault on media freedom by authoritarian regimes, which continues to intensify under the cover of a global pandemic of impunity.
The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), in partnership with an international coalition of leading NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), PEN International, Defend Defenders, and Mr. Isaak’s Swedish legal counsel, filed a complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling for accountability for the Eritrean government’s gross human rights violations against Dawit Isaak and his colleagues, the longest detained journalists in the world today, and their immediate and unconditional release.
Irwin Cotler writes to Dawit Isaak for PEN’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer
For World Press Freedom Day, PEN Canada was joined by thirty NGOs in asking the government of Eritrea to confirm the status of Dawit Isaak, the 2017 UNESCO Cano prize-winner.
On Thursday, September 19, 2013 Dan Connell will address Ryerson University’s International Issues Discussion (IID) series on political and human rights crises in Eritrea.