Recently, European Council President Donald Tusk suggested that the EU could give up on its mandatory refugee quota scheme, obligating EU members to receive certain numbers of refugees. Under pressure from the migrant flows, the EU has supported the Libyan coastguard in its efforts to intercept boats smuggling migrants into Europe. However, Nesse recognizes the need for countries to be able to distinguish between refugees in need of protection, and those that do not need it. Europe is not being invaded by migrants and by refugees," Nesse concluded. According to Puilly, Europe is faced with mixed migration flows, with many basically seeking better opportunities.
December 14, 2017 12:21 UTC
- Advertisement -A German army vessel has rescued 102 migrants from the Mediterranean, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said the Bundeswehr ship, part of an EU mission dubbed “Sophia,” rescued 84 men, two women, 15 children and a baby from a vessel off the Libyan coast, 25 km north of Tripoli. The men, women and children were brought to Messina in Sicily, while their vessel sank. The failed migrants were taken by helicopter back to the Turkish mainland, where some three million Syrians are living after fleeing conflict in their homeland. The land route across the Balkans and the sea route across the Mediterranean are the two main methods used by undocumented migrants and asylum-seekers who are attempting to reach Europe.
December 14, 2017 11:48 UTC
The lack of South African support for fellow Africans was distinct, and plays into legacies of perceived South African exceptionalism. Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary-general of South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said part of the reason for the lack of support was that many South Africans failed to recognise the plight of Africans on the rest of the continent. The memorandum was addressed to the South African government, African Union (AU), European Union, United Nations, the Pan-African Parliament and the Libyan government. It is perhaps because of the great challenges faced by Africans that were voiced at the march from Africans from across the continent, that the absence of South Africans to the conversation was thus particularly loud. It raises a question South Africans may need to confront: do we see ourselves as part of the African narrative – or do we see Africa as part of the South African narrative?
December 14, 2017 10:07 UTC
Nutritionist Dr. Cherifa Aboul FettouftWith a growing body of evidence linking nutrition to the treatment of cancer, there is hope yet that “the disease of the century” can be eradicated. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Cherifa Aboul Fettouh is taking the step in Egypt, last month launching the nation’s first foundation addressing health dieting as a therapeutic tool to treat and combat cancer. And for the first time, physicians were talking about the role of nutrition in treating cancer … not as a supplement or to boost immunity but as an actual treatment,” Aboul Fettouh tells Egypt Today.Such research is already underway in France, America, Germany and Japan, Aboul Fettouh adds. “We are generous in everything [in Egypt], everything but scientific research. “This is the first institution in the Middle East to address cancer and nutrition,” he added.
December 14, 2017 09:33 UTC
One of the recent Libya returnees, Endurance Omeyo has lamented how his leg was amputated and how he bought freedom with N250,000. Omeyo from Uromi in Edo State said he went to Libya in 2016, after he lost his father and was frustrated. Upon his release, he was shot while with some friends and had his leg amputated. I lost my father about 12 years ago and only my mother was left to be facing the stress. The 28-year-old said a few weeks after, he was shot while in company of two friends, which led to the amputation of his leg.
December 14, 2017 07:07 UTC
- Advertisement -The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, said yesterday that many returnees from Libya have psychiatric issues. Krdzalic, who was represented by the National Programme Officer, Mr Sunday Omoyeni, said: “For the nearly 5, 000 returnees, we have not started their full reintegration. ‘’Many of them are ill, many have psychiatric issues and we have referred them to psychiatric institutions. After that, we will help them with training or to set up a business but it is not sustainable. “The number of deaths and those suffering exploitation and abuse along the Central Mediterranean migration route are at an alarming rate.
December 14, 2017 05:26 UTC
Race based hated still poses a lethal danger to black humanity in the current millennium. Woven together these forces constituted the underpinnings of the exterminating externalities under which black humanity has labored until today. As for Islam and black slavery, it was much simpler. By our acts of commission or omission, black humanity has reified perceptions of the External Other of its own sub humanity. For so long would black humanity continue to take the kind of risks that made the open resurgence slavery in Libya possible.
December 14, 2017 02:48 UTC
They, along with other sub –Saharan migrants were humiliated, abused, oppressed, sexually exploited or killed. Between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants were reportedly conscripted in these detention cells. Besides, there is also a need for a sustained sensitisation campaign to let our young men and women know that the grass is not necessarily greener out there. Nigeria and indeed most of Africa is wracked by poverty and many of these young men and women are fleeing poverty, which ironically is getting worse. Click here to shareDo you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer?
December 13, 2017 23:48 UTC
Many of our youths travel out of the country without their parents’ knowledge. Nobody is quarrelling against that since their parents took similar actions in the past in order to make it in life. Again, the same cannot be said of many of our youths who are desperate to go abroad to seek better life. What better life are they going to look for without first laying the proper foundation at home? This is what those trying to cross into Europe through Libya or the Mediterranean are doing.
December 13, 2017 23:26 UTC
Libya will form a joint committee with Turkey to review the former signed contracts between the two countries, according to an agreement between the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, and the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım. The agreement came on the sidelines of the emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday. The media office of Al-Sirraj said that he and Yıldırım talked about several cooperation opportunities between Libya and Turkey, besides the issues of mutual interests to both countries. "We hail the reopening of the Turkish embassy in Tripoli and the return of the firms to work in Libya. They also agreed to hold meeting for technicians and security apparatuses from Libya and Turkey in order to assess the conditions that can lead to the return of Turkish airliners' flights to Libya.
December 13, 2017 19:18 UTC
Libya has agreed with Egypt to exchange electric power through a power grid link, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) announced on Wednesday. The agreement came in a visit for the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj to Cairo, added GECOL on Facebook. On Tuesday, there was an hours-long meeting in Cairo between Al-Sirraj and Ali Sassi - the CEO of the GECOL - and the Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohammed Sahaker as well as the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, plus others. GECOL added that both countries reviewed cooperation in power sector with the capacity of 400 kilovolts so that Libya and Egypt can exchange power, not to mention benefiting from the Egyptian electric power expertise. It also explained that Libya and Egypt agreed on forming a number of joint committees to follow up on the agreement, adding that a more extended meeting had been previously held between Libya and Egypt's electricity chiefs and there was an agreement signed for electric power exchange that will begin in 2018.
December 13, 2017 18:56 UTC
The High Council of State (HCS) has called for total equality with the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) in order to have successful amendments' talks for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). "No comprehensive accord mean no agreement on a new presidential council." He also rejected Cairo's hosting of Libya's military institutions unification meetings, saying Egypt is a biased party in the Libyan crisis. "We reject using the date of December 17 as a means to spoil the current political process, the date says nothing about the expiration of the only political ground on which Libya's political solution will be modeled." Salame also said that the UNSMIL selected a neutral country to hold Libyan military institutions unification meetings, adding that he would give the name of the country at the right time.
December 13, 2017 18:45 UTC
The National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC) said in a statement published on Tuesday that the Nafusa Oil Operations Company hopes to produce ten thousand barrels per day of oil next year of a new project in the basin of Ghadames in the west of the country. The NOC said that Nafusa plans to split the project in concession area 47 into two stages; the first is at the beginning of 2018, which should produce 10 thousand barrels per day by the second quarter of this year if the project budget is approved. Nafusa Oil Operations Company is a joint venture established in 2013 in partnership between the National Oil Corporation and Indonesia’s PT Medco Energi Internasional.
The Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has called for the need to hold a referendum on the draft constitution before the start of the first stages of elections by the legislative and executive authorities. The CDA said in a press conference on Tuesday in Tunis that the referendum on the constitution is the founding stage of the democratic process in the country. It confirmed that there is no one who can claim to express the will of Libyans, adding that the arrival of Libyans to their rights can only be through the referendum, pointing out that the constitutional path of the country began when the people elected members of the body.
The US Embassy in Libya stated that the decision to ban the entry of Libyan citizens to the United States excludes student visas and exchange visas between the two countries. The embassy said in a statement on Monday that lifting the ban on the entry to America will remain conditional on the cooperation of the concerned countries with the US government to ensure the safety of Americans. It added that the Libyan government faces significant challenges in sharing information on public safety and terrorism.