EU Parliament ‘Demands’ Release of Dawit Isaak

European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the release of Dawit Isaak.
The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of Dawit Isaak.

BY RADIO SWEDEN

Based on requests made by the Swedish government, the European Parliament on Thursday voted through a resolution calling for the immediate release of Dawit Isaak, the Swedish journalist who has been imprisoned without trial in Eritrea for more than 15 years.

Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland hopes that the new resolution of the European Parliament will help keep up the pressure on Eritrea for the journalist’s release.



“We are going to push for an immediate release and to strengthen the relations with civil society groups in Eritrea in order to resolve the situation,” Guteland told the Expressen newspaper.

“We are happy that the parliament has chosen to highlight the issue surrounding Dawit Isaak. In our political group, this has been extremely important and the Swedish MEPS have been particularly involved in driving this issue forward.”

Isaak became a Swedish citizen in 1992, but returned to his Eritrean birthplace after the country gained independence the following year, working for and becoming a part-owner of the country’s first independent newspaper.

On 23 September 2001, he was arrested at his house in the captial Asmara, since when he has been released for only two days, when he was allowed out to see a doctor in 2005.

Some fear that he may have since died in prison.

Isaak’s long imprisonment is a cause célèbre in Sweden, with the Eritrean Embassy in Stockholm receiving weekly petitions for his release.


Eritrea: End Arbitrary Detention and Gross Human Rights Violations

BY EU PARLIAMENT

MEPs call for the immediate release of Dawit Isaak, journalist and laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2017, who was arrested in Eritrea in 2001 and last heard from in 2005.

They demand that the Eritrean government should end the practice of arbitrary detention and release all prisoners of conscience, including Abune Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, who is imprisoned since 2007.



In a resolution, Parliament condemns “in the strongest terms Eritrea’s systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations”, the ban of independent media, harsh detention conditions amounting to torture, persecution on the basis of religion, forced labour in the national service on a mass scale, and sexual abuse of women conscripts, and reminds the Eritrean Government that “many of its activities constitute crimes against humanity”.

MEPs further denounce the resumption of major EU aid to Eritrea.

They call upon the EU Commission to “carefully consider” Parliament’s concerns and to “ensure that the funding is strictly assigned to meeting the needs of the Eritrean people for development, democracy, human rights, good governance and security”.

107 thoughts on “EU Parliament ‘Demands’ Release of Dawit Isaak

    1. This seems antagonist posturing from EU.
      In any case, personally, holding journalists for this long years is not worth ruining relationships with EU or US.
      These broken relationships with EU and others is costing Eritrea a great deal with sanctions, extended national service, etc.
      Eritrea needs to rethink this because it is not going away whether a pretext or not.

      1. Lol you sound naive a guy named dawit issak is not the reason for sanctions or bad relationships man. You are talking about eu and us which are allied with some of the nastiest governments and dictators in history around the globe. They could care less about some journalist and especially a black one. Please grow up.

        1. We could ignore the foreign powers, but can you tell us why an Eritrean has to be put in jail for years without been charged of any crime? What is the problem? Can Eritrea afford to pay the court cost and the salary for the judges?….Why?

          1. High treason doesn’t require that especially at war time. I’m going to refrain from calling you stupid and assume your being antagonistic about people being paid to arbitrate law. Since offenders go to jail and there are judges. Besides if you have the time to type 4 different questions you have the time to go and research the topic yourself. Weather by print or by media you can find several interviews where this is addressed. If you have any more questions., please created a real account sentek/abel/erty and with a real email. Otherwise go to tegaruoffline and you will find the woyane narrative on this situation where you won’t have to type your narrative since you’ll be in complete compliance with debre zayti.

          2. He may or may not be innocent unless proven in the eyes of law otherwise. If there’re any justice in the country Dawit and other Prisoners of conscience should appear before the judge. What’s happening with Dawit & other Eritreans is unacceptable and you do not have to be an Eritrean – being a human is enough to see the reality in the country so for that reason check yourself up before accusing someone as a treason because only the judge who has the power to make that decision not you or your master PIA or any other people who would follow his line of draconian law.

          3. LOL., i find it amazing how you people scream “adi democracy alena” in the west but if you go to cuba island and all over the world america has pizza delivery guys and random arabs in jail for no reason. So please don’t try to single out my country man. National security is national security weather you are usa russia or china. Every sovereign nation has the right to look after its own national security according to international norms. In the case of Eritrea compared to the international community it is most humane.

        2. Too bad people still think national diplomacy is a family affair. They care a zilch about a journalist or 100s of them. His release or continued detention will not gain Eritrea any victory. They will always find a reason or 100s of them to blame the,nation. Eritrean leadership know this full well. Dovish diplomacy has not place in this insane and selfish world. His release should only be based on the guys real crimes or not, and based of the on the interest of Eritrea. If his crucification benefits Eritrea, so be it! It is a country built in flesh and blood of the selfless and crime free anyway.

        3. Read my comment again so this time you may get it. I would appreciate it if you could provide a reasonable response as to why you would disagree with it. So far all you showed is your shallowness.
          I said regardless whether it is a pretext or not we do not need to keep journalists for such extended time. Give me a single benefit for Eritrea from it?
          I am sure Eritrea will do it as it is already doing on some respects.
          As long as one is not a threat for sovereignty of Eritrea he should have a second chance after he has paid time. This is not just for foreign consumption rather it is our own agenda and in congruence with Eritrean value system ( sort of rehabilitation).

    2. When the COI presented its case for Isaias and his cohorts to be referred to the ICC, I demonstrated in Geneva against it. My stand was clear. The COI initiative would complicate the Eritrean situation. It will turn Eritrea into a fighting ground between PFDJ officials and the ICC. In the mean time the historical Enemy of the Eritrean People TPLF would benefit. Now I learned that I made a mistake. Actually, what I did was I abated dictatorship, arbitrary arrests and no regard for the rule of law and human life. I failed the journalists who studied with me at Asmara University and haven’t done any crime rather than publishing stories like what every journalist does. I failed the G15 who worked hard to see a country with a constitution, free movement of people and a government with checks and balances. This is my personal confession. When the COI revives its case, I will be the first one to fly to Geneve and support the case. Now I learned that my reasoning to oppose the COI was wrong. PFDJ is not capable of resolving differences. The only way it understands is force and threat. If that is the case let be it. I am supporting the COI.

    3. When the COI presented its case for Isaias and his cohorts to be referred to the ICC, I demonstrated in Geneva against it. My stand was clear. The COI initiative would complicate the Eritrean situation. It will turn Eritrea into a fighting ground between PFDJ officials and the ICC. In the mean time the historical Enemy of the Eritrean People TPLF would benefit. Now I learned that I made a mistake. Actually, what I did was I abated dictatorship, arbitrary arrests and no regard for the rule of law and human life. I failed the journalists who studied with me at Asmara University and haven’t done any crime rather than publishing stories like what every journalist does. I failed the G15 who worked hard to see a country with a constitution, free movement of people and a government with checks and balances. This is my personal confession. When the COI revives its case, I will be the first one to fly to Geneve and support the case. Now I learned that my reasoning to oppose the COI was wrong. PFDJ is not capable of resolving differences. The only way it understands is force and threat. If that is the case let be it. I am supporting the COI.

    4. “The UN Commission of Inquiry determined the Eritrean regime has committed crimes against humanity & called for the Eritrean authorities to be tried by the International Criminal Court. Do you Support the decision made by the COI?” An opportunity lost. I hope it will come again.

      1. Do you know the UN terminated the commission of inquiry let alone trying the glorious eritrean authority to the coi.
        If the world is fair the judgements of western countries crime would be in a scale of Nuremberg.
        What did eritrea committed? ??
        Protecting it country is crime? ?
        If this dawit issak committed crime against eritrea by colluding himself with enemies,then Eritrea have a full right to take him out for the safety of the country, Alem your garbage mouth should address your country issue Ethiopia not Eritrea

        1. First COI is not discontinued. The human rights commission in Geneve just heard a report from COI. Second the issue of journalists and G15 has nothing to do with Ethiopia. The only connection is Isaias froze the experienced war leaders and tried to lead the war himself and got burned by woyane. Now he is telling us the G15 were the reason for his defeat. That is bullshit. They even went to Barentu to ask him if he needed their help and he said no. Third Dawit Isacc did nothing. He never had access to any sensitive information to commit treason. He was just a journalist. The whole mantra is Isaias looking for a escaping goat for his defeat and ultimately protect his power. As a follower you are simply repeating his narrative as a bible. That is wrong. At least you are obliged to call for the G15 to be given their day in court. That is not about politics. It is about a basic human right.

          1. Eritrea is a sovereign country with a national security obligation to its citizens. For a matter of national security we believe our own government

          2. There is no national security issue in here. It is power struggle. What is different is you been an opportunist to side with the stronger and may be protect your investments back home. But what you do not know is things change and change fast. The victim is peaceful transition of power.

          3. the coi does not exist stop lying it has been rejected because she couldn t provide any solid evidence
            about the G15 you said the went to barentu and asked him if he wanted help ?
            are nt they part of the government .or they have their own army ???
            what are yalking about ???

  1. I just don’t understand why he is still in jail without charge??? Charge and let him defend and convict based on the laws. This should go for whomever is improsned with out charge.

    1. First do you know about this situation? and if so Why can’t you understand that someone who is involved in spy tactics with foreigner governments is under extraordinary circumstances?. Otherwise why would the rest of the populations go through the proper procedure. The Eritrean governments process in this respect has been in line with international norms. If we were the united states he would be in some dungeon getting water bordered or if it was saudia or china he would be executed.

      1. Yohannes Afewerki · Edit

        Ahh the typical excuses from a regime supporter. Spy tactics and in line with international norms he says. Fact is that the nation has become a giant prison for anyone opposing, criticizing or questioning the tyrant. Dawit Isaac is just one case. There are many more who are held in prison for over a decade. Patriots like Brigadier-General Ogbe Abraha, former ERAf commander Habtetsion Hadgu and many many others. They warned that a one-man regime would be bad for the country. Now over a decade later we can see that truer words have never been spoken.

        1. So are you saying the Eritrean government is afraid of you to bring these people to a court-martial and give them 30 years each or whatever they deserve? Please stop your Hatef-tef. Go to TegaruOffLine and defecate.

          1. I think he’s saying that people like the above mentioned folks deserve at least a day in court. Why does anyone who disagrees with your views have to go to TegaruOffline? Don’t you think we should be free to discuss such issues without resorting to name calling. It’s this kind of mentality that has divided our diaspora communities now more than ever. We can see it everywhere. Community centers, festivals, gatherings and even Eritrean churches around Europe are split. If we want to come together as a community we should at least allow people to question some of the governments policies without immediately being named weyane, ethiopian, CIA, jebha, etc.

      2. I know he is in jail for more than 15 years with out due process of law. ‘Imtermational norms’? Give me a break! International norm with no charge and no process of law!

          1. You just proved my point the “irony” is palpable. I really can’t stand ignorance geez. Dude how dense are you?

          2. Hawii55,
            It is not going to work. Eritreans know when to blame woyane. This is an internal Eritrean Issue that needs to be resolved by Eritreans. Any Eritrean who does not wish a day in court for its fellow Eritrean is not a genuine Eritrean. This is going too far. It needs to be resolved. Now it is equating to barbarism.

          3. Now, it is clear that this hawi55 person is a planted agent. With all due respect, I believe it is a waste of time debating him/her!

          4. National security is national security. When it suits you you try to point the finger elsewhere alem. Every Eritrean also knows that you re full of sh*t when it comes to any argument based on facts. Eritrea like any other sovereign nation in the world has the right to protect its sovereignty using international norms., and like i said before in this regard compared to countries like usa or ethiopia Eritrea is most humane.

          5. So why don’t you came and adress the issue, be the first, youright name is Alem Kidane sister of that garbage selam kidane

      3. Hawi55,
        You do not know why the journalists and G15 are arrested for so long. You are simply repeating the governments line of reasoning. The government wants us to believe that there was a big conspiracy against it by the western world and presents the journalists and G15 as evidence to that. The problem is we do not have any evidence that indicated the G15 who spent their entire live in the bushes to liberate the country acted against the interest of the country. By far it seems a power struggle and one wants to prevail by throwing others into dungeon prisons for life. The problem is it is not going to work. Actually as I tried to explain it before this is .a ticking bomb for Eritrea, its people and the current leaders themselves. Whatever the case is this is the worst human right violation and sooner or later it is going to backfire. One thing is sure. Eritreans defended the regime in Geneva hopping that it is going to solve the problem itself. Next time those who defended the government will stand with the victims and support the referral of the government to the ICC. I believe it is the right thing to do.

        1. G-15.. i was wondering when that would come. The G-15 are no different and all the example you bring up are regarding these “so called” journalists were all jailed at the crucial time when Eritrea was under duress from woyane and its henchmen like you. These are always your card and tricks they have lost steam Alemay :).., You can bring up Betewdid also? why don’t you? because mostly the g-15 your crying a river over right now are responsible for his jailing ?. You people are through and through Hippocrates. Not only have the Eritreans seen through your schemes. But now the Ethiopian majority has seen your trickery that is working hand in hand with woyane. To our surprised the western nations are also waking up too this scare tactic of yours.

          1. Hawii5,
            Your response shows how shallow you are. The journalists were the main engine of the war against woyane. They went to the front brought positive news to the public, decried corruption, asked for transparency. Their only guilt is interviewing the G15 and publishing it. That was the only link between the G15 and the Journalists. That is why they have been arrested for more than 15 years without the due course of law. Isaias arrested American Embassy employees because they translated and presented what has been written in the newspapers. There is no treason what so over. Just interviewing to a newspaper, publishing it, and translating it are the crimes of the people. One of the Senior TPLF journalist and cameraman was arrested because he wrote about how PFDJ demobilized female fighters and forgot them. Is this a crime. Do you know who was shuttling from one kebele meeting to another to plant the treason accusation against the G15? Ali Abdu, Shengeb and Abdella Jaber. Where are they now? They were simply messengers. As to Beteweded there is only one person who arrests and releases high level government officials in Eritrea. It is Isaias. Isaias will remain the sole responsible person for the loss of innocent life in Eritrea. In conclusion, there was no treason at all and it will never be. It is power struggle. They saw dictatorship and asked for political openness and constitutional governance. Because of that they were sent to prison for life. That is what it is. Accusing the G15 of treason is tantamount to accusing the whole EPLF of Treason. They are the best of the best Eritrea ever produced.

          2. Come on.. stop using the word “journalist” people have wised up to that word even in the west. Today is much different from yesterday Alem. No one buys this idiocy of journalist anymore.

  2. As long as he was arrested holding Eritrean citizenship, the EU does not have any moral obligation to condemn or to pass resolutions demanding for his release. It is upto the people and Government of Eritrea to set him free if he is found not guilty.

    1. Even if he was taken while holding a Swedish passport, the Eritrean authorities can take him into custody because of his dual citizenship.

  3. Who said kangaroo courts are dead? People are languishing in prisons with drummed up charges
    all over the world. They serve an important purpose for the ruling party in a Machiavellian way. The
    accused was charged and had a day in court, it will be reported. End of story.

  4. Why is he so special. He came to the country as Eritrean and work as Eritrean Journalist. They gave him warning after warning. He ignored it. why all these intimidation. They can eat their money.

  5. Am I missing something there? Rather than pushing for a due process of law for Dawit, they demand his release. Isn’t this a direct interference in Eritrea’s internal affairs? Bizarre!

    1. Yes but the EU is an entity which has overestimated its leverage, they should not interfere directly in to the case rather should have come with better alternative. I think they will make the case of Dawit even more complicated. It is a sad story

      1. That’s the point – Think about it, the’re determining who should be released and not, regardless of the merits of the case. In stead of advocating for the principles of constitutionalism and the rule of law for the benefit of all Eritreans, they are here doing the opposite — LOL, there’s nothing new here of course.

        Here is the other part of this point, this is nothing but an attempt to get special treatment for the powerful and the connected. For example, I have got 4 relatives arrested on the very similar circumstances/case, but EU ain’t saying sh$t about it. What makes Dawit special??????

        I think this is a political trap. If Dawit gets out b/c of EU advocacy (that’s a big if, of course) but the rest remain in prison, then GoE will lose it’s credibility on the ISSUE altogether. Period. This is why I think this is just one of the many EU attempts designed to undermine the gov from within.

    2. The white people have always thought they can do whatever pleases them as long as they feel they have an “Aid” string attached to it. Guess what, we do not need their token aid at the cost of our sovereignty!

      1. Lalaimba,

        Are you saying you do not need aid if the west tells asks you to introduce constitutional governance, rule of law and do not arrest and throw people into prison for life with out the due course of law? You are right, these requests are normal for any society that have a normal government. But for dictatorship the requests are the real enemies of the system. That is what it is. To prolong the life of dictatorship preach self reliance and refuse any normal request that comes from civilized western governments. That is what North Korea and Cuba are. There is nothing different to Eritrea.What is wrong with constitutional governance and giving those who are suspected of crime a day in court and allow them to defend themselves. Is that too much to ask? You do not know what you are defending.

      1. I don’t remember him defending himself or a council defending him of that charge in the court of law! Is he official charged of that crime?

        1. You don’t go to civil court when you are accused of treason. You go to a court-martial. Do you understand what it means?

      2. Yeah, but the problem is that he was never changed with treason nor was convicted of any crime. The hard truth is that Dawit is not the only one. A general could put you in jail for ever for personal vendetta. Sad but true. The judiciary branch of the government has to be as strong as the executive branch of the government. When politicians and generals become above the, it’s the ordinary people that suffer the most.

          1. So you mean just because other countries are do it we should do the same regardless of right or wrong? We are special because we fought 30 years for rule of law, and it is sad that it is still not respected. Do I know if he is guilty or not? No I don’t but we should at least request for his right to be put on trial.

      3. How do you define treason? What is your evidence? I am 100% sure that you know nothing about it except hungry to be associated with PFDJ by repeating PFDJ’s talk points. That is what it is. what a waste of life.

  6. We do have a very bad experience with a foreigner leaders since god know when till 1991 and we lost a lot of our sisters and brothers so even if we think u collaborate we will make sure we do ur living Hell so we see nothing wrong with that As they say only the strong Survire ????????!!

  7. Same old shenanigans of the West on nations who refuse to bow to the dictation and control of the West with all of its hallmarks of hidden agendas to preserve the interests of the West, over favourite pretexts of “Democracy” “Human Rights” and “Good governance”.

    This is the same European Union who is a signatory to the “Algiers Final and Binding Agreement” signed more than 15 years ago. Yet the EU as a Guarantor, instead of putting increased pressure on Ethiopia including by citing it in violation of the Agreement and imposing sanctions, for refusing to vacate the territories of Eritrea in accordance with the Agreement, it chose to remain the silent accomplice at the expense of Eritrean people. And the reason is obvious; the kleptocratic clique of the Regime in Ethiopia is perfect qualification for such nation to become the ally of the West (meaning the neo-colonized or the modern slave of the West). And for as long as the West’s interests are protected and promoted by the “ally of the West”, Democracy, Human Rights, Good governance are immaterial.

    Eritrea’s record of humane treatment including to the POW of the enemy who actually brutalized Eritrean people is a testimony to Eritrea’s humane treatment, including to those who were not humane to Eritrea.

    This alleged journalist, aside the reasons for his imprisonment, if he was imprisoned in one of the “Ally Nations of the West” there wouldn’t have been such resolution by EU calling for his immediate release and the characterization of that nation as un-democratic, in violation of human rights, bad-governance etc.

    The EU is simply using this journalist to attack the resilient State and People of Eritrea by proxy.

    Only Eritreans can shape their destiny to the best interest of Eritreans; and that’s exactly what they are doing.

    If the decades old “I know what’s good for you” dictation by the West on Africans (including other developing nations) was GOOD, then why do Africans, among others children and mothers literally rely on garbage to feed themselves?

    Leave Eritrea alone for your (the West’s) own interest in the Region.

    1. Tesfa news is a blogger and a journalist on some sences who would probably is silent but agree deep in his heart this man deserves a due process.Spill it Tesfa newd please

  8. European Union who is a signatory to the “Algiers Final and Binding
    Agreement” signed more than 15 years ago. Yet the EU as a Guarantor,
    instead of putting increased pressure on Ethiopia including by citing it
    in violation of the Agreement and imposing sanctions, for refusing to
    vacate the territories of Eritrea in accordance with the Agreement, it
    chose to remain the silent accomplice at the expense of Eritrean people.

    So if EU will put heavy sanctions on Ethiopia and also contemplate using military intervention on the border against occupying woyane forces. We will see about letting Dawit out on clemency of some sort.

    1. Whattttttt? This is the most most foolish reasoning I ever heard for jailing a fellow citizen. Who gave you the authority to say that? The Gov’t? No way. The Gov’t accused him and others for treason and other activities. The question here is regarding “due process” for jailing these fellow citizens. If they did for whatever they accused of, we should support the Gov’t, if not we should demand to set them free. Whether EU support us and put pressure on woyan or not, you can’t hold hostage your own fellow citizens. When you give comment, just do not say “we”. It is really annoying to read a comment which says you should pressure woyane then WE will see to set him free.

      1. We can;t hold who hostage? But you agree that the EU and USA can hold the ENTIRE ERITREAN population hostage? You just outed yourself idiot. You are worried about such a traitor but not worried about the 18 souls we lost just this past year defending our nation from hostile woyane tigray american proxie?.

        1. Ohhh hawi55. I expect you to come to your heart and understand my point. Here, we discuss our HAGERAWI point. I believe we both and other fellow citizens worried and concern on Eritrea and Eritreans. I really admire your stand on the border issue. But you try to handle it on wrong way. And I think the government is on the right truck on this issue. To come to your comment, yes you said “if EU will put heavy sanctions on Ethiopia and also contemplate using
          military intervention on the border against occupying woyane forces. We
          will see about letting Dawit out on clemency of some sort.” This means holding your own citizen hostage for what ever the EU failed to do so. And I said who are you to say that on behalf of the government and the people of Eritrea. If you know the history of EPLF (Shaebia), they never ever hold hostage anyone let alone their own citizen. If you remember the USSR POWs, EPLF set them free with out any preconditions. At that point of time, the USSR was giving full support to the Ethiopians. They also freed tens of thousands of Derg’s POWs during the the struggle too. Not only that but during the first few months of the Badme conflict, the Government of Eritrea freed woyane POWs with out any precondition. I did not forget to mention the Yemeni POWs too. So, it is not EPLF’s and Eritrean culture to hold somebody hostage let alone our own citizens. In my opinion, no Eritrean happy that USA and EU hold our country and people hostage by merely border conflict. You also mention the 18 brave Eritreans we lost last year. By the way I know one of them. I more than felt very sorry when I heard the news. So, please do not consider anyone who oppose your idea as if happy to be hold hostage by USA or EU or to lose our brothers and sisters. So please do not out source our internal issue. We should treat the issues differently. We should fight for our sovereignty and also for rules of law. Ezi wedehanka. I hope you will get my Point

          1. Don’t mind hawi55. I don’t even think he is Eritrean. He seems like he is patriotic Eritrean, but if one reads between the lines on things he rights about. He is either blind/fool cheerleader or a sinister person trying to lead Eritreans to blind nationalism and downfall.

          2. I see your not a hate im sorry many fake accounts are made here to try and subvert topics and stories to woyane narrative like ayte sentek/abel/erty etc.. who i believe are the same person anyways. But i think from the get go we both misunderstood each other. Firstly i don’t speak for the Eritrean goverment or any body of the Eritrean people starting form the zoba to the village i only speak for myself. Second i don’t think you got where i was coming from which was jesting just to bring up the illegal invasion and occupation of Eritrean lands. Maybe it was in bad taste maybe? but of course not i don’t believe in that idea at its principle. That is not in shabia/hgdf principle which i was raised by.ድሃን ዋኣል ኩቡር ብሳኢ.

  9. Our Eritrean government should use their Press Statement to publicly tell EU to Mind Your Own FKN Business, because Dawit Isaak is an Eritrean & who was working in Eritrea based on his Eritrean citizenship. Dawit Isaak is just a tool for Swedish Parliamentarian (Arhe Hamednaka) and western journalist to harass Eritrea. When Dawit is released, they will find Dawit Isaak#2.

    Regardless of what EU or any other haters says, we need to have a healthy discussion of our own on issues not only of progresses made in Eritrea (as we always do in TN), but also of unnecessary issues (like the case of Dawit Isaak). Again, our discussion should not be based on what USA/EU/UN/AU said or will say, since each of those who regularly accuse us are in fact, the worst human rights abusers in human history, especially on the people of Africa. We don’t even need to go back to history, as these same colonialist are still abusing thousands of men & women from all over the world (e.g. Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graib) in the name of Terrorism. So I would not put so much weight on what EU says, unless you are from a country of “Do They Know it is Christmas Time?”

    I sometimes wonder, if EU is making the chances of Dawit being freed or pardoned worse with every Swedish request of his release. Imagine, there was a plan to release him next week, do you actually believe PFDJ will do so now right after this unnecessary statement from EU regarding Isaak? I don’t think so!

    It is to the benefit of our government, especially to our diplomats, to sentence every high profile prisoner in Eritrea, to whatever number of years. I would love to see our diplomats harass leaders of USA/EU/UN/AU on why they are not pressuring woyane from enforcing the EBBC ruling which they all were guarantors of the agreement. Instead, our diplomats are regularly being harassed by western officials/”journalist” with unnecessary questions on G15, Isaak, etc.

    And finally, …
    My 2c advice to TN: Please limit the access of ypur IQ63 members. We are not benefiting from their daily noise in TN. We will be better off without them participating in issue that is none of their business. They will be welcomed whenever we have food fund raising. If TN is unable to quarantine the IQ63’s, let us respond to them with their favorite word YirDeAkha or a picture of the game I created for them “Who wants to eat Quenty”.

    1. Sup, body. I always respected your opinion. Can you help me understand. If the GOE put me in jail without charging me of any crime for years, then what am I to do? Forget what the foreign powers shout about. I am more concerned about Eritrean people opinion of GOE here. I care less about our enemies. Furthermore, if the GOE is planning to release Dawit, then the GOE should go on head with it’s plan. GOE should be concerned more about Eritrean people’s trust and support. At the end of the day, Eritrea is for Eritrean people.

      1. Hafash, I agree with you, see my comments above. However I am totally against any government’s interference in our affairs especially Sweden, a sworn enemy of Eritrean interest.

      2. “If the GOE put me in jail without charging me of any crime for years, then what am I to do?”
        Good question. I will advice you to continue to sit tight and wait until the Eritrean government do something about it. Although you may be upset at yourself while in prison, you probably won’t be upset at the government because you know your crimes!! And since your crime has to do with the national security of Eritrea, you should expect to go to a Court-Martial (Military court). And if you go to a Military court, you know what will happen there …

      3. LOL, let’s be specific here. There is a difference b/c civilian and military/ national security crimes. Give me a name of anyone who served 20 yrs for civilian crimes???? If you do something of the later crime, I would only wish best of luck.

    2. Brother
      I could not agree more superb, the group of IQ 63 are blemishing this very decent site when ever a healthy discourse is being raised they rush with their childish and ill conceived comments. They can stay in the cold while we discuss issues of common interests which exclusively concerns only Eritreans. The group of IQ63 can come in if they want as you said when we discuss cherished issues like aid food stamps, we can tolerate them in those affairs.

  10. Andargatchew Tsige · Edit

    The same European Union who has not said a peep about Andy Tsige, a European citizen, kidnapped from an airport through bribes complains about Dawit, a treasonous man. I guess Human rights are applied selectively. Only against certain countries.

        1. Agreed. As a sovereign nation Eritrea is not going to be pushed around by EU or others. However the GOE may need to find a reasonable explanation for holding the prisoners so that it can effectively respond to the unrelenting accusations at every international forum.

      1. Maybe merara was betrayed by EU? Western elites can not be trusted. They can sell everyone if they can benefit from it. Maybe EU has forwarded secret information they received from merara to weyane? We know for sure that western security agencies exchange secrete information with weyane. Merara and Andy are probably victims of betrayal by the EU.

    1. Pls try to understand the differences. We (in Ethiopia) have a place called “court” where everyone can defend him/her self. We don’t have era-ero.

      1. Have you not heard what Melaku said about your Ethiopian prisons?Despicable torture centers!!
        It is a place where woyane inhumanity and disgusting behavior is displayed.
        You have the nerve to show up hear and preach your rotten system – get lost.

  11. Although I am against an imprisonment without trial of some sort, I oppose and abhor the interference of foreign countries who are not friendly to Eritrea like the useless Sweden. As to the so called partnership minion money, they can take it and shove it up their ass for all I care. Talk about hypocrisy! They are the lifeline of the many dictatorial governments, not least Ethiopia in spite of the Ethiopian people’s heroic struggle for democratic rights. Yet, they have the audacity to single out Eritrea when they are spoon feeding the dying Ethiopian regime. And who the hell are the so called “Eritrean civic society”? The equally deceitful “Opposition” jerks? Sweden stay away from Eritrean affairs. We could care less what you think.

    1. “Although I am against an imprisonment without trial of some sort, I oppose and abhor the interference of foreign countries who are not friendly to Eritrea like the useless Sweden”. Let’s forget Sweden for the time being in here. What do you do when more than 100 government officials and journalists are arrested for more than 15 years with trial of some sort? By the way if we had a working constitution and court system Sweden or for that matter the EU would not have called the Eritrean government to bring prisoners to the court of law. I hope you understand the issue is not chicken or Egg. It is our failure and the PFDJ greed for power bringing all this foreigners in to our internal affairs.

  12. Too bad people still think national diplomacy is a family affair. They care a zilch about a journalist or 100s of them. His release or continued detention will not gain Eritrea any victory. They will always find a reason or 100s of them to blame the,nation. Eritrean leadership know this full well. Dovish diplomacy has not place in this insane and selfish world. His release should only be based on the guys real crimes or not, and based of the on the interest of Eritrea. If his crucification benefits Eritrea, so be it! It is a country built in flesh and blood of the selfless and crime free anyway.

  13. If there is no crime why should the Eritrean Governmen behave in such attitude……… hence there should a Big, Big complot to regime change. In 2000-2001 the CIA, USAID, Italian embassy in Eritrea, were gathering sicretely together with high rank Eritrean Officials. In 1999 the then PM Meles Zena said that we did not only fought the Eritrean army, but also financially (bribe), hence to install a puppet regime to be our servant. All this was the desire of western states, thus the failure to obtain so they act hysterically. Certainly there is huge to say. Like the case of Badme that was the desire of Bill Clinton after the refusale of Eritrea to give the Dahlak Island for military base especially for cruise missiles carrier submarine ships base. All antagonisme against Eritrea is due to its refusale to be a vassal State. This antagonism will persist until the total change of western policy.

    1. At the end of the day, every issue takes a back seat to Eritrea’s sovereignty. However If a plausible reason can be provided for the continued arrest of journalists, it will help counter continued accusations. In short, Do not leave any accusation unanswered or will be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Check every complaint!

  14. Mercifulness is often described as “treating people with kindness and forgiveness”. Mercifulness is a pillar of almost all religious teachings. While the Holly Bible calls God “A God of Mercy” the Holly Quran calls God “All Merciful and Omnipotent”.

    In law Mercifulness is defined as “The total or partial remission of a punishment”. Because of the major role the Christian and Islamic religions play in the Eritrean society, mercifulness has been instrumental not only in resolving conflicts among citizens but also in stopping future bloodshed that may involve the families and relatives of the victim and victimizer.

    Based on the concept of mercifulness, wise men and women in the villages of Eritrea have long developed and perfected the art of resolving conflicts and disagreements among the victim and victimizer successfully. Consequently they have been able to keep the peace, stability and harmony of their community for generations.

    Hence mercifulness is not only an expression of kindness and forgiveness but also it is part and parcel of the Eritrean social fabric. Mercifulness pays a dividend. It plays a big role in building a nationalistic, healthy and moral society that is free from hatred, revenge and minimizes the feeling of being treated unfairly by any member of the Eritrean community.

    Eritrea is the summations of its villages, sub-zones and zones. As a result the laws, rules and policies of the government of Eritrea can be effective only when they are based on the traditions, values and conflict resolution mechanisms practiced in the villages, sub-zones and zones of the country of Eritrea. When that is the case the harmony, peace and tranquility of the villages, sub-zones and zones in Eritrea could simply be translated in to the harmony, peace and tranquility of the whole country.

    Accordingly the Eritrean government’s policy that delegates the task of conflict resolution mechanism to the wise men and women of Eritrea through community based courts should be appreciated and supported. There are many examples that qualify us to claim that the current government and people of Eritrea are Merciful. The release of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian prisoners of war during and after the liberation of Eritrea, the light punishment given to the former members of the Ethiopian ruling party in Eritrea and not seeking revenge on the mostly Tigrean agents of the former Ethiopian military junta who committed despicable acts on the people of Eritrea.

    The forgiveness that was extended by the Eritrean people and government to the victimizers of the Eritrean society is another testament to the merciful culture of the people of Eritrea. However it does not mean that the government of Eritrea is free from criticism on the issue of Mercifulness. Currently the Eritrean Diaspora community is facing some degree of fragmentation and confusion. Although it is possible to say that the fragmentation is due to evil and sinister acts of the enemies of Eritrea, it is also true that Eritreans who truly love their country are deceived to join the unholy alliance against Eritrea mainly because they are frustrated by the lack of Mercifulness by the government of Eritrea towards its prisoners.

    I am not qualified to comment on why people were arrested and what their punishment should be because I am not a lawyer by profession. I also know that to get citizens adhere to its laws and rules strictly, the government of Eritrea may be forced to take some harsh punishments on those who violate its laws and rules. However I strongly believe that the more the government shows mercifulness towards its prisoners, regardless of their crime, the more its laws and rules reflect the values and traditions of the Eritrean society.

    An act of Mercifulness by the government of Eritrea minimizes hatred and fragmentation within the Eritrean society. Mercifulness by the Eritrean government, regardless of the crime of the prisoner, strengthens Eritrean nationalism and harmony among citizens inside and outside of the country. Consequently in the long run it helps us to build a united, healthy, moral and loving community that is a vanguard to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Eritrea.

    That means Mercifulness by the Eritrean government on its prisoners, regardless of their crime, has a long term dividend to the people and country of Eritrea. Thus, for the sake of the national unity and harmony of all Eritrean citizens inside and outside of the country, the government of Eritrea needs to show mercifulness toward its prisoners regardless of their crime. When that happens we, all citizens of the country of Eritrea, could reap the dividend of our merciful culture for generations to come.

  15. request the Eritrean government to give for givens to everyone period.
    The first general Betewedad Abraham
    The resin been because my country going the wright direction, about TPLF don’t ask don’t tell.
    It’s like Tiger with Mankin

  16. The Eritrean people & the world know what everyone did OR trying to do But it’s over with
    Just time to go free, it’s not easy to let them free but we are eritrean’s we can do it.
    Is not including the HOLY FATHER & the hero general Betewedad Abraham
    Long live the strong eritrean people & Army in general.

  17. What about EU parliament doing their duty as a guarantee to the Algiers agreement calling Ethiopia to immediately evacuate from Badme and officially demarcate the boarder….instead of trying to interfere i n the internal affairs of the country…

    1. That is why we call hypocrisy at its peak, EU must honor its pledge towards the Algers Agreement then can the EU ask others to honor their duty or obligation.

  18. When the COI presented its case for Isaias and his cohorts to be referred to the ICC, I demonstrated in Geneva against it. My stand was clear. The COI initiative would complicate the Eritrean situation. It will turn Eritrea into a fighting ground between PFDJ officials and the ICC. In the mean time the historical Enemy of the Eritrean People TPLF would benefit. Now I learned that I made a mistake. Actually, what I did was I abated dictatorship, arbitrary arrests and no regard for the rule of law and human life. I failed the journalists who studied with me at Asmara University and haven’t done any crime rather than publishing stories like what every journalist does. I failed the G15 who worked hard to see a country with a constitution, free movement of people and a government with checks and balances. This is my personal confession. When the COI revives its case, I will be the first one to fly to Geneve and support the case. Now I learned that my reasoning to oppose the COI was wrong. PFDJ is not capable of resolving differences. The only way it understands is force and threat. If that is the case let be it. I am supporting the COI.

    1. TaHdeed #1, “The only way it understands is force and threat.”
      How are you going to deliver force against PFDJ? Online force using TN?
      –keep entertaining us.

      1. Didn’t you hear when Monkey was crying in Geneve and New York? The second time is the charm? It is a matter of time. It takes time until things sink in. When it does the images of last days of Saddam and Qaddafi are the only images you will see. Bloody hands will never be clean.

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