Eritrean regime has organised a series of ‘festivals’ and ‘seminars’ promoted as cultural events. On the basis of previous events that have been organised many perceive that the events promote hate speech and incite violence. They have fuelled pushback in the form of protests, legal action and letters from Eritreans in the diaspora and allies opposing the violent message of the Eritrean regime. A new festival was organised in secrecy in Switzerland last weekend, 27 August 2022, and another event was announced in Germany on 3 September – of which the cancellation was announced yesterday, 31 August.
Eritrean refugees in Addis Ababa received notice that they are to register at local authorities between 18 July and 1 August 2022. Refugees are concerned about the registrations, but are equally concerned about what may happen if they do not register themselves. Videos from refugees in Addis Ababa show long lines in front of the public administration offices. In addition, reports state that some Eritrean refugees are rounded up and sent to unsafe camps in the Amhara Region.
In this week’s News Highlights: Civilians killed in Oromia, 13 million people in need of food aid in Ethiopia amidst fuel shortage; Ethiopia dismisses fuel shortage as ‘myth’ despite warnings of international organisations about the lack; Attacks in West Darfur displaced thousands in several months; Young refugee commits suicide in Libya detention centre; MSF calls for safe legal ways out of Libya; Mass arrests in Morocco; UK aims to track refugees and migrants with GPS; EU Development Days; EC wants to limit migration to Cyprus; G7 leaders called to address world food crisis; and UNHCR estimates 2 million refugees need to be resettled next year.