Based in London, Dawit Mesfin is a writer, veteran commentator on Eritrean affairs and a social, human rights and peace activist. He was one of 13 Eritrean academics and professionals who wrote a critical letter to the Eritrean leadership in 2000 calling for improved human rights and met President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara to discuss the issues raised in the letter.

He has been at the forefront of leading Eritrean political websites Awate.com and Asmarino.com, and set up the Voice of Liberty radio station. He has chaired diverse human rights and civil society groups focussing on Eritrea, and was principal director of Justice Africa, an international NGO with a special focus on the Horn of Africa, from 2011-2014.