EU does secret deal with suspected war criminal in desperate bid to stop migrants

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is brokering a secret deal with a suspected war criminal in a desperate bid to stop more migrants from Africa arriving on European shores.

Man and EU flagThe EU is reportedly brokering a deal with a suspected Sudanese war criminal

European diplomats, led by Germany, have reportedly been discussing plans to work with dictatorships around the Horn of Africa – the easternmost extension of the continent home to Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia – in order to stop the flow of migrants to Europe.

Minutes taking during EU meetings in March obtained by German newspaper Spiegel reportedly provide the first concrete plan for £40million to be handed out to eight African countries over three years.

The border protection project will also provide equipment to the countries in question.

The EU’s multimillion action plan for the troubled area of Africa will give emergency funding to eight countries – including conflict-ridden Sudan.Sudan is part of a key route for refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic who then head to Libya to take boats to Europe.

Man speaking into microphonePresident Omar al-Bashir is a suspected war criminal

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, who seized power in the midst of a 21-year-year civil war, is accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity.The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against the Sudanese leader, while Amnesty International claims the Sudanese secret service has tortured members of the opposition.

The US also accuses Sudan of providing financial support to terrorists.

Documents relating to the EU project in Africa suggests Europe wants to send cameras, scanners and servers for registering refugees to the Sudanese regime in addition to training their border police and assisting with the contribution of two camps and detention rooms.Concern over how the equipment could be used has already been expressed within the EU.

The “risks” listed in the action plan highlights equipment funded by the EU’s Emergency Trust Fund could be abused by repressive regimes in the oppression of the civilian population.

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The deal with reportedly see the EU work with African dictators to stop the flow of migrants

There are also concerns about to what extent al-Bashir is prepared to take action against people smugglers, with the Human Rights Watch claiming the Sudanese regime works with criminal networks.A report by the human rights group accused the police and military of selling refugees to human traffickers.

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The deal is said to have been led by Germany’s Angela Merkel

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has confirmed that action plan is binding, although no concrete decisions have yet been made regarding its implementation.Marina Peter, an expert on the Horn of Africa region, said: “A regime that destabilised the region and drove hundreds of thousands of people to flee is now supposed to stem the refugee problem for the EU.”

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  1. Drop Out Graduate

    May 17, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    የጀርመን ኤምባሲ ትግርኛን ቅድመ መስፈርት ያደረገ የስራ ማስታወቂያ አወጣ – May 15, 2016 –

    መመዘኛ (requirements) በሚለው የማስታወቂያው አንድ ክፍል ላይ በቀይ ቀለም “Good knowledge of Tigrinya is a precondition/የትግርኛ ቋንቋ በቂ እውቀት የስራው ቅድመ መስፈርት ነው” ይላል።
    የኢትዮጵያውያንን እኩልነት ያንቋሸሽ ተግባር ነው”
    ተቀማጭነቱ አዲስ አበባ የሆነው የጀርመን ኤምባሲ የትግርኛ ቋንቋን ቁልፍ ቅድመ መስፍርት የሚያደርግ ክፍት የስራ ማስታወቂያ አዲስ አበባ ለሚገኘው ጽህፈት ቤቱ አወጣ። ትግርኛ ዋና መስፈርት የሆነበት ምክንያት ይፋ አለመደረጉ ጥያቄ አስነስቷል። ጉዳዩን የሚከታተሉ ወገኖች የኤምባሲው ተግባር የኢትዮጵያውያንን እኩልነትን ከህወሃት በላይ ያንቋሸሸ ነው ብለውታል፡፡ ኤምባሲው ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጥ ይጠበቃል።

    ኢምባሲው በድረገጹ ሜይ 4 ቀን 2016 ያወጣው ማስታወቂያ የሚፈልገው ባለሙያ የቪዛ ማመልከቻ ስራን የሚያመቻች፣ የሚያረጋግጥ፣ ቪዛ ነክ ጉዳዮችን አስመልክቶ የቃልና የጸሁፍ መረጃዎችን የሚሰጥ፣ የቪዛ ክፍያን የሚፈጽምና የመዝግብ አያያዝ ስራን የሚያከናውን እንደሆነ ያረጋግጣል። የስራው ቦታ ከአዲስ አበባ ውጪ ስለመሆኑ የሚለው ነገር የለም። ማስታወቂያውን የተመለከቱ ወገኖችን ያነጋገረውም ይኸው ጉዳይ ነው።

    መመዘኛ (requirements) በሚለው የማስታወቂያው አንድ ክፍል ላይ በቀይ ቀለም “Good knowledge of Tigrinya is a precondition/የትግርኛ ቋንቋ በቂ እውቀት የስራው ቅድመ መስፈርት ነው” ይላል።

    ዝቅ በሎ የቋንቋ ችሎታ በሚል የሚፈለገውን ሲዘረዝር እንግሊዝኛና ጀርመንኛ አቀላጥፎ የሚናገር ይላል። አክሎም ትግርኛና አማርኛ መናገር አስፈላጊ እንደሆነ ያመላክታል።

    ዲግሪ፣ የኮምፒውተር ችሎታ፣ ተባበሮ የመስራት ተነሳሽነትና በአስተዳደር አገልግሎት በቂ ልምድ ያላቸው ተመራጭ እንደሚሆኑ የሚያስረዳው የኤምባሲው ማስታወቂያ የማመልከቻው ጊዜ የሚጠናቀቀው ሜይ 20 ቀን 2016 መሆኑን ይጠቁማል።

    ለጎልጉል ዝግጅት ክፍል አስተያየት የሰጡ ወገኖች እንደሚሉት የኤምባሲው ማስታወቂያ “ሸውራራ ነው፤ ዜጎችን በእኩል አያስተናግድም፤ ፍትሃዊነት የጎደለው ነው፤ ዘረኝነትን የሚያበረታታና የአገሪቱን የስራ ቋንቋ ያናናቀ፣ ወገናዊ፣ የኢትዮጵያውያንን እኩልነት ከገዢው ህወሃት በላይ ያንቋሸሸና ክብር የነካ…” ሲሉ ነቅፈውታል። በማከልም “ኤምባሲው ጽ/ቤቱ አዲስ አበባ ሆኖ ሳለ ትግራይ ክልል ቢሮ ወይም የቆንስላ ጽ/ቤት የከፈተ ይመስል ትግርኛን ለመቀጠሪያ ወሳኝ ቅድመ ሁኔታ አድርጎ በአንደኛነት ማስፈሩ ምዕራባውያን ኤምባሲዎች እንዴት ለህወሃት አጎብዳጅ እንደሆኑ የሚጠቁም ነው” ብለዋል፡፡

    ማስታወቂያውን ሲያወጣ ኤምባሲው በግልጽ የትግርኛ ቋንቋን ቅድመ መስፈርት ያደረገበትን ምክንያት ሊያስረዳ ይገባው እንደነበር ያመለከቱት ወገኖች የዝግጅት ክፍላችን ኤምባሲውን ጠይቆ ምላሹን እንዲያሳውቃቸው ጠይቀዋል። በዚሁ መሰረትና ዜናውን ማመጣጠን በሚለው ሙያዊ እሳቤ ኤምባሲው ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጥ የዝግጅት ክፍላችን መጠይቅ ልኳል። ይህ ዜና እስከታተመበት ጊዜ ኤምባሲው ምላሽ አልሰጠም፡፡

    በሌላ በኩል አስተያየት የሚሰጡ ክፍሎች የቪዛ ጉዳይ ከደህንነት/ስለላ ጋር የተያያዘ በመሆኑ የህወሃት ሰዎች ባላቸው ትሥሥር ይህ እንዲደረግ ጫና ከማሳደር እንደማይታቀቡ ይናገራሉ። አያይዘውም ተቀማጭነታቸው አዲስ አበባ በሆነ “ታላላቅ” ኤምባሲዎች ውስጥ በብዛት የሚቀጠሩት የህወሃት ሰዎች ስለሆኑ የስለላው ክፍል መረጃ ለማግኘትና ኤምባሲዎች ውስጥ የሚከናውኑ ተግባራትን በቅርብ በመከታተል እንደሚቻለው ጠቁመዋል። (ፎቶው ከኤምባሲው ድረገጽ ላይ የተወሰደ ነው)።

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