Media Listing March 2013


1. Human trafficking a growing concern in Yemen

Yemen Post, March 25 2013

Human trafficking activity is so widespread in Yemen that it jeopardizes the nation's security, said the nation's minister of human rights, according to The Yemen Post

2. Regional threat- Human trafficking in Yemen

Yemen post, March 2013

Recent reports on human trafficking in Yemen and illegal intrusions on Saudi Arabia territories through its southern border with Yemen is raising much concern in both Riyadh and Sana'a as the issue is fast becoming a matter of national security. While human traffickers are banking on African refugees' hope to find solace in rich Saudi Arabia by forcing them to pay extortionate fees for their crossing, often through violence and abuse, criminals and terrorists are also using the human flow to smuggle militants and weapons across the border.

3. Change in labor law in Saudi could leave 300,000 Yemeni migrants out of work

Yemen Times, March 24 2013

SANA’A, March 24 —  Last week, Saudi Arabia tightened labor restrictions on foreigners working in the country, threatening to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants.  A new amendment to Article 39 of the Saudi Arabian labor law stipulates that foreign workers cannot work for anyone other than their sponsor—the Saudi Arabian individual or company that originally brought them to the country—and they cannot open their own business.

4. Houthis suspend NDC participation after assassination attempt on leader

Yemen Times, March 25 2013

SANA'A, March 24 — The Houthis, a group of northern Zaidi Shiites who have long been at odds with state forces, announced a 24-hour suspension of their participation in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) on Sunday. This comes after an alleged assassination attempt on Sheikh Abdulwahid Abu Ras, a leading Houthi figure and deputy governor of Al-Jawf governorate on Saturday.


4. Displaced Somalis abused and raped- Human Rights Watch

BBC, March 27 2013

Internally displaced people in Somalia are suffering sexual violence and other forms of abuse, reports the Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaign group. The abuse takes place at the hands of armed groups, including government forces, it says.


5. Thousands of Ethiopian refugees held for ransom in Saudi Arabia

Oromia and Oromo affairs, March 19 2013

Thousands of Ethiopian refugees are being held captive for ransom in the border regions of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, according to Mohammed Najad, a Yemeni security official.

6. Stop brutalizing Ethiopian refugees in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopian review: March 19, 2013

The Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) sent a letter to the Saudi ambassador in the US on the reprehensible abuse of Ethiopian refugees by the Saudi border police and security forces. In its letter, ENTC expressed its disappointment in the Saudi law enforcement’s inhumane treatment of refugees, contradictory to the UNHCR guidelines. It stated the historical significance of Ethiopia to the religion of Islam and demanded the Saudi government to stop this situation immediately. Read the details below:

7. Ethiopia and ILO sign an MOU to support Domestic Migrant Workers to the Gulf States, Lebanon and Sudan

ILO march 14, 2013

The Government of Ethiopia and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Addis Ababa to implement an EU-funded project designed to develop a tripartite framework for the support and protection of Ethiopian women domestic migrant workers to the GCC States (Gulf Cooperation Council which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait), Lebanon and Sudan.


8. Did Israeli doctors try to forcibly sterilize Ethiopian immigrants

Time World, March 04, 2013

Israeli Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has called for an investigation into the reported administering of Depo-Provera contraceptive shots to Ethiopian immigrant women without consent. Depo-Provera is a progestrogin-only contraceptive that is administered every three months through injection. According to Dr. Paula Franklin of Marie Stopes International who spoke with TIME, it is a “safe, medium-term reversible hormonal contraceptive” that is used around the world by women of “informed consent.” However, countless Ethiopian women have reportedly been given this contraceptive without understanding or consent.

9. Refugees in Israel face tough immigration policy

Deutsche Welle March 21, 2013

An initiative in Tel Aviv has been caring for refugees from Sudan and Eritrea for one year now. Its commitment is in stark contrast to the government's refugee policy, which is pressuring immigrants to leave the country. Yigal Shtayim recalls very well the moment he decided to stop looking away. "It all started when somebody died in Levinsky Park," he said. "We didn't know exactly who he was, we just knew he was African and thought he was a refugee. In the end, we discovered he was a homeless guy from Ethiopia."


10. IOM Djibouti appeals for funds to aid vulnerable stranded migrants

News Times, March 26, 2013

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/– IOM Djibouti is urgently appealing for USD $5 million under the UN Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) 2013 to be able to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to a growing number of vulnerable, stranded Ethiopian migrants in Djibouti.

11. Funds urgently needed to aid vulnerable stranded migrants

IOM March 26, 2013

Djibouti  - IOM Djibouti  is urgently appealing for USD $5 million under the UN Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) 2013 to be able to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to a growing number of vulnerable, stranded Ethiopian migrants in Djibouti.


12. From a mothers grief to an immigrants fear a week in photos

An Eritrean women seeks safety inside an internet cafe owned by immigrants, as police stand guard outside, after Israeli protesters tried to brake in during a protest against African immigrants in south Tel Aviv, March 13, 2013. The protest was held after an African immigrant allegedly broke into a house in south Tel Aviv, stole a phone, and stabbed an Israeli woman earlier that day. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/

13. Eritrean refugees in Libya are being used to clear land mines

Ethiopian Review March 19, 2013

Human Rights Concern – Eritrea has received several disturbing reports from Libya concerning the abusive treatment of Eritrean refugees in that country:

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