African migrants's suffering doesn't finish after they reach Israel. Migrants who try to enter in Israel have to go through a harsh journey until they enter in Israel. For istance, a lot of them, specifically Eritreans, are kidnapped in the Sinai, where they are held hostage until the ransom is paid. Once there, they are tortured and killed, until they scape or the kidnappers decide to realease them. There are more risks. Egyptian army shoot at them if they try to enter Israel, and besides that, the new fence separating the two countries difficult their way and cause injuries to the migrants that try to go through it.
Therefore, after a dangerous long journey, migrants expect to see their human rights respected, but this is not the case. Once in Israel, they are treated as "illegal infiltrators". Most of them are jailed or send into detention camps, where their basic needs are not coverered. And besides that, they have the risk to be deported. We can't forget that most of the Africans refugees living in Israel came from countries, like Soudan or Eritrea, where if they come back, they would be punished by their governement and they can even risk their life.
For that reason, last week, around 30.000 African migrants protested in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem asking Israel governement to change its asylum and security policy. They asked Israeli governement to respect their human rights. Israel treats migrants like infiltrators, and when they are jailed or persecuted, they don't take into account that some of them, like a large number of Eritreans, have been held hostage in the Sinai. Israel attitude shows that the Human Trafficking its a cycle, and that the suffering for african migrants that have been victims of Human Trafficking doesn't finish after they are released. Israel governement needs to switch its policy and grants asylum to these migrants in order to respect International Law.
To read the full article: Refugees demonstration in Israel
After an agreement between Sweden, the United Nations High Comission for Refugees in Israel Israel dozens of migrants have been relocated from Israel to Sweeden. In 2013, according to Israeli governement, 2613 migratns were relocated from Israel to Sweeden. They were mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.
Once they are in Israel, Eritrean migrants are held in prisons like Saharonim, where their basic needs are not covered and Israel doesn't take into account the fact that they have gone through torture in Sinai and they have been part of the Human Trafficking tragedy.
To read the full article: Eritrean migrants resettled from Israel to Sweden
One of the reasons why the report "The Human Trafficle Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" was launched was to raise awareness about this issue, in order to inform the public and the International community about a tragedy that needs to be stopped.
Even though there is still a lot of work to do, since now, more than 200 articles have been published regarding the launch of the report and the Human Trafficking in the Sinai.
To see a list of the Articles: Media coverage "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond"
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