In this week’s news highlights: Protest leaders call for forming interim civilian ruling council in Sudan; UNSC asked to support Sudanese protestors; Human rights abuses in Eritrea continue, says report; Eritreans are called to handover their ID cards by presidential order; Ethiopia’s revised refugee law comes into force; Thousands of refugees and migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers amid ongoing fighting; Organizations call for immediate release of migrants and refugees from Libyan detention centers; Italian interior minister signs another directive against NGO rescue missions; German Chancellor warns of escalating violence in Libya; Tear gas used as clashes break out in migrant and refugee camps in Greece; and a Greek Coastguard vessel returns boat with 35 refugees on board back to Turkey.
The six men – four Libyans and two Eritreans – exploited Sub-Saharan Africans seeking to cross the Mediterranean across Libya. The sanctions, which went into immediate effect on Thursday 7 June, will freeze their bank accounts and ban them from international travel. These imposed sanctions follow the publication of the book “Human Trafficking and Trauma in the Digital Era. The Ongoing Tragedy of the Trade in Refugees from Eritrea.” (eds. Mirjam van Reisen & Munyaradzi Mawere, Langaa. 2017) which presented the conclusion that Eritrean refugees are trafficked by networks that are led by fellow Eritreans.
In this week’s news highlights: Sudanese militia RSF demands EU compensation for guarding Libya border; The development nexus in Sudan; Ethiopia’s challenges with port access; UN Security Council considers sanctions for inviduals involved in trafficking and smuggling to Libya- publishes names of six people; Smugglers in Niger do not regret their actions; Prevention and trauma treatment important to decrease humanitarian costs of conflict and insecurity, Dutch minister says; Eritreans and Sudanese second on the list of refugees’ nationalities coming to Europe via Italy; British Official condemns Eritrean religious persecution; French Interior Ministry announces clearing of Paris refugee camps.