In this week’s News Highlights: UN Human Rights Council to debate on Ethiopia; Political opposition and journalists in prison in Ethiopia; Conference to establish interim government in Tigray; Accusations of war crimes by Eritrea just before CoH agreement; Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia; Situation in Laascaanood, Somalia; Constitutional amendment for elections approved in Libya, but controversial; 22 Syrian detained refugees on hunger strike in Libyan prison; IOM and UNHCR update reports on situation in Libya; Criticism on Tunisian President after racist remarks; Shipwreck off the shores of Italy kills at least 67 people, 7 more die off Libya; EU trade benefits in exchange of migration returns criticised; African leaders condemn EU for unfair trade; HRW accuses EU of neglecting its rescue duties; EU Member states call for stronger border and return policies; EU sanctions on Russia’s Wagner mercenaries partly over Africa violence; and hundreds of Eritrean refugees testify to torture endured in Libya.
In this week’s news highlights: Peace talks in South Africa on Ethiopia delayed; Isaias Afewerki’s intentions for Ethiopia; Tigray forces accused of extrajudicial killings in Kobo; ICHREE mandate extended; Eritrean trafficker arrested and extradited to Italy; Joint statement condemning the resumption of hostilities in Tigray; Ministers from the 8 IGAD members meet in Nairobi; Interweaving crises are complicating efforts to address hunger, warns UN; Somali journalist syndicate under increasing pressure from government; 15 migrants and refugees murdered by traffickers in Libya; UN human rights report calls out violation of migrants rights in Libya return programme; German court declares Eritreans cannot be forced to Eritrean embassies for documents; Frontex accused of covering up Greek pushbacks; Mediterranean member states call for Frontex to operate inside third counties; Bounty placed on information about Eritrean human trafficker; ECRE and PICUM publish analysis of EU response to Ukraine crisis; Pope Francis says treatment of migrants “sinful”; Ukrainian refugee protection extended until March 2024.
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