Imprisoned in Eritrea

Sweden urged to do more for Dawit Isaak

Sweden and the EU are obliged to do more for the imprisoned Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isak, according to a judicial review supported by several writers' and publishing organisations in Sweden.

This could for example be halting the millions of euro's that EU sends to Eritrea in development aid. Between 2009 and 2013, the EU aid to the country is planned to come to 170 million US dollars.

The lawyers refer to the European convention on human right and decisions in the European Court of Human Rights, and claim that they show that a country must make an effort with "all legal and diplomatically available means" to ensure that its citizens human rights are protected.

Dawit Isak has been imprisoned in Eritrea for 9 years. The review was handed over to the Swedish foreign office on Monday, and on Tuesday it will be given to officials in the EU.