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UNODC Trained Eritrean Police on Countering Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants

UNODC first training for Eritrea law enforcement officials on countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants
The UN Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) presents first training for 30 law enforcement officials in Eritrea on countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.

BY UNODC

The UN Office on Drug and Crime(UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), together with the Government of Eritrea, recently presented the first training for 30 law enforcement officials in Eritrea on Countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. Continue reading UNODC Trained Eritrean Police on Countering Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants

The Fate of Migrants

Migration or the movement of people is a phenomenon that is as old as humanity. It’s not a phenomenon solely confined to those moving from least developed countries.

BY MELA GHEBREMEDHIN | SHABAIT

I was watching the standup comedy show of Trevor Noah the other day. In his show he talked about migration and the rise of xenophobia in the Western world and how it contradicts what those same countries did by conquering the world and colonizing populations.

When migration comes from the developing world to the west, panic, fear, and intolerance become the order of the day. Ironic isn’t it? Similarly, I started to think about the fate of migrants in Libya that everybody is talking about lately after the release of videos showing African migrants in chains being auctioned. Continue reading The Fate of Migrants

Beyond Refugee Crisis and Human Tracking Perspectives for the Youth

BY EMBASSY MEDIA

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Austria, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations in Vienna, UNCAV – United Nations Correspondents Association and the Horn of Africa Peace Initiative, hosted a panel discussion on the 3rd of November 2017 themed “Beyond Refugee Crisis and Human Tracking Perspectives for the Youth in the Horn of Africa with a special Focus on Eritrea“. Continue reading Beyond Refugee Crisis and Human Tracking Perspectives for the Youth

Italy Blocks DNA Evidence that Could Exonerate Human Trafficking Suspect

“We are basing our legal proceedings on other data, not on DNA.” – Prosecutors

A case of mistaken identity put the wrong man in jail. Italian investigators prosecuting the case has blocked admission of the new DNA test as evidence. (Illustration by Oliver Munday)

BY SALEM SOLOMON | VOA NEWS

Italian prosecutors will not accept as evidence a DNA test that could exonerate an Eritrean man accused of smuggling thousands of Africans to Italy.

It’s the latest setback for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, whose trial has continued for more than a year, despite mounting evidence that Italian authorities are prosecuting the wrong person.

Berhe’s lawyer, Michele Calantropo, argued during a 45-minute hearing Wednesday that his client is the victim of mistaken identity in a case that has gained worldwide attention. Continue reading Italy Blocks DNA Evidence that Could Exonerate Human Trafficking Suspect

Evidence Exists on Complicity of Gov’ts and NGOs in the Trafficking of Eritreans: FM Osman

‘These governments and organizations are involved at smuggling of Eritreans, as part of their sensational campaign to demonize the nation, encourage youth to flee and weaken the country.’

Eritrea will continue its fight against traffickers and smugglers and expose their sponsors.

BY FOREIGN MINISTER OSMAN SALEH

Statement by HE Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea, during the UN General Assembly meeting on appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in person, New York, 27 September 2017.


Continue reading Evidence Exists on Complicity of Gov’ts and NGOs in the Trafficking of Eritreans: FM Osman

Father Mussie Zerai, Allegations of Facilitating Illegal Immigration and Meron Estefanos

Human Trafficking is a crime. The role of diaspora based, self-proclaimed Eritrean ‘Activists’ in the Trafficking of Eritreans and their shadowy links with journalists and state officials vis-à-vis Eritrean migration warranted an investigation by European prosecutors.

BY FRANCESCA TOTOLO | LUCA DONADEL

We have already spoken in a previous insight into the figure of Father Mussie Zerai (NGO Analysis in the Mediterranean) and on Habeshia, an organization he founded with the purpose of “helping migrants to come to Europe”. Continue reading Father Mussie Zerai, Allegations of Facilitating Illegal Immigration and Meron Estefanos

Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Europe. But it’s also because smugglers make more money shipping petrol.

BY THE ECONOMIST

Over the past three summers, tens of thousands of migrants piled into boats to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. This summer, though, the sea was unusually empty.

Since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal in 2016—in effect closing the eastern route to Greece—Italy has been the main destination for migrants. But the number of arrivals there in July was down by more than half compared with last year. In August it fell even further: fewer than 4,000 people came ashore, against more than 21,000 in August 2016. It was the lowest monthly figure recorded in nearly two years. Continue reading Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

Sudan Courts Deport Dozens of Illegal Eritrean Migrants

Eritrean migrants sit at the Wadi Sherifay camp on May 2, 2017, after being caught by Sudanese border security illegally crossing the Eritrea-Sudan border in the eastern Kassala state.

BY RADIO DABANGA

Sudanese courts deported 104 Eritrean refugees in August, and sentenced others to imprisonment for their ‘illegal infiltration into the Sudanese territory’. A group of refugees was detained on their way to Libya more than a month ago.

Forty-four of the 104 Eritreans deported by courts in Khartoum and Kassala were women, sources informed Radio Dabanga. Another 43 people remain in Omdurman, awaiting trial. Continue reading Sudan Courts Deport Dozens of Illegal Eritrean Migrants