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Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdruckung













Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdrückung
Editors: Katja Buck, Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: EMW - Evangelisches Missionswerk in Deutschland

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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

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The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers
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Landmark deal signed between EU and Eritrea, but who cares?

Eritrea NIP signingEritrean and EU officials signed the National Indicative Programme (NIP) on the 29 January 2016. The EU will now send €200 million of aid aimed at improving the energy sector and, to a lesser extent, governance in Eritrea. UN officials and experts are highly concerned about how this money will be traced and the underlying logic of such a strategy, yet no European media covered the story.

Read more: Landmark deal signed between EU and Eritrea, but who cares?

Report slams UK guidelines used to return Eritrean asylum seekers as “misleading and biased”

17116804479 7b99d30272 zAn independent report found that the British Home Office is returning Eritrean asylum seekers based on a policy that is ‘completely divorced from, and left unconnected to, the objective evidence’. It slams the government’s guidelines as “misleading and biased”.

Read more: Report slams UK guidelines used to return Eritrean asylum seekers as “misleading and biased”

Danish Journalism Award: Berlingkse Group nominated for role in ‘Eritrea Case’

21354468922 e2eebb6f0f bIn late 2015 the ‘Berlingkse Group’ were nominated for the Cavlingprisen, a prestigious Danish journalism award. They were being recognised for their role in exposing a deceptive Danish government report on Eritrea which was used in the UK to reject hundreds of asylum seekers from the east African country. The journalists did not win the award, but the nomination helps highlight the importance of their work and the troubling use of the report by the British Home Office.

Read more: Danish Journalism Award: Berlingkse Group nominated for role in ‘Eritrea Case’

Dutch approach to combatting human trafficking and smuggling is lacking

AFP/GETTYDutch radio station BNR reported on the approach of the Netherlands to track and arrest smugglers and traffickers of human beings. The report was based on the input of experts in the area of human trafficking and smuggling. According to the report, the Dutch approach fails to address the problems on the larger scale. The approach does not take into account the ways that the smuggling and trafficking gangs operate nowadays, says Prof. Mirjam van Reisen.

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Norwegian newspaper reports on smugglers connected to 2013 Lampadusa shipwreck

Fransesco Zizola - NOORA large Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten (the Evening Post) recently published an online article about smuggling connections to Norway in relation to a boat full of refugees that caught fire in 2013. Investigations are still ongoing around the incident, known as the Lampadusa Migrant Shipwreck. Italy has requested the help of Norwegian police into people linked to the smuggling network responsible for the shipwreck, but the Norwegian police claims to have too little information. The article tells the story of Fanus, a survivor from the shipwreck.

Read more: Norwegian newspaper reports on smugglers connected to 2013 Lampadusa shipwreck