News Highlights: Heavy weapons hand-over starts in Tigray, Alleged Eritrean trafficker appears in court, Italy’s decree could cause more deaths at sea

In this week’s News Highlights: TDF starts hand-over of heavy weapons; Presence of Eritrean troops continues in Tigray; German and French Foreign Ministers visit Ethiopia; Fighting escalates in Oromia; Ethiopian airlines restricts passengers flying between Addis and Mekelle; Alleged human trafficker Kidane arrested in Sudan; Final round of talks between military and civilian leaders in Sudan; Three aid workers and 11 civilians killed in South Sudan; Over 1000 migrants and refugees already returned to Libya this year; HRW warns that Italy’s anti-rescue decree risks more deaths at sea; Human trafficking suspect Welid appears in court in the Netherlands; UNHCR urges EU to treat all refugees equally; EU provides additional EUR 25.5 million to address food crisis in Africa; and German ruling published states Eritreans should not be forced to embassy for papers. 

News Highlights: Violence increases in Oromia, Food situation dire in Somalia, Rights groups state EU complicit in Libya’s migrant abuse

In this week’s news highlights: Violence increases in Oromia; Meta sued for 2 billion USD over violence in Ethiopia; UNHCR increases assistance in North Ethiopia as peace returns; Accountability compromised in CoH Agreement, says Dr Mehari; WHO Director General says uncle “murdered” by Eritrean troops; 27 Ethiopian migrants found dead in Zambia; Famine momentarily averted but people continue dying in Somalia; Somali government accuses al-Shabaab of displacing civilians; As Eritrea continues fighting in Tigray the suffering is also felt at home; Violence in Upper Nile State of South Sudan causes overcrowding at UN camp; Sudanese transitional framework fails to address justice reforms, says HRW; Sudan and Emirati group to develop port on the Red Sea; Traumatised migrants and refugees continue arriving from Libya; Asylum seekers look to the UN to reclaim human rights; UN experts to assess violence against women and girls in Libya; Rights groups state EU complicit in Libya’s migrant abuse; EU’s new plan on migration with African partners; Italy’s anti civilian rescue policy raises tensions in the Mediterranean; and The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

News highlights: Aid to Tigray still limited, Divisions around Libya’s election process, Tension rises as France enforces border checks with Italy

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i government protests the decision; Fear around Libya’s election process; Tension rises as France enforces border checks with Italy; Ship carrying 230 people rescued at sea docks in France after being turned away from Italy; European asylum right deregulation increases risk of rights abuses; Official launch of the African Union Compliance and Accountability Framework; African nations ask for more to help combat climate change; Donors must act quickly is famine is to be averted in East Africa; and UN increasingly concerned by privatisation of force.