What Ethiopia and Tigray need for peace talks to succeed

On August 24, 2022, the wheels fell off an uneasy nine-month truce between the Ethiopian and Tigrayan governments, with an enormous military assault across dozens of fronts in Tigray. The informal cessation of hostilities had been reached following the withdrawal of Tigrayan forces from the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions in December 2021. In the ensuing period, both parties called for ...

Resignation Is the Right and Honourable Thing for President Obasanjo to Do

The glimmer of hope that came from the joint announcement by United States and European Union Special Envoys that negotiations to end the war on Tigray would begin, the siege lifted and humanitarian access fully granted, is now dimmed by the recent relapse to war. The many people who were sceptical about the start of ...

THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN MIGRATION AND MOBILITY

With Covid-19-related travel restrictions curtailed or lifted in most African countries, the issue of population movement and migratory flows – both within Africa and towards other regions, including the Middle East and Europe – has returned to the forefront of policy debates in the continent. The number of migrants is also increasing and may even ...

The Ethics of Mandatory Vaccinations: Tensions between Global Public Health Imperatives and Individual Freedoms

Salus populi suprema lex esto (the health of the people should be the supreme law), the often-quoted Cicero saying, embodies the classic tension between public health imperatives and individual freedom. This tension has been amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has posed complicated legal, ethical, and enforcement dilemmas. Pandemic mandates have implications on human rights at ...

There Is a Path to Peace in Tigray

Originally published at: https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/05/ethiopia-tplf-tigray-abiy-eritrea-amhara-peace/ Ethiopia can end its civil war by upholding its constitution. How to End the Ethiopia Tigray War By Mehari Taddele Maru Mehari Taddele Maru is a professor and academic coordinator at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is a scholar of peace and ...

Post-Pandemic Cooperation between Africa and Europe: Five Ways to Improve the Partnership on Migration and Mobility

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has laid bare the glaring double standard in the European response to refugees fleeing wars. Refugees and migrants from non-European countries, particularly those from the Global South (Africa, Asia, Middle East), face racial discrimination and xenophobic attacks while fleeing wars to bordering European countries. The stark differential response can partially be attributed to the country ...

There Is a Path to Peace in Tigray

In the eyes of the people of Tigray, there is a clear route to peace, but it will require tough decisions, starting with a willingness to accede to the people’s most essential demands. The suffering of the people of Tigray and neighboring regions is well documented. This war is now strangling the region with what ...

AU – EU Sixth Summit: Building the new post-pandemic partnership on migration and mobility

Original article posted at: https://blogs.eui.eu/migrationpolicycentre/au-eu-sixth-summit-building-the-new-post-pandemic-partnership-on-migration-and-mobility/ The Sixth Summit of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) held with much fanfare from 17 to 18 February 2022 has concluded with the declaration of A Joint Vision for 2030. The two bodies renewed their partnership to build a common future, as close partners and neighbours with ...

PEACE AND SECURITY AS DRIVERS OF STABILITY,
DEVELOPMENT AND SAFE MIGRATION

In early 2020, as COVID-19 was beginning to spread globally, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for a global ceasefire, calling on all warring parties to “silence guns” and focus on fighting a pandemic that had left no country untouched. The Secretary-General’s words recognized that despite an ongoing global health crisis, insecurity, violence and conflict ...

Joint UN, Ethiopia Atrocities Report: Poison Fruit of Poisonous Tree

The joint United Nations (UN) and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation is like a ham omelette: the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. In this investigation, the UN only reluctantly became involved in demonstrating its efforts in investigating atrocity crimes, while the EHRC was committed to defending the government of Ethiopia – ...