Eritrea - Alerts

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6 July 2012 |

UN Human Rights Council condemns abuses in Eritrea, Belarus

However, the rights body stopped short of recommending the Syria situation be referred to the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch noted.
19 June 2012 |

For exiled Eritreans in Sudan, fear greater than most

As CPJ has documented, life in exile for any journalist generally is filled with fear and uncertainty, in addition to the struggle to find work and fulfill basic needs such as health care.
10 April 2012 |

Detained journalist admitted to hospital in serious condition

Journalist and poet Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu was arrested during a raid on Radio Bana on 22 February 2009, during which its entire staff was detained.
3 November 2011 |

RSF concerned over fate of Dawit Isaac

Unconfirmed reports that Isaac has died in detention have been circulating since 27 October. On the basis of the information available, RSF does not think he has died, but it does not know where the authorities are holding him.
27 September 2011 |

Journalists face threats in covering Dawit Isaac's imprisonment

Journalist Meron Estefanos, an activist in the campaign to release Isaac, was threatened by the imprisoned journalist's brother, who is a strong supporter of Eritrea's president.
13 May 2010 |

Prominent journalist arrested, ex-prison guard reveals fate of other detained journalists

Around 30 journalists are currently held incommunicado and more arrests are still occurring, including the recent arrest of Said Abdulhai, one of the country's most famous journalists.
19 February 2010 |

One year after her arrest, Radio Bana journalist being held in solitary confinement

It is not known why journalist Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu has been held in solitary confinement for the past few weeks.
11 December 2009 |

Journalist Dawit Isaak still in prison after more than eight years

Dawit was arrested in Asmara on 23 September 2001 for defending the freedom of speech of the Eritrean people in the independent newspaper "Setit".
23 September 2009 |

Eritrea now shares title of world's biggest prison for journalists with China, Iran, says RSF

Eritrea's prisoners of conscience are victims of indifference, tacit consent or overly timid efforts on the part of the country's international partners, says RSF.
6 March 2009 |

RSF calls on European Union to suspend development aid in light of fresh crackdown on journalists

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called on the European Union (EU) not to hand over aid worth 122 million euros to Eritrea, after a serious deterioration in conditions for political prisoners and as authorities have launched a new wave of arrests of journalists.
20 February 2009 |

IPI calls for release of journalists detained for years without due process

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 19 February 2009 IPI press release:
4 February 2009 |

Journalist Dawit Isaak held without trial for almost eight years, believed to be seriously ill

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
11 December 2008 |

On 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many journalists still detained without charges, says ARTICLE 19

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is an ARTICLE 19 press release:
30 October 2008 |

State TV journalist secretly sentenced to five years of forced labour in 2006

(RSF/IFEX) - Daniel Kibrom, a journalist employed by Eritrea's state-owned Eri TV, has been held since October 2006 in a prison camp in the south of the country, where he is serving a sentence of five years of forced labour for trying to cross the border into Ethiopia, Reporters Without Borders has learned from a former prison interrogator who fled the country in 2007.
19 September 2008 |

RSF urges European Union to shake off lethargy after seven years of silence since September 2001 crackdown

(RSF/IFEX) - On the seventh anniversary of the start of a wave of round-ups on 18 September 2001, Reporters Without Borders appeals to each of the European Union's 27 members to publicly endorse the organisation's call for the most senior members of the Eritrean government and military to be declared personae non gratae.
25 April 2008 |

Journalist employed by state-owned radio station held since 2006

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has learned from local sources that Tura Kubaba, a journalist with the Kunama-language service of state-owned Radio Dimtsi Hafash ("Voice of the Masses"), has been detained in Eritrea since the second half of 2006 and disappeared in 2007 within the country's prison system.
31 January 2008 |

New revelations about Eiraeiro prison camp; journalist Seyoum Tsehaye held in hellish conditions

(RSF/IFEX) - The following is an abridged version of a 30 January 2008 RSF report:
17 September 2007 |

RSF urges democratic governments to summon Eritrean ambassadors on anniversary of 18 September 2001 crackdown

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on the foreign ministries of the leading democracies to mark the sixth anniversary of the start of a wave of arrests in Asmara by summoning Eritrea's ambassadors to express disapproval for a crackdown that led to the suppression of all freedoms and the imprisonment of more than 10 journalists in unknown locations.
13 August 2007 |

State TV editor goes missing while trying to flee across border into Ethiopia

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about the fate of Johnny Hisabu, an editor with state-owned Eri-TV, who disappeared in late May 2007 after trying to flee across the border into Ethiopia. There are unconfirmed reports that he was arrested and has been held ever since in a detention centre in the southwestern town of Barentu.
11 July 2007 |

IPI concerned about ongoing detention of journalists, calls on aid donors to do more for human rights and press freedom

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 10 July 2007 IPI letter to European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and British Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander:

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