In the initial weeks of 2018, the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir announced the closure of the border with Eritrea which was was followed by the deployment of militia forces to the bordering regions. The reason for the border closing has not officially been made clear and Sudan has denied tension between the two countries. This manoeuvre comes just after the declaration of a six-month state of emergency in the Sudanese regions of Kassala and North Kordofan. The official motivation given for the state of emergency was the Sudanese campaign against the trafficking of human beings, weapons, and drugs and in those border regions.
In this week’s news highlights: Dutch Professor wins Court appeal against ex-chair of Young PFDJ; a look at Eritrea’s Akria district one month after the protest; UK-Sudan trade deal raises concern; Ethiopian Government spying on diaspora activists through Israeli spyware; EU announces Horn of Africa funding of projects worth 174.4 million; Donald Tusk’s plan on migration described as ‘anti-European’ by EU Commission; EU Council to discuss on migration this week; November Frontex report analyses numbers; Amnesty International firmly opposing EU migration policy regarding Libya.
In this week’s news highlights: EU attempts at engagement with Eritrea “producing little[…] in terms of tangible results”; concern over 700 people that may soon be deported from the United States to Eritrea; Ethiopia and EU may soon sign a deal on repatriation, according to leaked draft document; EU-AU summit ends without agreement on forced returns statement; European Commission sets out key points for combatting human trafficking; EU Parliament adopted a resolution on freedom of expression in Sudan; Amnesty International press release on Libya; and some German pilots refuse to repatriate Afghan people.