UN demands release of Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak jailed since 2001


Dawit Isaak
Dawit Isaak

source: Africa News
published: 3 May 2017

The United Nations has called on the Eritrean government to release journalist, playwright and writer Dawit Isaak who was jailed since 2001 during a political crackdown.

The 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize winner was last sighted in 2005 since his arrest and his whereabouts are unknown.

“The case of Mr. Isaak is emblematic of all those who have been subjected to enforced disappearances by the Government of Eritrea and remain unaccounted for,” Special Rapporteur of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Government of Eritrea has an obligation to urgently provide information on the fate and whereabouts of all those deprived of physical liberty,” she said while calling on the Asmara authorities to release unconditionally Isaak and all others detained unlawfully.

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