Last 4 of December, when the report was launched, BBC Arica covered the event. The channel interviewed Eritrea's ambassador to Ireland and England Tesfamichael Gerahtu, who denied that Eritrean officials were part of the Human Trafficking in the Sinai. People can't forget that he represents one of the harshest dictaorships in the world.
The BBC report also includes an interview with Mirjam van Reisen, co-author of "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" and director of EPPA.
To the see the BBC video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7MvUp93OOo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Last 4 of December, a simultaneous launch took place in Cairo in order to present the report "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" and to discuss about this tragedy. The event went very weel, and all the feedbacks from the participants confirmed that. Around 150 people attended the launch. Actually, the hearing was one of the first time that the issue of the Human Trafficking Sinai is discussed in Egypt.
We want to thanks and to congratulate the organizing team for their great work and their tireless commitment on this issue.
You can find some pictures of the launch in Cairo: Pictures Launch in Cairo
We have some videos of the launch in Brussels. On the folowing days we will upload more. Meanwhile, you can watch the final speech of EU Home Affairs and Justice Commisioner Cecilia Malmstromm and MEP Olle Schmidt, and a testimony from a Sinai survivor.
Cecilia Malmstrom "We will do our ultimate to stop this tragedy"
Olle Schmidt "We have to stop this! This is unacceptable! I think Europe is not doing enough!"
See the link to the videos: Videos Launch in Brussels
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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