Letter of appeal for political prisoner Astor Yohannes of Eritrea

December 23, 2003

Telegram: President Issayas Afewerki, Asmara, Eritrea
Fax: 011 2911 125123
His Excellency Issayas Afewerki
President of the State of Eritrea
Office of the President
P O Box 257
Asmara, Eritrea

Your Excellency:

Doctors for Global Health (www.dghonline.org) is a non-governmental organization focused on health and other human rights. We ask for your attention to the human rights of Ms. Astor Yohannes.

Our Board of Directors has reviewed the information available. Ms. Astor Yohannes has been detained incommunicado since December 11, 2003 and apparently arrested. She was traveling from the United States to her home in your nation with a passport issued by your administration. There appears to be no valid reason of law for this violation of her rights. It appears that she is either a prisoner of conscience or being detained without reason.

We respectfully ask for your attention to correct this situation and effect the immediate release of Ms. Aster Yohannes. Thank you.


Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH, President
Doctors for Global Health

Ms Fawzia Hashim, Minister of Justice
Brigadier General Abraha Kassa, Head of Security
Ambassador Girma Asmerom
Brigadier Abraham Andom, Commissioner of Police