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Gaim Kebreab attacks Britain's Prime Minister in regards to the immigrants' issue
Watch Part I and Part of the "Migrant Deaths: Decision Time for Europe"

Part I......Part II


Court appearance over Mediterranean tragedy as more migrants come ashore
24/04 13:55 CET
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The View From Libya, Ground Zero in the Migrant Crisis

The View From Libya, Ground Zero in the Migrant Crisis
BY MOHAMED ELJARHAPRIL 23, 2015 - 4:35 PM Last week, as many as 1,200 migrants drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Libya. More than 800 of them died in a single accident, which the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees described as “the deadliest incident ever recorded in the Mediterranean.” The fact that these refugees, who come from all over Africa and the Middle East, embarked on the final stage of their journey from Libya underlines once again the lawlessness and chaos that have engulfed the country since the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime. Libya cannot confront the problem on its own. Human trafficking presents huge threats to Libya and its surrounding region, and international action is needed to combat it.  Read More

When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War
Nearly one-fifth of people crossing the Mediterranean are leaving a country touted for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Turns out, a better life requires more than a U.N. checklist.

When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War

Europe’s sinking shame: The failure to save refugees and migrants at sea

REPORT from Amnesty Published on 21 Apr 2015
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መደብ ሬድዮ ድምጺ ኤርትራ፡ ሰንበት 04/26/2015፡

ሕቶን መልስን ምስ መዓሾ ሰለሙን ብዝዕባ፤ ዝሓለፈ ሰንበት ቃለ-ምሐትት ምስ ናዝ የማነ።

ዕላል ምስ ኣቶ ይሕደጎ በየነ ብዛዕባ
ሓገዝ ንቤት ትምህርቲ ሕክምና ኣሮታ።

"ታሪኽ ናይ ሓደ ካብ ጀጋኑ ገባር ፈዳይን...፡፡ ምስ ተጋደልቲ ፈዳይን: ቅያዊ ናይ ፈዳይን ስርሒት ዝፈጸመን፡ ብመንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ብከቢድ ስቅያት ናይ ዝተቐትለን (ገባር) ፈዳይን ሰለሙን ሓድጉ ዓንደ ታሪኽ ብተጋዳላይ ውላዱ መዓሾ ሰለሙን እንክዝንቶ። ሰንበት 04/19/2015 ኣብ ድምጺ ኤርትራ ምስ ናዝ የማነ።

Is this the beginning of the end of human trafficking as we now it?
Will  the West rethink its attempt to forcefully convert nations to its module of democracy via interference into internal affairs of nations?

Special European Council meeting on Mediterranean. © European Union

Special meeting of the European Council, 23 April 2015 - statement

( Eritrea not mentioned anywhere in the statement? meskerem)

1. The situation in the Mediterranean is a tragedy. The European Union will mobilise all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency that we face, in cooperation with the countries of origin and transit. Our immediate priority is to prevent more people from dying at sea.

2. We have therefore decided to strengthen our presence at sea, to fight the traffickers, to prevent illegal migration flows and to reinforce internal solidarity and responsibility. Given that instability in Libya creates an ideal environment for the criminal activities of traffickers, we will actively support all UN-led efforts towards re-establishing government authority in Libya. We will also step up efforts to address conflict and instability as key push factors of migration, including in Syria.

3. We today commit to:

Strengthening our presence at sea

a) rapidly reinforce EU Operations Triton and Poseidon by at least tripling the financial resources for this purpose in 2015 and 2016 and reinforcing the number of assets, thus allowing to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX. We welcome the commitments already made by Member States which will allow to reach this objective in the coming weeks;

Fighting traffickers in accordance with international law

b) disrupt trafficking networks, bring the perpetrators to justice and seize their assets, through swift action by Member State authorities in co-operation with EUROPOL, FRONTEX, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and EUROJUST, as well as through increased intelligence and police-cooperation with third countries;

c) undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers;

d) at the same time, the High Representative is invited to immediately begin preparations for a possible CSDP operation to this effect;

e) use EUROPOL to detect and request removal of internet content used by traffickers to attract migrants and refugees, in accordance with national constitutions;

Preventing illegal migration flows

f) increase support to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger among others, to monitor and control the land borders and routes, building on current CSDP operations in the region, as well as on regional cooperation frameworks (Rabat and Khartoum processes); step up dialogue with the African Union at all levels on all these issues;

g) reinforce our political cooperation with African partners at all levels in order to tackle the cause of illegal migration and combat the smuggling and trafficking of human beings. The EU will raise these issues with the African Union and the key countries concerned, with whom it will propose the holding of a summit in Malta in the coming months;

h) step up cooperation with Turkey in view of the situation in Syria and Iraq;

i) deploy European migration liaison officers in key countries to gather information on migratory flows, co-ordinate with national liaison officers, and co-operate directly with the local authorities;

j) work with regional partners in building capacity for maritime border management and search and rescue operations;

k) launch Regional Development and Protection programmes for North Africa and the Horn of Africa;

l) invite the Commission and the High Representative to mobilise all tools, including through development cooperation and the implementation of EU and national readmission agreements with third countries, to promote readmission of unauthorised economic migrants to countries of origin and transit, working closely with the International Organisation for Migration;

m) while respecting the right to seek asylum, set up a new return programme for the rapid return of illegal migrants from frontline Member States, coordinated by FRONTEX;

Reinforcing internal solidarity and responsibility

n) rapid and full transposition and effective implementation of the Common European Asylum System by all participating Member States, thereby ensuring common European standards under existing legislation;

o) increase emergency aid to frontline Member States and consider options for organising emergency relocation between all Member States on a voluntary basis;

p) deploy EASO teams in frontline Member States for joint processing of asylum applications, including registration and finger-printing;

q) set up a first voluntary pilot project on resettlement across the EU, offering places to persons qualifying for protection.

4. The EU institutions and the Member States will work immediately on the full implementation of these orientations. The Presidency and the Commission will present next week a roadmap setting out work up to June.

5. The European Council looks forward to the Commission Communication on a European Agenda for Migration, in order to develop a more systemic and geographically comprehensive approach to migration. The European Council will remain seized of the situation and will closely monitor the implementation of these orientations. The Council and the Commission will report to the European Council in June.

Special European Summit 23 April 2015 in Brussels - Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

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Martin Schulz
Ladies and gentlemen,

Martin Schulz
Twenty years ago, I became a member of the European Parliament. For twenty years, the European Parliament has been calling for a truly European asylum and migration policy. Today, I could still deliver the same speech, I delivered twenty years ago. Sadly and tragically, not much has changed. We witness the same tragedy repeating itself over and over again as more people perish in the Mediterranean.

Yet another deadly shipwreck last Sunday with 800 refugees believed drowned has shocked us all deeply. These refugees left their homes because of war and persecution, famine and poverty. They came to Europe seeking protection. Hoping for a better life. But all they found was death.


Ethiopia: Clashes at rally to mourn Christians killed by ISIL in Libya    Read More

2/04 16:12 CET  Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Ethiopians gathered to denounce the mass murder of compatriots byISIL extremists.

Wednesday’s government-organised rally in the capital came amid three days of national mourning for some 30 Ethiopian Christians beheaded or shot, on video, by militants in Libya.

“We will not bow down to terrorism!” one placard carried by a young boy said. Another read: “The world must be united against terrorism.”

But many demonstrators in Addis Ababa were also angry that the jobless feel they must travel to places like Libya in the hope of reaching Europe.

“Ethiopians migrate because we want a better life,” said one protester, Daniel Dawit, who knew some of the victims.

“There are Ethiopian people who have degrees and diplomas but can’t find work here. Ethiopians don’t want to migrate. The situation forces them to.”

Security was tight but frustration at poverty and unemployment erupted among the crowd and riot police lashed out with batons. At least 100 people were reported arrested.

Accused of clamping down on free speech, Ethiopia’s government dismisses accusations from rights groups that it stifles critics and opponents.

UNHCR | The UN Refugee AgencyMediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record
". Among those on board were some 350 Eritreans,"

Briefing Notes, 21 April 2015

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards  to whom quoted text may be attributed  at the press briefing, on 21 April 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR has now interviewed most of the survivors of Saturday's boat tragedy in the Mediterranean. According to the survivors, their boat departed from Tripoli in Libya on Saturday morning with some 850 people on board, including many children. Among those on board were some 350 Eritreans, as well as people from Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia.

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IOM: Mediterranean death toll could top 30,000 in 2015

International Organization for Migration says 1,727 migrants have died so far in 2015, up from 56 at same point in 2014.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has warned that, based on current figures, the migrant death toll on the Mediterranean this year could top 30,000.
The IOM said late on Tuesday that it believed 1,727 migrants have died trying to make the journey to Europe from North Africa so far this year, compared to just 56 at the same time last year.
"IOM now fears that the 2014 total of 3,279 migrant deaths may be surpassed this year in a matter of weeks," the group said in a statement.
"We just want to make sure people understand how much more ... rapid these deaths have been coming this year," IOM spokesman Joel Millman said earlier on Tuesday.

What has the West wrought in Libya?

"The tragic shipwreck should also trigger circumspection about interfering in the affairs of other countries when there is not a direct security threat to your own."
Read More Robert Robb, The Republic |

Italian police arrest 24 human traffickers.The two ringleaders are Eritrean Medhane Yehdego Reade (top left) and Ethiopian Ermias Ghermay (second from top left). For the identities of the rest, visit here

(Source TesfaNews)

ቅዳሕ ናይ 04/19/2015 ፈነወ
"ታሪኽ ናይ ሓደ ካብ ጀጋኑ ገባር ፈዳይን...፡፡ ምስ ተጋደልቲ ፈዳይን: ቅያዊ ናይ ፈዳይን ስርሒት ዝፈጸመን፡ ብመንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ብከቢድ ስቅያት ናይ ዝተቐትለን (ገባር) ፈዳይን ሰለሙን ሓድጉ ዓንደ ታሪኽ ብተጋዳላይ ውላዱ መዓሾ ሰለሙን እንክዝንቶ። ሰንበት 04/19/2015 ኣብ ድምጺ ኤርትራ ምስ ናዝ የማነ።"



A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three...

Video released online shows a group of about 12 men being beheaded, and another group of 16 men shot to death [AP]ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Al Jazeera 19 Apr 2015 13:02 GMT A new video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. Read More