Tag Archives: Sweden – Eritrea relation

Eritrea: ‘Swedish Citizenship Does Not Confer any Special Privileges’

‘Dawit Isaak’s alleged crimes are not his journalism, or his views – but his association with the G-15 opposition group’

Minister Yemane G. Meskel: “The substantive question is simple: regardless of the fact that Dawit Isaak is both Swedish and Eritrean, … crime has been committed in Eritrea and the state in which the crime was committed must deal with it.”

BY MARTIN SCHIBBYE | BLANK SPOT *

New signs of life from Asmara. In an interview with Martin Schibbye, the Eritrean Minister of Information believes that a solution to the issue of Dawit Isaak must also provide a solution for all those arrested in 2001. Continue reading Eritrea: ‘Swedish Citizenship Does Not Confer any Special Privileges’

EU Parliament ‘Demands’ 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. Continue reading EU Parliament ‘Demands’ Release of Dawit Isaak

Eritrea – Sweden: A Call to Action

The debate in Sweden has long revolved around whether the ”quiet diplomacy” works in foreign relations, or if Sweden needs to put its foot down. The journalist Martin Schibbye, who recently spent some time in Eritrea, believes that the issue of Dawit Isaak’s freedom is too important to just leave in the hands of politicians. Here he shares some tips on what you can do for Dawit Isaak right now.

Sweden’s relationship with Eritrea is too important to be left in the hands of certain opportunistic politicians. Focus should be on getting an Eritrean-Swedish citizen out of prison—not fighting or humiliating Eritrea.

By Martin Schibbye | for Blank Spot Project,

September 23 marks 15 years of Dawit Isaak’s imprisonment and the discussion about the best strategy to gain his freedom has raged ever since his arrest. (Eritrean-born Isaak became a Swedish citizen in 1992, but returned to his native country, where he started a newspaper in the late 1990s.) I was in Eritrea recently, lucky enough to be awarded the rarity of a journalism visa in order to write three long stories. I was there to record Eritrea’s journey from the euphoria after independence in 1991, until reality ripped the pen out of Dawit’s hands and many other journalists like him in 2001. Continue reading Eritrea – Sweden: A Call to Action