My name is Radek Nowakowski. I am an architect, and a former activist of Solidarity (the Polish trade union Solidarnosc) in Poland
I left Poland as a political refugee in 1983. For 30 years I have lived in Sweden.
It has been over ten years since journalist and author Dawit Isaak was imprisoned in Eritrea. Apart from a brief period of freedom in 2005 he has been detained in various hell holes ever since - and it is said to be over 300 such prisons in the country. Without an indictment, without a fair court hearing.
Dawit Isaak’s fate and his story moves me deeply.
I was a political prisoner for 7 months during the State of Emergency in Poland 1981/82. As Dawit Issac I was imprisoned without any formal charges or without a trial.
It's not as long as Dawit has been in jail, but long enough to know how it feels.
I still remember how it feels knowing that you have friends outside the prison walls.
On top of all this my son is jurnalist too.
Thanks to the experience that I have from the time of in the independent trade union Solidarnosc I know that the free word is a very effective weapon against tyranny and dictatorship.
I believe that the position ADOPTED by signing this petition is the duty of all people who believe in a democratic society and freedom of speech.
This protest list fills an important function by signaling that there are many people that do not accept the unjustified imprisonment of Dawit Isaak. It shows that there is strong support for Dawit and that there are many who care and follow what happens in the case.
This petition has been founded on the initiatiive of the International Committee for Helping Dawit Isaak:
Radek Nowakowski - Sweden
Peter Jassem - Canada
Agnieszka Grudzinska Eriksen - Denmark
Michal Paziewski - Poland
Lena Carlberg - Sweden
This Petition is aproved and supported by:
- EFJ / European Federation of Journalists
- Frilans Riks Journalistsförbundet - Sweden
- SDRP/ Association of Journalists of the Republic Poland -
- SDP / Polish Journalists Association - Poland
- Kartago Förlaget / Publishing Company - Sweden
- Civil Rights Defenders /NG Organisation - Sweden
- Stödkommittén Free Dawit Isaak - Sweden
- Newspapper ”Gazeta” – Toronto, Canada
- Newspapper "Gazeta Wyborcza" - Poland