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Published on Feb 2, 2015
Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has been held in Eritrean prison since 2001 without trial. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and has called for his immediate and unconditional release. He is the only European citizen held as a prisoner of conscience.
In order to increase the urgency and awareness of Dawit Isaak´s case the Swedish NGO, Stödkommittén Free Dawit Isaak (Support Committee Free Dawit Isaak), has with help from actors, journalists and opinion leaders produced 10 unique reflections from them on the thought of being imprisoned. They all also participated in this year’s released music video "Fågelsång" (Bird Song).
We now get to see and hear more from some of the participants. This video clip which is no 8/10 is featuring Swedish actor Stefan Sauk contemplating on Dawit Isaak’s case.
No 1/10 was the Swedish journalist and author Martin Schibbye. No 2/10 featured a personal reflection by MEP Cecilia Wikström. No 3/10 features the Swedish actor Alexander Karim that shares some of his thoughts of being locked away in isolation. No 4/10 featured Swedish Actor Thorsten Flinck. No 5/10 featured actress Kajsa Ernst. No 6/10 we see Swedish actress Malin Arvidsson share with us her thoughts of not being able to see ones children when being deprived of liberty for such a long time as Dawit Isaak has been detained. No 7 / 10 actress Sofia Helin portrays her feelings about Dawit Isaak’s fate.
13 years of a persons life. 13 years of a grown adults life. If there had only been a crime. But there is nothing. If there had been a set time. Now there is nothing. Nothing… 13 years of a life. For what? For a crime? No. There is no crime. There is nothing, not even a trial. Not being able to see your kids for 13 years. Who has the right? For what? What does that person look like?