Last December 4 2013, the report "The Human Trafficing Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" was launched at the European Parliament in Brussels. Simultanious launches took place in Tel Aviv, Cairo and London. Another presentation of the report was going to be held in New York the same day at the United Nations Headquarter. The launch in New York was cancelled due to the Eritrean delegfation at the UN. They stated that the launch was politcally motivated. The launch will be rescheduled.
See the statement from the "The American Team for Displaced Eritreans", wich includes a video from the BBC and other media reports.
The report "The Human Trafficking Cycle:Sinai and Beyond was presented to Cecilia Malmstroöm, Eu Commissionere for Home Affairs, at a hearing in the European Parliament today. The hearing was hosted by Olle Schmidt MEP.
The report is based on the graphic testimonies of refugees from the Horn of Africa, the vast majority being Eritrean, who have been through the torture camps of Sinai. It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 refugees have been held as hostages in Sinai, of whom many have died or dissappeared. That total value of the entire Sinai Trafficking cycle is calculated to be of the order of 600 million USD.
The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond shows that for the survivors of Sinai the challenges do not end when they are released, but continue as most remain trapped in situations of insecurity and without the support they need to recover from the physical and psychological trauma of their experiences.
Simultaneous launches of the report have been taking place in Lampedusa, Tel Aviv, Cairo, London and New York.
A draft version of the report is now available:The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
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Ten years after the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, The European Parliament discussed the use of child soldiers this week (26 Nov 2012).
The roundtable, hosted by MEP Katarína NEVEĎALOVÁ was a reminder that a lot remain to be done in order to tackle this scourge.
The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection presented a testimony and an exposition of pictures from a former African child soldier who has recently fled to Europe. His case appears to be sadly emblematic: after the death of his father during the attack of his village and his abduction, he encounters as a child soldier, drug, extreme abuses and sadistic military training. He manages to flee from the camp where he was detained and starts a long migration in trying to join Europe. As an illegal migrant in the EU, he lives a life of wandering the streets, regularly beaten and sent to several detention centres. After a suicide attempt, he is finally found by EBCO and starts asylum demand process with the help of a lawyer.
Beyond the individual drama, leans a long term negative impact on stability, peace, economical recovery and social cohesion in the affected region.