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Dawit Isaak

Campaign Continues for Imprisoned Swedish-Eritrean

Published måndag 30 mars 2009 kl 12.25
Dawit Isaak

The major Swedish newspapers and human rights organizations are continuing their campaign demanding more efforts from the Swedish government to free a Swedish-Eritrean journalist imprisoned in his former homeland for the last 8 years – arrested with others for protesting against the Eritrean regime.

The campaign demands that Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt travel to Eritrea to demand the release of journalist Dawit Isaak - and that Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt use Sweden’s coming 6-month rotating presidency of the European Union to put pressure on the Eritrean government - and that essential foreign assistance to Eritrea be used as a means of persuasion.

Other news reports reveal that former Swedish Foreign Minister and ex-head of the UN General Assembly Jan Eliasson has tried several times in vain to persuade the Eritrean government to release the journalist.

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