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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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Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings by UN actors

migrants landingTwo UN High Commissioners, A Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General  and the Director-General of the International Organization on Migration have signed a statement on the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. In it, they “strongly urge European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first today when agreeing upon a common response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean”.

Read more: Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings by UN actors

Wanted: An International Mediterranean Summit

migrants spaush24 7As EU leaders prepare to meet in Italy Professor  Mirjam van Reisen writes: The European Council is expected to formulate a coherent European response to the continuing humanitarian disaster in the Mediterranean on April 23. The tragic deaths of more than 1000 men, women and children as well as the recognition that the situation is spiralling out of control, seem to have finally alerted Europe to the scale of the crisis. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – who is also Vice-President of the European Commission – and her staff deserve commendation for their determination and commitment to get things moving.

Read more: Wanted: An International Mediterranean Summit

Report shows deep flaws in Israel’s return policy

A report published by Hotline for Refugees and Migrants jointly with ASSAF shows that asylum seekers in Israel are being pressured to leave 'voluntarily'. Those repatriated to Sudan faced detention, persecution and torture. The asylum seekers that were transferred to third countries, such as Rwanda and Uganda, are not granted any rights or protection.

Read more: Report shows deep flaws in Israel’s return policy

The Mediterranean Catastrophe calls for an International Response

A boat transporting migrantsDespite one of the largest humanitarian disaster of recent years unfolding on their doorstep, and another 700 deaths over the weekend, the EU and its Member States seem totally paralyzed and incapable of providing an urgent and appropriate response. The deaths of thousands of men, women and children only seems to promote further rounds of discussion. These will – in due course - no doubt result in yet another political declaration and yet more empty promises.

The urgency of the situation demands action, not words.

Read more: The Mediterranean Catastrophe calls for an International Response

Petition: Stop EU from funding Eritrea’s oppressive regime

A  petition questioning the new European Union development aid package for Eritrea has been established. This aid package of €312 million is almost triple the amount given in 2009-2013. While the petition acknowledges the importance of curbing migration, which is the European Union’s goal, it questions the aid package for providing a reward to Eritrea’s oppressive government.  

Read more: Petition: Stop EU from funding Eritrea’s oppressive regime

Israel to deport migrants to Rwanda

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