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Open Letter to Eritrea’s President Isaias Aferwerki from African Activist

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Over 100 African activists and academics
sign open letter to Eritrean head of state

Over 100 leading African journalists,
democracy and human rights advocates from 52 out of 54 African countries have signed
an open letter written to Eritrea’s head of state, President
Isaias Aferwerki.

The letter which was released on Monday
10th June 2019, requests of the head of state an opportunity to visit their
colleagues incarcerated in Eritrea due to the hostile climate that has prevailed
in Eritrea especially for journalists, oppositionists, human rights activists
and the proponents of democracy. The group also stated that, Eritreans have
been incarcerated for political reasons in part creating a climate of fear that
has led to considerable migration out of the proud country.

The group of advocates is also expecting that
president to take the same bold step taken to normalize
relations with Ethiopia on this issue as it would go a long way towards ending
Eritrea’s isolation from the larger African family and could help usher her in
a new era of prosperity and freedom for your people.

Below is the open letter copied to
the press.

Monday, 10th June 2019

DEAR MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE WELCOME US TO
ERITREA

AFRICAN DEMOCRACY ADVOCATES, JOURNALISTS
AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ASK TO VISIT THEIR INCARCERATED COLLEAGUES IN
ERITREA

One hundred (100) leading African
journalists, democracy and human rights advocates took the opportunity on
Africa Day – May 25th 2019 to write an open letter to Eritrea’s President
Isaias Aferwerki. It is released today Monday 10th June 2019. They requested
the head of state an opportunity to visit their colleagues incarcerated in
Eritrea.

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In a message of solidarity with all the
people of Eritrea the group appreciated the recent progress made by Eritrea in
normalizing relations with Ethiopia – two of the Horn Africa’s most vital
countries. They hoped this represented the a new era of deepening stability and
prosperity in the region They beseeched the President to maintain the momentum
of opening up Eritrea after a period of isolation that was not only a loss to
Eritrea but to all of Africa. They also observed that basic freedoms and true
development go hand in hand.

Additionally they expressed concern for the
hostile climate that has prevailed in Eritrea especially for journalists,
oppositionists, human rights activists and the proponents of democracy. They
observed that many Eritreans had been incarcerated for political reasons in
part creating a climate of fear that has led to considerable migration out of
the proud country. Representing a cross-section of similar journalists and
activists from across the African continent, they formally requested to visit
their incarcerated colleagues in Eritrea to express not only their solidarity
with their Eritrean brothers and sisters but to remind them that Africa will
never forget or abandon them.

#PanAfricanSolidarityEritrea

For more information contact:

Rafael Marques de Morais +244 917 242 438 (WhatsApp), Portuguese and
English

John Githongo – +254 738 5626 620 (WhatsApp), English

Farida Nabourema – +1 240 550 0665 (WhatsApp), French and English

Mohamed Keita – +1 917 526 2237 (WhatsApp), French and English

E-mail: PanAfricanSolidarity@gmail.com

Twitter: @EritreaPan

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