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Urge the USA to demand Ciham Ali's release!

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Ciham has been missing for over 8 years. When she was just 15 years old, Ciham Ali was taken by the Eritrean authorities while trying to leave the country. She has not been seen since. Help us find Ciham and get her released now. 

On December 8, 2012, Ciham was arrested at the border to Sudan as she tried to flee Eritrea. Her father Ali Abdu, then a Minister of Information in Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki’s government, defected and fled to exile not long before Ciham herself tried to leave. 

Ciham has been secretly detained for over 8 years. Her family have not seen or heard from her at all during this time. They don’t even know where she is or whether she is OK. Her secret detention amounts to an enforced disappearance - a crime under international law. 

Ciham is both an Eritrean and US national but, despite this, the US government has not intervened in her case. We believe that the complete silence and failure from the US government to protect its own citizen is part of the reason why Ciham has still not been released. 

Sign the petition and call for:   

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to intervene in Ciham’s case and demand her immediate and unconditional release. 

Call on the USA to speak out for Ciham Ali!

Read the petition letter below

To: US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken

Dear Secretary of State,

Ciham Ali, a US citizen born in Los Angeles and raised in Eritrea, has been missing since 8 December 2012. The teenager who dreamt of becoming a fashion designer was arrested at the Eritrean border when she was 15. Her arrest appears to be in retaliation against her father’s suspected involvement in a coup attempt on the Eritrean government. Nine years on and no one knows where Ciham is.

Eritrea is notorious for imprisoning people in underground containers where they torture, starve or even kill them. The US government must act now.

Please use your influence and speak out for Ciham: demand her immediate and unconditional release.  

Yours Sincerely,

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