WE TOLD YOU SO. Italy should investigate the dubious role of Eritrean regime-change hopefuls cum “human rights activists” in order to get to the bottom of the collusion between charity organizations and human smugglers. Father Mussie Zerai, Meron Estefanos and Elsa Chyrum have, allegedly, a role in serving as a liaison between smugglers and rescuers. Their actions on the trafficking of Eritrean migrants warrants an investigation.
An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers.
Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels.
Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save lives.
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Congolese border guards found the bodies of 19 Ethiopian migrants who had died of asphyxia in a lorry carrying nearly 100 stowaways. Seventy-six other Ethiopians were found alive.
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The bodies of nineteen Ethiopians who suffocated in the back of a Zambian container truck were discovered earlier this week by authorities in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a provincial official said on Saturday.
Another 76 Ethiopians were found alive inside the container on the truck when it was stopped just outside the town of Mwenda near the Zambian border on Thursday, the interior minister for the province of Haut Katanga, Ufwa Kasongo Kibali, told Reuters.
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Victims of such organised crimes are expecting Justice to be Served.
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HABTOM Merhay, a national of Eritrea and a citizen of the United Kingdom, made his initial appearance today in Washington, D.C., federal court to face human smuggling charges for his role in smuggling primarily Eritrean and Ethiopian undocumented migrants from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, through South and Central America and Mexico into the United States.
Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. of the District of Columbia and Acting Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made the announcement.
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A coordinated crack down against the smuggling networks inside Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt and Libya is a long overdue
The Sudanese parliament expects to receive a draft bill from the cabinet soon containing an anti-human trafficking law, a legislator said today (13).
The Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee on Legislation and Justice
Tahani Tour al-Diba said that the national assembly will likely take up the bill in the next parliamentary session.
She revealed that the law punishes those involved with human trafficking with up to 20 years imprisonment.
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