News Highlights: Report describes crimes against humanity in Western Tigray, Over 90 people drown off Libya, Darfur trial starts

In this week’s News Highlights: NGOs document alleged crimes against humanity in Western Tigray; Tigray remains besieged, Adigrat Bishop states; Drought is killing livestock and rising fertiliser prices in Ethiopia; Diplomats urging for peace negotiation and troop withdrawal in Ethiopia; Opening of the ICC’s first Darfur trial; Rising inflation since the Sudanese coup; More than 90 migrants and refugees dead at sea off Libya, survivors returned; UN investigates reports of mass graves of migrants in Libya; Council of Europe reports on illegal pushbacks; Minors accused of human trafficking in Italy; Germany stops training Libyan coastguard; Young migrant committed suicide in France after illegally housed alone; Migrant drowns while crossing the border between Spain and France; Conflicts, climate change and inflation push Africans towards hunger; European Council on Refugees and Exiles Conference in Brussels; Pope criticises EU-Libya deal; Protest in support of Tigray in Ottawa.

News Highlights: ‘Al-Bidja’ arrested in Libya on charges of trafficking, RSF starts case against Eritrean authorities, Minors in UK held in unfit detention for days

In this week’s news highlights: Eritrea’s President accused of crimes against humanity in case launched by RSF; 12 migrants found dead along Djibouti coast; UK Africa Minister worries about human rights violations in Eritrea; Eritrean refugees cross the Ethiopian border; “Al-Bidja” arrested in Libya accused of trafficking and smuggling; UNHCR restarts refugee evacuation flights from Libya; New documentary depicts difficult lives of migrants and transporters in Agadez; 15 migrants drown off Libyan coast; Croatian police accused of violence towards asylum seekers; Refugee children forced to wait long for accommodation in the UK; Greece finalises planning to build a new wall against migrants at Turkish border; Young victims of child trafficking risk of deportation when turning 18 in the UK; “Welcome event” for asylum seekers in Kent (UK); COVID-19 causes decrease in remittances in 2020; And joint statement on the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Upcoming: side event at the UNHRC – follow up process on the COI report on Eritrea

Next week, on the 13 March 2017, the UN Human Rights Council is holding a side event on the topic The Post-COI Follow-Up Process. The event, which is co-organised by EEPA, will take place at the Palais des Nations, Room XXVII at 10:00 to 11:30 and will reflect on the human rights situation Eritrea and the accountability process since the publication of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) report in July 2016.