On the 7 April President Kagame lit the Flame of Remembrance in memory of the 800,000 victims of the genocide in Rwanda. It will burn for 100 days - the period over which the slaughter took place. “Twenty years ago, Rwanda had no future, only a past" said President Kagame. “If the Genocide reveals humanity’s shocking capacity for cruelty, Rwanda’s choices show its capacity for renewal.”
The EU-African Summit concluded with a declaration noting progress made in promoting improvements in democracy, governance and the observance of human rights in Africa, and in the progressive recovery of Europe's economy which is important to both Europe and Africa. Meeting in Brussels the Summit brought together more than 60 leaders of the European Union and African Union, to look at future of cooperation under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.”
The European Commission launches a call for making the European local in their evaluation of progress in Roma inclusion throughout the EU. At the European Roma Summit, ‘going local on Roma inclusion’, progress and future challenges at EU, national and local level were discussed. Two of the most urgent recommendations were to stimulate local implementation of Roma inclusion and for Roma to increasingly become agents of change themselves, especially at local level. This article discusses the Summit content, challenges addressed, and the main topic missing in the Summit’s Roma inclusion discussions.
In advance of the EU-Africa Summit 70 youth leaders from both the European Union and African Union met over 2 days to discuss the future of the youth cooperation. Through a very optimistic discourse European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed his expectations about “the best investment we can make”.
More than 23,000 migrants have lost their lives while trying to reach Europe since 2000, an average of 1,600 every year. Journalists from Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden and France have been working together since August 2013 to compile information on dead or missing migrants. The ‘Migrants’ files’ project has been realised by collecting data from the reportages of Fortress Europe, together with research of UNITED for Intercultural Action and from the ‘PULS’ data project of the University of Helsinki in collaboration with the Join Research Center of the European Commission.
- Future priorities for the EU's justice, civil liberties and home affairs
- Europol warns EU about the kidnapping of asylum seekers
- Hell in Sinai - interviews on German radio
- An intense 27th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
- The United Nations Human Rights Council tackles the issues of Human Trafficking in Sinai.