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Decentralised Rural Energy to Meet Energy Needs of Rural Communities and Farmers: Simple, Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Hivos

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Women's Leadership in Peace Building
Conflict, Community and Care
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Africa World Press

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers
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Eritrea's psychological prisons

Eritrean-refugees-Ethiopia2An Eritrean journalist in exile explains how many Eritreans remain virtual psychological prisoners of the regime even in exile. Temesghen Debesai, a television Journalist, who eventually escaped to Britain says left because life in Eritrea had become a psychological prison. A state of paranoia was everywhere.

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UN Human Rights Council Inquiry on Eritrea

UNHRC-Eritrea-enquiryDamning evidence of human rights abuses in Eritrea have been given to the UN's Human Rights Council in the course of its inquiry on Eritrea.  At its interactive dialogue on 16 March the Chairperson of the Commission of the Inquiry on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea, Mr. Mike Smith, said that the Eritrean authorities had so far not cooperated with the inquiry.

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Eritrea called on to respect human rights of women

Luul Gebreab President of the National Union of Eritrean Women FotorThe UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women recently assessed Eritrea's compliance with the CEDAW and concluded that significant steps needed to be implemented to ensure that the Eritrean authorities adhered to its legal obligations with respect to the rights of women.

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Sinai trafficking Symposium

sinai-childrenA Symposium on “Sinai Trafficking” at Cincinnatti University brought together 200 academics and members of the Eritrean community.  Participants not only came from Cincinnati but from cities across the United States, even as far away as Houston.

Chaired by Professor Habtu Ghebre-Ab, the Symposium sought to promote greater understanding about the Human Trafficking Cycle in which so many young Eritreans have been caught.

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Eritrean taxing of diaspora challenged in UK

Eritrean-ambassador-2The Eritrean regime's continued demand that Eritreans living abroad should continue to pay tax faces a legal challenge in the UK. A complaint has been file with Police by members of the Eritrean community in London.

The complaint is supported by papers clearly showing that the Eritrean Embassy in London is continuing to demand the 2% tax from Eritrean residence in the UK, despite being declared illegal by the United Nations.

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Media exposure

BBC-mvr-131204Interview on BBC
 Nieuwsuur-mvr-140520bInterview op Nieuwsuur
YouTube SymposiumMarga Klompé Symposium - Tilburg University
Statement Mirjam van Reisen (YouTube)Interview EEPA Director Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen
Statement Meron Estefanos (YouTube)Interview Meron Estefanos
Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen on the legacy of Marga Klompe