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.
On 19 March, MEPs and representatives from national parliaments met in Brussels to discuss the future agenda of civil liberties, justice and home affairs for 2020. The main issues addressed were the future of Europol, how to face the ongoing crisis in Mediterranean Sea, data protection, and the implementation of juridical cooperation for penal offences.
Europol has warned that international extortion of money links to trafficking of refugees is likely to be happening in many parts of the EU. Based on data collected through national law enforcement authorities, a Europol policy brief – jointly produced with the EEAS, Frontex and Sweden - reveals that Eritreans in Europe have been extorted for Eritrean victims held in Sinai by Organised Crime Groups. In March 2014 Europol Director Rob Wainwright stated that “Europol has issued a warning to all police forces in Europe that this form of international extortion may also be happening in their areas” and that “Europol is ready for coordinated action with Interpol to deal with the problem in Europe and the Sinai region.”
An emission called “Hölle Sinai”, the hell of Sinai, has been broadcasted on ARD, focusing on human trafficking in Sinai. The program presents the Eritrea as the North Korea of Africa and stresses that refugees feel they have little choice other than to flee the country. Many are abducted on their journey, taken to the Sinai where they are held and tortured in order to extract ransoms from their relatives. The statistics shows that people living in the region have more chances to be caught up in this human trafficking cycle than by terrorism, the principal preoccupation of the international community.
- 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.
- The European Parliament calls on governments to put an end to human trafficking in Sinai
- Fourth Africa EU Summit
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