It is his twelfth birthday in an Eritrean prison.
The struggle to free him goes on.
His case is now being brought to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
But the High Court of Asmara has not reacted to the writ for Habeas Corpus for Dawit Isaac. Therefore the case is now being brought to the African Commission. The imprisonment of Dawit Isaac runs counter to both Eritrean law and several African and international conventions. Several of his colleagues have died in prison already. In August Reporters Without Borders reported that three more had perished: Dawit Habtemichael, Mattewos Habteab and Wedi Itay.
We are running out of time and Dawit Isaac runs the risk of ending up like his colleagues.
It is still possible for the Eritrean High Court to demand that the authorities bring Dawit Isaac from his prison and present him.
But instead of doing this Eritrea may now be forced to an embarrassing process before the African Commission. Lately the Eritrean regime has come under growing criticism from other African countries. Eritrea’s actions harm the reputation of the entire continent.
There is a simple way to stop that.
All that Eritrea has to do is to abide by its own laws and release Dawit Isaac.