Asrat is credited for the poetry resurgence in Eritrea in the mid-2000s and he is the previous editorial manager of the newspaper Zemen. Asrat’s works nitty-gritty the everyday life of the oppressed, and investigated topics of war and harmony, remarkably portraying the negative side of contention. While he was supervisor in-head of Zemen, the newspaper was the main scholarly paper in Eritrea and helped shape the social scene; Asrat himself was a famous art critic. As per PEN, the situation of Asrat and his fellow authors “remains unclear” and it is obscure whether charges have been brought against them or in the event that they have ever been brought to trial. The association has said it is accepted they have been exposed to torment and other sick therapy and Asrat is accepted to be among a couple of enduring writers captured in 2001. Johnson honored Asrat: “Keeping a resident detained, incommunicado, without charge or preliminary for almost 20 years is the sort of grievous fierceness that we partner with extremist states and fascisms. As an offer of solidarity from an artist of the African diaspora, I have picked the Eritrean artist, musician, pundit, and columnist Amanuel Asrat as the Writer of Courage for 2020”. Daniel Mebrahtu, Amanuel Asrat’s sibling, remarked: “We, the family of Amanuel Asrat, are exceptionally satisfied, regarded, and humbled to acknowledge this honor in the interest of our child and sibling, Amanuel Asrat. Amanuel is enduring under the brutal states of the Eiraeiro prison in Eritrea for a very long time and tallying. We request that the worldwide network intercede for his situation and different detainees of heart in Eritrea, and request their prompt delivery. Feline Lucas, Writers at Risk program supervisor at English PEN, included: “We are respected to have the option to perceive Amanuel Asrat and his work with the PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage 2020. Meanwhile, we trust that our PENWrites mission will give a chance to raise more noteworthy attention to his situation, to intensify requires his delivery, and to keep on demonstrating our help for him and his family”.