News Highlights: New disarmament talks amidst continued attacks, UN finishes investigative mission Libya, EU Search and Rescue crisis

In this week’s news highlights: Eritrean forces continue looting and kidnapping in Tigray, Ethiopian forces carry out mass arrests; Aid coming into Tigray fails to match the needs of the population; New talks to begin on Tigray disarmament; No date offered for the end of blackout in Tigray; Al Shabaab militants besiege hotel in Mogadishu; Committee against Torture adopts concluding observations on Somalia; 500.000 more people in South Sudan will need aid in 2023; UN experts call on South Sudan to investigate government official linked to sexual violence; A conference to chart the way towards Eritrean democracy; WFP pleads to world not to give up on drought-stricken Horn of Africa; A migratory route into the Mediterranean reopens from eastern Libya; UN finishes fifth investigative mission in Libya; Spanish government presents bill to fight human trafficking; Spanish authorities insist no death occurred on their soil during Melilla tragedy; Increasing privatisation of migrant rescue work; What next for the Search and Rescue crisis?; Frontex states irregular border crossings have increased by 77%; Commission president and AU chairperson meeting and statement; Hunger, insecurity and underfunding are worsening the risk of gender based violence; and UN seeks 51.5 billion USD “lifeline” for 2023.

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.

News Highlights: Tigray-Ethiopia peace agreement signed; Fatal double bombing in Mogadishu; Nearly 1000 migrants and refugees waiting for disembarkation

In this week’s news highlights: Tigray- Ethiopia Peace agreement signed; Filsan Abdi and her resignation over the Tigray conflict; WHO says Tigray region has run out of medical supplies; Situation rapidly deteriorating, but the population does not revolt; Double terrorist bombing in Mogadishu; Closing women’s clinic in South Sudan symptomatic of waning donor interest; 8 million South Sudanese to face acute food insecurity; Resurgence of ethnic clashes in Blue Nile state; Cash handouts as alternative to alleviate drought suffering; EU funds Egyptian border control to curb migration via Libya; Torture of a minor Eritrean refugee in Libya; UN experts condemn lack of accountability for abuses at Europe’s border; EU looks to strengthen ties with Western Balkans; Lack of political will on migration solidarity; Report calls for an end to Eritrean diaspora tax; Czech Council presidency proposes reworked voluntary relocation mechanism; Extension of internal border checks with Slovakia; 1000 rescued migrants and refugees waiting for disembarkation; The food crisis must be addressed at a global level.