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Looking for Hope? On the human rights situation in Eritrea

Is there any hope for the release of Dawit Isaak?

Does the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea mean that there is reason to hope that the human rights situation will improve in Eritrea? For 18 years, the Swedish-Eritrean EU journalist Dawit Isaak has been imprisoned without trial in Eritrea – the largest prison for journalists in sub-Saharan Africa. How is he doing? How do things stand in Eritrea as a country? What prospects are there for the future?



Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

PEN-Club Österreich
The event is free of charge


Bethlehem Isaak

Dawit Isaak’s daughter

Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu

Eritrean poet, writer and journalist, now a fellow at PEN Germany in Munich

Björn Tunbäck

Swedish radio and television journalist, human rights activist

Wolfgang Martin Roth

Writers-In-Prison-Beauftragter beim österreichischen PEN-Club / representative of the Writers in Prison Network at the Austrian PEN Club

Ralf Nestmeyer

Vizepräsident und Writers-in-Prison-Beauftragter des deutschen PENs, Author und Historiker / vice president and Writers in Prison representative at the PEN Centre Germany, author and historian