Vanessa Tsehaye

Vanessa Tsehaye

Vanessa Tsehaye is a free speech activist who began protesting Eritrea’s human rights abuses when she was only 16 years old. After her uncle, photojournalist Seyoum Tsehaye, was imprisoned in September 2001, Tsehaye began campaigning for his release at her high school and later expanded the campaign to secondary schools and universities around the world. In 2013, she founded One Day Seyoum, a human rights organization that campaigns for Seyoum Tsehaye's release and raises awareness about the crackdown on democratic ideals in Eritrea. One Day Seyoum also runs "Free Eritrea," a campaign to raise awareness about human rights violations in Eritrea. For her efforts, Tsehaye received the Dawik Isaak Prize in 2013 and was nominated for Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression award in 2016. She is currently a law student at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and serves as a One Young World Ambassador while continuing to advocate for her uncle’s release.

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  • RT @Selkid: 10-Year-Old Radio Erena Still the Only Source of Independent News for Eritreans. Our very own Radio Erena makes headlines :-) #…Tue Jun 18, 8:54pm
  • RT @rakidi: A group of Ethiopian lawyers say they'll sue the country's state-run telecoms provider over an internet shutdown. The now 8 da…Tue Jun 18, 8:49pm
  • RT @cnalive: The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health #cliniTue Jun 18, 7:41pm

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