"Petitions, e-mails, letters and telegrams show officials that there are people who know and care about what happens to persecuted Christians inside their countries. Some conditions may be improved as a result. In some cases, we have seen prisoners released early after their case received international attention. If the authorities think no one cares, the Christians receive more harassment. Do not underestimate the power of your letter."
So today, let's email the Ambassador of Eritrea to the United States, requesting the release of Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel. On the left-hand side of the page, click "Petition Official" then choose "Ambassador Representative," also on the left.
From VOM's Prisoner Alert website:
"Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel, a leading figure of Full Gospel Church of Eritrea, was arrested on May 23, 2004. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Chicago University. His wife and four children have not been able to visit him. Jailed Protestants are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs."
In your email, please be brief and simply and politely request his release. Do not mention Voice of the Martyrs, Prisoner Alert or Engage Daily. For an Ambassador, use the proper title "Your Excellency." I suggest you also ask the Eritrean government to respect Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the following:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."