News Highlights: First shipwreck of the year off Libya, Frontex Director under scrutiny, Desperate humanitarian needs in Tigray

In this week’s news highlights: Dire needs as population and refugees in Tigray region face hunger and starvation; Amidst relocation, refugees at Sudanese border require supplies; Witness report of killings in Axum; At least 43 sea casualties off Libyan shores; Frontex Director under pressure amidst allegations of illegal pushbacks and misleading MEPs; EU Court of Justice rules it prohibited to deport minors without ensuring adequate reception services; IOM advocates reform of European migration policy under current EU Presidency; Major COVID-19 outbreak among asylum seekers in Kent barracks; 150 migrants and refugees attempted to climb over the fence into the Spanish enclave Melilla; Long-term accommodation needed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for refugees and migrants; 1.3 millions of migrants left the UK in one year; In the fight against COVID-19, vaccination for refugees and migrants are critical; Migration expected in 2020 falls short due to COVID-19. 

For frequent updates about the situation in the Horn, please see the EEPA Horn situation reports. 

News Highlights: Border tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan rise, Refugees in dire conditions after snowstorm, Report on Central Mediterrenean Route

In this week’s news highlights: Tensions rise amid border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan; Ethiopian federal army reports it apprehended TPLF leaders; GERD dam talks come to a halt again; Concerns continue over humanitarian situation in Tigray; New rescue missions in the Mediterranean as other boats remain confined; Over 11,000 migrants and refugees rescued at sea and returned to Libya in 2020; Tunisia’s democracy challenged by “nostalgia of the past”; Sweden will not pursue case against Eritrea over Dawit Isaak; Blizzard in Bosnia and Herzegovina leaves migrants and refugees in dire conditions; Commissioner for Human Rights publishes observations on maltreatment of migrants and refugees in Croatia; Over 150 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel; 7,000 asylum applications in the Netherlands remain to be processed despite 2020 deadline; A fight in an overcrowded Cyprus camp led to more than 24 injures among migrants and refugees; Human Rights Watch’s annual human rights report published; New Humanitarian reports on seven years of shipwrecks on the Central Mediterranean Route.
For frequent updates about the situation in the Horn, please see the EEPA Horn situation reports.

News Highlights: Concern over indications of genocidal tendencies in Tigray, ‘Black book’ shows illegal pushbacks, Over 3,000 migration deaths in 2020

In this week’s news highlights: Conflict in Tigray appears to show indications of genocidal tendencies; Journalists present evidence of Eritrean military in the conflict, and damage, looting and humanitarian disaster in Tigray; Violence against Eritrean refugees in Tigray continues; UN calls for full access to Tigray as first assessment missions enter; Children in Sudanese refugee camps face post-traumatic symptoms; ARCI reports the EU continues externalisation of migration policy in Sudan; The NCHRL rejects settling migrants and refugees in Libya; Italian pathologist tries to identify around 1,000 deaths from 2015 shipwreck; The EU calls for action for migrants and refugees in Bosnia; Refugees experience increase in mental health problems at ‘Moria 2:0’ camp; ‘Black book’ exposes thousands of illegal pushbacks in Europe; and at least over 3,000 fatalities on migration routes so far in 2020