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  • Eritrea suffers new U.S. sanctions over human trafficking

    ERITREA, 2017/10/05 Eritrea has been hit by new United States (U.S.) sanctions according to a White Home statement. Under the new sanctions regime the U.S. said it was constraining Eritreans from engaging in educational or cultural exchange programs with the U.S. Eritrea has long been on a U.S. sanctions inventory for failing to combat human trafficking. The new measure is a further squeeze on Asmara’s relations with Washington. North Korea, Russia and Syria have all been put into the same bracket.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Africans seeking asylum in Belgium

    BELGIUM, 2014/08/13 Eritreans were the biggest group of Africans seeking asylum in Belgium in July, according to a statement by the Commission for Refugees and Stateless Persons (DGRA), a Belgian government organ in charge of controlling political refugees. The statement said that out of 1,490 asylum seekers who arrived in Belgium in July, 214 were Eritreans, exceeding for the initial time Guineans, who were 70 and DR Congo nationals who numbered 53. The Eritreans, who left their country where dictatorship prevails, arrived from Libya next passing through Sudan, often by foot.
  • Eritrea, Somalia to end migrant trafficking

    ITALY, 2013/10/06 The UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Friday urged authorities in Eritrea and Somalia to renew efforts to end the smuggling and trafficking of persons in those nations. The wake of Thursday's boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which additional than 100 migrants died, most of them Eritrean. Rupert Colville, spokesperson at the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, in a statement, said the office was concerned about the increasing rates of smuggling and trafficking of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean and elsewhere
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.
  • Eritrean Community Members in Karlsruhe

    ERITREA, 2013/04/23 Eritrean community members in Karlsruhe and its environs, Germany, in a conference they conducted on 20 April expressed readiness to play major role with regards foiling external conspiracies and back up development programs in the Homeland. During the conference, Mr. Petros Tsegai, the Eritrean Ambassador to Germany, gave extensive explanation with regards to the objective situation in the Homeland and resistance of Eritreans living inside the country and abroad. He as well said that the evolution the country is registering is the out come of concerted efforts of citizens and called for its reinforcement.