Petition handed in at Eritrean Embassy in London
On 30 May 2008 Abba Seraphim joined a protest outside the Eritrean Embassy in
London, calling for an end to the continued detention of Christians and other
prisoners of conscience in Eritrea. The protest was coordinated by Christian
Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Release Eritrea and Christian Concern for Freedom of
Abba Seraphim handed in a petition addressed to the Eritrean President calling
for the release of Patriarch Antonios and later a letter was delivered by CSW
National Director Stuart Windsor, Director of Release Eritrea-UK, Dr. Berhane
Asmelash, and CCFC Director David Turner which urged the Eritrean Ambassador to
encourage his government to release prisoners of conscience and restore basic
human rights and fundamental freedoms to the Eritrean people.
Text of the petition,
To His Excellency Issayas Afewerki,
President of the Republic of Eritrea
We, the undersigned, desire to express grave concern about the treatment and welfare of His Holiness Patriarch Antonius of Eritrea and deplore his removal from office without proper judicial and canonical process
With autographed signitures.