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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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Formal complaint by Eritreans in exile over controversial statements by UN staff

Statements praising Eritrea attributed to senior UN officials have caused controversy. The statements were supposedly made on 16 March in a side event celebrating Eritrea’s “achievements” on gender equality. In response a formal complaint signed by 168 Eritrean exiles living all over the world has been lodged stating that their statements were misleading and contrary to well-known facts about the Eritrean regime. 

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Rewarding Repression: EC proposed aid to Eritrea

A statement on EU asylum and aid policy to Eritrea was released on 1 April, signed by experts. In the statement, the experts express their concern on the announcement of a new development aid package to Eritrea by the European Commission. The statement links the issues of a controversial Danish report on Eritrean immigrants with the lack of proof for improvements in human rights in Eritrea.

An online petition has been initiated in response to the statement.

Read more: Rewarding Repression: EC proposed aid to Eritrea

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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