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10,000 solidarity calls from the family of Dawit Isaac

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10,000 solidarity calls from the family of Dawit Isaac

(Asmara 13-10-2012) Esayas Isaac the brother of Eritrean journalist Dawit Issac made a passionate appeal for the Eritrean public to help him ascertain the welfare and whereabouts of his brother who disappeared after he was taken into custody by security officials.

The calls were coordinated by  a group known as ArbiHarnet or Freedom Friday (جمعة التحرير) , which has made over 43,00 robo calls and one to one calls, to Eritreans inside the country since its inception on 11-11-11 last year.

In his message Esayas Isaac wished ArbiHarnet every success, whilst in a statement released on Facebook following the successful delivery of the messages, members of the group thanked Mr Isaac, for his courageous effort not just in making those calls but also for his relentless effort to get justice for his brother and all prisoners of conscience in Eritrea.

Arbi Harnet plan to make a further 20,000 calls, in the next two months, appealing for the Eritrean public to demand change in the country that has been dubbed ‘Africa’s North Korea’.

Organisers of the group state: ‘our main objective is to heighten the indignation of the Eritrean public against the atrocities perpetrated by the regime in Eritrea and then to encourage people to demand justice, Dawit and many other prisoners have been detained illegally for over a decade and many other atrocities are perpetrated daily by the regime, young people flee the country in droves as an individual response against these atrocities we want this response to turn into a communal response for a sustainable democratic change in Eritrea’

Last weekend’s calls were made possible by financial support from the Eritrean youth movements and friends of Dawit Isaac including journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who were themselves prisoners in Ethiopia prior to their pardon and release in September 2012.



  1. Having gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1991, today Eritrea is daubed Africa’s North Korea owing to the appalling human rights records there. In June the UN Human Rights Council agreed to appoint a Special Rapporteur to look into the human rights violations perpetrated by the regime.
  2. ArbiHarnet (Feedom Friday) is an initiative coordinated by Eritrean youth in the diaspora with the aim of narrowing the gulf between the resistance to the government of Eritrea in the diaspora and inside the country.
  3. One of the objectives of the initiative is to encourage Eritreans inside the country to indentify communal responses to the dictatorship that has caused thousands of Eritreans to become refugees and prisoners.
  4. ArbiHanet is an independent initiative inspired by the Arab Spring Revolutions.  If you would like to support our work inside Eritrea please donate on:

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